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Jun 15, 2020
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Wildwinswhen</b></div><div>All fair points RazWild. But isn't 2.5 -3 years of Kap better than zero? If he stays in the KHL for 3 years don't we lose his rights anyway?</div></div>
We do, but it basically comes down to if you want to win or not. Kaprizov for lack of a better word, is too good of a player that we'd find ourselves in the mushy middle again, just like this year. If you can't keep him here for longer than 4+ years, you might as well be tanking.
The 2022 and 2023 draft classes are absolutely stacked and are really deep, with no less than a potential <strong><em>five</em></strong> franchise centers among them. Shayne Wright, Brad Lambert, Mathew Savoie in 2022; and Connor Bedard, Matvei Michkov in 2023. On top of that, there's no less than an additional 12-20 potential elite high-end forwards during the course of those two drafts. By comparison 2024 is looking like it could be a weak draft year and it's far too early to gauge the 2025 draft. If you can't keep Kaprizov through at least through those 4-5 years, it's better to keep him out of it and cash in on those drafts while you can.