Clark on Pashnin
Sunday June 28th 2009, 11:25 pm

Sovietsky Sport was on hand at the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal this weekend, and asked New York Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark why the KHL’s first overall draft pick, Mikhail Pashnin, fell all the way to the seventh round of the NHL draft, where he was selected by the Rangers with the 200th pick.  Clark explained that concerns over whether Pashnin would ever leave Russia for the NHL left the team hesitant to risk taking the defenseman with a higher pick.

“We’re glad that Pashnin is in our system,” Clarke began.  “We know that he was the first [pick] in the KHL [draft].  That became a deciding factor in our selection,” the Rangers’ draft day decision maker admitted.  “Why so low? Unfortunately, the risk that Russians will want to make a career in the KHL is still great,” he explained. “We still hope that Pashnin will play for the Rangers.  But we didn’t want to take too great a risk.  What if all of a sudden CSKA offers him more money and the guy stays in the KHL?”

For more on Pashnin, see here.

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    You know I’ve got no problems with Pashnin, he sounds like he has a load of potential, however I really wish that Clark had scouted and drafted Avtsyn who went to Montreal, the kid just had a great season and said he is committed to being over for next year, he seems like a RW version of Grachev.

    Comment by Elliot 06.29.09 @ 3:02 pm

    I was rooting for Avtsyn to be the Rangers risky Russian pick as well. He had gaudy numbers last season, and seems set on coming to the NHL (eventually), whereas Pashnin seems to be very much on the fence. Plus, Avtsyn’s a right wing, and would have filled a position at which the Rangers are extremely thin.

    Comment by laurie 06.29.09 @ 3:45 pm

    I would have taken him ahead of Burke’s son… I thought it was surprising that he fell below other Russian players taken ahead of him. Other than Kulikov he should have been the highest ranked Russian.

    Comment by Kovazub94 06.29.09 @ 5:49 pm

    Huh? The guy put up gaudy numbers in the 3rd highest league in Russia. And he has no KHL experience and basically no National Team experience. He might very well be a player, but there are certainly other forwards who are better prospects right now. I dont know if Pashnin is ever going to come over, but he’s going to be a great player wherever he plays. Also, I have no idea how Maxim Chudinov does not get drafted. He could be a fantastic NHL defenseman for a long, long time.

    Comment by Rajeev 07.08.09 @ 11:44 am

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