Dubas and his treatment of Soup during hos injury had to play a major role.
Yep, probably true. Barabanov & Mikheyev share the same agent as well.
Another thing is, I think these KHL guys are always afraid that they’ll come over here and get buried in the AHL without getting a legit NHL shot.
But for better or worse, all of our recent KHL signings (Soshnikov, Zaitsev, Ozhiganov, Mikheyev) have been given a real opportunity to sink or swim at the NHL level.
The organization also went the extra step of hiring Nik Antropov full-time to help translate for them in practices & be an on-call resource for them in helping them get adjusted to the NHL and North American life.