Your logic that the Sens are gunshy with drafting Russians is quite flawed. You state how they could have easily moved up but it’s not that easy to do. The Sens have been very interested in CHL Russians to the extent they have brought some to Ottawa pre draft for interviews and testing. Tarasenko was a risk to not come over and Murray passed. It’s well known the Sens coveted Sergechev but moving into the top 10 is tough.
I’m not sure what you are reading because
1 - I never said the Sens were gunshy. I said they seem to be gunshy as the facts presented of every other team in the NHL drafting Russians and most multiple times over since the Sens last did. I don’t pretend to know more than Pierre Dorion, Murray or staff like others do.
2 - I also didn’t say the Sens could easily have moved up. I said they had ample time if they wanted to draft those 4 specific Russians as 3 of them were already falling. Yakupov, that’s just laughable unless the Sens wanted to do what you say is not easy to do. If it isn’t easy to do, why would Ev say the Sens wanted him? That’s like saying a fat kid wants candy. Of course he does. I know it is not easy to do and that why I laughed at the Yakupov suggestion.
And of course the Sens bring in most all players for pre-testing and interviews. They are in the NHL after all.
$$$$$$$ The fact is, if the Sens wanted to draft those 4 Russians that were suggested by Ev, they either had to trade up or hope all 4 fell well below their mock draft ranking consensus. If that was the Sens strategy to hope all 4 fell, can you really state you know for a fact the Sens wanted them? I’m sure all the Stanley Cup winners hope higher ranked draft eligible players fall. It’s up to them to go get them if they want, just like the Sens have done before for non-Russian players or many other teams do every single draft day.
Ev’s post is crap. I’ve proven it and will continue to do so with actual fact not opinion stated as fact.