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Russian Factor

What is Russian Factor?

A term referring to the consideration made by teams, when drafting a player of Russian decent, of the risk associated with that player deciding to sign and play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) instead of staying in the National Hockey League (NHL). If a team were to draft a Russian, who then decides to stay in the KHL, is effectively a wasted draft pick or use of the asset.

Sporting Charts explains Russian Factor

There are two main reasons that Russian players decide to play in the KHL vs. the NHL, 1) the ability for KHL teams to pay significantly more than NHL due to the Collective Bargaining Agreement in the NHL and 2) playing in your home country.

Some examples of the Russian Factor risk include: Alexander RadulovNikolay Zherdev and Alexander Frolov.

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