The Russian Factor is Real
The Russian Factor is real. Here are the only Russian forwards who have had at least 100 career points since 1999:
In hindsight, how many of these guys are worthy of a top-10 pick? Only 3 to 4 of all the Russian forwards drafted since 1999 are top-10 worthy, in my opinion.
I think that there is a difference in attitude and upbringing with this generation over the previous one. Whereas the last generation had guys like Bure, Fedorov, Larionov, Fetisov, Datsyuk, etc., this generation seems to be more money-oriented and prima-donnas.
Just my 2 cents.