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NHL Draft 2013: The KHL & The Damage Done

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Over the years, the Nashville Predators have had, well, a complicated series of relationships with Russian-speaking players. Will they strike up a new one with Valeri Nichushkin at this weekend's NHL Draft?

Given all the talk of Sergei Kostitsyn jetting back overseas to play in the KHL, this once again raises the specter of uncertainty when it comes to Nashville potentially drafting Valeri Nichushkin at the #4 spot in this weekend's NHL Draft.

The guy's got game-breaking talent, there's no doubt about that, but could he fit in with Nashville's system? What if he decides that the bright lights (and frequent-flyer miles) of Vladivostok are more enchanting than those of Music City? Such temptation, and such danger...

These are difficult considerations to balance, and were aptly described in song by Neil Young:

I caught you knockin' at my cellar door

I love you, baby, can I have some more?

Ooh, ooh, the damage done.

I hit the city and I lost my band

I watched the needle take another man

Gone, gone, the damage done.

I sing the song because I love the man

I know that some of you won't understand

Milk-blood to keep from running out.

I've seen the needle and the damage done

A little part of it in everyone

But every junkie's like a settin' sun.