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Pavel Buchnevich and His Russian Friends

Last May, I wrote about what to expect from a promising Russian prospect that you might have heard of by comparing him to some of his contemporaries when they were still mysterious, young prospects. I looked into not only what made Pavel Buchnevich such a tantalizing prospect, but also how he compared to similar Russian forwards – Evgeny Kuznetsov, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Artemi Panarin – using their production in the KHL and adjusting it using a NHL equivalency statistic.

For the tl;dr crowd, Buchnevich compared favorably to those big names; putting up numbers that were close, if not exactly as good as Tarasenko and Kuznetsov in their 18-20 year old seasons in the KHL, while posting almost identical numbers to Artemi Panarin during his years in Russia at the same age.