Who the Hell is Yegor Chinakhov?

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If the NHL draft has taught us anything over the years, there very well could be a kid chosen in the fifth round who turns out to be a superstar and it’s not inconceivable that someone taken in the top five might never play an NHL game. Heck, there might be an 18-year-old playing Jr. C in some backwater town in Ontario who will end up in the Hall of Fame someday. So why can’t the same thing happen with a little-known Russian who was passed over in last year’s draft?

When the Columbus Blue Jackets took Yegor Chinakhov with the 21 overall pick, it had more than a few observers scrambling for their notes. He didn’t appear on any of the credible pre-draft lists as a first- or even second-rounder. That included The Hockey News, which did not have him among its top 100 prospects. Might have something to do with our prospect/draft guru Ryan Kennedy tweeting after the pick: “I do not know who Yegor Chinakhov is.” When Ryan Kennedy and Steven Ellis of THN don’t know who you are, do you even exist?