I hear you on Gaunce but you can't pass on a 17 year old that is that talented. He is still growing. He was 5'10 six months ago and was 5'11 at the combine. If he gets to 6'0 and can add 25 pounds Gaunce is not going to look so great. I'm not so sure we would have by-passed Gaunce for Matt Finn. We had a shot at Frk who is about even with Gaunce in skill/size and went with a D-man instead.
I see your point. It's just very different for these talented European kids. No doubt Yaroslavl will dangle a juicy contract in front of him, more than he can make in the NHL his first 3 years. He may come to Prospect Camp, get his ass handed to him by one of our big defensemen, and then decide the KHL doesn't sound so bad. Over there he'll be a big fish; here, for now, he's just a minnow. It just depends on how motivated he is to play in the NHL. That having been said, you're right about his size. If it turns out in Sept. 2013 he's 6' and 195, but has retained his mobility and skill, then we have a whole different ball ga-- err, puck... it's... Aww, screw it.