I think with a couple of judicious trades in another two seasons or so the team could be pushing for a deep SC run. The Isles picked up some very decent youngsters. The Pageau trade was a treat for picks and then Barzal, Dobson and Wahlstrom lead the charge plus Sorokin in net to take over the number one spot from Varlamov. Regarding Podkolzin he is a leader. Tough.Gritty. Responsible hence his captaincy duties for Team Russia age group sides and has a huge engine and determination. But there is more to him than that. I think he is a great passer and creator and in time if he is prepared to work on his wrister and slapper a decent enough goalscorer. The sole concern is that he could do with a couple more seasons in the KHL earning ice time as with Chinakov who is coming to Columbus with better stats. But I much prefer seeing young Russian players work in the KHL and come over when they are ready like Panarin, Tarasenko, Kaprizov. The Kucherov is a rare exception coming through the Canadian junior leagues. Most players from Russia offensively stumble. I think he would fit in as a two way centre than a wing which would be beneficial to the Canucks if they pair Boeser with him and also Russia who have a dearth of centres although Morozov is showing promise along with the even younger Svechkov. Long way if any chance of matching the Canucks finest ever player. Shame the knees went often from being hooked into the boards and in the clutch and grab era.