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Russian Nail Yakupov (left), one of the top prospects in this year's NHL draft, relied on a friend to learn English when he came to North America to further his development. Capitals prospect Stan Galiev (below) was 16 when he left Russia. He's 20 now, with two Memorial Cup tournaments under his belt. (Associated Press)

Russian Nail Yakupov (left), one of the top prospects in this year's NHL draft, relied on a friend to learn English when he came to North America to further his development. Capitals prospect Stan Galiev (below) was 16 when he left Russia. He's 20 now, with two Memorial Cup tournaments under his belt. (Associated Press)

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