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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)

    NHL draft: Canadian junior hockey leagues help remove barriers

    When hot-shot prospect Nail Yakupov came to North America to play in the Canadian Hockey League, he didn't know English well enough to get around. He leaned on an American friend who knew Russian, teammate Alex Galchenyuk, for translation as long as he could.

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