I have a feeling now that Russia is going to give the first 9 spots to 9 different athletes for the first four jpg events. Then, the top 6 will get a second spot for the last three events. That is what I would do.
Also, there might be some changes after test skate competition
Isn't that pretty much what they have done the last few years, if the Fed deems that someone underperforms at their first JGP then they don't get another? I feel like there was JGP event in the last couple years where a skater finished off the podium and everyone kept commenting that they probably wouldn't get a second assignment because of that