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2009 Continental Hockey League (KHL) (Russia)
(09/05/2008-04/01/2009)
Regular Season/Playoff Coverage:  News and Articles | Box Scores | Standings
Regular Season Stats: Player/Goalie | Playoff Stats: Player/Goalie
06/25/2009 Web Site News: Alexander Avtsin's profile updated!

For the 2009 NHL Draft section we updated Alexander Avtsin's profile with new content, stats and photos. Avtsin is currently ranked #6 by russianprospects.com rankings. READ MORE
06/25/2009 Dmitri Orlov ranked #43 for the NHL draft on The Hockey Writers

The hockey writers run a very extensive Draft coverage, and their #43 selection for the upcoming NHL draft is Dmitri Orlov. (Thehockeywriters.com profile by Christopher Ralph) READ MORE
06/24/2009 Web Site News: New pics added to Stanislav Bocharov 's profile

Three new fotos have been added to Stanislav Bocharov's profile. The Ak Bars Kazan winger is currently #13 in russianprospects.com rankings for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. READ MORE
06/22/2009 Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes) traded to Dynamo Moscow

The young center Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes) has just been traded from his home team Lada Togliatti to Dynamo Moscow. For Krysanov it will be a great chance to prove himself in a top club. In the 08-09 season Anton scored nineteen points in forty-seven regular season matches. In the playoffs he played well in the first round against CSKA, where Lada surrended only after five matches. He had three assists in the series. His deal with the Moscow team is for one year only. READ MORE
06/16/2009 KHL in shape for sophomore season

The 2009-10 KHL season will face some further changes as the KHL Board of Governors just announced the next year's formula through its official web site that could be reached at www.khl.ru

Most significantly, the Board of Governors adopted the Directors of the Clubs' proposal for a conference system with geographical alignments. The two conferences are further split in two divisions of six teams each. Khimik Voskresensk will be replaced by Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg. The competing teams will thus remain 24. (Internationalhockey.net article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
06/16/2009 Sergei Chvanov: Got offers from NA, but it's too early for me

Sergei Chvanov is one of the top centers from Russia eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In this interview the captain of Team Russia 91 talks about the Under 18 WJC, in which he won a silver medal, about his captaincy duties and its responsibilities and about his future. (Severstalclub.ru interview translated by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
06/14/2009 Alexei Yashin not coming back to NHL any time soon

Alexei Yashin will remain in Russia for at least another two seasons. The talented young center has signed a two year deal with St. Petersburg’s HC SKA, a club that was rumored to acquire another talented young Russian center Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins). It is unclear whether the club went after Yashin after being unable to come to terms with Zinovjev, or whether the possibility of signing Yashin, one of the best players in Russia, has promoted a change of heart from the club’s management. Regardless, Yashin has switched teams, leaving HC Lokomotiv for St. Petersburg and now it appears more and more likely that he will remain in Russia for the remainder of his career. santix<3
06/14/2009 Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins), Viktor Kozlov (Washington Capitals), sign with Salavat Yulayev

One of Russia’s top centers, Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) finally has a new team. The veteran forward, who finished the season with HC Dynamo after being traded there from HC Kazan was rumored to be going to St. Petersburg’s SKA. Those rumors are proven to have been unfounded, as Zinovjev is now one of the newest high profile acquisitions of the Ufa based club. The club has also acquired Washington Capitals center Viktor Kozlov (Washington Capitals), more than compensating for the off-season losses of Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars) and several other forwards. While undoubtedly a great talent, it remains to be seen how long Zinovjev will remain with his new club, as the forward has had a history of difficult relationships with his employers.
06/12/2009 KHL Latest News

The first ever KHL Draft took place on June 1st and the teams are in full swing trying to form the rosters in sight of the 2009-10 season, which might have some new rules as the teams might be split in two conferences in order to cut expenses from travels. Additionally, it has been announced that the 2010 KHL All Stars Game might be played either in St. Petersburg, Chelyabinsk or Minsk. But, as mentioned, the teams are rushing to sign the available talents and some big names has been announced. The most active teams so far are probably Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Dinamo Moscow. (Internationalhockey.net article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
06/11/2009 Pens' Malkin First Russian To Bag Conn Smythe Award

Detroit, MI (AHN) - Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP Friday night after the Penguins edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena. It marked only the third time in franchise history that the Penguins were able to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup since winning it in 1990-91 and in '91-92. The Russian center and Pens alternate captain played a key role in the triumph, leading all scorers in the Stanley Cup final with eight points (2 goals, 6 helpers) in seven contests. (Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7015482831#ixzz0ILKJAgJA&C) READ MORE
06/10/2009 KHL to Introduce Conferences NHL-Style

The KHL continues to evolve. When the Board of Governors of the KHL meet next week, they will dicuss the introduction of a Western and Eastern Conference. If implemented, the KHL will take another step in the direction of the way the NHL is organized.

On their meeting two days ago, the club directors of the KHL recommended to the Board of Governors that as of next season, the KHL be divided into a Western and Eastern Conference.

The proposal is widely modelled on the NHL: while the four divisions (Tarasov, Kharlamov, Chernyshev and Bobrov) will continue to exist, the KHL will be divided into a Western and Eastern Conference. As in the NHL, 8 teams of each conference will qualify for the playoffs. Last season, the 16 highest ranking teams qualified for the playoffs irrespective of geographical location. (Internationalhockey.net article by Karsten Skjalm) READ MORE
06/09/2009 Alexei Emelin refuses Montreal and re-signs with Ak Bars

Despite the offer coming from Montreal, Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) opted to sign a new 2 years deal with Ak Bars Kazan. Let's remember that Emelin scored only two points in this year's regular season and that in the playoffs he suffered a serious injury after a fight lost to Avangard's Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets). Montreal was really waiting for him for the 09-10 season but apparently he got a lucrative offer from his KHL team who at first wasn't too pleased with his play in the last couple of seasons.
06/06/2009 Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) skating in the development camp

Forward Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers), who recently signed a new 2-year deal with KHL's Traktor Chelyabinsk, is currently skating with the Florida Panthers in the team's development camp, started on June 1st. The franchise's prospects will skate until June 7th. Considering his situation with Traktor, it's unlikely that Dadonov will report later this fall.
06/03/2009 KHL Draft recap

The first ever KHL Draft has been held in June 1st and many interesting players have been drafted by the KHL teams. The first overall pick has been Mikhail Pashnin , picked up by CSKA Moscow. Among them there are Evgeni Molotilov and Stefan Stepanov (Atlant Mytischi), Alexander Gogolev (Spartak Moscow). Goalie Dmitri Shikin landed in Khabarovsk while defender Nikita Zaitsev in Novosibirsk. The teams did draft some interesting foreigners like Victor Hedman, Zack Kassian, Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson. Some of the Belarussian promising talents, like Mikhail Stefanovich (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Kirill Gotovets have been drafted too. (Internationalhockey.net article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
05/31/2009 Former Ak Bars players Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars) and Igor Schadilov (Washington Capitals) coming back

Russian professional hockey veterans Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars) and Igor Schadilov (Washington Capitals) are returning to HC Ak Bars . Both players left Kazan for HC Salavat Yulayev two years ago and both have enjoyed 2 strong seasons in Ufa. Tereschenko rose from under the shadow of the Zaripov-Zinovjev-Morozov line and will now actually replace Zinovjev on this top line in Kazan. Schadilov’s career went well at first, but he was forced to miss a large portion of the 2008-09 season due to an eye injury suffered after being hit by a puck. Fortunately, his surgeries went well in Germany and the veteran defenseman just signed a four year deal with HC Ak Bars .
05/31/2009 Georgi Berdyukov: Stanley Cup or Olympic Gold? Olympic gold!

17 years old Georgi Berdyukov is one of the top Russian defensemen available for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. His big blue line shot, offensive style and excellent skating make him a really appealing prospect. Unfortunately his stock has been hurt a bit as a shoulder injury hit him midway through the season and he couldn't play at the U-18 WJC in Fargo, USA, where Russia won the Silver medal. In this interview he talked about his early career, about his 08-09 campaign, about his future and about his personal life.(russianprospects.com exclusive interview by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
05/30/2009 Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) signs a new deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk

19 years old Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) decided to sign a new 2-yr deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk. Dadonov, who was a free agent, has been tied by rumors with CSKA Moscow and Florida Panthers, and he declared not much time ago that he was going to attend the Panthers' development camp. It's now unlikely that he will report in America this fall, whatever will be his summer path. READ MORE
05/26/2009 Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) signs with Dynamo Moscow

As announced today, Dynamo Moscow signed a 2-yr deal with former Lada and Salavat Yulaev defenseman Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs). The 23 years old player was reported to be in talk with some NHL clubs, probably with his Leafs too, but for some reasons he couldn't find a common language with the North American teams and thus ended up in Dynamo Moscow, who will feature a very competitive team for the 2009-10 KHL season. Let's remember that Vorobiev had to sit down from hockey for several months after the doctors found a heart problem with him and was just recently cleared to play. READ MORE
05/25/2009 Web Site News: Sergei Andronov's profile updated!

The 2009 NHL entry draft is in sight and we updated Sergei Andronov's profile with new content, stats and photos. Andronov is currently ranked #7 by russianprospects.com rankings. READ MORE
05/23/2009 Breaking news: Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) close to sign with Montreal

It really looks like Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) is close to sign a contract with Montreal. The 23 years old player spent the last two season with Ak Bars Kazan, moving there from Lada Togliatti. The tough defenseman would be a welcome addition to the team who is reported to be in need of some grit in the own zone after this year's playoff failure. Let's remember that Emelin is currently without a contract for the 09-10 season and thus the transfer might well go through. READ MORE
05/21/2009 Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) back to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

19-years old Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) decided to remain in Yaroslavl for the next season as he prolonged his deal with KHL runners-up of Lokomotiv. The details of the new contract haven't been released. Nowadays he might become Lokomotiv's back up goalie since veteran Sergei Zvyagin left the team as his contract run out on April 30th. READ MORE
05/20/2009 Doctors clear Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) to play!

After two months of play Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) will return to hockey as Swiss doctors cleared him to play after the hearth troubles that forced him to leave Salavat Yulaev Ufa back in February. The player conducted a lot of examination and with the help of a new diet he even lost eight kilograms. The defender now is in Togliatti and is waiting for offers. It's rumored that teams both from the NHL and the KHL are going to give him a call. READ MORE
05/20/2009 KHL awards

The first KHL night has been held on May 15th, with more than 20 awards given out. Ak Bars Kazan players swapped the awards ceremony catching six individual trophies and other two for club merits. In the inaugural season’s KHL Night the league’s board delivered more than twenty awards and the most rewarded player has been Danis Zaripov , who got into the All-Star team, was recognized as regular season’s MVP and won the Iron Man Award. Differently from the last few seasons Aleksey Morozov was left off statistical awards, but he did clinch the playoffs MVP honors. Georgi Gelashvili of Lokomotiv Yaroslav has been recognized as season’s top goalie, while Ilya Proskuryakov got the Aleksei Cherepanov award for the best rookie. (Internationalhockey.net article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
05/16/2009 SKA St. Petersburg strengthens ranks by signing Korolyuk and But

Former NHL player Alex Korolyuk and former NHL prospect Anton But (Tampa Bay Lightning) have both switched clubs and signed deals with HC SKA (St. Petersburg). It appears that Korolyuk’s chances of returning to the NHL are next to zero, as the veteran forward has declined his last opportunity after the New Jersey – San Jose trade last year. The forward has since skated for HC Atlant (Mytistische), where he took on a smaller role, but unsuccessfully attempted to win the Gagarin Cup. But has had a sub-par season for HC CSKA and has since been waived by that club and claimed by the now defunct KHL club HC Khimik (which has left the KHL and has been replaced by HC Avtomobilist from Ekaterinburg). Another player on the move to St. Petersburg is a former NHLer from the Czech Republic, Petr Cajanek, who has already skated several seasons in Russia and is considered a very versatile veteran player. All these moves have been strengthening the St. Petersburg based club that unfortunately fizzled out early in last year’s playeoffs despite a high payroll and hefty expectations
05/14/2009 Dmitri Orlov: next season I want to play for Metallurg Novokuznets and for the junior national team

Key junior national team defenseman Dmitri Orlov met Allhockey.ru correspondant K. Petrov the day after their return from the World Championships in Fargo. He talked about Plyuschev's team participation in the WJC, the most important tournament in the 17-years old's season. (Allhockey.ru interview translated by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
05/12/2009 Mass move from CSKA to Salavat?

On the russian press arisen the rumor that several players might move from CSKA Moscow to Salavat Yulaev Ufa. The players listed were: Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens), Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche), Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks), Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) and Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators). Let's remember that CSKA just underwent to a lot of changes, having now a new president (Vyacheslav Fetisov) and a new head coach (Sergei Nemchinov)
05/08/2009 RP.com gives seasonal awards

For the first time ever, Russianprospects.com awarded the best prospects of the year. KHL inaugural season has been extremely interesting, even if it had a little less room for youngsters, and we haven’t left out players in North America. Despite being Russia mainly a forwards-factory, the top two awards landed in the defensive zone as Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) won the domestic prospect of the year award, while Dmitry Kulikov got the foreign based one. (Awards breakdown) READ MORE
05/02/2009 KHL Free agent frenzy: discover free agent prospects playing in the KHL

On May 1st the KHL released the list of the unrestricted and restricted free agents. The hottest prospect without a contract for the 09/10 season is Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens). (List of prospect free agents) READ MORE
05/01/2009 Evgeni Dadonov: I'm going to attend the development camp in Florida

Evgeni Dadonov shares impressions about his first match with the Russian national team, tells about the relationships with the coaches and explains his future plans (HC Traktor interview translated by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
04/15/2009 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens): I hope to sign a new contract with Ak Bars

In a today's interview with Sport Express journal, Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) has declared that he "hopes to sign a new contract with Ak Bars Kazan". Let's remember that his deal with the KHL champions will run out in two weeks. READ MORE
04/14/2009 Gagarin Cup landed in Kazan

And after six tight matches, only an even tighter match could decide the series. With an unusual 1-0 score Ak Bars conquered the first KHL title thanks to a goal scored midway through the third period by team’s captain Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins). (eurohockey.net article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
04/14/2009 Kazan wins Gagarin Cup to close out inagural KHL season

The end of the inaugural KHL season could not have been written a better way than this! Well it could have been with more scoring, but a game seven between the league’s two strongest clubs was a great way to finish it after an entertaining series. The somewhat underdog Kazan came up on top, with Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) scoring the only goal in the last period of the game. The club was an underdog since it has lost a few of its top players in the past two seasons including Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins), Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars) and goalie Alexander Eremenko . However, while some of the replacements have not been as impressive a few young players and newcomers have come up big in the series including Andrei Pervyshin (St. Louis Blues) and Nikita Alexeev (Chicago Blackhawks). Pervyshin has been a long time member of Ak Bars after leaving Lokomotiv but only this year has he become a regular contributor at the top level, while Nikita Alexeev (Chicago Blackhawks) has bounced between Russia and NHL, showing signs of immense potential but failing to break-out in either league. Lokomotiv was close to winning the series on several occasions, but the break down point for the club, despite the series continuing for another week must have been the failure to keep the 3:0 lead in game two that was eventually won by Ak Bars after a spectacular come back. Alexei Yashin and a few imported players are the clear leaders of the squad and it will be interesting to see what happens next year and whether Yashin will remain in Russia or return to the NHL after a two season absence.
04/01/2009 CSKA Moscow interested in Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers)

Some rumors coming from the Russian press state that Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) is actively chased by the CSKA Moscow. The talented winger, who's just been called by Bykov to the national team, will be a free agent in a month. Traktor has offered him a new contract, but it seems that Dadonov is examining many other proposal. READ MORE
03/30/2009 KHL Finals Preview

After eight months of hard battle, the KHL’s inaugural season has arrived to the final chapter. Twenty-four teams fought in the regular season, sixteen of them walked through the playoffs and Ak Bars Kazan and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl are the last two franchises who now will contend the first Gagarin Cup. (TheHockeyWriters.com article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
03/26/2009 Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) close to Avangard Omsk?

Insisting rumors coming from the Russian press say that Salavat Yulaev's Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) is close to sign a deal with Avangard Omsk this season. The forward, who scored fifty-one points in the regular season, but was left scoreless in the playoffs, has signed a two-year deal in the 2007 summer and thus his contract will run out in a month. As far as now he's examining offers from Salavat Yulaev and from Avangard Omsk. There are no news regarding a possible offer from the Montreal Canadiens. READ MORE
03/25/2009 From Russia with love; Emery would be welcomed back

Controversy seems to follow goalie Ray Emery wherever he goes these days, from his exile from Ottawa last year to his altercation on the bench in Russia this season.
Regardless how many clouds may be overshadowing him, Emery proved he's more than capable of shutting down the opposition this year for Mytishchi Atlant of the Kontinental Hockey League. Emery played in 36 games this season, posting a 22-8-0 record with a 2.12 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage. (Thefourthperiod.com article by Dave Pagnotta) READ MORE
03/25/2009 Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres) is not ok

Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres) suffered a shoulder injury in the last minutes of the fourth playoff game between Dynamo and Ak Bars. The talented young defenseman was originally reported to have been fine after the scare, but it appears the injury was more serious than it originally appears and Denisov will need three months to recover from the injury.
03/23/2009 Dynamo beats Kazan to even the series 2:2

It was clear that Dynamo soundly beat Ak Bars after just two periods of action when the two teams went into the locker rooms for the second break with the Moscow club leading 4:1. Eric Landry scored two of the tallies, while Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres) and Kalyuzhni netted one each. Oleg Petrov scored the lonely goal for Ak Bars early on, but the game was never really close. Dynamo dominated the action and had plenty of chances to widen the lead if not for the play of back up Stanislav Galimov during the latter half of the game after he replaced Finnish netminder Norrena in net. The third period took an ugly turn when it became clear that Dynamo was the victor, as Ak Bars players begun to take runs and play more physically. An ugly incident broke out when Nikita Alexeev (Chicago Blackhawks) fought Daniil Markov , as it was especially unpleasant since Alexeev started the fight with Markov’s back to him, as Markov was trying to settle things with another Kazan player Obukhov first. Markov still got the better of Alexeev, though it was impressive for the lanky former NHL forward to even try to go at Dynamo captain and former NHL hard nosed defenseman. Another scare happened even later in the game when a Kazan forward drove to the net and then went practically skates first into Vitali Eremeev, though fortunately no one was hurt. Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres) was also hit in the boards in the last minutes and had to be escorted to the locker room, though he appears to be ok as well. Now the series are tied 2:2 in the best of seven series, and the next game will take place in Kazan on Wednesday.
03/22/2009 Dmitri Orlov and Maxim Kitsyn led Metallurg Novokuznetsk junior team to win the National Finals

In the last weekend Dmitri Orlov and Maxim Kitsyn (2010 eligible) led Metallurg Novokuznetsk to grab a gold medal in the National Finals for 1992-born players held in Magnitogorsk. Orlov has been named the tournament's top defenseman. (Tournament recap exclusively for russianprospects.com by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
03/13/2009 Washington Capitals apparently interested in Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs)

According to the father of the player, Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) might be on his way to Ovechkin's Washington Capitals. The former defenseman of Lada Togliatti and Salavat Yulaev Ufa, who has been released by the latter after his ECG problems, is now on leisure in Thailand after attending rehabilitation for his heart troubles, and is currently contractless. It's also reported that Toronto is ready to sell the rights to the player drafted in the 2004. READ MORE
03/12/2009 Atlant keeps on winning, Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers) delivers

In the playoff's first game of the quarterfinals Atlant Mytischi skated past Evgeny Malkin's former team Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2-1 after an overtime. Prospects shined for the home team, who features Ray Emery between the pipes, as after a goal by Czech player Tomas Rolinek (that was caused by an adventurous play by Emery) Alexander Bumagin (Edmonton Oilers) tied it up after getting the puck past Belarusian national Andrei Mezin with a wrist shot from the slot following a quick rush in the offensive zone. In the overtime Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers), who has now five points in four playoff matches, scored the game winner with a big slapshot from the left circle that beat Mezin in the five hole. Zubarev is now his team's top scoring defenseman and is second in the overall team statistics for points, second only to regular season's leader Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets). READ MORE
03/11/2009 Detailed commentary added to 2009 NHL Entry draft prospect rank

Detailed commentary has been added regarding each prospect in our top 25 rankings of eligible Russian players. The rankings include not only newly eligible players, but also a number of young prospects who have impressive resumes but were overlooked in the past drafts. Some of the top overage player names include Maxim Chudinov and Pavel Chernov . READ MORE
03/09/2009 3 goals in 3 games from Konstantin Glazachev (Nashville Predators) not enough to rescue his team in the playoffs

Kazakhstani team Barys Astana conquered the playoffs also thanks to the spectacular season by Konstantin Glazachev (Nashville Predators). The 23 years old has had great stats by scoring 28 goals in 56 matches as club's first line left wing. In the playoff they were hit 3-0 by contenders of Ak Bars Kazan, but he scored 3 goals in as many matches, being constantly a threat on the ice.
In the whole season he thus scored thirty-one goals, twenty four assists and fifty-five points in fifty-nine matches. He ranked #7 in the points scorers and #5 in the goals scorers standings. READ MORE
03/05/2009 Salavat falls in KHL playoffs

OMSK, Russia –- The first great upset in European playoff hockey is in the books. Reigning Russian champion and KHL regular season winner Salavat Yulayev Ufa failed to make it past the first playoff round. Salavat lost in four games to Avangard Omsk, which finished 51 points behind the Ufa club. The looming upset was complete on Thursday when Avangard defeated Salavat 4-1 at home to win the opening best-of-five playoff series, 3-1. Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers)'s second goal of the series made it 4-1 at the beginning of the third period and was ultimately the back breaker for Salavat, which was the winner of the inaugural KHL regular season with 129 points. (Universal Sports article) READ MORE
03/03/2009 Final KHL 2008-09 season statistics updated

We have updated the 2008-09 season statistics, summing up the results for the regular season. Not suprisingly Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) finished the regular season atop the scoring charts with Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) close behind him. Konstantin Glazachev (Nashville Predators)'s assention to the top of the KHL has been great to watch, especially considering his struggles to find a good fit over the past several seasons. Alexei Shirokov and Dmitri Pestunov (Phoenix Coyotes) are other promising prospects atop the charts, though Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers) had a lot to do with Pestunov's success, as the young forward centered the former NHL super star's line in Omsk. READ MORE
03/03/2009 Atlant Mytischi gets a lot from Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers) in the playoffs' start

The KHL playoffs started only a couple days ago, but some players already have been valuable to their teams. Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers) is among these: if his regular season has been a bit up and down, with many healty scratches, in the playoffs he's really delivering. (game report by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
03/02/2009 KHL Playoffs to start today

After the regular season's 56 games the KHL will start on March 1st the playoff race for the Gagarin Cup hunt. The last day of games reserved some emotions as many teams were on the playoffs bound, including Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers)'s Avangard Omsk, who despite the summer pharaonic transfer campaign barely reached the post season and will have to face the reigning champions of Salavat Yulaev Ufa who, winning the regular season, have clinched a spot in 2009/10 Champions Hockey League. A late goal by Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Denis Khlystov gifted to Omsk the last playoff seed, condamning Severstal Cherepovets to the 17th position in the standings. (eurohockey.net article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
02/28/2009 Web Site News: 2009 Preliminary rankings released!

Russianprospects.com released the preliminary rankings for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft regarding Russian players. Discover them in our 2009 Draft Section. READ MORE
02/21/2009 Metallurg Novokuznetsk beats Severstal Cherepovets

23 years old Nikolai Lemtyugov (St. Louis Blues) scored one goal and one assist, but his Severstal Cherepovets lost to Metallurg Novokuznetsk in a game that seen the 2010 eligible Maxim Kitsyn score a highlight reel goal. (game report by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
02/20/2009 Shirokov and Parshin shine in CSKA's big victory against Atlant

In one of the last regular season matches, CSKA skated easily over Atlant in Mytischi running away in the third period after being still tied at two after the first two periods. Ray Emery, back in the lineup after his incident with the Atlant’s trainer, hasn’t played his best game, while the same can’t be said about his direct opponent Jussi Markkanen (Edmonton Oilers) (Edmonton Oilers), who has been solid throughout the whole game. Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) and Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks) have been instrumental in the Red Army victory. (game report by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
02/19/2009 Lada Togliatti beats Ak Bars in Kazan

After a hard fought, low scoring match, Lada conquered a shoot out victory against Ak Bars in Kazan's Tatneft arena. In a match full of ex players in both sides, Fredrik Norrena and Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) defended the creases being very effective in their guards as they managed to allow only two goals in the whole contest. Many other prospects played in this game, including Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes) and 2009 eligible Sergei Andronov. (Game report by Alessandro Seren Rosso exclusively for russianprospects.com) READ MORE
02/18/2009 2009 Universiads: Kirill Petrov (New York Islanders) to skate with Team Russia

Russian hockey federation announced the team that will compete in the 2009 Universiads to be played in Harbin, China, from February 18th to 28th. The roster seems pretty strong and features a number of players with RSL/KHL experience. The most prominent names are Kirill Petrov (New York Islanders), Vadim Berdnikov and Andrei Kolesnikov.

Goalkeepers
Alexei Belov, Mechel Chelyabinsk
Emil Garipov, Ak Bars Kazan/Neftyanik Almetievsk

Defenders
Alexei Demakov, Neftyanik Leninogorsk
Pavel Doronin, Salavat Yulaev Ufa/Toros Neftekamsk
Andrei Kolesnikov, Vityaz Chekhov
Konstantin Mladin, Toros Neftekamsk
Vyacheslav Seluyanov, Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Ilya Susloparov, Neftyanik Leninogorsk
Vasily Tokranov, Ak Bars Kazan/Neftyanik Almetievsk
Sergei Zuborev, Vityaz Chekhov

Forwards
Evgeny Belukhin, Neftyanik Almetievsk
Vadim Berdnikov, Vityaz Chekhov
Denis Fakhrutdinov, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Azat Kalimullin, Ak Bars Kazan
Konstantin Kulikov, Neftyanik Leninogorsk
Kirill Petrov (New York Islanders), Ak Bars Kazan
Artur Sarvarov, Ariada Volzhsk
Denis Sergeev, Vityaz Chekhov
Dmitri Tsybin, Toros Neftekamsk
Marat Valiullin, HK Dmitrov
Radik Zakiev, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Dmitri Zyuzin, Salavat Yulaev Ufa
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02/17/2009 Russian league takes action to boost clubs

The Kontinental Hockey League of Russia launched as a 24-team league last year with designs to challenge the NHL for players and international interest. As the league wraps up its first season, its executives have found that the international economic crisis has made that effort more difficult than first imagined. KHL President and Gazprom Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev sat down between periods of last week’s New York Rangers-Washington Capitals game with staff writer Tripp Mickle to discuss the state of the league and the impact of the economic crisis on it. (Sports Business Journal article by Tripp Mickle) READ MORE
02/11/2009 KHL stops Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs), who might have heart problems

UFA - In the today's press conference after the match between Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Spartak Moscow, won by the home team 2-1, Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) hasn't been iced as it some problems arisen in his last cardiogram test. The young player immediately moved from Ufa to Moscow for further inspections. READ MORE
02/03/2009 2009 Draft run: Alexander Vasiliev KHL Rookie of the month

After a great run in January with his Vityaz Chekhov, Alexander Vasiliev has been named KHL's Rookie of the month. In January's nine games he collected three goals and nine assists, ending up with a +2. Unfortunately Vityaz Chekhov hasn't had much of success, being them second last in the standings with only forty points in forty-nine matches. Only Khimik Voskresensk made worse, with thirty-six points. READ MORE
01/31/2009 Fleming's deal with Omsk terminated

The final chapter in the rollercoaster saga of Avangard Omsk head coach Wayne Fleming finally has been written. The former Canadian Olympic assistant coach and long-time NHL assistant agreed with team management that things weren't working out, and late this week his contract with the Omsk team -- one that included five-time NHL scoring champ Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers) -- was terminated. "Management and I met last Wednesday and we both agreed that this wasn't working out for either party and it would be best we terminate the contract," Fleming wrote in an e-mail Saturday morning. READ MORE
01/26/2009 Young goalie Ilya Proskuryakov earns a shutout and scores a goal!

A former ranked NHL draft prospect and Russian junior national team goalie, 1987 born Ilya Proskuryakov earned an important shutout and also scored the first ever goal by a goalie in the KHL during a close contest against HC Ak Bars. The young netminder turned aside 29 shots and while his club was leading 1:0 with just 15 seconds left in the game Proskuryakov tried to clear the puck out of the zone, but his clear became a shot when it bounced past defenseman Ilya Nikulin (Atlanta Thrashers) and eventually made to the net, hitting the post before rolling in. Proskuryakov has enjoyed a career season with HC Metallurg, taking over the starting position and playing 33 games, winning 21 of them (3rd in the league) with an impressive 92%save percentage and 2.15 GAA. Along with Georgy Gellashvilli and Stanislav Galimov , he remains one of the top undrafted goalies to skate in Russia.
01/25/2009 Alexander Vasiliev back on track with Vityaz Chekhov

Russianprospects.com features an article about Alexander Vasiliev , who is a nineteen years old right wing with a knack for scoring. He is a player that was a bit overhyped back in the days as he has been overlooked in the past two drafts and, more importantly, for the major tournaments with team Russia after the 2006-07 season. In that year he had a very strong Ivan Hlinka tournament, as Russia conquered a bronze medal and he was the team’s top scorer, outscoring the likes of Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers), Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) and Sergei Korostin (Dallas Stars). READ MORE
01/24/2009 Grigori Shafigullin moves from Ak Bars to Vityaz Chekhov

A couple of days after being released by Ak Bars Kazan, Grigori Shafigullin (Nashville Predators) has been signed to a contract by Vityaz Chekhov, second last team in the KHL standings. In his new team Shafigullin will surely get more ice time and will be allowed to play a bigger role than the one he had in a stacked Ak Bars roster. READ MORE
01/22/2009 Web Site News: Maxim Goncharov's profile updated and made public

We have updated Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes)'s profile and made it public. The updates included an updated scout recap, updated statistics, as well as an update to the History and NHL Outlook sections. READ MORE
01/15/2009 Freeze out: Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) friendship grows cold

Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) are two of the world's best hockey players, fellow Russians who became millionaires by their early 20s, former Olympic team roommates and the NHL's top two scorers last season. But the one-time friends have become cold-as-ice rivals, and their on-ice feud has grown increasingly nasty. Last season, the Penguins' Malkin ducked just in time to avoid a hard drive into the boards from the Capitals' Ovechkin. The ugliness has moved off the ice, too, with Ovechkin reportedly taking a swing at Malkin's agent in Moscow. (The Canadian Press article) READ MORE
01/15/2009 KHL statistics have been updated through today

We have updated the KHL statistics for NHL prospects and other leading players through today's games. READ MORE
01/12/2009 Foreigners edge Russians in KHL All-Star game

MOSCOW: A hat trick from Slovakia's Marcel Hossa helped lift former NHL MVP Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers)'s squad of foreigners over an all-Russian team 7-6 in the Continental Hockey League's All-Star game on a bitterly cold evening in Red Square on Saturday. Adept goaltending by Robert Esche and former Ottawa Senator Ray Emery also helped Jagr's team withstand a late comeback by a Russian team featuring another former NHL star in Alexei Yashin . As temperatures dropped to minus 16 degrees Celsius (3 F), spectators were left shivering in the grandstands at the open-air rink in the heart of the Russian capital. (International Herald article by Assoiated Press) READ MORE
01/12/2009 Konstantin Korneev named KHL Defender of the week

With one goal, three assists and +4 in the three away games played with his CSKA Moscow last week, Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) has been named KHL Defender of the week. The talented blue liner he's his team's defender top scorer with eighteen points in forty-one matches. One of the KHL top defenseman, Korneev - who's +12 so far in the season - is still demonstrating progressions and making steps forward in his already excellent game. READ MORE
01/11/2009 January 9th games: Mirnov scores a double for Metallurg Magnitogorsk

In January 9th KHL games Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) scored two goals for his Metallurg Magnitogorsk as they beaten Traktor Chelyabinsk 4-2. Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) plays well, but Lada loses to Dinamo Riga 2-0 at home (KHL Boxscores) READ MORE
01/10/2009 Web Site News: 2009 Draft: Stanislav Bocharov profile created, Pavel Chernov and Maxim Chudinov updated

As russianprospects.com is gearing up for the upcoming selections, the 2009 Draft section has seen three additions today: Stanislav Bocharov 's profile has been created, while Pavel Chernov 's and Maxim Chudinov 's have been updated with new scout reports, statistics and content to give you the best coverage possible for the Russian players eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
01/08/2009 Georgi Berdyukov and Anton Burdasov profiles created for the 2009 NHL Draft section

Georgi Berdyukov and Anton Burdasov 's profile have been created as russianprospects.com has started its 2009 Draft Coverage. Stay tuned in the next days for further profiles!
01/08/2009 Dmitri Vorobiev traded to Salavat Yulaev Ufa!

Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) has been traded tonight from HC Lada Togliatti to Salavat Yulaev Ufa. The young defenseman, who won the world championships this past spring with the Russian national team, has been exchanged for a draft pick in the next KHL draft. If the trade is surprising as Lada loses one of their best players and one of the best products of its own hockey school, this is a great chance for Dmitri to play for a team who will be one of the contender for the first KHL title.
01/06/2009 KHL statistics updated

We have updated the statistics to include the games that took place on January 5th. Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) continue to lead the league in points, while Konstantin Glazachev (Nashville Predators) continues to perform well, averaging more than a point as a leader of Barys (Astana). Evgeny Skachkov (St. Louis Blues) is another up and coming prospect who is performing well for the third season in the row. READ MORE
01/06/2009 January 5th: Trunev’s Severstal beats Dinamo Riga

Russianprospects.com returns back to the KHL with a report based on the January 5th match between Severstal Cherepovets and Dinamo Riga. Maxim Trunev (Montreal Canadiens), Nikolai Lemtyugov (St. Louis Blues) and Stanislav Egorshev skated in this match for the home team who got a deserved 3-1 win against a Dinamo Riga team that proved to be less strong. (exclusive russianprospects.com scout report by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
12/25/2008 KHL December 25th games: Ak Bars Kazan beats CSKA in Moscow

With a perfect first period Ak Bars Kazan triumphed over CSKA Moscow despite a very good performance by Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues). Kirill Starkov (Columbus Blue Jackets) scores for CSKA. (KHL Boxscores) READ MORE
12/21/2008 KHL statistics have been updated through today and new teams added!

We have updated the KHL statistics of prospects and former NHL stars. Beyond updated stats for existing teams, we also added several more teams to the list, including Barys (Astana), Atlant (Mytische) and Metallurg (Novokuznetsk). We will complete the addition of all KHL teams shortly. Please let us know if there is a player you would like to see in the statistics list who is currently missing by going to Contact Us and sending us a note. READ MORE
12/20/2008 North America or bust for top Russian play (Kirill Kabanov article)

MOSCOW–Hockey prospect Kirill Kabanov sat in the back seat of his mother's black BMW as she sped down Moscow's historic Tverskaya Street on a recent blustery and wet evening. With roots purportedly dating to the 12th century, Tverskaya is Russia's most exclusive stretch of real estate. The wide boulevard starts in the shadow of St. Basil's multi-coloured, onion-dome spires and boasts a host of luxury stores selling Rolex watches, tailored Italian suits and priceless gems and jewels. Here's what sets Kabanov apart from most other 16-year-olds: he can afford to shop on Tverskaya. (TheStar.com article by Rick Westhead) READ MORE
12/17/2008 Nikolai Lemtyugov back in Russia

As reported by all the most important news agencies both in America and in Russia, twenty-two years old Nikolai Lemtyugov (St. Louis Blues) left AHL's Peoria to get back in the homeland. Despite being at the second season at the club, scoring nineteen points in twenty-seven games, Lemtyugov never got a chance to show what he's worth in the National Hockey League. He was though reported to rarely play at full effort. It's not sure where the St. Petersburg native will continue his KHL career. He has played three seasons in the RSL, wich CSKA Moscow and Severstal Cherepovets.
12/16/2008 Team Russia star Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) will continue his career in Dynamo Moscow.

Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) signed a contract with HC Dynamo through the rest of the 2008-09 season as a free agent. He became a free agent recently when KHL resolved the conflict between him and his club, Ak Bars, by releasing him. In the current season Zinovjev played 10 games for Ak Bars, where he got 2 (1+1) points, got 8 penalty minutes and had a +/- rating of +3. Sergei is supposed to join his new team after the completion of the First Channel Cup.
12/14/2008 Latest KHL statistics update + new teams added!

We have updated the KHL statistics to include the latest round of action and have also added statistics for Avangard (Omsk), Dynamo (Moscow), Spartak (Moscow) and SKA (St. Petersburg) clubs. Some of the stand out players on those teams who have impressed this season include Alexander Suglobov with SKA, as well as Alexander Drozdetsky (Philadelphia Flyers) with Spartak. Roman Voloshenko (Minnesota Wild), Mikhail Yunkov (Washington Capitals), Timofei Shishkanov (St. Louis Blues) are just some of the names of talented prospects who have struggled out of the gate. Please click on the following link to view complete latest statistics. READ MORE
12/10/2008 KHL updated statistics now operational!

We are glad to now offer you KHL 2008-09 statistics on RussianProspects.com! The statistics are up to date and currently contain the top four KHL clubs (Ak Bars, Salavat Yulayev, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl). We will be adding the rest of the teams shortly and will keep the statistics updated for throughout the rest of the season. READ MORE
12/08/2008 Artem Chernov making another come back to Super League

KHL club HC Tver announced that former Russian star and Dallas Stars prospect Artem Chernov (Dallas Stars) is making his return to big hockey after an early season absence due to a medical condition. While it’s speculation, the medical condition may have to do with his personal drug issues that have seriously impacted his career a couple of years back. The clubs states that he is returning shortly and we must add that there hasn’t been a reliable source to confirm the reasons behind Chernov’s absence.
12/08/2008 Hockey Night in Europe: Top Russian Center Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) a Free Agent

The best line in the Russian K.H.L. officially broke up over the weekend when the league ruled that Ak Bars Kazan forward Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) was no longer under contract to the team. Zinoviev, with Ak Bars since 2002-03, centered the league’s top line with Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Danis Zapirov on his wings. That same troika also starred for the national team in recent years. But early this season Zinoviev had a run-in with coach Zinetula Bilyayetdinov, who demoted him to the fourth line. Zinoviev eventually filed a grievance with the league, claiming that his wages had also been cut, a move that would void his contract with Ak Bars. The Tatar club denied the charge, but on Saturday the K.H.L. ruled in Zinoviev’s favor, making him a free agent. Ak Bars, who were fined 3 million rubles ($106,000), said they would appeal to a sports arbitration body. (New York Times article by Jeff Z. Klein) READ MORE
12/06/2008 Bryan Berard in Russia: I Like Everything Here

The former Islanders and Rangers defenseman and N.H.L. bonus baby, Bryan Berard, said he’s settling in fine with his new team, last-place Vityaz Chekhov of the Russian K.H.L., although he said, “It’s taking me a few games to adjust and understand everything.” (New York times article by Jeff Z. Klein) READ MORE
12/06/2008 Sudden Death - Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) article

The sudden, tragic death of 19-year old Avangard Omsk player Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) in October shook the world of professional hockey. Not just in Russia, which lost one of the new Continential Hockey League's most exciting young players, but in North America as well, where the New York Rangers were eagerly awaiting his arrival. And this week, a prosecutor in the Moscow region town where the young player died during a game found the kind of embarrassing lapses that will hopefully be solved before they happen again. (Moscow News article by Christopher Marcisz)
11/25/2008 Evgeny Gladskikh (Vancouver Canucks) traded to HC Atlant as club continues to strengthen

Evgeny Gladskikh (Vancouver Canucks) was traded to HC Atlant in exchange for Russian hockey veteran Denis Metlyuk. Gladskykh has been a perennial scorer in the Russian leagues, but has struggled to perform to his old self since leaving HC Metallurg for a lucrative deal with HC Avangard, recording just one goal in 17 games for his new club. HC Atlant has been quite impressive thus far, continuing to remain at the top of the league’s standings.
11/25/2008 Denis Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers) traded to HC Atlant for bad behavior

Denis Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers) was traded by HC Lada to HC Atalant in exchange for young forward Mikhail Gloukhov, a former member of the U20 squad and also the younger brother of former Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Alexei Gloukhov (Tampa Bay Lightning). While transfers are common, he appeared to have been traded “for bad behavior”. Lada’s head coach Petr Vorobiev stated in interviews with HC Lada Press and Sport-Express newspapers that the club “was not happy with the level of his play and he also badly influences his younger brother [Evgeny] and Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs). Things are just getting worse and worse and we believe he is bringing a negative influence on the team”.
11/25/2008 Roman Voloshenko (Minnesota Wild) traded to HC Tver for a goalie

Roman Voloshenko (Minnesota Wild) was traded today by HC Dynamo to HC Tver for goalie Mikhail Biryukov . Biryukov had a strong season last year, but struggled to meet the same expectations and deliver a stable performance this year around. Roman Voloshenko (Minnesota Wild) has not stood out much either and has also struggled to find himself since returning from North America. For Voloshenko this could be a fresh start, while for Biryukov this is a demotion back to the backup job.
11/19/2008 CHL Roundup: Evaluation of Russians playing in the Canadian Juniors

A comprehensive look a the Russian born imports currently skating in the Canadian junior leagues (WHL, OHL, QMJL). The list includes NHL drafted prospects such as Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) and Sergei Korostin (Dallas Stars), as well as up and coming young prospects who will be eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. (article exclusively for RussianProspects.com by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
11/17/2008 Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) back on ice

Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) finally got back on Severstal’s lineup in his team’s OT loss to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 3-2. Despite being out for more than two months for a dislocated shoulder injury suffered in the preseason, the young defender had an excellent performance, actively featuring on both Severstal’s goals, concluding the match with two assists and more than twenty-four minute of ice play. Severstal is struggling so far in this season despite the efforts in the transfers market made this summer. They are currently in fourteenth place in the KHL rankings.
11/16/2008 Mikhail Lyubushin (Los Angeles Kings) tries to shake up his career, moves to Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod

Mikhail Lyubushin (Los Angeles Kings) has just transferred from Avangard Omsk to Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. The young defender who was on occasion a top four defender with HC Avangard, had no space in the Fleming’s lineup and will try to find more ice time under Popikhin’s leadership
11/07/2008 Denis Kazionov (Tampa Bay Lightning) to skate in Czech Republic

According to Czech website hokej.cz the 20-years old Denis Kazionov (Tampa Bay Lightning) will pass from Amur Khabarovsk to BK Mlada Boleslav, Czech’s extraliga newcomers. Denis will have to pass through a two weeks tryout. In this season the young forward didn’t manage to crack Amur’s lineup, playing in only six matches, ending them pointless.
11/03/2008 Pavel Valentenko (Montreal Canadiens) returns to Russia, signs with HC Dynamo

MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens defence prospect Pavel Valentenko (Montreal Canadiens) has signed a three-year contract with Dynamo Moscow, the Russian hockey club reported Thursday on its website. A Canadiens spokesman said the team was unaware of the signing. But he said that Valentenko, who had been playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, returned to Russia for personal and family reasons. (Canadian Press article) READ MORE
11/03/2008 Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) gets his wish and one more NHL chance with the Coyotes

The Ottawa Senators finally found a trading partner for Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators), sending the young talented center to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Drew Fatta. Interestingly the Coyotes, like the Senators have been one of the last teams tending to draft Russian born players. The deal also appears to be at least in part the work of Nikulin's agents, who have strong relationships with the Coyotes and also represent the NHL club's Enver Lisin (Phoenix Coyotes) and used to represent another Phoenix drafted skated Dmitri Pestunov (Phoenix Coyotes) (who was likely drafted as high as he was because of this relationship between the Gretzky camp and at the time IMG agency). This largely represents a new beginning for Nikulin, who will hopefully be able to crack the lineup and skate along side Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) and possibly Enver Lisin (Phoenix Coyotes), who is currently on an assignment to the AHL.
11/02/2008 Konstantin Pushkarev (Dallas Stars) shines in KHL debut

It was just a few months ago that Konstantin Pushkarev (Dallas Stars) still seemed to have a chance at an NHL career after the Dallas Stars invited him back to camp despite him leaving the team last year to return to Russia and then failing to really make an impact with any Super League club. This looked even more grim when the Stars subsequently released Pushy and he was destined to return back to Russia to an unclear reception. Things definitely cleared up this past week when Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) signed the young forward to a two year contract and he made an instant impact in his debut, scoring two goals against Spartak (Moscow).
11/02/2008 Georgiy Gurianov : I would like to play NCAA Division I Hockey and one day play in the NHL

Georgiy Gurianov is a young sized forward who recently decided to try his fortunes in North America, in a similar way of the path chosen by Alexander Denezhkin, a young forward who decided to depart to America two years ago and now plays for OHL’s Oshawa Generals. Staying at 6’5”, 200 lbs, he is currently playing for the Walpole Express of the MJHL, a league played in the United States. Currently Georgiy is the top goals and points scorer in the North Division with seventeen goals and eleven assists in only thirteen games. In this season he also amassed only six PIMs. (RussianProspects.com exclusive interview by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
10/30/2008 Dmitri Kostromitin : CHL is a good league, with many games in a season, and a good level of hockey

Dmitri Kostromitin was one of the top defensemen out of Russia who was hurt by the NHL/Russia rift and did not get drafted. The young defenseman has since decided to join the CHL and skate for Montreal in the QMJHL. Our correspondent Alessandro Seren Rosso has caught up with him while the young defenseman was already in Montreal acclimating to a new city and his new team. (Exclusive RussianProspects.com interview by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
10/28/2008 HC Avangard retires Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s jersey

With a touching ceremony Avangard Omsk retired Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s jersey in their first home game played after the Chekhov's tragedy, against Belarusian KHL newcomer of Dynamo Minsk, on October 20th. Before the match it was announced that for that game weren't planned any commercial or musical interruptions, and Avangard distributed a commemorative free issue of their match program, completely dedicated to Alexei. (RussianProspects.com article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
10/25/2008 Vyacheslav Voinov (Los Angeles Kings): I must earn my chance by playing in the AHL

Labelled a couple of years back as one of the most talented defenders to come out of Russian hockey in the past several years, Vyacheslav Voinov (Los Angeles Kings) (Los Angeles Kings) has been a regular as Russia’s higher Super League level for the pas two seasons. This summer after being drafted he made the unexpected switch to North America, joining the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate the Manchester Monarchs in New Hampshire. The young defenseman’s career has been full of surprises, since a big question mark on him before the draft has been whether he would be willing to cross over to North America and now he is, unexpectedly for a lot of fans, is playing in North America, and not in the juniors, but for AHL club. (Exclusive RussianProspects.com interview by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
10/25/2008 Ex-Ranger Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets) fitting in well with Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Last July 1, Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets) and his wife celebrated the birth of their first child, Leeza. The next day, the Russian defenseman - who was drafted by the Rangers in the second round in 2001, played 250 games for them and agreed to a long-term contract extension in February - was shipped to the Blue Jackets along with defenseman Christian Backman for wingers Nikolai Zherdev (New York Rangers) and Dan Fritsche. "Sure, it was a shock, a surprise, being traded for the first time," Tyutin, 25, said Friday. "It's different ... But I still do what I love to do, play hockey." (NewsDay article by Steve Zipay) READ MORE
10/23/2008 Andrei Loktionov to play in ADT Challenge

Centre Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings) has a spot many of his Windsor Spitfires teammates covet. The 18-year-old Loktionov will play for Russia in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge when the six-game series makes its stop for two games in Ontario next month. A fifth-round pick of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, Loktionov helped Russia to a silver medal in the spring at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship. (Windsor Star article by Jim Parker) READ MORE
10/23/2008 Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) detailed game shift-by-shift scouting report

Kontinental Hockey League, Round 4: Shift-by-shift with Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) For the fourth round of the Continental Hockey League, we provide in depth scouting report based on Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)'s performance. We followed the Habs prospect on a shift-by-shift analysis. He plays on the team's third line with Grigori Panin, a player who is really familiar with as they played together not only in Ak Bars, but also in Lada Togliatti and in the National Junior team. READ MORE
10/15/2008 Igor Larionov irate over Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s death

MOSCOW -- Russian hockey legend Igor Larionov says the death of rising star Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) is "unacceptable" and has asked the Continental Hockey League's majority owner to hold an emergency meeting about the matter. Larionov, who helped Russian businessman Alex Medvedev found the league and sits on the KHL's board of directors, told ESPN.com he was flying to Russia on Thursday and hoped to get more answers. A board meeting could take place next week, Larionov said. (ESPN.com article by Pierre Lebrun) READ MORE
10/14/2008 KHL making strides, but Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s death sheds light on unfortunate shortcomings

A tragedy happened yesterday near Moscow, where a rising star Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) collapsed with just a few minutes left in the game. The young forward apparently suffered an acute heart attack and died shortly after collapsing. Now the fingers are being pointed at the team’s medical staff, which supposedly missed the pre-existing condition and allowed the player to skate. Still, at this point the fault appears to fall flatly on the rink management, since the medical response team that is supposed to be present at the rink the entire duration of the game went missing late in the contest. They were reported to be there earlier in the game, but were not there in the waning minutes. These critical lost minutes likely contributed to Cherepanov’s unfortunate death. This unfortunate incident sheds a bit of light at the lengths KHL has to go in order to continue it’s development into a competent and professional hockey league. KHL has made strides in facilities, salaries and player accommodations, but this incident highlights shortcomings that are still apparent within the system. If such an incident had occurred in the NHL, or even the AHL, the medical staff response time would have been much shorter and this further saddens the whole situation.
10/14/2008 Alexei Cherepanov collapses on bench during game, dies of apparent heart attack

New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) suffered an apparent heart attack during a game Monday night in Russia, collapsing on the bench, and died. He was 19. Alexei Cherepanov Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Alexei Cherepanov, the top-ranked European player in the 2007 draft, was the Rangers' first-round pick that year. "We are extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Alexei," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a statement. "On behalf of the New York Rangers organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family. Alexei was an intelligent, energetic young man, with tremendous talent and an extremely bright future." Cherepanov was the Rangers' first-round pick, 17th overall, in the 2007 draft. Avangard Omsk head coach Wayne Fleming said Cherepanov collapsed during the third period Monday night. Fleming said he did not see anything on the ice that could have contributed to the collapse and said medical personnel tried to get Cherepanov's heart beating again after it had stopped. (ESPN.com article READ MORE
10/05/2008 Viktor Bobrov (Calgary Flames) tallies for Khimik while Egor Shastin (Calgary Flames) leads Torpedo

Viktor Bobrov (Calgary Flames) has finally made his Elite league debut and appears to be making the most of it. The young forward scored for his club in a 4:0 trouncing of the struggling Metallurg Magnitogorsk. His team’s victory was especially surprising considering how poorly Khimik has played in the recent weeks, recently even firing the club’s head coach Novikov. On the other hand the champs Salavat Yulayev beat Metallurg Novokuznetsk in a closely contested game that was 1:1 through most of the first two periods before a nice play by Oleg Tverdovsky (Los Angeles Kings) and a follow up by Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) finished off Novokuznetsk. In the third game of the day, HC Torpedo delivered a surprising victory against the strong HC Dynamo. Former NHL prospect Egor Shastin (Calgary Flames) scored the first tally for Torpedo. He is enjoying a bit of renaissance after struggling to develop his career and even travelling as far as Switzerland, where his father once played. (complete game box scores) READ MORE
10/01/2008 The Morning Skate: Barry Smith on Magnitka, the Rangers’ Victoria Cup Foe

The Rangers go against Metallurg Magnitogorsk today for the Victoria Cup at 1:30 PM EDT (MSG, NHL Network) and we’ve enlisted the help of Barry Smith, the head coach of SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL, to get a handle on Magnitka. This is a game that is in one sense meaningless, as the Rangers use it as their final tune-up before their regular-season schedule begins in Prague on Saturday against Tampa Bay. But in a larger sense, it is very meaningful as the first Victoria Cup game, the historic first encounter between an NHL and a KHL team — a game Magnitka very much want to win — and, as such, these teams are surrogates in the uneasy relationship that currently exists between the two leagues. (NY Times article by Stu Hackel) READ MORE
10/01/2008 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) shines against HC Amur

In Avangard’s tenth game of the season, played in the far-east hockey hotbed of Khabarovsk, home of the local Amur, Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) put on a show as he scored two points, being a constant menace for the opponents defense. Cherepanov got his first point of the game at the twenty-sixth minute, when he served Nikita Nikitin (St. Louis Blues) on the blue line for the 2-0. This was Nikitin’s first goal of the season. At the forty-ninth he and Kuryanov broke away two on one and for Alexei was really easy to tip in the good pass from his line mate for his third goal of the season. That was the 4-0 goal for Avangard. He completed the game at +3 as also the game’s first marker was scored by his line, but he got no points as Popov scored assisted by Kuryanov. Cherepanov right now has three goals and three assists in eight matches.
10/01/2008 Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) wrong to sign with Russian club: IIHF

Forward Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) shouldn't have signed a deal with a team in his native Russia while still under contract with the Nashville Predators, the International Ice Hockey Federation said on Wednesday. However, hockey's world governing body said it can't prevent Radulov from competing because of a lack of agreement which deals with international transfers. (CBC Sports Article) READ MORE
09/30/2008 Alexei Shkotov (St. Louis Blues) down again

Things are just getting worse and worse for prospect Alexei Shkotov (St. Louis Blues). The young winger hurt his knee during the just the second shift back from a serious injury that sidelined him for months. He hurt his knee seriously enough to miss the rest of the recently started KHL season. The young forward who once was one of the brighter scorers on Russia’s U20 national team has been marred with injuries the last few seasons and has struggled to produce and recover from the long recoveries. It remains to be seen if last season’s champions Salavat Yulayev have any patience left or will release him at the end of this season.
09/23/2008 KHL Round 9 - Lada vs. Metallurg Mg Detailed Scouting Report

The first period has been quiet with no goals scored and only a couple of chances for the home team. The first comes at the third minute when Chistov dekes past three opponents and centers the puck, Zavarukhin doesn’t hook and the rush ends its way. At the fourteen minute Fountin rejects a big slapshot by Vitaly Atyushov, Stanislav Chistov (Boston Bruins) picks up the rebound searching for the right angle but Fountin denies it. The first period has been dominated by Metallurg, but in the second, after only forty seconds, Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes) has a big moment, but Mezin Saves. Five minutes later Atyushov has his second chance of the game with a powerful slapshot, Fountin saves. The Canadian goalkeeper repeats at the seventh as he stops in style a couple of shots from the home side. The game flows nicely but without many chances and thus the first period ends with the teams tied at zero. (Detailed RP Report by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
09/22/2008 Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) and Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) assigned to Binghamton

Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) and Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) were part of the latest and likely last large group of seven players that Ottawa assigned to Binghamton earlier today. The young players were expected to compete for spots, but at the same time were also widely expected to be assigned to the AHL farm club and be the top call up players.
09/20/2008 KHL Round 8: Detailed prospect analysis of Ak Bars vs. Metallurg Mg.

Russianprospects.com has been back to Arena Magnitogorsk to have a look at the Metallurg Magnitogorsk challenge aired for the eight turn of the 2008/09 Continental Hockey League. Ak Bars will be without Kirill Petrov (New York Islanders) (New York Islanders) as the perspective forward is reported out with a two and half – three months injury, could even miss the WJC. READ MORE
09/20/2008 Mikhail Grabovski's at home with new Leaf linemates

Mikhail Grabovsky (Toronto Maple Leafs) doesn't speak much English but the word "opportunity" is prominent in his vocabulary. It is why he wanted out of Montreal's organization and why he is so thrilled to have joined the Maple Leafs. And it is what he has been given, at least for now, as he starts camp as Toronto's No.1 centre, between Nikolai Antropov (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Alexei Ponikarovsky (Toronto Maple Leafs). READ MORE
09/15/2008 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) hopes future is now

Senators general manager Bryan Murray noted yesterday that the Senators still regard Zubov and fellow Russian Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) as developing players. That seemed to provide a hint about the team's plans for them. "He's improved, he's in really good shape," Murray said of Zubov. "Obviously, he's worked hard over the summer to get ready for camp and I'd like to think that in camp, he'll show up." (faceoff.com article) READ MORE
09/14/2008 Filatov to Miss Jackets' Rookie Camp

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Left wing Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, will be sidelined for 10-to-14 days with a lower leg injury. The Blue Jackets announced on Friday that Filatov, 18, will miss the club's rookie camp in Traverse City, Michigan because of the injury. (TSN.ca article) READ MORE
09/14/2008 Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames): It was great! They even had fireworks!

After the first game of the new KHL season - Ufa's game to open the chase for the new Cup, in which Russia's champion Salavat Yulayev earned a clear victory over Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Ufa's forward Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) shared his impressions with Championat.ru correspondent. The first period ended up being not very successful. Maybe you were under the pressure of emotions, maybe the teams were feeling each other out. Neither we nor they had many chances, but then we adjusted for the second period and started to play how we needed to, scoring four goals. I think we played well for the last two periods. (Championat.ru interview by Vladimir Bakulin translated by Eugene Belashchenko) READ MORE
09/13/2008 Round 4 Box Scores - Radulov 's Champs crush Jagr's HC Avangard

Last year's champs HC Salavat Yulayev crushed Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers)'s HC Avangard in a close contest. Goalie John Grahame played well for the most part, but fell apart in the third period. This was the first contest between the clubs that signed NHL stars Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers) and Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) in the offseason. In Moscow HC Spartak staged a coup by coming back from a 1:4 defecit to eventually win the game in penalty shots. READ MORE
09/12/2008 Round 3 Avangard routs former 2007 Champs Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) 6:0

Nashville Predators prospect Konstantin Glazachev (Nashville Predators) appears to have found his scoring touch again with a change of scenery, now skating for HC Barys from Astana, Kazakhstan. While his club has struggled to win thus far, he has scored a goal against HC Traktor and then delivered two assists in the following contest. Another prospect making a come back is Sergei Anshakov (Pittsburgh Penguins), who got another Super League chance with HC Neftkhimik and notched his first goal of the season against HC Lada. HC Severstal was destroyed by lowly HC Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) 6:1. At the same time HC Avangard enjoyed rout against HC Metallurg (Magnitogorsk), with Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers) scoring his first goal of the season. READ MORE
09/12/2008 Round 4 - Moscow rival clash: CSKA vs. Spartak detailed recap

CSKA Moscow met their underdog neighbor Spartak Moscow in the latter's home turf during the fourth round of the Kontinental Hockey League.The game was practically dominated by CSKA throughout, but yet the final score was a curious 5:5 tie. Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) (St. Louis Blues), while at times solid, was hardly tested and ended allowing five goals on less than 20 shots.His opposing netminder the Czech Prusek delivered a more solid performance and handled for the most part well an onslaught of shots from CSKA. CSKA was at one point 4:1, but let the lead slip away and allowed the tying goal with less than 2 minutes left in the contest.CSKA could have even lost the game if a skate goal by Spartak defenseman Kirill Lyamin (Ottawa Senators) (Ottawa Senators) was called back. (Evaluation by Eugene Belashchenko of RussianProspects.com) READ MORE
09/11/2008 Prospect trio iced in Mytischi - KHL second Round Atlant - Vityaz

After a good preseason, culminated with the Governor Cup victory, Atlant youngsters keep on having room in the roster, especially three of them, Alexander Bumagin (Edmonton Oilers), Anton Lazarev and Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers). Russianprospects.com has observed them playing fourth line hockey in the second round KHL match between Atlant Mytischi and Vityaz Chekhov. (RussianProspects.com exclusive article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
09/10/2008 Mikhail Yunkov (Washington Capitals): It's all because of my brother

An article hit the press that Spartak forward Mikhail Yunkov (Washington Capitals) will spend the next season with the Washington Capitals. However, the player himself was not aware of this. I also read about this on the internet. But I don't know anything about this. I did not receive any offers. It's unclear to me where this information surfaced from. (Sport Day By Day Interview by Dinara Kafiskina) READ MORE
09/09/2008 KHL Kicks Off: Detailed Recap of Ak Bars (Kazan) vs. Avangard (Omsk)

The first KHL round has seen an interesting match in Kazan, where local Ak Bars challenged Jagr\'s Avangard Omsk. Avangard has been completely revamped during the summer as they had 21 new players in order to get by the disappointing 07-08 season, while Ak Bars kept the core of the team, being more concentrated in adding some quality imports to their rosters. The Kazan team had many not available players, a fact that allowed head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov to dress more youngsters than usual. (Detailed recap by Alessandro Seren Rosso of RussianProspects.com) READ MORE
09/06/2008 New Russian Hockey League Accuses NHL of Poaching

A newly formed Russian hockey league accused the NHL of poaching two of its players when the Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms with two draft prospects last week. As a result, the Continental Hockey League (KHL), announced Thursday that it was no longer obligated to abide by a moratorium reached in July, when the leagues agreed against signing players that were under contract. (Canadian Press Article) READ MORE
09/06/2008 KHL Will Allow Abritrator To Decide Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) Case

In a stunning turn of events, the Kontinental Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation appear to have extended an olive branch to the NHL, which may ultimately lead to a thaw in the frigid relations between the KHL and the NHL. We have gone with an open hand to the NHL, KHL president Alexander Medvedev told thn.com in a telephone interview Saturday. We are hoping to get a positive reaction from the NHL. (The Hockey News article) READ MORE
09/01/2008 Are Artem Chernov (Dallas Stars)'s drug problems back?!

After rising to become a Russian hockey's star and then dropping into the depths of horribly drug addiction and only to fight hard to return to the top of Russian hockey, it appears that Artem Chernov (Dallas Stars) maybe battling drugs once again. The young forward and former Dallas Stars prospect has reportedly been taken off HC MVD's starting roster and the club's press correspondent reported that Chernov may miss the 2008-09 season due to a medical condition and necessary treatment that he is already undertaken. While the release was very vague, considering Chernov's past history it appears to mean that the young forward may be fighting another bout with drug addiction. It was especially unfortunate when considering how far he has come in the last two seasons in the Super League, during which he led HC MVD.
09/01/2008 Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) breaks wrist in a preseason game

Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) broke his wrist during a preseason game of his HC Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) against HC Ak Bars. The young forward collided with Kazan's defenseman Andrei Pervyshin (St. Louis Blues) and fell awkwardly on his wrist. He will reportedly miss approximately two months of hockey and was already seen sporting a cast on his arm.
09/01/2008 Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) heavily injured in preseason match

CHEREPOVETS – in the match between HC Severstal and HC MVD, blue liner Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) suffered from a serious injury. HC Severstal’s doctor Dmitri Bogdashevsky has declared that Yuri had a dislocation of the acromioclavicular articulation (in the shoulder) and thus he is out of action for at least three months. This is really bad news for Alexandrov, headed to his fourth season in Severstal’s main roster and who was considered one of Boston’s top defensive prospects. Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) heavily injured in preseason match
08/28/2008 Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) will play in OHL for 08-09 season.

New York Rangers' draftee Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) will report to his OHL team Brampton Battalions for the 08-09 season. He is currently in New York, let's remember that he skated with the Rangers in the development camp back in July, recovering from a hip pointer injury. Nothing serious, he will join Brampton's training camp Friday or Saturday, just in time to play in Battalions' first exhibition match, against Kitchener Rangers. He will also skate with the New York Rangers (and with Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers)) in Traverse City Tournament, a tournament for NHL rookies that will open on September 13th.
08/28/2008 Blue Jackets sign draft pick Maxim Mayorov (Columbus Blue Jackets)

The Blue Jackets yesterday signed right winger Maxim Mayorov (Columbus Blue Jackets) to a three-year, entry-level contract worth $1.8 million. The deal will pay Mayorov base salaries of $525,000, $600,000 and $675,000, and it also includes bonus money if he plays a certain number of games in the NHL. (The Columbus Dispatch article by Aaron Portzline) READ MORE
08/26/2008 Stanislav Chistov (Boston Bruins) changes clubs again!

Stanislav Chistov (Boston Bruins) has been traded by his new club HC Avangard to HC Metallurg that hails from Magnitogorsk, Russia. The young former #5 overall selection is familiar with his new club, as he was born in Magnitogorsk and has spent the 2005-06 season skating for the club, enjoying significant success. Chistov was traded by Avangard in exchange for a second round selection in the 2009 KHL Entry Draft. This marks as one of the first trades undertaken in Russia of a player for a draft selection, since drafting is a new concept being introduced by the KHL. Metallurg’s general manager Gennadi Velichkin had the following to say regarding Chistov in an interview with AllHockey.ru correspondent Alexei Duzenko: Stanislav Chistov (Boston Bruins)’s situation is such. Over the past month we have been negotiating with Omsk and Stanislav. First, we know this player well and Stanislav knows us well. Secondly, Valery Konstantinovich (club’s head coach - translator) wanted to see this player on his roster. Third, Stanislav’s family lives here and his wife wished to be closer to her home town and to live at home. The last word was behind the player, and everything depended on him and his willingness to play here. The wish to play in Magnitogorsk seems to have won and in the agreement with Omsk we traded our second round selection in the 2009 draft. He has already joined our squad and he is good physical shape.
08/25/2008 Russian import ready for gritty WHL hockey (Misha Fisenko)

Even in Russia, it seems, the Vancouver Giants' reputation as a quality junior hockey organization is well known. So when 18-year-old centre Misha Fisenko heard he had been selected as the Vancouver club's first-ever Russian-born player in the 2008 import draft, he was ecstatic. "I was very happy," said Fisenko, after his first skate with the club Sunday at the team's main camp being held this week at the Ladner Leisure Centre. (The Vancouver Sun article by Ron Devitt) READ MORE
08/25/2008 Nikita Nikitin (St. Louis Blues) playing well for HC Avangard

Nikita Nikitin (St. Louis Blues) is enjoying a strong preseason with his HC Avangard hockey club in Russia. The young defensive prospect had a subpar 2007-08 season when he, despite getting regular ice time, struggled to make an impact. This year he has become more aggressive under the club’s new head coach and has also reignited his offensive touch with a strong shot from the blue line, but also with his vision of the ice. The young prospect stood out at the Bashkir President Cup in Ufa, where he played well in his own zone and also scored two goals for his club in the final decisive game against HC Barys, helping his team make the tournament’s finals.
08/22/2008 Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers) in a dman swap

In a curious turn of events, HC Atlant (formerly HC Khimik) from Mytische, Russia has traded defenseman Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) to HC Ak Bars for another blueliner Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers). Hopefully the trade will bring fortunes to both players, as Kosmachev has been a regular depth defenseman for Khimik with only average ice time while Zubarev has often struggled to break into Kazan’s deep lineup. This does add size to Kazan’s roster, if Kosmachev decides to remain in Russia. The young defenseman attended Columbus Blue Jackets rookie camp earlier this summer and while no talks have taken place regarding a deal, his trade to Kazan may have at least partially been influenced by his time spent overseas. On a side note, trades are a bit of a new concept in Russian hockey and have become more commonplace this summer since the inception of the KHL.
08/22/2008 Forward Denis Kazionov (Tampa Bay Lightning) released by HC Neftkhimik

Forward Denis Kazionov (Tampa Bay Lightning) was released by HC Neftkhimik today. The young player has spent entire summer with the club and was expected to make the club’s roster. He competed for the team at a tournament in Switzerland (our scouting report of him from the tournament is coming soon) and it is unclear what club the young forward will head to next. A similar situation happened to him last year after he was released by HC Metallurg Nk. early in the season, though he did end up skating fairly regularly for HC Avangard (Omsk).
08/22/2008 Kirill Petrov (New York Islanders): I will think about NHL in a year

Ak Bars Kazan and Russian U20 National Team player Kirill Petrov (New York Islanders) discussed his relationship to his Russian club, explained why he did not yet leave for the NHL and also talked about why he got into a fight with the enforcers from HC Vityaz. (An interesting interview with Kirill Petrov (New York Islanders) by Sport Today correspondent Alexei Shevchenko) READ MORE
08/22/2008 U20 Russian squad loses Vitali Karamnov and Vadim Zhelobnyuk

U20 Team Russia has lost a couple of fairly important young players from the lineup for the upcoming U20 Four Nations Tournament. The squad lost forward Vitali Karamnov to a broken toe, and goalie Vadim Zhelobnyuk to a foot injury. While Zhelobnyuk is a capable netminder, his loss is not as significant as he was not Russia's starter and with the squad still having NHL prospects Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) and Alexander Pechursky (Pittsburgh Penguins) at its disposal in net.
08/19/2008 Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) may be on the move

Apparently the rumors whether Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) is happy playing for HC Ak Bars that have been usual at the beginning of each of the past several seasons are up and about once again. The newest twist is that last season’s champions HC Salavat who have recently lured Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) from the NHL are looking to acquire Zinovjev. Ak Bars president has denied the rumor, stating that Zinovjev is preparing for the next season in his home town of Novokuznetsk, where he is also recovering from foot surgery. Zinovjev himself was not reached for comments and this potential turn of events is not surprising when considering the young forward’s previous tumulus relationships with his previous clubs HC Spartak (Moscow) and HC Metallurg (Novokuznetsk), both of which he left in a scandal.
08/19/2008 Alexander Radulov recognized as top forward of Bashkir Cup

Disputed Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) was recognized as the top forward of the of the Continental Hockey League’s preseason Bashkir President’s Tournament held annually in Ufa, Russia. Former Montreal Canadiens prospect and Radulov’s teammate in Russia Vadim Tarasov (Montreal Canadiens) was recognized as the top netminder, while Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) was recognized as the top sniper and former Calgary Flames second round selection Dmitry Ryabikin was named top defenseman. Besides being named the top forward, Radulov also received top star honors in the final game in which his HC Salavat Yulayev fell to HC Avangard 2:3 in overtime.
08/19/2008 Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) showing no regrets

Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) insists he's broken no rules. In fact, according to the Toronto Star, the 22-year-old considers himself a patriot for returning to his home country. Radulov has already played three exhibition games with Salavat Ufa of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League after signing a three-year contract with the club in July, despite having one-year remaining on his current deal with the Nashville Predators. (The Fourth Period Article) READ MORE
08/18/2008 Sergei Kostytsin (Montreal Canadiens): To leave the best league in the world? No, thank you

A very interesting interview with Montreal Canadiens young forward Sergei Kostitsyn (Montreal Canadiens) covering many topics including the movement of players from North America to Russia and his opinion regarding the prospects of the Russian Continental Hockey League (KHL). READ MORE
08/18/2008 NHL Not Interested In Compensation Offers from KHL

The NHL refuses to entertain compensation offers from a newly formed Russian hockey league for the signing of forward Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) while the player was under contract with the Nashville Predators. And until Radulov's contract with the Predators is honoured, the NHL won't consider negotiating a player transfer agreement with the Continental Hockey League (KHL), NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an e-mail on Monday....Medvedev said there is no mechanism in the KHL rules to force Radulov's return to the NHL, and said the matter might have to be resolved in court. He argued that Radulov's case is no different than NHL teams signing Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes), Jason Krog, Tomas Mojzis and Fedor Fedorov (New Jersey Devils), all of whom he said were under contract in Russia. (TSN.ca article) READ MORE
06/05/2008 A gold Top 5 – analyzing the reasons that brought the victory to Team Russia

Team Russia May 18th is going to be a big day for the Russians. The first World Championship gold medal in 15 years has been even called “the biggest event in our sport after the fall of the Soviet Union”. But once the hangover is passed one can analyze things a bit better. Let’s start by going back one year. In Moscow 2007, Bykov’s team was only one overtime away from the final, unfortunately leaving the opportunity to challenge Canada to Finland. Weak play by the defense and goalkeeper Eremenko was exploited by Minnesota Wild’s Mikko Koivu, leaving the Russians with their heads down on the ice. They eventually earned the bronze medals, but losing in the semifinals on the home soil was a huge disappointment, though not comparable to 2000’s débâcle in St. Petersburg. (article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
05/18/2008 Kovalchuk scores in overtime to beat Canada 5-4 in Quebec City.

The tournament had been tough for Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers). He hadn’t scored any goals and he had been suspended twice due to major penalties. But when he was needed the most by his country he stepped up and scored two big goals. With five minutes remaining of regulation Kovalchuk tied the game and 2:42 into the overtime he got the game winner with a great shot. "It was power play and Fedorov made a great pass and I was one-on-one with the goalie and just shot", says Kovalchuk. "Everybody are probably drunk in Russia now, but it's going to be sweet vodka". (Eurohockey.net article by Henrik Lundqvist.) READ MORE
05/18/2008 Russia wins Gold! Kovalchuk has scored for Russia!

QUEBEC CITY – Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers)’s goal at 2:42 of overtime broke a 4-4 tie and gave Russia an historic gold medal today at the Colisée in one of the most anticipated finals games in many years. Kovalchuk also scored the tying goal with five minutes left in the third period. If this game isn't evidence enough to everyone in Canada of the calibre of play possible in the World Championship, nothing is or ever will be. Played at breathtaking speed with heart-pounding drama, this would surely rank in the top 10 of the IIHF's top 100 if the list were released next week instead of yesterday. With Canada’s loss, the “home ice curse” at the IIHF World Championship continues. The last host team to win the title was the Soviets in 1986 in Moscow. (IIHF.com article) READ MORE
05/14/2008 Russia beats Switzerland in quarterfinals, but loses Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers) to suspension

QUEBEC CITY – Talk about scoring efficiency. Russia scored on three of its first four shots on goal in a 6-0 quarter-final rout of Switzerland, and two were Swiss own goals with a strong whiff of fromage. The Russians now meet Finland in Friday’s first semi-final at the Colisée. It’s a rematch of last year’s semis, where the Finns ousted Russia with a 2-1 OT win, the first time the hosts had ever lost a World Championship game in Moscow. Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers), who was assessed his second game misconduct of the tournament for a dirty hit on Switzerland’s Julien Vauclair, will be suspended for the game against Finland. He was previously ejected for fighting Sweden’s Anton Stralman on May 10. (IIHF.com article) READ MORE
05/12/2008 Russians rush past Swiss

QUEBEC CITY – A three-goal first-period outburst set the tone as Russia took a 5-3 decision over Switzerland at the Colisee on Monday. Proudly wearing the “C,” Maxim Sushinsky scored twice to lead the way. With the win to close out the Qualifying Round, unbeaten Russia will meet fourth-place Switzerland again in Wednesday’s quarter-finals, and the Czechs and Swedes, second and third respectively in Group E, will face each other that day. Unlike previous years, there is no cross-over between the two different Qualifying Round groups for the quarter-finals. Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) added a goal and an assist, and Dmitri Kalinin (Buffalo Sabres) and Sergei Fedorov also scored for Russia. Raffaele Sannitz, Julien Vauclair, and Romano Lemm replied for the Swiss. (IIHF.com article) READ MORE
05/12/2008 Alexander Ovechkin leads Russia to buzzer-beating win

It was a battle of National Hockey League superstars, and in the end, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) bested New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with just five seconds left on the clock. Ovechkin's goal lifted Team Russia to a 3-2 win over Lundqvist's Team Sweden Saturday at the IIHF world hockey championship in Quebec City. (Calgary Herald article) READ MORE
05/07/2008 Russia needs shootout to get by Belarus at world championship

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo Sabres) scored two goals, Alex Ovechkin added another and Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) had the winner in the shootout to give Russia a 4-3 victory over Belarus in a qualifying-round game at the world hockey championship Friday. Earlier Friday, Finland beat Latvia 2-1 at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Morozov beat goalie Vitaly Koval with a backhand in the shootout to keep Russia undefeated in the tournament. (USA Today Article) READ MORE
05/06/2008 Web Site News: Evgeni Nabokov to join Russia at World Hockey Championships

QUEBEC CITY, Canada (AFP) — All-star goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has been cleared to join Team Russia for the 2008 World Ice Hockey Championships. The 32-year-old San Jose Sharks netminder is expected to arrive in Quebec City on Thursday. He needed to get his NHL contract insured before he could start competing at the Worlds which are being held in Halifax and Quebec City. This will mark the first World Championships for Nabokov who competed for Russia at the 2006 Turin Winter Games. (AFP News Article) READ MORE
05/06/2008 Web Site News: Canada edges U.S., Russia beats Denmark at hockey worlds

Earlier in Quebec City, Washington Capitals teammates Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and Sergei Fedorov each scored a goal, helping Russia defeat Denmark 4-1. Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo Sabres) and Konstantin Gorovikov also scored for Russia and Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers) of the Atlanta Thrashers had two assists in the game at Quebec City. Russia improved to 3-0 in the preliminary round. Kim Staal scored for Denmark (1-2). The Russians peppered Danish goaltender Patrick Galbraith with 43 shots. Mikhail Biryukov made 19 saves for Russia. (ESPN.com Article ) READ MORE
05/05/2008 Belarus add four NHL players to squad ( Andrei and Sergei Kostytsin)

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) - Belarus added four NHL players to their lineup on Monday as teams continued to tweak their rosters at the ice hockey world championships. The Montreal Canadiens' loss has been Belarus's gain with forwards Andrei Kostitsyn (Montreal Canadiens), Sergei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Grabovski joining the national squad along with Ruslan Salei of the Colorado Avalanche after their teams were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. (Reuters article by Steve Keating) READ MORE
05/04/2008 Russia loses another goalie, edges Czech Republic in overtime

QUEBEC CITY – The much hyped Russian team was put to a test in its second game of the tournament against the Czech Republic. Yes, they passed the test with a 5-4 overtime win, but the game was a testament to the hockey sense of the Czech players....Russia came to the game oozing with self-confidence after their 7-1 blowout over Italy on Friday. They got the first goal at 3:47 when Sergei Zinoviev picked up his own rebound and lifted the puck behind Milan Hnilicka. Penalties proved to be the Russians’ Achilles heel tonight. All Czech goals were scored on power play. First Patrik Elias scored on a zig-zag goal that had the puck go from Marek Zidlicky to Jaroslav Hlinka to Elias who tipped it in for 1-1, then Ales Kotalik gave the Czechs a 2-1 lead in the first period on a similar play. READ MORE
05/04/2008 Russia faces off against Czech Republic!

Russia will face the Czech Republic today in likely the only real contest in Russia's bracket of the preliminary World Championships round. The Czechs are missing a number of key players still involved in the NHL playoffs, but still brought a strong squad to the tournament.
05/03/2008 Sergei Fedorov back at worlds after 18 years

QUEBEC -- The last time Sergei Fedorov played in a world championship tournament, he was just 20-years-old and not yet the household name internationally. Now, at 38, Fedorov is getting a chance to suit up for Russia at the IIHF World Championships. (Sportsnet.ca article) READ MORE
05/02/2008 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) injured during practice

Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) suffered a foot injury during practice and will definitely miss the preliminary round games of the World Championships. The young netminder is also doubtful for the entire tournament and there has been talk of sending him to back to Moscow for treatment. The young player himself has denied these latest rumors and has said that the injury should heal, though not specifying what it is. Varlamov has played very well during his second season as the starting goalie for HC Lokomotiv, backstopping his club to the Super League finals. The Team Russia starting job will now fall on his Super League finals opponent Alexander Eremenko , who actually got the better of Varlamov in the championship series, winning the gold medals in 5 games.
04/29/2008 Canada gets an early wakeup call (Russia beats Canada)

QUEBEC — At least Ken Hitchcock knew it was coming. The Canadian coach predicted Monday morning that his team was in for a “wakeup call” just hours before it was beaten 4-1 by Russia in the final exhibition game before the start of the IIHF World Hockey Championship. Hockey Canada scouts had watched Russia's 6-2 win over Switzerland a night earlier in nearby Trois-Rivieres, Que., and told Hitchcock that they would be a handful. “I think overall this is going to be the wakeup call we need,” Hitchcock said before the game. “I think tomorrow we're going to know exactly what we need to work on. (Globesports.com article) READ MORE
04/26/2008 Radulov, Ovechkin, Semin and Fedorov join national team

Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators), Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals), Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) joined the Russian national team in Quebec. They will also join already present NHLers Dmitri Kalinin (Buffalo Sabres) and Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers) among others.
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