|2009 Canadian Junior Leagues (Canada) |
||Web Site News: Sergei Ostapchuk's profile updated!|
||Dmitry Kulikov ranked #10 for the NHL draft on The Hockey Writers|
The hockey writers run a very extensive Draft coverage, and their #10 selection for the upcoming NHL draft is Dmitry Kulikov
. (Thehockeywriters.com profile by Christopher Ralph) READ MORE
||Dmitry Kugryshev (Washington Capitals): My aim is to play in the NHL, this is why I left for America|
In this interview appeared on CSKA's official site the young forward Dmitry Kugryshev (Washington Capitals)
resumes his first season overseas, talks about CSKA and explains his plans for the near future. (CSKA Official site interview translated by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
||Web Site News: Dmitry Kulikov's profile updated!|
||Rumor: Stanislav Galiev to Saint-John?|
As per rds.ca the Saint-John Seadogs are looking forward to take Stanislav Galiev
from Indiana Ice as first overall pick in the upcoming CHL import draft. This might mean also, that probably Kirill Kabanov
is really motivated in playing in Russia for the next season.
||Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings) wins the CHL Memorial Cup|
Three years after Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators)
another Russian player triumphed in the Memorial Cup finals: Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings)
. His Windsor Spitfires scored three first period goals, he had an assist in the third one, to get an early 3-0 lead that was too much of an advantage for the Kelowna Rockets. The game eventually finished 4-1 in Windsor's favour. Andrei has had a great season and it's unclear where he will play in the next season, if he'll go to the AHL playing with Vyacheslav Voinov (Los Angeles Kings)
or if he'll be back for another season in the OHL.
||Memorial Cup: Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings)to the finals, Dmitry Kulikov (2009 Entry Draft) at home|
In the Memorial Cup semifinals OHL Champions of Windsor Spitfires skated past Drummondville Voltigeurs 3-2 after an overtime. Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings)
had one assist for the winning team, the same as Voltigeurs' Dmitry Kulikov
. The Memorial Cup's final match will be played on Sunday between Windsor and the WHL champions, Kelowna ROckets.
||Dmitry Kulikov and Drummondville Voltigeurs to the Memorial Cup semifinals|
The Drummondville Voltigeurs beaten the Rimouski Oceanic 3-2 after an overtime and Dmitry Kulikov
scored the 2-1 goal in the second period with a blue line slap shot during a powerplay in his team's favour. Kulikov's team will face in the semifinals the winner of the Rimuski Oceanic vs Windsor Spitfires tie-breaker. Let's remember that Windsor features in its lineup Russian forward Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings)
||Memorial Cup: Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings) scores two but Windsor loses|
In the Memorial Cup's second day Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings)
scored two goals for his Windsor Spitfires, but the game has been won by tournament's hosts of Rimouski Oceanic 5-4. Now the OHL champions are in trouble after losing the first two games of the challenge.
||Dmitry Kulikov gets an assist, Drummondville beats Windsor in the Memorial Cup|
The Drummondville Voltigeurs beaten the Windsor Spitfires 3-2 after the first overtime thanks to a goal by Maxime Frenette. Voltigeurs' Dmitry Kulikov
had an assist in the first goal of his team, while Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings)
has been quiet and left off the score sheet. Windsor is going to play again tomorrow against the hosts, Rimouski Oceanic, and Drummondville will hit the ice on monday against WHL Champions Kelowna Rockets.
||Russian players to skate in the CHL Memorial Cup|
The 2009 CHL Memorial Cup, the traditional challenge that will decide the final CHL champion, will feature two Russian players: Dmitry Kulikov
from Drummondville Voltigeurs, QMJHL champions, and Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings)
from Windsor Spitfires, that clinched the OHL title. The two players will clash on the tournament's first match, scheduled for May 16th. Stay tuned on russianprospects.com for more updates about Kulikov and Loktionov!
||Import Draft has its risks: Torrie (OHL)|
Dave Torrie calls it "a good opportunity," but the Soo Greyhounds general manager also cautions there are no sure things in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
While most of the recent local attention has involved the Hounds' decision to select centre Daniel Catenacci with the first overall choice in the May 2, Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection draft, the Soo also owns the third choice overall in the June 30, CHL Import Draft. Conducted via the Internet, the Hounds selection follows those of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's (QMJHL) Halifax Mooseheads and the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Moose Jaw Warriors. The top 1992 birth date in Russia, 16-year-old winger Kirill Kabanov
, has signed a five-year contract "with no out clause," with one of Russia's Continental Hockey League (KHL) teams, the Hounds GM said. (By Peter Ruicci by Sault Star)
||Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings) unlikely for Game 4|
The Windsor Spitfires aren't expecting rookie centre Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings)
in the lineup Monday night for the Game 4 of the Western Conference final against the London Knights.
A draft pick of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, Loktionov had to be helped off the ice Sunday after a knee-on-knee collision with London Knights Dominic DeSando. (Windsor Star article by Jim Parker)
||Khudobin posts shutout as Aeros knot series|
Aeros goaltender Anton Khudobin (Minnesota Wild)
stopped all 30 shots he faced to become the third netminder in as many nights to record his first AHL playoff shutout. (AHL Press release) READ MORE
||OHL: Q&A with Evgeny Molotilov |
is a young Russian player who moved from Dynamo Moscow to the OHL this summer after the CHL Import draft. He was picked by the Guelph Storm after advice coming from Hockey Hall of Famer Igor Larionov. In the first couple of months, he had troubles adjusting to the game and to the different life, but after some time, he was one of the best defensemen on his team, getting much praise from the coaches. He finished his first season in the OHL with six assists in 55 games and has been an integral part of the special teams. Unfortunately, his teams run in the playoffs finished early because of a first round sweep against the Saginaw Spirit. Evgeny Molotilov
is an interesting defenseman whose 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame will probably get some interest in the upcoming draft, despite the fact that he hasn't been ranked by the CSB. (Mc Keen's article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
||Brampton Battalions skate past Peterborough Petes, Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) instrumental|
The second-seeded Brampton Battalion downed the seventh-ranked Petes 3-2 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre to finish off it Ontario Hockey League best-of-seven series in the minimum number of games. Hodgson finished the series with three goals and eight assists while Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers)
and Duchene each had eight points on four goals and four assists. Josh Day and Anthony Peluso each had five points in the series. (The Brampton Guardian article by Robin Inscoe) READ MORE
||QMJHL: Dmitri Kostromitin first star in playoff game|
In the first match in the series between Montreal Juniors and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, won by the hosts 5-3, Dmitri Kostromitin
had one goal and one assist, being thus awarded with first star of the match honor. Dmitri scored his team's second goal with a powerful slap shot from the left side during a powerplay. Sergei Ostapchuk
, who later assisted Huskies' first goal on the second period, was sitting in the penalty box. In the third period Kostromitin assisted - again with the man advantage - his team's third goal, scored by Louis-Marc Aubry.
The first-round series second match is scheduled for Saturday. Kostromitin finished the regular season with very solid stats, scoring 28 points (with 7 goals) in 51 matches. He should improve a bit his offensive consistency because this year he seemed to be a bit streaky in his production. READ MORE
||Friends in high places - Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings) gets career advice from Larionov|
After the Spits' big clash with the London Knights Friday, Windsor centre Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings)
had a little chat with former Red Wings star Igor Larionov. Larionov, the legendary Russian who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year, played with Loktionov's father growing up in Voskresensk and Larionov's brother is the centre's agent in Russia. "I talk to him a couple of times a month," said Loktionov, the 18-year-old Russian who has 15 goals and 42 points heading into tonight's game in Guelph. (The Windsor Star article by Dave Waddell)
||Stanislav Galiev: Russian methods are better, but in NA I have more opportunities|
Russianprospects.com had the chance to get an exclusive interview with the young player native of Moscow Stanislav Galiev
, who's enjoying a strong season in the United States Hockey League as he is one the league's top points scorer having scored so far sixteen goals and thirty-six points in thirty-three matches. Let's remember that he is among the youngest players of the league as most of the other guys are born prior of the 1990. (Exclusive interview for russianprospects.com by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
||Chelyabinsk native Kostromitin fights homesickness while pursuing NHL dream with Montreal Juniors|
Montreal Juniors defenceman Dmitri Kostromitin
is a long way from home, but when your dream is to play in the National Hockey League you don't keep track of the kilometres you travel to get there. "I came to Canada to play hockey because I want to play in the NHL," he said. "It's the only reason for my decision to come. I miss my home, my family, my friends, my girlfriend, but for me this is what I want." Kostromitin, 18, is a native of Chelyabinsk, a Russian city of just over one million people located east of the Ural Mountains on the Miass River. In 1900, it was the centre of operations for construction of the storied Trans-Siberian Railway. (Canada.com article by Randy Phillips)
||Ivan Vishnevsky set for NHL debut|
On the New year's eve the Dallas Stars gave Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars)
a very nice gift as he has been phoned by the main club's board, who communicated to him that he has been called up to the NHL. Vishnevsky - who skated with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL this season, scoring three goals and twelve points in thirty-two matches - was drafted by the Stars in the 2006 Draft's first round, with the twenty-seventh overall pick. It's likely that his debut will be in the Stars' first 2009 game, scheduled on January 3rd against Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers)
's Edmonton Oilers.
|| Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers): I dream about playing for the Rangers (interview)|
Part of the newest wave to leave Russia for North America, Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers)
was drafted by the New York Rangers this summer and instantly arrived in the Canadian junior leagues, demonstrating his willingness to work his way up the ranks to the NHL. Grachev is one of several 2008 drafted Russian prospects who are now playing in Canada. This is not a surprise since the rocky relationship between the NHL and Russia’s KHL has apparently forced the NHL clubs to almost require prospects to skate in the juniors instead of Russia in order to be drafted. Grachev has already showed his talent in the juniors, recently netting four goals in a single game and overall becoming an offensive force for his Brampton Battalion. RussianProspects.com prospect Alessandro Seren Rosso recently had a chance to catch up with Grachev and find out how the talented young player is adjusting to North America READ MORE
||Russia loses game and tournament to Czech Republic|
On the third day of the 4 nations tournament in Brno, Czech Republic, Nemchinovâ€™s team lost to host of Czech Republic 5-3. Goals for Russia were scored by Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)
and Dubrovsky and Russia concluded the tournament at the second place with six points, two less than Czechs. The standings were completed by Sweden (4 points) and Finland, left pointless. Kirill Petrov (New York Islanders)
has been named Best Forward of the tournament.
||2008 NHL Entry Draft Undrafted player Sergei Ostapchuk in Quebec|
Right winger Sergei Ostapchuk
will skate for the 08-09 season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, maybe the top junior league for Russians in the last few years, for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Their training camp will start Friday, August 29th and already on 30th they will skate in the first exhibition against Val dâ€™Or Foreurs, a team that will be faced in an unusual 4-game series to warm the engines towards the new hockey season. After a good 07-08 season spent with Russian national team, where he couldnâ€™t report for the WJC under 18 for citizenship issues (Sergei is native of Novopolotsk, Belarus), he will try to get the ice time necessary at his stage of development in order to raise his chances for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
||Evgeny Molotilov from Dynamo Moscow to Guelph Storm|
Promising defenseman Evgeny Molotilov
, eligible for the next 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has decided to make the jump overseas, joining Canadian side of Guelph Storm, former Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets)
's junior team. The sized, aggressive defenseman, is a regular member of Russia-91 national team, and has just skated in the Ivan Hlinka tournament. Molotilov's training camp will start on August 28th and will end on the 31st. Storms' pre-season will start on Thursday, September 4th when they will face Grachev's Brampton Battalions.
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