|2009 Canadian Junior Leagues|
Russians CHL prospects recap
As known, a number of Russian players have moved this summer from Russia to America to play in the Junior leagues. Let's see how they and the other Russians are doing.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sergei Ostapchuk: currently playing for the Rouyn Noranda Huskies, he tops all the QMJHL rookies with 23 points. He's also the rookie top passer with 17 helpers in 23 games.
Dmitry Kugryshev (Washington Capitals): the Capitals' 2008 draftee is the league's rookie top goalscorer, tied with Brandon Hynes, with 13 goals in only 18 games for his Quebec Remparts. With other 8 points coming with assists he totaled 21points, playing very disciplined with only 6 PIMs so far. He also scored twice the game winning goal in the shoot outs. Out of all the Russians, he's the one who probably plays in the better team. The Remparts are currently the third overal seed in the league. He recorded an hat-trick on October 26th against the Lewinston MAINEiacs, a game ended 7-1 for Quebec.
Dmitry Kulikov: the 2009 draft eligible is maybe the most valuable player out of the Russian crop. Not only he's currently the top rookie defender, but he's establishing himself as one of the best blueliners in the entire league, he is tied for the second place in the defenders' scoring race. If he keeps playing this way, twenty points in eighteen games, a first round selection is not out of question.
Dmitri Kostromitin: the sized, undrafted defender has skated so far in only nine matches, with 4 assists.
Igor Golovkov: This other sized defender had small room in Drummondville as he took part in only five matches, with two points and four PIMs.
Maxim Grachev (New York Islanders): the QMJHL overager has been traded this summer to the Lewinston MAINEiacs and he plays now a significant role in the team. The left winger native of Novosibirsk has amassed a total of fifteen points in 20 games, with six goals and nine assists. He is currently -4, but has already scored 3 shorthanded goals.
Kirill Tulupov (New Jersey Devils): Kirill is not having a good season so far, he scored only six points in nineteen games, appearing to be in a slight decline since the last seasons. The Devils' draftee showed that the NHL is still a little bit away for him.
Yuri Sherementiev: at his fourth QMJHL season, all spent in Halifax, Sherementiev has scored twelve points in nineteen games, equally shared between goals and assists. He will play in the two ADT Challenge games against the QMJHL selects.
Western Hockey League
Mikhail Fisenko: The Magnitogorsk native center has skated so far in eighteen matches for his Vancouver Giants, scoring 9 points. He centers the second line and is currently +4, not bad numbers for a Russian playing in the toughest Canadian junior league.
Ontario Hockey League
Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings): Andrei, who plays for the Windsor Spitfires, is having an impressive season with nineteen points in as many matches. Hopefully he will keep on progressing this way and will be an important member of the WJC team.
Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers): second placed in the rookies scoring race, has recently had a 4-goals night that put himself in the first place of the goal scorers list, with twelve markers. The Brampton Battalions player has totalled twenty-one points in nineteen matches.
Sergei Korostin (Dallas Stars): Sergei has recently changed team, being traded on November 6th from London Knights to Peterborough Petes with Barron Smith and a second round pick for the perspective goaltender, Avalanche prospect Trevor Cann. He was fit better in London probably, as there he scored seven points in thirteen matches, against only one point in five games played for the Petes.
Alexander Denezhkin: The young underager from Moscow is having a good season so far with the Oshawa Generals, having scored five points in fifteen matches. Not a bad result for a seventeen years old.
Evgeni Molotilov: the Guelph Storm defenseman is having some troubles to score, with only three helpers in twenty-one games, but his +5 is encouraging for the remainder of the season.