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06/24/2010 Kirill Kabanov's Free Fall

Many pages have been inked about the once thought to be one of the prime candidates for the 2010 Entry Draft #1 overall pick, Russian Kirill Kabanov, as he has experienced a serious downhill fall after his departure to Canada this fall. During the 2008-09 season the talented winger got the first taste of pro hockey experience skating in a bunch of regular season and playoff games (and getting knocked out by a hit from former NHL defenseman Vitaly Vishnevsky) with Spartak Moscow, then scored eleven points in the 2009 U18 WJC, being thus outscored by Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov. ( article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
06/23/2010 Web Site News: Kirill Kabanov's profile updated!

In sight of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft we updated Kirill Kabanov 's profile. The winger's page now contains new statistics, a scouting report as well as additional information. (Link to player profile) READ MORE
06/10/2010 Agent Ilya Moliver: "Kabanov's problem is his father"

Russian popular newspaper Sovietskiy Sport had an interview with Russian agent Ilya Moliver, who works for Jay Grossman's agency. Some of his clients are Ilya Kovalchuk (New Jersey Devils), Nikolai Khabibulin (Edmonton Oilers) and Pekka Rinne. He talked about his relationships with Kirill Kabanov and his father, stating that Kirill isn't the one to be blamed. ( interview translated by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
06/10/2010 Q&A with Andrei Kuchin 's agent had the chance to talk with Andrei Kuchin 's agent, Scott Deady. The agent shared with correspondent Alessandro Seren Rosso some interesting insights about his work with Kuchin, about his projection for the upcoming 2010 NHL Draft and about an agent's life. (Exclusive interview by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
05/20/2010 Andrey Kuchin: The ‘Steel’ of the 2010 NHL Draft?

But for those who work in the industry, the most exciting (and often most challenging) part of the Draft is finding that diamond in the rough – that late-round selection that NHL teams will look back on and wonder “how did we not see that?” Who will be this year’s Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit’s 7th Round, 210th overall, pick in 1999? Only time will tell and there certainly are a number of talented players that are sure to be passed up on the first day of selections. But I’ll throw you the name of one player who certainly seems to fit the mold – Andrei Kuchin. (Sportsagentblo article by Dan Furey) READ MORE
05/08/2010 From Russia with love - Alexander Burmistrov

BARRIE -- He did not speak English. He did not have any friends or family in Canada. He did not know what to expect. All Alexander Burmistrov knew when he signed on to play in the Canadian Hockey League was that it was his best bet to make it to the NHL. So the teenager from Russia left his hometown of Kazan this season to play for the Barrie Colts, coming to a coach who was wary of Russian players from a previous experience, trying to integrate into a billet family and playing for a team that had high expectations of going deep in the playoffs. (National Post article by Mark Masters) READ MORE
02/22/2010 Web Site News: Stanislav Galiev 's profile updated!

The 2010 NHL entry draft is in sight and we updated Stanislav Galiev 's profile with new content, stats and photos. The 92 born player has definitely 1st round chances. (Link to player profile) READ MORE
02/21/2010 Kabanov back in Wildcats' lineup tonight

The waiting game is over for Moncton Wildcats left winger Kirill Kabanov.
The 17-year-old Russian star will finally make his much anticipated return to the lineup when the club faces the Rimouski Oceanic in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action tonight at 7 p.m. at the Moncton Coliseum.
Kabanov hasn't played since Moncton suffered a 5-4 shootout loss to Rimouski on Nov. 10. The rookie underwent wrist surgery in Baltimore for a nagging injury that he suffered last season in Russia. (Times & Transcript article by Neil Hodge) READ MORE
02/16/2010 Two Russians have found new home on St. Louis Junior Blues

Denis Chaltsev, a 17-year-old, has split time in goal for the Junior Blues this season and has posted a 17-1 record with four shutouts, a 1.50 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. Timofey Tankeev , who will celebrate his 17th birthday on Wednesday, is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound forward who has had a terrific offensive season. In 43 games, Tankeev has scored 25 goals and added 43 assists for 68 points. (St. Louis Globe Democrat article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
12/22/2009 Alexander Pechursky (Pittsburgh Penguins) to WHL

19 years old Alexander Pechursky (Pittsburgh Penguins) decided to report to the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, according to There wasn't room for him after his KHL team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, signed veteran goalie Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) from Lada Togliatti and he lost his backup role. Pechursky will play for Russia in the upcoming WJC.
12/09/2009 Report on Alexander Burmistrov

Alexander Burmistrov is one of the finest Russian prospects heading towards the next NHL Entry Draft. He plays for Barrie Colts of the OHL and so far he scored 35 points in 29 regular season games, with 11 goals and 24 assists. offers you a report from one of his games. (Exclusive report by staff) READ MORE
11/26/2009 Sergei Ostapchuk back in Canada

After the Subway Super Series, forward Sergei Ostapchuk decided to report back in the QMJHL playing for his 2008-09 team Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The young player signed a 2-yr deal with Lokomotiv this summer, but enjoyed limited success. Ostapchuk's first match with his new team will be on Saturday.
11/04/2009 Battalion releases Knyazev, Strong

BRAMPTON, Ont. – The Brampton Battalion pared its roster Tuesday, releasing right winger Valery Knyazev and defenceman Matt Strong. The Ontario Hockey League team now has 23 players in tow, comprising 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders. Left winger Evgeny Grachev also is listed, but he is with the Hartford Wolf Pack, American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. (Brampton Battalions' official site article) READ MORE
10/28/2009 2010 prospects: Alexander Burmistrov

Alexander Burmistrov is a 2010-eligible center who moved to North America from Russia to play with the Barrie Colts of the OHL this year. Unlikely many of his countrymen, who had hard time adjusting to the different lifestyle and the more physical play, Burmistrov has done a smooth transition so far, scoring eight goals and 21 points in 14 regular-season matches. On top of that he has been ranked as No. 17 in October's ISS Top 30 for 2010. (Hockey's Future article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
10/19/2009 Off the radar: Andrei Kuchin

Just three years ago, anyone who didn’t put Andrei Kuchin on their 2009 draft top prospect list would have been thought of as a not well-informed. Almost any hockey observer knew about a new great player coming from Russia, with great hands, excellent skating and an unchallenged ability to excite the crowd with his speed. Kuchin at the time of the 2005 Tretiak Cup, where he was the best player on ice, was playing for CSKA Moscow, the famous Red Army team. He also was one of the players to watch in the Bauer tournament in 2006, where he led the Bauer Selects with 14 points in eight games. Only Colorado's Matt Duchene scored more, with 17 points. (Hockey's Future article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
10/16/2009 Stepanov sent back to Russia

The Sudbury Wolves have cut ties with 2009 first-round import draft pick Stefan Stepanov . The six-foot, 175-pound defenceman was suspended indefinitely by the team Monday for an off-ice incident in Windsor on Sunday. He was sent home to Moscow on Wednesday. "It was a disciplinary action," Wolves head coach Bryan Verreault said. "He broke some team rules and we decided as an organization to send him home. He will not be returning." Verreault declined to shed any light on what happened. "It was an incident on the road last weekend, and we thought that (sending Stepanov home) was the right decision to make," he said. "We're sill dealing with some of it with the team. It's internal right now and something will come out shortly, I'm sure." (The Sudbury star article by Bruce Heidman) READ MORE
10/09/2009 Kirill Kabanov cleared to play for Moncton

The IIHF has approved the disputed transfer of Russian forward Kirill Kabanov, 17, to the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). The IIHF could not find any assertion that Kabanov was under a valid and binding contract with the KHL club Salavat Yulayev Ufa. ( article) READ MORE
10/08/2009 Interview with Brock Otten

In order to report about CHL Russian players we had an interview with OHL observer and specialist Brock Otten. Brock is one of the most known OHL bloggers out there, and his site can be found at In this interview he talked about Alexander Burmistrov, Stefan Stepanov, Ivan Telegin and other players (Exclusive article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
09/25/2009 Strong North American return for Burmistrov

Alexander Burmistrov got his first taste of North American ice surfaces last spring at the World Under-18 Championship in Fargo, N.D. He liked it so much, he decided to come for an entire season. One of the top Russian-born prospects for the 2010 Entry Draft, Burmistrov is spending this season with the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts. ( article by Adam Kimelman) READ MORE
09/23/2009 Web Site News: New scout report added to Alexander Burmistrov

As we want to start early this season giving you a good service for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, we present you today a scouting report for one of the leading players of this year's Russian class: Barrie Colts' center Alexander Burmistrov. (Link to player profile) READ MORE
09/17/2009 Q&A with Alexander Burmistrov

In this translated interview originally by Andrei Osadchenko of, Alexander Burmistrov talked about Ak Bars' conditions to release him to play for Barrie and shared his first impressions about the OHL.
Moving to a different team isn't an easy deal. Moving overseas is even tougher. But the young forward, who spent last season playing for Ak Bars' second team in Russian third tier league, seems to be fitting well in Canada and feels that moving to the OHL was the right thing.( interview by Andrei Osadchenko translated by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
09/14/2009 Russian players to the CHL: a breakdown presents a breakdown of the Russian players picked up in the 2009 CHL Import Draft. Kirill Kabanov, Alexander Burmistrov, Roman Berdnikov and many other guys reported, while Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens) didn't. (Exclusive article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
09/02/2009 Moncton Wildcats announce Kirill Kabanov

The Kirill Kabanov 's saga might have reached an end after the Moncton Wildcats announced that the player arrived in the town and that he will presented to the media today itself. As stated by the team's official website: "The IIHF may have to rule on the situation after written submissions are presented. According to Danny Flynn, the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Wildcats, this process could take at least two weeks." Stay tuned on for more updates.
08/29/2009 Kirill Kabanov in New York

Forward Kirill Kabanov has been reported to be in New York, waiting for being cleared to play in the QMJHL for the Moncton Wildcats. (Times & Transcript article by Neil Hodge) READ MORE
07/31/2009 Ivan Telegin breaks his contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk, eyes a move to the OHL

Young forward Ivan Telegin has communicated to Metallurg Novokuznetk's board his will to cancel his contract with the team. Telegin, who's now with the junior national team, plans to join the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL late this August, after the training camp in America. Some time ago the same player expressed his intentions to find himself a new team, probably already eyeing a move towards the OHL, but he did skate in his team's training camp.
07/26/2009 Colts wait on Russian (Alexander Burmistrov)

The Russian is coming. They think so, anyways. They hope so, at least. Alexander Burmistrov , who the Barrie Colts selected 12th overall in the Canadian Hockey League import draft at the beginning of the month, won't be here tomorrow. Or the day after. He should be here when training camp opens in late August. Of course, he may not be here at all if worse-case scenarios play out, and history has shown they sometimes do in these sticky situations. ( article by Ian Shantz) READ MORE
07/12/2009 Roman Berdnikov (2010 Eligible) reports to CHL

17 years old Roman Berdnikov will spend the 2009-10 season in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack. It's a great opportunity for the youngster to enjoy a completely new experience and to improve his stock in sight of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. We will keep you updated on the players reporting to the CHL in the forthcoming season.
07/06/2009 Sea Dogs off to Russia

The easy part was selecting Russian forward Stanislav Galiev with the first overall pick in Tuesday's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. The tough part, or so it appears, will be convincing the 17-year-old to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2009-10.
It's not that Galiev is gun-shy of the North American game. The 6-foot-1, 177-pound winger played last season for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League. His 16-year-old campaign saw him collect 64 points in 60 games before adding nine playoff points en route to a league championship. (Telegraph Journal article by Scott Briggs) READ MORE
07/05/2009 Guelph Storm pick another Russian player

For the second year in a row, the Guelph Storm took a Russian player sight unseen in Tuesday's annual Canadian Hockey League import draft.
With the 73rd overall selection in the second round, Guelph took 18-year-old right winger Vadim Guskov, who played junior hockey in Russia last year for Olympiets City of Balashikha.
Last year, the Storm took defenceman Evgeny Molotilov, who turned out to be a valuable member of the team and a potential top-four defenceman for the next couple of years.( article by Tony Saxon) READ MORE
07/04/2009 Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens) won't go to the Remparts this season

In this translated article from french language, Canadian newspaper Cyberpresse, there is an analysis of the top Russian players avaiable for the last CHL Import Draft (Avtsin, Kirill Kabanov, Dmitri Orlov (Washington Capitals)) with quotes from Remparts' GM Patrick Roy and Habs' scouting director Trevor Timmins. The most important piece of news is that Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens) won't report to the CHL next season to spend a further year in Russia. ( article by Mikael Lalancette translated by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
07/01/2009 2009 Import Draft: 20 players drafted from the former Soviet Union. Stanislav Galiev first overall pick

A total of 20 players from the former Soviet Union has been drafted in the annual CHL Import Draft. Here follows the list:

1. St. John's Sea Dogs - Stanislav Galiev
7. Moncton Wildcats - Kirill Kabanov
12. Barrie Colts - Alexander Burmistrov
15. Owen Sound Attack - Roman Berdnikov
31. Montreal Juniors - Evgeny Solomonov (Belarus)
35. Seattle Thunderbirds - Mikhail Senturin
36. Erie Otters - Ramis Sadikov
39. Sudbury Wolves - Stefan Stepanov
42. Saginaw Spirit - Ivan Telegin
43. Quebec Remparts - Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens)
49. Shawinigan Cataractes - Nikita Pivtsakin
51. Brampton Battalions - Valeri Knizev
54. Sudbury Wolves - Edijs Leitans (Latvia)
55. Tri-City Americans - Alexander Pechursky (Pittsburgh Penguins)
58. London Knights - Anton Klementyev (New York Islanders)
66. Acadie-Bathurst Titan - Ilya Mashentsov
67. Tri-City Americans - Sergei Drozd (Belarus)
70. Barrie Colts - Denis Gladkov
72. Erie Otters - Viktor Perezhogin
73. Guelph Storm - Vadim Guskov
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