Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals) suffered a bruised prior to the national team’s training camp opening in Novogorsk, and due to the severity of the injury, he was forced to leave the training camp for further recovery. His replacement on the national team is former Ottawa Senators second round selection and current Phoenix Coyotes forward Petr Schastlivy. Schastlivy has skated the 2004-05 season with Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl).
Team Russia’s coach Vladimir Plyuschev announced some of the invitees to the squad’s training camp that will take place prior to the Sweden Games, the final leg of the EuroTour competition. The list will include the long awaited debut of 2004 NHL Entry Draft’s second overall pick Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins). According to a Soviet Sport interview with Vladimir Plyuschev, if Malkin did not skate for Russia at the U20 WJC, he would have already been a member of the squad at December’s ROSSNO cup in Moscow.
Besides Malkin, the roster will also include veteran Alexander Skugarev, Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals), Dmitri Afanasenkov (Tampa Bay Lightning), Maxim Kondratiev (New York Rangers), and a newcomer to the national team, Denis Metlyuk.