During a pre-season intrasquad scrimmage, Habs' prospect Alexander Avtsin played on a line with Mike Cammalleri and had one goal and one assist. Everyone note that the 20-years-old player managed to learn good English in just one year. And now he knows what the team needs from him. He also fairly judged himself, saying that it’s too early to talk about the NHL, and most likely he will spend another season in the AHL.
"I've spent half of the summer in Moscow, then I left to Montreal to get ready for the new season, I had a strengthening program", Avtsin told in Russian. “I worked with a group of players gathered by my agents. There were many Czech and Slovak players, like Havlat, Michalek"
You did look good in Cammalleri's line.
Alexander Avtsin: "We played with 10 forwards, three lines and one spare. We changed a lot and thus I didn't play with Mike only. I played in any position and with any other player."
Why did you decide to play in the AHL and not in the KHL?
Alexander Avtsin: "Every player has his own path. Every player decides for himself, and decides for what can be better and more needed."