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Denis Bodrov leaves Atlant

Denis Bodrov leaves Atlant

Russian Prospects Profiles, Reports and News
Denis Bodrov leaves Atlant (Photo © atlant-mo.ru) Through Atlant's official site, the team's General Manager Ravil Ishakov reported that the contract with Denis Bodrov is ceased with immediate effect. The parts mutually agreed to separate ways. Bodrov joined Atlant last season, after spending his whole career within Lada Togliatti. A couple of years ago he has been very near to a move overseas as the Philadelphia Flyers manifested much interest towards him, but he apparently refused offers from both the Flyers and Avangard Omsk to remain in his hometown club. Denis Bodrov was a second round draft pick on the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In the 33 games he played with the Moscow Region team during 08-09 and 09-10 seasons, he scored two goals and five assists, with 30 PIMs. He also played four pos...
The Hockey News Hot List: Burmistrov #1

The Hockey News Hot List: Burmistrov #1

Russian Prospects Profiles, Reports and News
The Hockey News Hot List: Burmistrov #1 (Photo © Claus Andersen/Getty Images) In the popular The Hockey News Hot List feature, Ryan Kennedy put center Alexander Burmistrov on the top of this week's list. Like fellow Russian imports Ivan Telegin and Kirill Kabanov, Burmistrov came over to the Canadian League this year for more ice time than he would get in the Kontinental League and better competition than he would have seen on the Russian junior circuit. “The OHL is a better league,” he said. “Fast, many hits. I like it.” And the Colts like him. The dynamic pivot from Kazan has 20 assists and 29 points in 23 games this year, quarterbacks the second unit of Barrie’s power play and even kills penalties. He has an English tutor who comes twice a week and also watches some TV to round out th...
Dmitri Orlov: “I have to work on my confidence”

Dmitri Orlov: “I have to work on my confidence”

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Dmitri Orlov: "I have to work on my confidence" (Photo © Russianprospects.com) Dmitri Orlov is a 18 years old defenseman who has been drafted by the Washington Capitals in the latest NHL Entry Draft, with the 55th overall pick. In this translated interview with Metallurg's press attache Sergei Druzhinin, he talked about his feelings about being a first team player, about his ability to play both forward and defense and about the Russian Junior National Team. Dmitri, do you feel a full fledged member of the first team now? Yes. Now I play with the first team, I get a lot of ice time and I try to be helpful for the team. The coaches trust me and I thank them for that. And off the ice I’ve got good ties with all my team mates, we have a very good group. Do you remember your first match with ...
Sergei Gaiduchenko: I have a chance to move on as Florida drafted me

Sergei Gaiduchenko: I have a chance to move on as Florida drafted me

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Sergei Gaiduchenko: I have a chance to move on as Florida drafted me (Photo © Miklin.ru) 20 years old Sergei Gaiduchenko, in a translated interview published on Russianprospects.com, said that he would like to move to another team as he doesn't get much playing time. In some teams goalies play one game each, in some others a goalie plays six games and the second two. [Lokomotiv's head coach] Kari Heikkila uses a system in which the first goalie of the team plays 85-90% of the games. Asked about the future: I would like to move and I got a chance, as Florida drafted me. But first I want to stay in Russia to consolidate, play one or, better, two seasons playing a bigger quantity of games and then go there, just the same way as Semen Varlamov did. The goalie, who is nicknamed Godzilla by...
Prospects » Andrei Kuchin: “I dream about the NHL”

Prospects » Andrei Kuchin: “I dream about the NHL”

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Andrei Kuchin: "I dream about the NHL" (Photo © Chicago Steel official site) "I'm here to fulfil my aim - to play in the NHL. The trainings here are shorter than the ones I used to have in Russia, but richer. I still have tough time with English, but I try hard. I’m happy to be here in Chicago. All is going well; the league is high level. I would be happy to play for my country [at the WJC], of course, but unfortunately it’s not up to me. Vityaz let me go, I'm playing in Chicago on a loan deal. My dream is to play in the NHL. This is why I’m here. In Russia it’s not easy to get a true chance, there is the foreigners fashion now" - said Andrei Kuchin at Hockey's Future.
Drummondville Voltigeurs in talks with Avangard Omsk’s Nikita Pivtsakin

Drummondville Voltigeurs in talks with Avangard Omsk’s Nikita Pivtsakin

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Drummondville Voltigeurs in talks with Avangard Omsk’s Nikita Pivtsakin (Photo © Ghyslain Bergeron, L'Express) Russian player Nikita Pivtsakin might strengthen the Drummondville’s defense already after the Subway Superseries. This at least according to the Voltigeurs’ plans, who are trying to convince the 18 years old guy moving to Canada. Selected in the Import Draft’s first round (49th overall pick), by the Cap Breton Screaming Eagles, Pivtsaking didn’t show up in their pre season camp in Sidney. The Omsk, Russia, native defenseman instead deciding taking the first steps in his pro career in the KHL playing for Jaromir Jagr’s Avangard Omsk. After Pivtsakin refused to report the Screaming Eagles decided to free up the 5’9”, 174 lbs defenseman, who has been claimed later by Voltigeurs’ Ge...