Washington with Ovechkin, Pittsburgh without Malkin. All Russians in NHL training camps
The offseason in the National Hockey League is entering one of its most interesting phases – on the night of September 22-23, training camps for teams opened overseas. The training camps bring together both the top stars and the best young players from the club systems. For young prospectuses, the coming two weeks will be the highlight of the entire season – either they make their way to the top team of their system, or they get stuck in the AHL. Players on trial contracts also come to training camps, for many of whom this kind of agreement is the last chance to stay overseas. “Championship” provides a complete list of Russians in training camps in the NHL.
Minnesota Wild : w. Dmitry Kulikov, n. Kirill Kaprizov (?)
The day before yesterday Dmitry Kulikov was the only Russian player included by Minnesota in the official list of players allowed to participate in the training camp. However, last night the situation changed – and the top scorer of Wild at the end of last season, Kirill Kaprizov, finally signed a new contract with the Savages. The 24-year-old striker had already arrived in St. Paul, and now the whole question was whether Kirill needed to serve a seven-day quarantine associated with the coronavirus protocol. According to North American journalist Michael Russo on his Twitter page, Caprice has already passed quarantine since he was vaccinated in Florida. Representatives of the National Hockey League told him about this. If so, then soon we will see Kirill on the ice.
Pittsburgh Penguins : n. Evgeni Malkin – injured
But we almost certainly won’t see Evgeni Malkin in the Pittsburgh training camp. In 33 games of the last regular season, the 34-year-old striker scored 28 (8 + 20) points, having also played 4 games in the playoffs and gaining 5 (1 + 4) points. For most of last season, Evgeny suffered from knee problems, and after it ended, the Russian forward was forced to undergo surgery. In mid-September, it was reported that Malkin might not recover by the start of the regular season. In the meantime, in front of his name in the list of players “Pittsburgh” there is a note – “injured”.
Tampa Bay Lightning : c. Andrey Vasilevsky, V. Amir Miftakhov, z. Mikhail Sergachev, n. Nikita Kucherov, n. Alexey Lipanov, z. Dmitry Semykin
Several more Russian hockey players were added to the three two-time Stanley Cup winners in the lightning camp at the training camp – goalkeeper Amir Miftakhov moved to the southern state from Ak Bars Kazan, defender Dmitry Semykin continues to make his way into the NHL through the lower leagues, and striker Alexei Lipanov returned to Lightning after a short stay in Russia, where he played in the VHL for Dynamo Moscow Region.
Dallas Stars : v. Anton Khudobin, z. Artyom Grushnikov, n. Alexander Radulov, n. Denis Guryanov
In Dallas, an extremely curious situation developed in the goalkeeper line, where the Stanley Cup winner with Washington Braden Holtby appeared . The Canadian goalkeeper was acquired on the free agent market, despite the progress of Jake Ettinger , who almost won the position of number one last season, taking advantage of Ben Bishop ‘s injury and Anton Khudobin’s poor performance . At the same time, Ben and Anton’s contracts have not disappeared from the club’s payroll, which means a crazy hack even for the right to be in the application for a specific match. Of course, if all of these goalkeepers are healthy.
Toronto Maple Leafs : n. Mikhail Abramov, n. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, n. Pavel Gogolev, n. Nikita Gusev, n. Ilya Mikheev, Ph. Kirill Semyonov
The Russian delegation at the Toronto training camp consists of six strikers, among which the name of Nikita Gusev stands out . The text from the introduction to this article is ideally suited to the situation in which the 29-year-old striker is now. In Gusev’s career, overseas, there were already positions in the Vegas, New Jersey and Florida systems – however, in none of them the Russian managed to gain a foothold for a long time.
Nikita signed a trial agreement with Maple Leafs in the offseason, and following the results of Gusev’s work in the training camp, three options for further developments are possible. According to the most favorable of them, the “maple leaves” will offer the Russian citizen to sign a full-fledged contract. There is a possibility that Gusev will not make his way to Toronto, but he will be paid attention to in another NHL team. The third option for the 2018 Olympic champion is to return to the KHL, where all the leading teams in the league are interested in his services.
As for the rest of the Russians, Mikheev has long been a full-fledged player in the first team. Recently, Ilya’s affairs in the club were not going well, and even there was information that the hockey player’s side requested an exchange to another club, but Toronto kept the Russian in its ranks. Former Avangard forward Semyonov will have his debut training camp in the NHL, and Abramov, Der-Arguchintsev and Gogolev are part of a whole group of young players who have already taken part in the rookie tournament.
Washington Capitals : c. Ilya Samsonov, z. Alexander Alekseev, z. Dmitry Orlov, n. Alexander Ovechkin, n. Evgeny Kuznetsov
After Washington’s unsuccessful playoffs in the last NHL season, there was a lot of talk about the possible departure of goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov and striker Evgeny Kuznetsov from the team . The Capitals management did not hide their disappointment with the game and the behavior of the Russians during the past season, but as a result, both players remained in the organization. Samsonov signed a new contract with Washington, having received another (obviously the last) chance to become the first number of the team, and according to Kuznetsov, the club did not receive a worthy exchange offer. For defender Orlov and striker Ovechkin, the upcoming training camp is a routine matter of getting in shape for the start of the season, while defender Alekseev must take a new step in his career and try to break into the line of the main defense players of the Capitals.
New York Rangers :
The ranks of one of the most Russian clubs in the NHL thinned slightly over the offseason, because the Rangers made an exchange with St. Louis, as a result of which Pavel Buchnevich left Broadway . “I myself have come across a similar situation. But for me it was a bolt from the blue. I’m a little upset, Pasha is a good player, he gave the team a lot of advantages. But that’s the way things are in the NHL. There is nothing to add here. The club has a strategy, a plan. What can I say, we have to play further, “- commented on the departure of his compatriot Panarin during a live broadcast on the Instagram channel” Hockey in the course “.
Artemy himself, along with the rest of the players, will have to get acquainted with the new head coach of the Rangers. In June, the “blue-shirts” were headed by the Canadian specialist Gerard Galland , whose shoulders are entrusted with the mission of changing the vector of the team’s game. In the summer selection, the New Yorkers took a course towards signing experienced and dimensional hockey players responsible for protecting the stars and the young Rangers asset.
St. Louis Blues : n. Pavel Buchnevich, n. Vladimir Tarasenko, n. Nikita Alexandrov, n. Alexey Toropchenko
One of the main transfer sagas of the summer in the NHL has not been resolved to this day – striker Vladimir Tarasenko, who actively asked for an exchange from St. Louis, continues to be a “musician”. Moreover, according to the general manager of the organization, Vladimir will most likely start the upcoming season as a Blues player.
“There is a high probability that he will start the season with us. Vladi and I talked about it. He understands everything. In terms of exchanges, the situation is now difficult. The ceiling is not growing, and Vladi has missed a lot over the past few years.
He knows he will need to come back and play really well. Hopefully he will play in a way that he doesn’t want to be traded anymore – and we don’t want to. He needs to have a good season. He wants to play for a few more years, and for this he needs to make himself in demand, “- quoted Armstrong STL Today.
New York Islanders : c. Ilya Sorokin, V. Semyon Varlamov, n. Anatoly Golyshev (?)
No sooner had Golyshev changed Avtomobilist to Islanders when his one-year contract expired and a new one had to be signed. However, this has not happened yet, and without the conclusion of an agreement, there is no need to wait for the forward in the training camp of the “islanders”.
Philadelphia Flyers : w. Ivan Provorov, z. Egor Zamula, n. German Rubtsov
23-year-old striker German Rubtsov will take another chance to restart his playing career. In the offseason, the Russian returned to the “pilots” system after an openly weak season, played for Sochi, where in 46 matches of the last KHL regular season Herman scored with only three goals. Now Rubtsov will have to endure a fierce battle with 31 forwards of the Philadelphia system in a training camp in order to get a place at least in the AHL team. 21-year-old Yegor Zamula has a difficult situation, who made his NHL debut at the end of the last regular season. The Flyers’ defensive line has changed for the better in the summer, and it will be extremely difficult and almost impossible for Yegor to count on a place in the main squad. As for Provorov, he will have to deal with finding mutual understanding with a new partner.
Columbus Blue Jackets : c. Daniil Tarasov, z. Vladislav Gavrikov, Ph. Egor Chinakhov
20-year-old striker Yegor Chinakhov has become one of the most talked about players in the NHL in the traditional rookie tournaments. The Russian scored six goals in three matches – in the debut meeting, Yegor hit the Toronto Maple Leafs’ goal (4: 3 OT), then scored a double in the match with the Dallas Stars (4: 3), as well as a hat-trick in a meeting with Detroit Red Wings (7: 3). The former Avangard forward has earned a portion of flattering words from the Blue Jackets management, but now Egor will have to raise his game to an even higher level in order to win the competition for a place in the squad. It is worth noting that a total of 38 forwards have been invited to the Columbus training camp.
Carolina Hurricanes : n. Andrey Svechnikov, n. Maxim Letunov
Svechnikov was selected by Carolina in the 2018 draft under the overall number two. Last season, he played 55 regular season games, gaining 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) with a +1 utility. In the playoffs, the forward played in 11 meetings, gaining 8 (2 + 6) points with an overall usefulness of “+4”. Last summer, Andrew has signed a major contract of his career, signed the eight-year agreement with the “Caroline” for a total of $ 62 million addition to it, in training Camp “Hurricane” is another Russian forward -. Maxim Flyers , who spent three matches NHL for San Jose.
Montreal Canadiens : w. Alexander Romanov, z. Daniil Sobolev, n. Arsen Khisamutdinov
Objectively speaking, 21-year-old defender Alexander Romanov is the only Russian contender for a place in the main squad of the last Stanley Cup finalist. Defender Sobolev and striker Khisamutdinov should view the upcoming training camp as an opportunity to gain experience.
Vancouver Canucks : n. Vasily Podkolzin
The list of 54 hockey players included only one Russian hockey player – this is the newcomer of the team Vasily Podkolzin . On the eve of the authoritative edition The Athletic compiled a list of the best young players in the National Hockey League, who in the upcoming season can qualify for the Calder Trophy (an award annually presented to the player who has shown himself the most prominent among those who play the first full season).
The highest place among Russians on the list was taken by Los Angeles Kings newcomer Vladimir Tkachev , who took 15th place. Podkolzin is 17th, and Florida forward Grigory Denisenko is 20th.
Edmonton Oilers : c. Ilya Konovalov, z. Dmitry Samorukov (?), N. Matvey Petrov, n. Kirill Maximov
23-year-old Ilya Konovalov moved overseas this summer, signing a newcomer contract with “oilmen”. The main goalkeepers of Edmonton are 39-year-old veteran Mike Smith and 33-year-old Finn Mikko Koskinen . Obviously, the former Lokomotiv goalkeeper will have to start his overseas career with the AHL, but in case of a successful performance there, Konovalov may have a chance in the Oilers main team. But defender Dmitry Samorukov was out of action for some time due to a fracture of his jaw, received in a match at the beginners tournament.
Vegas Golden Knights : h. Daniil Miromanov, n. Pavel Dorofeev, n. Evgeny Dadonov, n. Maxim Marushev
One of the biggest off-season exchanges involving Russian players was carried out by Vegas, trading Evgeny Dadonov for Ottawa. The contract of the Russian with the “senators” was calculated for two more seasons with an average annual salary of $ 5 million, but Eugene will finish playing it already in Las Vegas.
“Dadonov fully meets our requirements. There were several cool strikers on the free agent market who were on our list and could be on our team if Ottawa did not agree to the exchange. But this player was our priority, “Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon told the NHL official website.
” Colorado Avalanche “: n. Artyom Anisimov, n. Valery Nichushkin, Ph. Mikhail Maltsev
Florida Panthers : c. Sergey Bobrovsky, n. Maxim Mamin, n. Grigory Denisenko
Ottawa Senators : h. Nikita Zaitsev, z. Artyom Tooth
Nashville Predators : n. Yakov Trenin, n. Egor Afanasiev
In the Ottawa list, attention is drawn to the absence of forward Yegor Sokolov , who did not find a place among 30 applicants for 12-13 places in the attack of the “senators”. In the defensive line of the Canadian club, everything is standard and without surprises, as in the application of Nashville.
Los Angeles Kings : n. Vladimir Tkachev, n. Nikita Pavlychev
The roster of the “kings” includes two Russian hockey players, while the club’s press service emphasized that forward Pavlychev is on an AHL contract.
Anaheim Ducks : n. Alexander Volkov
Detroit Red Wings : n. Vladislav Namestnikov, n. Kirill Tyutyaev
” Calgary Flames “: s. Nikita Zadorov, z. Yan Kuznetsov, n. Dmitry Zavgorodniy
Arizona Coyotes : w. Vladislav Provolnev, z. Ilya Lyubushkin
New Jersey Devils : w. Nikita Okhotyuk
Chicago Blackhawks : h. Dmitry Osipov, n. Andrey Altybarmakyan
After the exchange of Mikhail Maltsev to Colorado, defender Nikita Okhotyuk remained the last Russian representative in the system of “devils”. But only a big miracle will help him to break into the main team of New Jersey in the coming season. For Arizona’s newcomer Vladislav Provolnev, the training camp will be the first in his overseas career.
Seattle Kraken, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabers : no
The new National Hockey League club has passed the Russian players both in the expansion draft and in the free agent market. As a result, not a single Russian was in the first training camp in the history of the American club. Also, our representatives will not be in the Boston and Buffalo camps.
The Winnipeg Jets and San Jose Sharks have not announced their rosters to date. The expected Russians from these clubs are Evgeny Svechnikov (Winnipeg), Nikolai Knizhov and Alexander Barabanov (both from San Jose).