Maxim Trunev is a flashy winger drafted this June by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round. He was also picked also by the CHL Portland Winter Hawks in the annual CHL Import Draft. At 5’10, 180 lbs, he is a finesse player who makes things happen with his great acceleration, burning speed and excellent technique. Despite being not as hyped as other Russian players like Nikita Filatov and Viktor Tikhonov, he has all the tools to become a high-caliber player, especially considering his puck control and maneuverability in the offensive end. He’s became quite known in hockey as his team skated and won the McDonald’s tournament in Canada, where he scored a hat trick in the final match and got named in the All Stars team. This is likely where Montreal scouted him as he only played one single match with HC Severstal in the 2007-08 RSL season.
Hockey’s Future talked with Trunev as he was gearing up for the upcoming season.
HF: How do you spend your time now that the season is ended?
MT: At the end of the season I got a serious injury, thus at first after it I couldn’t rest as I should as I was having a treatment in another city for almost one month. After the treatment, I tried to rest more, recovering strength for the upcoming season, but of course I didn’t forget about trainings and the maintenance of my equipment. Prior the start of the pre-season trainings I prepared myself individually.
HF: How could you describe your game to our readers who know little about you?
MT: I think that I am an offensive kind of player. I try to show results in every game, to give assists, to collect a lot of points. But also I don’t forget about the defensive aspects. I give huge attention to the technical side of skating, puck-control, speed, accuracy of passing and shooting.
HF: How are you off the ice?
MT: On the ice I usually try to splash out all my sportive spite, and off the rink I try to be kind and responsible, and I consider myself as a communicative person who tries to find common language with everyone.
HF: Is there a player that you use as example – either a retired or an active one?
MT: There is no particular player whom I aspire towards. I have a number of players that I like and I try to take the best qualities from them!
HF: You weren’t picked for last WJC under 18 in Kazan. Why? Were you injured?
MT: Sorry, but I can’t reply frankly to your question about the national team. By the coach’s opinion I fit the first or the second unit.
HF: What do you think about the fiasco in the final match?
MT: If you are talking about the final match between Russian national team and Canada, then my opinion is that Canadians were stronger in that game without any bias.
HF: What part of your game has attracted the scouts, in your opinion?
MT: I think that what attracted attention of my game was my offensive side, technique of stickhandling, skating and my ability of finalizing the momentums.
HF: What can you tell about your development in the last two or three seasons? What is your most progressed area?
MT: In the last two or three seasons, I progressed well in physical, technical and tactical sides since I was in that moment in which young players pass from junior to senior hockey. The most progressed parts of my game are the attack and the bigger attention I spend on defense.
HF: What did you feel once you realized that you were drafted by the Montreal Canadiens?
MT: Certainly I was really happy when I came in knowledge of that as my dream since the childhood is to play in the NHL and for the Russian national team.
HF: And what about the CHL Import draft? It’s rumored that you have good ties with Coach Rich Cromm. Is this true?
MT: Some years ago I attended a training camp at Okanagan school, in Penticton, BC, where my coaches were Rich Cromm and Alan Kerr.
HF: Can you tell us your contract situation?
MT: I can say that I am under contract with Severstal for other two years.
HF: What do you think about your chances with Montreal or Portland? Do you think to play overseas in the next season? Do you plan to go back to Russia if things there don’t go too well? If yes, will you keep playing for Severstal?
MT: Now I want to have a regular spot in Severstal’s roster, if things don’t go like expected I play overseas for one year and then I want to return and break Severstal’s lineup.