| | Mike Komisarek (1st round, 2001) played for the US National Junior Team during the 2001 Summer Challenge in Lake Placid, NY. Komisarek recorded 1 assist, as the US split the four-game series against Finland. Scouting reports indicate that the 6’4″, 230 lbs. defenseman demonstrated his usual physically punishing style of play.Alexander Buturlin (2nd round, 1999) played 2 games for Salavat Yuleyev of the Russian League. The right winger scored 1 goal during those 2 games while racking up 4 minutes in penalties. Contract negotiations in Russia are presumably still ongoing, as there has yet to be an official announcement regarding Buturlin’s future place of employment.Alex Perezhogin (1st round, 2001) has played 2 preseason games with Omsk of the Russian League. The talented left winger was held off the score sheet. The 5’11”, 185 lbs. winger played 41 games with Omsk’s division-2 team last season, where he scored an incredible 47 goals to go along with 24 assists, and 40 penalty minutes.Joni Puurula (8th round, 2000) has played 4 preseason games with HPK of the Finnish Elite League. Through those 4 games the 5’10”, 165 lbs. goalie has a 3-1 record, with a 2.00 goals against average, and an impressive .927 save percentage. Puurula will battle Czech native Zdenek Smid for playing time this season. Zdenek, who was drafted by Atlanta in the 6th round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft played last season with Karlovy Vary of the Czech Extraliga.Leksand IF’s Johan Eneqvist (4th round, 2000) has played 3 preseason games. The 6’1″, 185 lbs. center scored 1 goal and added 1 assist during the 3 games. Eneqvist registered 34 points (19-15-34) in 21 games with Leksand’s junior team last season. Statistically, these numbers made him the Canadiens most improved prospect last season.Mikko Hyytia (8th round, 2000) was released by JYP of the Finnish Elite League during the off-season. No word yet on his future team. The 6’0″, 195 lbs. center managed 29 points (10-19-29) in 33 games with JYP’s junior team last season. But in 21 games with JYP’s senior team Hyttia was only able to manage 1 goal, and a -1 rating.Ilkka Mikkola (3rd round, 1997) will play the upcoming season with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League. The 6’0″, 195 lbs. defenseman played the last 3 season with TPS. He managed 9 points (3-6-9) in 37 games last season. Highly regarded for his defensive game, Mikkola finished with a +9 rating during the regular season. However he struggled during the playoffs, finishing a disappointing -4.
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