2008-09: A native of Chelyabinsk, Mikhail Pashnin grew up in the Mechel system and debuted with the main team in the 06-07 season, but he didn't break out until the 08-09 season, when he was surprisingly called to the national junior team first for the ADT Canada/Russia challenge, then for the WJC, in which he played an rather important role. He was also the first overall pick in the first-ever KHL Draft. Pashnin will spend the 09-10 season with CSKA Moscow.
2009-10: Pashnin skated in 44 of 56 games for CSKA Moscow as a 20-year-old rookie in the KHL. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +1 as CSKA finished fourth in the KHL's Bobrov Division. His 52 PMs tied two other players for the second-most on the team. Pashnin skated one of CSKA's three playoff games with no points or penalties. Pashnin played eight games (including playoffs) with CSKA's MHL (U-22) team and had 1 goal with 4 assists and 22 PMs.
2010-11: Pashnin skated in 43 of 54 games for CSKA Moscow in KHL play and was a key member of the CSKA U-22 team that won the MHL's Kharlamov Cup. Pashnin scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -11 with 38 PMs in KHL play as CSKA finished last in the Kharlamov Division and did not make the playoffs. In MHL play, Pashnin scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had 14 PMs in regular season action and then scored 1 goal with 4 assists and 60 PMs in 16 playoff games en route to the championship. Pashnin signed a two-year KHL contract with CSKA Moscow in August, 2011.
2011-12: Pashnin appeared in a career-high 50 games for CSKA in his fourth KHL season. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was minus-two; finishing second on the Red Army team with 68 penalty minutes. CSKA finished fourth in the Bobrov Division. Pashnin had 1 assist and was minus-two with 20 penalty minutes in five playoff games. In January it was announced that Pashnin would be the young player transferred from CSKA to Yaroslavl as part of the KHL's plan to rebuild the Lokomotiv team.
Pashnin is a two-way defenseman who has a nasty streak. With a good hockey IQ and vision, he can create plays, however, Pashnin needs to improve his shot to be successful in the NHL.