Drafted first overall by Metallurg Novokuznetsk in the 2011 KHL junior draft, forward Anton Slepyshev has established himself this season as one of the top Russian-trained skaters eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft.
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Sunday was Medal Day at the 2012 World Championship, with Russia coming away with the gold medal following a 6-2 win over Slovakia at Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Slovakia took home silver while the Czech Republic scored the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over Finland.
Hockey's Future spoke with some of the players taking part in these two games following those matches, with those interviews being presented below.
BRONZE MEDAL GAME
After being overlooked in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, defenseman Zakhar Arzamastsev has appeared on many NHL team radars. Especially considering that, at 19, he already played more than 100 professional games with Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL, the same team which produced Flyers' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, Caps' defenseman Dmitri Orlov, and forwad Ivan Telegin (WIN).
Hockey's Future recently caught up with Arzamastsev, who is already training after a disappointing first-round playoff exit with his MHL team Kuznetskie Medvedi.
"My season finished rather early," Arzamastsev said. "I didn't want to go to vacation already, thus I went to Moscow and started practicing with a personal coach. Now I'm trying to add some speed to my first step, we are practicing in the gym only, no ice."
Arzamastsev added that he doesn't like to spend much time without hockey in the offseason. "I think having a two-month pause is more than enough. Last year we had five months. Too much."
After beginning his coaching career in the NHL as an assistant coach of the Hartford Whalers in 1994, Ted Nolan took over the head coaching position for the Buffalo Sabres in the following season. In his second season with the Sabres, he won the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year. His NHL career took a pause after that until he coached the New York Islanders from 2006 to 2008. In August of 2011, Nolan was named head coach of Team Latvia.
If you haven’t heard the name Miks Indrasis yet, keep your eyes and ears open. The undrafted 6-3, 196-pound winger has already made some considerable noise in his first two games for Team Latvia at the 2012 World Championships, having scored a goal against Russia in a surprisingly tight 5-2 loss and then chipping in a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over Germany. Most impressive is the confidence he’s been able to show on the ice with the puck on his stick.