Russian head coach Valeri Bragin has been handed an almost entirely new team for the 2012 World Junior Championship after winning gold in 2011. He has so far managed to guide this young squad toward another medal but will face his toughest test in the semi-final match against the team Russia beat for gold last year, Canada.
Bragin talked about his team’s overtime win over the Czech Republic and the game against Canada.
Russian forward Nail Yakupov is considered a top prospect for the 2012 NHL Draft. He’s had a good showing so far at the 2012 World Junior Championship, picking up five assists in the four preliminary round games. One of those assists came in Russia‘s 4-3 overtime loss to Sweden, which sends the Russians to the quarter-finals against the Czech Republic.
Yakupov talked about the loss to Sweden following the game.
Russian scorer Yevgeni Kuznetsov was the undisputed star of Russia‘s last outing at the 2012 World Junior Championship, a game in which he posted a nine-point night. But in Russia’s New year’s Eve showdown with Sweden, Kuznetsov was held pointless as he and his teammates fell to the Swedes in overtime, 4-3.
Kuznetsov met with the media following the loss to Sweden.
Russian forward and Washington Capitals prospect Yevgeni Kuznetsov was one of the heroes for Russia‘s 2011 World Junior Championship gold medal team. The skilled forward had gotten off to a slow start at this year’s WJC but took care of that slump with a 9-point performance against Latvia. The point total was one off the record held by Peter Forsberg, who set that mark in 1992.
Kuznetsov talked about his big night following his team’s 14-0 win over Latvia.
Despite being passed over in the 2011 NHL Draft, Russian defenseman Artyom Sergeyev is still working towards his goal of playing in the NHL. Sergeyev is in his second season with the Val d"Or Foreurs of the QMJHL. More importantly, Sergeyev is paired with Zakhar Arzamastsev on Russia‘s top defensive pairing at the 2012 World Junior Championship, a plum position that could help to draw more attention to Sergeyev from NHL scouts.
Sergeyev spoke with HF after Russia’s 14-0 win, a game in which Sergeyev contributed a goal. Read more»