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»
There has been a good deal of turnover from last year’s Russian gold medal squad to the 2012 WJC edition. One of those new faces is that of Alexander Khokhlachev, the Boston Bruins prospect currently plying his trade in the OHL. Khokhlachev has impressed so far with his play at this World Junior Championship, and now it appears that the rest of the team is peaking along with Khokhlachev at just the right time.
Khokhlachev spoke with the media following his team’s 14-0 defeat of Latvia, a game in which the Russian forward scored two goals. Read more»
At last year’s World Junior Championship, the Russian squad coached by Valeri Bragin started that tournament somewhat tentatively before going on to stun Canada in the gold medal game. At the 2012 WJC so far, Team Russia with Bragin at the helm seems to be kicking into gear at just the right time as they try to defend their junior hockey title.
Bragin spoke with the media following Russia‘s 14-0 defeat of Latvia, setting up a New Year’s Eve showdown with Sweden.
Russian goaltender Andrei Vasilevski is considered one of the top netminders available for the 2012 NHL Draft. Those responsible for putting together Russia‘s entry at the 2012 World Junior Championship recognized Vasilevski’s ability and appear to have put their destiny in his hands. Based on the first game performance, it looks like a good move as Vasilevski was the star of Russia‘s 3-0 opening win over Switzerland.
Boston Bruins prospect Alexander Khokhlachev is having a fine season playing for the OHL‘s Windsor Spitfires. Khokhlachev currently is among the top 10 scorers in that league. His scoring exploits have not gone unnoticed in his home country as he was named to Russia‘s 2012 World Junior Championship squad.
Khokhlachev scored a goal in Russia‘s opening win at the 2012 WJC. He spoke with the media following the win. Read more»