Flames’ prospect Rafikov continuing development in Russian leagues in 2014-15

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Rushan Rafikov - Team Russia

Photo: Calgary Flames defensive prospect Rushan Rafikov is currently playing for HC Ryazan in Russia’s VHL, where he has two assists in five games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

It was a busy off-season for Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov as he first had to deal with visa problems which prevented him from taking part in the Flames’ prospect camp. Then he skated with Team Russia at the national team’s summer tournament in Canada, where he posted three assists in four games. Read more»

2014-15 KHL Prospect Preview: Prokhorkin, Buchnevich head solid group of NHL-drafted Russians

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Nikita Tryamkin - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg defenseman and Vancouver Canucks prospect Nikita Tryamkin was the Canucks’ third round selection at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The KHL’s seventh season is underway and it will most likely be yet another interesting season to watch for several reasons, spanning from the always-fertile production of the Russian hockey schools to the acquisition of top Finnish team Jokerit Helsinki. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: The Class of 2016

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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP

Photo: Team USA forward Auston Matthews is considered to be a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

With the 2016 NHL Draft just a little under two years away, there is still a lot to be learned about these late-1997 and 1998-born players. There is no overwhelming consensus as to who will be picked first overall like there is for the 2015 draft, but Dmitry Sokolov is one of a few favorites as well as Sean Day, the fourth player to be granted “exceptional player status” by the Ontario Hockey Federation. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: Russia/KHL draft review

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2014 NHL Draft - Vladislav Kamenev - Nashville Predators

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward and Nashville Predaors prospect Vladislav Kamenev is the first Russian player that team has drafted since the 2004 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

After having just eight players selected in 2013, NHL teams gave some attention to Russian players at the 2014 NHL Draft. In all, 13 Russian players were selected, the highest number since the 2006 draft class that included current NHL players Semyon Varlamov, Nikolai Kulemin, and Artem Anisimov. Six of this year’s draftees are already playing in North America, while seven spent the 2013-14 season in Russia. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft Preview: Uncertainty the word for Russia’s latest draft class

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Igor Shestyorkin - Team Russia

Photo: SKA St. Petersburg goaltender and 2014 prospect Igor Sheshtyorkin competed for Team Russia at the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

With the 2013-14 season now completed, and as the 2014 NHL Draft draws closer, the list of Russian prospects who are on the radar of the NHL scouting staffs gets thinner. The list of potential draftees playing in Russia is always somewhat difficult to gauge due to the infamous “Russian Factor” hanging over the heads of any player that chooses to stay in Russia to continue their development.

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