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.
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»
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»
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.
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.