Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Denis Guryanov, selected 12th overall at the 2015 NHL draft, projects as a top scoring threat at the NHL level (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
After making nine picks per draft for the previous three drafts, the Dallas Stars may have felt as if they had some room to play with their 2015 picks. They came into the weekend a touch shorthanded due to previous trades and then exchanged their seventh round choice for the rights to goaltender Antti Niemi. All told, the Stars made five selections. With the 12th pick, they provided probably the first real surprise of the draft when they selected Russian winger Denis Guryanov.
Photo: SKA-1946 St. Petersburg forward and 2015 prospect Alexander Dergachyov competed in the MHL in 2014-15, posting 10 goals and 39 points in 45 games, then adding 18 points in 19 playoff games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
While the number of Russian players in the NHL has decreased when compared to the early 2000’s, a trend reversal is expected in the next few years, especially considering the difficult economic situation of the KHL. Some evidence of this change includes the offseason movement of some of the KHL’s top players crossing the Atlantic in a fashion that hasn’t been seen in many years, with players like Artemi Panarin, Evgeny Medvedev, Sergei Plotnikov and others venturing forth to the NHL. Read more»
Team Russia won all four of their preliminary round games to finish atop Group A before being eliminated in the playoff round by Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.
Each U18 tournament brings an upset or two, and the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has been no different. Probably the biggest upset took place in a quarter-final game today, with host country Switzerland eliminating Russia in a shocking 5-0 win. The Swiss had not beaten the Russians at this tournament since 1999, which was the first year for the U18. Read more»
Photo: Team Russia settled for a silver medal at the U20 World Junior Championship, but will be looking to earn gold at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
Team Russia has recently had much more success at the U20 World Junior Championship level than at the U18, with the last U18 medal being a bronze in 2011 in Germany when the team was led by players like Nikita Kucherov (TBL), Mikhail Grigorenko (BUF), and Nail Yakupov (EDM). Read more»
Photo: SKA-1946 St. Petersburg forward and 2015 prospect Alexander Dergachev is playing for Russia at the 2015 World Junior Championship, where he has produced one goal in four games so far (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The 2014 NHL Draft saw 13 Russian players’ names called, an increase from the low results of the eight players selected in 2013, with this increase mostly attributed to the bigger flow of players in the Canadian Major Junior leagues. Read more»