Farjestad is Swedish for Shawinigan

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All day Friday the hockey newspapers reported Kirill Kabanov was heading to play in Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League (SEL).  After weeks of figuring out what his next step in his career would be, Kabanov contemplated the idea of going to Sweden/QMJHL after not making the New York Islanders squad.  And (as would be expected) reports questioned Kabanov’s commitment to a career in the pros.  His rights were held by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – formerly the Montreal Juniors – when they selected him in a dispersal draft.  The Armada were pegged to be bottom-feeders in the QMJHL this season, a position Kabanov did not see fit for his development.  Not to mention, playing against men in the SEL as opposed to kids in the QMJHL would be better developmentally, wouldn’t you think?  Read more…

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Nail Yakupov – Let the Hype Begin

The coming out party for Nail Yakupov happened last season.  Solidifying himself as the best player on the Sarnia Sting, the flashy forward posted 101 points, leading all rookies in scoring by a whopping 18 points – the next closest being linemate, Alex Galchenyuk.  The dynamically offensive winger has been the focal point of much hype during the off-season.  Questions were raised: Can he do it again?  Is he a one-hit wonder?  How many points will he score this season?  Will he be the OHL’s best player?  How high will he get drafted?  Is he better than Ovechkin?
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One Russian Prevails

{Courtesy of WindsorStar.com}

Earlier this year, Stanislav Galiev and Maxim Kitsyn both went to the Russian World Junior Championship camp to hopefully get a spot on the national team.  Galiev was snubbed while Kitsyn would go on to make the team that would win gold at the tournament in Buffalo.  Then halfway through the OHL season, Kitsyn hopped on a plane and took his game to the CHL with Mississauga.

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