Quick KHL Draft Note
The full run-down on the past week’s Russian hockey news is delayed until tomorrow, but in the meantime here’s a quick bit on one notable annual event that happened today:
With the World Championship now finished, attention switches back to the KHL, and its off-season doings. The league held its annual entry draft on Monday (possibly the last such event, as there is much talk of finding a different way to get prospects to teams beginning next year). Admiral Vladivostok held the first overall pick, and used it on defenceman Veniamin Baranov, from Dynamo St. Petersburg ’99 (The Dynamo St. Petersburg club’s Under-17 squad). Baranov, who turned 17 in January, scored 4-14-18 in 28 games for the Dynamo U17s, so there seems to be some play-making ability there. He was also one of the “replacement” players on the Russian team at this year’s Under-18 World Championship in the United States, where he recorded one assist in four games.
The rest of the top three at today’s draft: with the second pick, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg selected Alexander Alemastsev, an offensively-gifted forward who scored 28-16-44 in 32 games for Yuzhny Ural Orsk’s Under-17 squad this season. And at number three, Metallurg Novokuznetsk picked towering 16-year-old defenceman Alexander Alexeyev from the MHL’s Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg (he’s 6’3″). Alexeyev scored two points in 20 games in Russia’s top junior league this past year, but had a line of 7-18-25 in 29 games as a 14- to 15-year-old in the U17 league the previous season. Like Baranov, Alexeyev also was called up to the Under-18 World Championship team.
Full details of the draft can be seen here!