One for the future
Lokomotiv has secured the signing of Russia youth team goalie Pavel Shegalo, bronze medalist at the last World Youth Championships, and a graduate of the Spartak academy. It is understood the young prospect will spend a lot of the coming season playing in the Youth League, but no-one is ruling out the possibility that he could soon make his KHL debut for the Yaroslavl men. Lokomotiv currently just has two goaltenders in the main roster - Stefan Liv and Alexander Vyukhin.
Experienced forward Andrei Sidyakin has signed a contract with Severstal – the veteran’s fourth KHL club. Sidyakin spent the first two KHL seasons with Salavat Yulaev, and in the previous campaign played 21 games for Spartak and another 14 for Yugra.
Andrei won the Russian championship back in 2007-08 with the Ufa club, and he has played the lion’s share of his career in Bashkortostan, although he did have a previous two-year spell at Cherepovets. 2005-06 was a very good season for Sidyakin, when he scored 18 goals and made 20 assists, but next year’s figures were almost as impressive - 19 goals and 13 assists.
Two players in, six Russians out
KHL newcomers Lev has secured the services of forwards Karl Fabricius and Stepan Novotny. The Swede Fabricius had spent his entire career in his homeland, having played for Lulea and Frolunda. Last season he played 54 games, scored 5 goals and made 7 assists. As for the Czech, Novotny, from 2007 he had been playing in minor leagues in North America. In 2010-2011, playing for Swift Current Broncos from the Bronx, he made 58 appearances, scoring 22 goals and assisting on 12 more.
No fewer than eight Russians arrived for trials at HC Lev, but only two of them remain. So far the Slovaks are yet to name the players trying to force their way into the roster.
Also in Poprad was the head of the KHL’s disciplinary committee, Gennady Velichkin, who was satisfied with the club’s preparations for its debut season.
It is not unusual for players to pick up various knocks during training, but from Torpedo there is news of the first major injury. At the team’s preseason training in Finland, attacker Dmitry Klopov received damage to his hip muscles and will be out of action for three weeks, during which time he will train to an individual program to keep his fitness levels from dropping.
A source in the Swedish media claims that Vityaz may be about to sign Kirill Doronin. The player was born in Khabarovsk, but while still a youngster he left for America, where he failed to make much of an impact. He also spent one season at Samara, and this summer was turned down by HC Ryazan, so it is unclear why he would be a target of the Chekhov club.
Most curious of all was how Doronin spent the previous season. He was playing in North America, for a club called Rome in the less-than-illustrious FHL. This league consists of six teams, so only two can fail to make the play-offs, and one of the hapless two was Kirill’s team. The six teams play over 40 games in a season.
Quote of the day
"We need to stay patient and see whether this story continues into the new season," was new Vityaz signing Jeremy Yablonsky’s comment on last season’s confrontation between his new team and Avangard.
It would be wise for him to study the disqualifications handed out after that game by the KHL. This attitude is fine if a player does not mind missing 20 games, but in that case why come here in the first place?
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru