This is one of my favorite photos. Marc Pouliot and Alexei Mikhnov lining up to congratulate the goalie after a win.
Pouliot will come to camp and try to make the big club, but Mikhnov’s season is already underway. He’s played in one game for the Locomotives and has an assist. Alexander Bumagin plays for Atlant and also has an assist in his first game.
Both players are in the new Kontinental Hockey League and although they have talent both seem unwilling to come to North America and throw the dice on an NHL career. Reason? If they don’t make it, they’ll play in Springfield for pennies compared to the Russian loot.
Can’t say I blame them, but from a selfish point of view it would be nice to see what they could do over a full season.