The three Russian kids made their KHL debut for the 2013-14 season today, and all played well enough and certainly got plenty of ice time.
- Bogdan Yakimov: 12:59 on 15 shifts, won 7 of 12 faceoffs, had one shot on goal. His time on ice was 10th among Neftekhimik forwards.
- Anton Slepyshev: 11:09 on 15 shifts, 2 shots on goal. His time on ice was 11th among Salavat forwards.
- Daniil Zharkov: 9:21 on 13 shifts and minus one. His time on ice was 12th among Torpedo forwards.
Yakimov and Zharkov had never played in the Russian Super League. The highlights include Yakimov’s faceoff percentage (58.3%) and that he played a regular shift in the KHL after playing in a lower league one year ago. Slepyshev had pre-season games where he barely saw the ice, so his 11 minutes are encouraging. Zharkov wasn’t listed on the KHL site until today, so that’s encouraging too.
Teemu Hartikainen played over 20 minutes today for Slepyshev’s team, had a shot on goal and was -1.
It is, of course, early.