Junior Hockey League teams begin putting the rosters together for next season. Here’s a review of JHL transfer news.
Defensemen Ilya Kovtun, Ivan Danch, Gleb Morulyov and Daniil Uvarov signed new 1-year deals with HC Severstal Cherepovets. They were joined by forwards Maxim Kazakov, Artyom Markov and Artyom Grozov. Danch and Morulyov are JHL bronze medalists from the 2016-17 season. Cherepovets did not offer new contract to goaltender Fyodor Mochalov. Last season he played 15 games for Almaz with 2.78 Goals Against Average. Almaz also let go defenseman Artyom Gorlanov and forward Alexei Mokhov.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk
Forward Ivan Belyakov inked a new 1-year contract with Khabarovsk. 20-year-old forward made his KHL debut last season as he played eight games for Amur Khabarovsk in the regular season and also one playoff game.
Krasnaya Armiya Moscow
CSKA Moscow extended contracts for two more years with five Krasnaya Armiya players from last season – Nikita Popugayev, Artur Shepelkov, Vladimir Miroshnichenko, Mikhail Mescheryakov and Artyom Korepanov. All five won Kharlamov Cup in the 2016-17 season. Miroshnichenko and Korepanov also represented Krasnaya Armiya at JHL Challenge Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan last season.
JHC Spartak Moscow
HC Spartak Moscow management decided to extend contracts with their current major junior team’s coaching staff. Vladimir Tyurikov will remain the team’s head-coach, while assisted by Alexander Filippov, Sergei Goloshumov (goaltending coach) and Trofim Veliky (conditioning coach).
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg acquired the rights for forwards Ivan Morozov and Kirill Marchenko from Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk for monetary compensation. Both players represented Mamonty Yugry last season and went on to play for Team Russia at U18 IIHF World Championship, which was held in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk.
Yekaterinburg made qualifying offers to three players, who represented Avto last season – Yuri Muravyov, Anton Koshelev and Alexander Lebedinets. Koshelev and Muravyov for most points on Yekaterinburg’s major junior team.
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk
Traktor Chelyabinsk opted for the right to sign players from their own junior hockey school. The following players of Traktor-2001 signed their first professional hockey contracts – Alexander Kirpichnikov, Ilya Gorbunov, Danil Zinovyev, Artyom Zarubin and Konstantin Lukin.
Mamonty Yugry Khanty-Mansiysk
Aside from Ivan Morozov and Kirill Marchenko, Khahnty-Mansiysk will also see Pavel Shen leave as he signed a deal with his hometown team Salavat Yulaev Ufa. 18-year-old Team Russia forward will most likely play for Tolpar Ufa.
Snezhnye Barsy Astana
Goaltender Vilen Prokofyev, forwards Dias Guseynov, Maxim Musorov, Oleg Boyko, Stanislav Filippenko, defensemen Danil Butenko and Artyom Korolyov signed their first professional hockey contracts with HC Barys Astana for three years. Last season all of the players skated for Snezhnye Barsy Astana in Junior Hockey League and also represented Barys-2001 at U18 Junior Hockey League in 2000 Russian Championship in Ural – Western Siberia Region. Yegor Yaroshenko also signed a 2-year contract with the Kazakhstan team.
Salavat Yulaev Ufa signed a contract with U20 Team Russia defenseman Mark Rubinchik. The player used to play for HC MVD and in North America and now inked a 2-year deal. Ufa also extended contracts with Ildar Abdeyev, Mikhail Kotlyarevsky and Pavel Sinyavsky. The following players will leave the club – Denis Bezrukov, Vladislav Vlasov, Yegor Zalitov, Alexander Loginov, Ranis Mirgaliev, Alexei Platonov, Alexander Renyov, Dmitry Sayustov, Yegor Sorokin and Erik Khasanov.