24 сентября 2017 года.
Александр Волков, 20-летний форвард разделивший прошлогодний сезон между СКА-Нева (ВХЛ) и СКА-1946 (МХЛ), продолжает бороться за место в основном составе «Тампы Бэй Лайтнинг». В матче «молний» против «Флориды Пэнтерс», молодой россиянин стал лучшим в своей команде, дважды поразив ворота «пантер», которые, правда, все же добились победы 4:2.
Обе шайбы Волков забил с близкого расстояния — первый атакой из-за ворот, второй с пятачка, переправив летящий в воздухе диск в сетку с передачи Алекса Киллорна.
«Он идет прямо на ворота и это притягивает наше внимание к нему, - сказал главный тренер «Тампы» Джон Купер, - У него есть настоящий характер, этому нельзя научить».
Многообещающее будущие у Волкова видит Никита Кучеров, один из лидеров «Лайтнинг»: «Мне нравятся парни, которые не болтают, а делают свою работу. У него хороший бросок, хорошие физические данные. Каждый раз когда вы видите его на льду, шайба находится у него на клюшке. Не знаю, где он окажется, но думаю, что у него есть шанс пробиться в НХЛ в очень скором времени, может даже быть в первый месяц».
В 2016-17 гг Волков забил 3 гола в 15 матчах ВХЛ и набрал 11 очков (6+5) в 16 играх МХЛ.
Lightning journal: '17 draft pick Alex Volkov has nose for the net
24 сентября 2017 года. Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — When the Lightning picked wing Alex Volkov in the second round of the June draft, some wondered why so soon.
Volkov continued his impressive preseason Sunday, racking up two goals in the Lightning's 4-2 loss to the Panthers at Amalie Arena. Both scores involved driving to the net. The first came on a slick wraparound; on the second, Volkov darted to the crease and batted an Alex Killorn pass out of the air.
"In the end, that's what's drawn him to us," coach Jon Cooper said. "Like, 'Wow, that's a good trait to have,' because that's the kind of trait you don't teach. You can tell guys all you want, 'Go to the net, go to the net.' Lots of guys don't do it. And he's coming here a couple days and doing that."
Volkov, entering his first year as a pro, is likely to start in AHL Syracuse. Having played in his native Russia on larger ice surfaces, he said he's trying to show he can play on the smaller surfaces in North America. And RW Nikita Kucherov believes Volkov isn't far away from the NHL.
"He's got a good shot, smart, big size. I like him a lot," Kucherov said. "I don't know where he's going to end up, but I think he's got a lot of chance to get (to the NHL), really soon. The first month, maybe.
"I like the players when they just work, do their job, don't talk much, but I really like him. I really wanted him on the team because I see potential in him. Really skilled and really responsible with the puck. Every time you see him, he's got the puck on his stick."
Panthers hope Evgenii Dadonov can seamlessly replace Jaromir Jagr on top line
22 сентября 2017 года. Florida Sun-Sentenel.
This week, the Panthers and coach Bob Boughner got their first look at the team’s first line of Aleksander Barkov flanked by Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov. Well, the projected first line, at least.
“Supposed first line,” Boughner joked.
Barkov, Huberdeau and Dadonov figure to be the Panthers’ top trio this season, with Dadonov replacing the departed Jaromir Jagr. The line first practiced together on Thursday morning and did so again on Friday morning.
Boughner said the club intended to roll the line out for a few of Florida’s upcoming exhibition games, hoping “they can gel right away and mesh right away.”
“You can see there’s some chemistry with Huby and Barky, and I think Dadonov’s going to take some time to adjust,” Boughner said. “When they’re on the cycle and they’ve got possession and the puck, they’re tough to defend. It’s going to be fun to watch.”
Barkov and Huberdeau have played together for years and were rarely separated from Jagr during his tenure in Florida. (The Panthers elected not to resign the 45-year-old Czech, championing a younger and faster approach to roster-building.) Last year, interim coach Tom Rowe dismantled the trio briefly in an attempt to find a scoring spark.
Enter Dadonov, whose game, at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, is different than the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Jagr. In parts of three seasons with Florida, Jagr scored 49 goals and assisted on 81 others.
“Evgenii is quicker, he’s really quick and has a really good shot, too,” Huberdeau said. “So I think we’re going to try to feed him a little bit. I think it can be interesting with three skill players. I think offensively, we just got to move the puck.”
Barkov added: “Jagr is bigger and he plays a lot with the puck in the corners and he creates space for every other player. He can make a pass. He has a great shot. Dadonov is a little bit smaller, but he’s fast. He’s skilled. He can make a pretty good pass too. He can see everything there on the ice. We haven’t played a game yet, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be one of the best players in the league right away.”
Dadonov comes to Florida after spending five seasons in the KHL in Russia. He averaged 20.2 goals and 24.6 assists over those five years, including a career year in 2016-17, when he notched 30 goals and 36 assists. (“He’s not a bad player,” Huberdeau deadpanned.)
Dadonov was originally drafted by the Panthers in the third round back in 2007 and played parts of three seasons in Florida. In 55 games, he had 10 goals and 10 assists. Dadonov brushed aside the notion that he would be filling Jagr’s shoes.
“I just do my job,” Dadonov said.
Huberdeau and Barkov combined to miss 71 games due to injury last year, but still totaled 31 goals and 47 assists.
“When three guys are familiar playing with each other, they sort of know where to get open,” Boughner said. “I think that’s [Dadonov’s] biggest thing. He’s going to have to find those little, small areas where to get open for pucks. That’ll come just playing together and practicing together.”
Huberdeau said he wasn’t sure how long it would take to get used to his new linemate, adding that “it didn’t take long for me, Jagr and Barky to get along.”
“We all have good vision,” Huberdeau said. “I think what we’re going to work on is probably going to be our defensive play. We got to be good and it’s going to start from there. After that, we’re going to have some offensive chances for sure.”
Panarin’s first postgame interview a laugher
21 сентября 2017 года. The Columbus Dispatch. By Adam Jardy
Judging by the looks on the faces of those involved, Artemi Panarin’s first postgame press conference as a member of the Blue Jackets was a laugh riot.
Unfortunately for the English-speaking reporters clustered around his locker, more than a few things were lost in translation along the way. After Tuesday night’s home game against Chicago, Panarin’s former team, the left winger was assisted by fellow Russian-speakers Vitaly Abramov and Matiss Kivlenieks.
At times, Panarin got along without any help. Like, for instance, when he was asked by reporters from Chicago for his reaction to the trade, he replied, “It’s business, baby.” When asked as a follow-up if he was surprised, Panarin said, “Really surprised.”
Then he offered more thoughts, translated by Abramov as, “He didn’t expect it, but he’s glad he’s here.”
Why is that?
Per Abramov, “He can play more with the puck and express himself on the ice a little bit more.”
Then came an inevitable question about Patrick Kane and his need to have the puck, and Panarin gave a lengthy response. Abramov appeared to ask for clarification in Russian, then translated Panarin’s reply as, “He wants to play with the puck,” and then trailed off as all parties started to laugh. Panarin and Abramov carried on a back-and-forth while giggling, and Panarin finished with, “Good interview.”
Panarin said he hasn’t talked with Kane and hasn’t seen him since the trade. As for his thoughts on the game, a 5-2 loss to Chicago, he said, “Good,” with a smile.
I asked, through Abramov, if he heard the fans cheering when his name was first announced before the game.
“Yes, and I want to say a big thank you for them,” Abramov translated. “I appreciate it, and would like to score goals.”
Then, in English, Panarin said, “A couple. This season.”
And when it was over, Panarin offered the universal sign of a good job: he gave Abramov a fist bump.
Голы - 4:
А.Волков (Тампа Бэй) - 2
Е.Дадонов (Флорида) - 1
В.Тарасенко (Ст.Луис) - 1
Передачи - 3:
А.Панарин (Колумбус) - 2
В.Каменев (Нэшвилл) - 1
Победы - 1: