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Белов улучшает свои позиции на сборе «Ойлерс». 
23 сентября 2013 года.

27-летний Антон Белов отказался от $3 миллионного заработка в КХЛ в этом году ради своей мечты, наконец-то попробовать силы в лучшей лиге мира. С каждым днём его мечта приближается к тому моменту, когда она станет явью — несмотря на позднее прибытие на тренировочный сбор «Эдмонтон Ойлерс», россиянин производит самое приятное впечатление своей игрой и улучшает позиции в борьбе за место в основном составе команды. В понедельник он даже получил титул третьей «звезды» в победной для «Ойлерс» встрече с «Виннипегом» 2:1.

Белов провел на льду 22 минуты и 26 секунды, зарегистрировал результативную передачу, три силовых приёма, два блокированных броска, и положительный коэффициент полезности плюс +1.

Антон имеет двухсторонний контракт ($950.000 в НХЛ, если он выполнит все дополнительные условиям может получить еще $600.000 премиальных, и всего $75.000 в АХЛ), но на сегодняшней день выглядит даже лучшего своего партнёра по защитной паре Дениса Гребешкова, заключившего односторонний договор с «Эдмонтоном» на $1.5 миллиона долларов.

Уроженец Рязани, Белов (193 см, 98 кг) начинал в ЦСКА, а с 2008-09 гг выступал за омский «Авангард». В 379 матчах КХЛ и Суперлиги он набрал 79 очков (20+59) и 365 минут штрафа, добавив еще 6 заброшенных шайб и 9 передач в 62 поединках плэй-офф. Этой весной он впервые принял участие на чемпионате мира, проведя за сборную России 8 игр и зарегистрировав 4 балла (1+3) при коэффициенте полезности +8.

Кстати, Белов опоздал на сбор не по своей причине — государственные работники Канады по иммиграции устроили не вовремя забастовку и Антон потерял время дожидаясь визы в Москве.
Belov passes on KHL riches for shot at NHL
By Joanne Ireland, Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - Life as Anton Belov knew it was good. He had finally established himself as a regular with the Russian national team and he was a sought after commodity in the Kontinental Hockey League, so much so that he had a $3-million offer to consider.

What he wanted, however, was a chance to play in the National Hockey League.

Fast-forward to Saturday. Belov will make his debut when the Edmonton Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks at Rexall Place, and he will do so alongside fellow countryman Denis Grebeshkov. The two once played together for the national team.

“A little bit nervous but it will be fun,” the 27-year-old said after another essential practice session. “The coach needs to know how I play.”

Belov, who signed with the Oilers at the end of May, was a late arrival to camp due to striking Canadian foreign service workers. He arrived in Edmonton earlier this week and has since been catching up on sleep and systems.

The big adjustment is going to be the speed of the game.

“I don’t think it’s a big problem when you come from the big ice to the small ice. It’s a big problem when you go back,” he said. “You need to skate more. I think tomorrow will be OK.

“I practised in Russia for two months, after first of July, so I think I don’t have a problem with the physical but I need a few games for the (adaptation).”

His agent, Claes Elefalk, who also represents the Canucks’ Daniel and Henrik Sedin, will be among those watching Belov’s first pre-season game. So too will general manager Craig MacTavish who watched Belov in the world championships, eventually signing him to a one-year contract that has a base salary of $925,000 and a cap hit of $1.525 when the bonuses are rolled in.

He’ll make $70,000 if he is playing with the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League.

“I met him for the first time at the world juniors,” said Elefalk, hearkening back to the year the Russians sent out forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin for the under-18 event.

“(Belov) grew and developed but things happened through the years and he never really took that international step which would have attracted NHL teams. He had some offers through the years but it wasn’t the right time. The last year, he felt like he really wanted to take that step.”

Taking that step did mean leaving money on the table.

“It was $3 million that he turned down. That shows how badly he wants to come and play,” Elefalk continued. “The salaries in the KHL are much higher than here — especially in the middle range. He said no to that.”

Belov has been in Canada only once before, some 18 years ago, for a tournament. His only other trip to North America was a month-long vacation he and his wife took in the U.S. Otherwise, it’s a new game, a new way of life, a new league.

“I slept for two days,” he said. “I feel good now. And everybody helps me. This is good for me. If I need advice, everybody helps me.”

He spent the last five seasons with Avangard, in the southwest Siberian city of Omsk, putting up his best numbers in 2012-13 (nine goals, 17 assists in 46 games).

“I describe him as a guy who really makes good purposeful quick decisions with the puck. He really moves the puck up ice quickly,” MacTavish said of the six-foot-three, 185-pound blue-liner. “He doesn’t look for too many more options. That’s what stood out about him.

“He’s strong and physical on the boards. He battles hard ... shoots the puck well so he’s got a chance. The game is a little quicker here on the smaller ice. That will be an adjustment for him, but a really impressive guy.”

The undrafted Belov was a free agent so he could have signed elsewhere.

It was European scout Matti Virmanen, who caught wind of Belov’s interest in the NHL. He also helped the Oilers reel in winger Jesse Joensuu.

Elefalk, like MacTavish, thinks the defenceman can make the transition to the NHL.

“I think with the type of hockey he plays, he could really do well here,” said Elefalk. “He’s a solid player, a solid skater. All he wants to do is become an NHL player.”

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