|Author: Mark McGee (Nashville City Paper)||Date: 01/10/2006
|Nasvhille Predators sign forward Alexander Radulov|
Predators sign forward Radulov
Alexander Radulov answering questions at the NHL Entry Draft after being selected by the Nashville Predators (Photo is a RussianProspects exclusive)
By Mark McGee, Sports Correspondent
January 10, 2006
If his performance in training camp had occurred three years ago instead of before
this season, forward Alexander Radulov would probably already be wearing a Nashville
Nashville coach Barry Trotz admitted that Radulov, 19, had played well enough
in camp to earn a spot on the team. But the post-lockout version of the Predators
is deeper than the previous editions of the team. Because of that the Predators
let Radulov return to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League and continue to hone his skills.
Monday afternoon the Predators signed Radulov to a contract. He will remain
with Quebec, but since he is under contract he can play for either the Milwaukee
Admirals of the American Hockey League or the Predators once Quebec's
season is completed.
"This was based on how he played in training camp and in the World Juniors,"
said Predators general manager David Poile. "One of the reasons for doing
it was to open up the possibility of his playing later in the season in Milwaukee
Radulov, a right wing, was the Predators' first round pick, 15th overall,
in the 2004 Entry Draft.
He is third in the QMJHL with 76 points (29 goals, 47 assists) in 33 games
this season. He scored a franchise-high six goals in an 11-2 win over Drummondville
on Oct. 28. He also added an assist which tied him for the franchise record
for points in a game with seven.
"He is a good prospect who is getting better," said Poile. "He
wants to play in the NHL. He wants to score goals. He has an electric personality.
He is a very outstanding young man."
Last season at Quebec, his first in North America, he was third on his team
in goals (32), assists (43) and points (75). He led his team in playoff goals
with six. He tied for the team lead in playoff points with 11 (six goals, five
"Two years ago he couldn't speak any English," said Poile.
"He made the decision to come over here and learn to play the North American
game and also learn English. He is a very smart player."
Radulov also scored four points (one goal, three assists) in helping Russia
earn a silver medal in the World Junior Championships last season.
Radulov is the second player from the 2004 draft to sign with the Predators.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne signed in August. He has played one game in goal for
the Predators this season, getting a win against the Chicago Blackhawks.
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