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Author: Mikael Lancette (
Translated By: Alessandro Seren Rosso
Date: 07/04/2009 Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens) won't go to the Remparts this season

2010 Canadian Junior Leagues

(Quebec) - Russian player Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens) won't play for the Quebec Remparts the next season. The player picked in the Import Draft really wants to play in Russia prior of landing in North America.

“With the team we have this year, we could have afforded to have him” - said Patrick Roy Wednesday. He added that there are “very good” chances to get him on board for the 10-11 season.

“We would have loved to secure a top pairing defenseman, but it was impossible” - added Roy. On the Remparts GM's radar there was also another player, Dmitri Orlov (Washington Capitals). “We worked hard to get him, but he wasn't interested” - he clarified. Orlov is considered one of the best Russian defensemen from the last few years. Some scout considers him even better than Dmitry Kulikov (Florida Panthers) from the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

Roy had no illusions about Kirill Kabanov, one of the top Russians of his year of birth. “Even if he was still available when it was our turn – he ended up drafted by Moncton with the seventh pick – we wouldn't have picked him. He said he wouldn't have come this year, and I doubt he would come the year after”.

Last week Avtsin has been picked up by the Canadiens in the fourth round of the NHL entry draft. A bit later, talking to a Russian TV, he confided that he is inspired by Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and that he tries to play the same enthusiastic way. He also added that he “will be in Russia in the next season”.

Dynamo Moscow – 2 (third tier) right wing is a 6-foot-2, 198 lbs guy. In the last season he recorded 56 goals and 110 points in 76 games. He also was high on the PIMs standings with 130. “He might be a draft steal. He has first round skills. He was low on the rankings because of his nationality and the little visibility he had during the season” - stated Trevor Timmins, Montreal Canadiens scouting director.

While Avtsin will take his time to become a Rempart, Roy will observe the situation and doesn't exclude the chance to trade for a big-name defenseman during the Christmas holidays. “Our defenders have to fight for their spots. But there might be some surprises down the road.”

Related Player Profiles: . A.Avtsin K.Kabanov D.Kulikov D.Orlov A.Ovechkin
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