- 19 prospects (13 properties of NHL teams, 4 undrafted and 2 2008 elegible) were iced in the Ak Bars - Metallurg contest held in Kazan for the third round of the Superleague. The number could be even greater but injuries have kept
Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins)
and Vladimir Malenkykh (Pittsburgh Penguins)
off of the ice. Tampa Bay's Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning)
(Tampa Bay Lightning) is Ak Bars' starter, as the clubs other goalie Mikka Noronen (former Buffalo and Vancouver backup goaltender) was out of action with a broken collar bone. Grigori Shafigulin was Bilyaletdinov's replacement for the injured Zinoviev on the famous ZZM (Zaripov Zinovjev Morozov) first line.