Future Considerations


Kabanov a MAINEiac
October 28, 2010, 7:50 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

The Kirill Kabanov saga is over.

At least, for the Moncton Wildcats.

Since making him the seventh overall pick in the 2009 CHL Import Draft, the Wildcats have had headache after headache with the enigmatic Russian forward.

That problem now belongs to the Lewiston MAINEiacs.

Moncton dealt Kabanov to Lewiston in exchange for 17-year-old goaltender Jordan Kennedy, second and fourth round picks in the 2011 QMJHL Draft, a fourth round pick in the 2012 QMJHL Draft, as well as the MAINEiacs first round pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft.

Kabanov played in just two games for the Wildcats, recording no points and registering six penalty minutes. Kabanov missed nearly a month of the season after returning to Russia to attend to a family emergency. Continue reading

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Could Kabanov represent Russia in Subway Series?
October 28, 2010, 1:39 am
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

The Russians are coming.

And with a little help, they could cause a handful headaches for the Canadian Hockey League.

With the Subway Super Series set to get underway in under two weeks time, the Russians unveiled their roster for the event (To view Team QMJHL Rosters, click HERE. To view Team OHL Rosters, click HERE. To view Team WHL Rosters, click HERE).

Typically the Russians will add native players from whichever league they are facing. Last year for example, Belleville Bulls sniper and current Atlanta Thrashers forward Alexander Burmistrov suited up for Russia in their series against the OHL, or Calgary Hitmen import Misha Fisenko alongside his fellow Russians against the WHL. Continue reading



No timetable for ‘Cats Kabanov return
October 19, 2010, 6:31 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

A prolonged absence from New York Islanders prospect and current Moncton Wildcat forward Kirill Kabanov has fueled speculation that the enigmatic hockey star isn’t returning to North America.

Kabanov left for Russia over a week ago to attend to a personal emergency, speculated as a death in the family. He’s yet to come back to the club and the Wildcats have indicated there is no timetable for his return to Moncton.

He was initially expected to return to the team last week.

In two games this season, Kabanov is pointless with six penalty minutes. He notched 10 goals and 23 points in his highly publicized season with the Wildcats last year. Continue reading



Kabanov’s Late Excuses
September 23, 2010, 1:21 am
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

It’s not a ‘stop-the-presses’ moment, but the fact that New York Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov was late for a second time to practice is certainly lending to an already negative stereotype of the young Russian.

His ‘my game, my rules’, ‘you don’t know me, I’ll do what I want‘  attitude that significantly hindered him in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft has hockey people and internet boards buzzing about the significant attitude adjustment that needs to take place in order for Kabanov to become a successful hockey player. Continue reading



Kirill not thrilling new bosses
September 13, 2010, 5:48 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

As initially reported by Newsday’s Katie Strang via Twitter, often criticized prospect Kirill Kabanov has been reprimanded by the New York Islanders for showing up late to the club’s first day of rookie camp.

Kabanov showed up 15 minutes late for team physicals, prompting his dismissal from the Islanders’ opening day. Continue reading



McFarland, Merrill shut out of first round of NHL draft
June 25, 2010, 11:58 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

While the draft saw the excited expressions of 30 17 and 18-year-olds Friday night, many more were forced to watch with stone cold scowls and turn their attention to Saturday.

Among them is USNTDP defenseman Jon Merrill.

Merrill, the highest ranked player from Future Considerations still on the board when round one came to a close Friday, was expected to be selected somewhere in the middle of the round. Perhaps the sliding of fellow blueliners Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley sealed Merrill’s fate and forced him into an appearance at the Staples Center. Continue reading



2010 Draft: Storylines from Day 1

From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

One day. One pick. One ending.

The Taylor vs. Tyler debate has come to a close – for now – as the Edmonton Oilers named Taylor Hall the first overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, leaving the Boston Bruins to scoop up Tyler Seguin. The debate, of course, will pick up as both enter the NHL as soon as next season. Continue reading