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07-23-2011, 08:17 PM
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johnnydrum
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Seems like Vadim Khlopotov is also set to make the leap.
Took some searching to find some info on him, but finally, found some.!

Its crudely translated but I did uncover some points.

"the 17-year pupil Vadim [Khlopotov] the following season will conduct in the league of North America.
The Vadim was "Best Player" for the Russian youth Team of Olympic festival in the Czech Republic and in “the tournament of four nations”

Khlopotov also made his debut in the Molodezhnaya hockey league.
He was offered a five year deal, with Locomotov, but the player himself selected North America.
"I want to try my forces in another league", described Vadim. - It will be a great experience, especially as the hockey there is stronger entirely"
Seems he intends to come over to the US in August. Ex Spirit, Ivan Telegin had passed on great reviews of Saginaw to him.
He thinks he may have problems with the language, but believes he will get the hang of things after 3 months.

I am not quite expecting a Nail Yakupov/ Igor Grigorenko type, but hoping perhaps he is a Namestnikov/ Khokhlachev type talent??

I am still trying to find out more about the others-- Kupstev, Tkachev.

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