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02-16-2006, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Fredrik
I know it's early to talk about 91 borns but on the 1990 team there was at least one of them. Maxim Kitsyn from Novokuznetsk scored a goal for Russia.

I know he is born late December 1991 and that he plays for Metallurg-89. Anyone knows more about him?
It is actually not the first time that Kitsyn plays with the 1990 national team. he played with them a tournament back last summer. He was not on the December team that went to the Czech rep though.
He is a mix of skills and size. I believe he is something like 6'1 right now and I expect him to end up around 6'3-6'4 as he just turned 14 (as you mentioned he was born on xmas night 91). He grew up very early in his development and used to be 5'10 on teams from Novo. where the next tallest player would be like 5'2....
They are trying not to rush him and get him burnt out at Novo, but he is developing so quickly that it is tough to hold back. He played last year on their 90 team and he was by far their best player (e.g., at the 1990 russian champ back in 3/05) and is regularly voted MVP of the some fo the tournaments he plays. Last summer, they decided to put him on their 1989. So, basically, he plays with players who are around 3 years older than him. He also practices with their youth team.
He has great overall skills including a pretty good shot. He is also very intelligent as a player (I may be wrong but his dad may be an assistant coach of the Novo. 90 team).
He is currently clearly among the most promising players out of Russia. He finished 3rd best scorer of the recent 1991 region tournament with 8 pts (5+3) in 5 games, behing Kuchin 10 (4+6) and Uvarov from Ufa (6+3). All that while his team was once again the weakest and he did not get much quality support from his linemates. He somewhat clinched the only win of that team, almost all by himself, scoring a hat trick against the Center/Yaroslav team. Even though he often plays on bad teams (Novo. or Sibir region), he often dominates when he is on the ice. He usually leaves a great impression.

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