This isn't a surprise to me, and probably it's for the best. Where would he play otherwise? It's rare that CHL teams use up both a Euro spot and a overage spot on the same player, which I believe is what Pechurskiy would be in 2010-11. And we already have Curry, Thiessen, Modig for the AHL/ECHL slots. It would have been either Pechurskiy in Europe or Modig in Europe. I think I'd rather see what this Swedish kid can do in the AHL.
Pechurskiy is very young. Goalies take long to develop. I am not worried about this.
Do CHL teams have a limit on foreign players or something?
Hm, that's strage, I googled and found an interview with Pechurskiy dated January 24, 2010, where he says (translated):
I wonder why Metallurg's GM says it's a long-term contract... Unless there was one more 3 A.M. visit
As for the goalies in Metallurg, there are 4 young goalies now:
1) Proskuryakov - was tearing up the KHL in the first half of this past season, then the team signed Koshechkin for some reason, and Proskuryakov get benched (some say he had an injury).
2-4) Bobkov, Pechursky and Voloshin. I guess the first two will be fighting for the 2nd spot.
This is precisely why I avoid anyone sign in Russia with a 10 foot pole. No one knows what kind of contract they signed.
It probably is the best for his development, but its only going to keep the Pens drafting almost exclusively from North America, we have to have the least amount of Euro's drafted since Shero took over.