2016 NHL Draft: Rubtsov leads interesting group of forwards competing in Russia
Photo: Team Russia U18 forward Artur Kayumov led the Russian squad in scoring at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge with a goal and six assists in four games (courtesy of Amy Deroche/OJHL Images)
</p> At the 2015 NHL Draft, Russia had one of its better recent showings with 18 Russians being drafted by NHL clubs. This made for a good jump forward when compared to 2014 with 13 players chosen, and especially 2013 where only eight Russians were selected.
This growth can be explained in particular when considering the increasing number of Russian players moving overseas at an earlier age to play in the CHL leagues, and even earlier to play in the various North American junior leagues.… read more