- Minnesota Wild 2020 second-rounder Marat Khusnutdinov didn’t get a lot of KHL exposure last season, but now there is no way that he’s leaving his team’s top-six forward group for a very long time. In the first two games of the season he’s been able to score one goal and earn two assists, which is enough for him to be crowned the Rookie of the Week.
19-year-old forward Marat Khusnutdinov has been named the KHL rookie of the week!— SKA Ice Hockey Club (@hcSKA_News) September 6, 2021
In two matches against Severstal Cherepovets and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, he tallied three (1+2) points and a +2 plus/minus rating.
Well deserved! https://t.co/bnOh6wWecR #hcSKA pic.twitter.com/UeeT4WbP5r
- Most recently, we’ve placed Daemon Hunt at No. 14 of our 2021 Top 25 Under 25 ranking as he’s been able to outshine a lot of other defensemen during the shortened WHL season. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Speaking of young players, Wild GM Bill Guerin spoke at length about what young players like Matt Boldy and Marco Rossi will need to do to break into the lineup, and just what opportunities are available to them during training camp. [Hockey Wilderness]
- In the most recent episode of HOSERS, they talk a lot about the Kotkaniemi offer sheet situation and Jordie Benn signing with the Wild. [Hockey Wilderness]
Off the trail...
- The Montreal Canadiens would have loved to keep Kotkaniemi (obviously) but the Carolina Hurricanes forced their hand. [Sportsnet]
- An early look at who makes up the men’s rosters for the Olympics next year. [The Athletic]
- The Hurricanes really tried to salvage their summer with some weird petty spite. [Defector]