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Polushin Update

I just got a response back from [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/aboutus_staff.php]Evgeny Belashenko[/url] of [url=http://russianprospects.com]Russianprospects.com.[/url] If you can pull yourself away from that picture of the lovely Ms. Melikova, Evgeny speculates that Alex Polushin's lack of games at the Superleague level may be due to him not fitting with CSKA's new system under Slava Bykov who took over from the venerable Viktor Tikhonov. Whatever the reason, Polushin's mere 11 games at the Superleague level (3-3-6 with 4PIMs in those games) has led to some consternation amongst some Lightning fans. Others who are more vocal and less knowledgable on the web (AOL bottomfeeders I'm looking in your direction) have even gone so far to claim that Polushin doesn't deserve to be a highly rated prospect because he, to paraphrase their argument, hasn't played any hockey in two seasons. And while it is true he missed most of last season with a knee injury, Polushin has NOT been merely serving popcorn in CSKA's pressbox this season. To the contrary, he has been playing for CSKA2 in the Farm/First League where he is at over a point a game pace at 10-13-23 in 21 games. To put that in some measure of perspective, a couple of seasons ago when Dimitry Kazionov was playing in the First League he had 14-13-27 in 34 games.

'Snaggle' snags AHL honor

Tampa Bay Lightning center Eric Perrin was named to the AHL Canadian All-Star team today. Perrin, playing for Hershey during the lockout, leads the Bears with 37 points on 13 goals and 24 assists through 43 games. Perrin, who was a late-season call-up for the Bolts in 2003-'04, also appeared in last year's AHL All-Star game, registering two assists. He had one assist in 16 appearances for the Lightning, including 12 post-season games. Congratulations to :E

That's gotta hurt

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards returned to his parents' home in Murray Harbor, PEI, on Thursday after being released from a Philadelphia hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a severe tear in his lower abdominal wall. Richards, who won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP during the Lightning's Stanley Cup run in June, had been playing during the lockout for Ak Bars Kazan in Russia. He returned to North America in December after only 7 games (2+5) with the team, citing pain in his hip and abdomen. It was originally diagnosed as a sports hernia. Richards expects to be able to begin working out again by late-March, which would be just in time for the home-stretch if the NHL's lockout gets resolved (yeah, right).

Auf wiedersehen, Nolan

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nolan Pratt has signed with EV Duisburg of Germany's Second Bundesliga for the remainder of the season. Pratt will join Die Fuchse (that's "The Foxes" to you and me) in a couple of weeks, at which point there will be only about a month remaining in their season. If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about how the CBA negotiations are going, you're thicker than a Hardee's half-pounder. Pratt's been keeping in shape playing pickup with Cory Sarich, Chris Dingman, Dave Andreychuk and Johnny Grahame at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.

European Prospects Update

Ahhhhh, my first European Hockey Update away from the third world dictatorship that HF has become. Lets begin: All in all, the beat goes on in Europe for the Lightning's prospects. They have some excellent overage properties like Somervuori, But and Norrena but have yet to see the explosion from youngsters like Polushin and Kazionov they might've hoped for. The exception to the rule is 2004 entry draft 6th rounder Karri Ramo, who is emerging as one of the two best young goalies in all of Finland after having a remarkable performance at Traverse City.
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