Team Russia [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/tournament.php?tour_id=2006014&anchor=Main]has announced it's initial roster for the Czech leg of the EuroTour[/url] and it features two Tampa Bay Lightning prospects: LW Anton But
and C Dimitry Kazionov.
For But, the selection is hardly surprising. This is his 10th selection to team Russia for a EuroTour team over the past 5 years. But also enjoyed international experience playing for Russia in the 2000-2001 World Championships and a multitude of junior tournaments.
However, for Kazionov, this is the first time he has ever been selected to a EuroTour team after multiple selection to the national team for junior tournaments. If the Russian preseason is any indication, Kazionov is going to be counted on heavily by Lada Togliatti with the departure of many of its NHL players from this past season. Between Kazionov possibly getting international senior level experience and more scoring line ice time with Togliatti, this may be the year he takes the next step in his development and grabs the full attention of the Lightning's brass.
According to Russia's coach, [url=http://www.rushockey.com/events.php?i=sl&stream=sl_news&id=274]the initial list for the team is extensive in order to account for NHL defections and injuries. The final roster will be decided upon shortly after August 27th.[/url]