There is no need to introduce Alexander Nikishin, who will turn 21 in October. Suffice it to say that the vice-champions of the Beijing Olympics had the then Spartak player absolutely the best defender. Despite his infantile age for this role. For SKA, who wished to fight for the Gagarin Cup here and now, this is a very serious strengthening. Perhaps key and decisive.
It is much more interesting who will follow the route laid back in 1790 by Alexander Radishchev. Let’s go by name.
Fedor Svechkov (born April 5, 2003) is a center forward selected in the first round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft by Nashville. Winner of the World Challenge Cup 2019 among juniors, where he became the best sniper and second scorer. Vice-world champion among juniors-2021. Last season he made his debut in the KHL and in the national team.
Nikita Chibrikov (02/16/2003) – Forward, selected in the second round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft by Winnipeg. Winner of the World Challenge Cup-2019 among juniors. Vice-world champion among juniors-2021. The third oldest debutant in the history of the national team, he played for the first time at the age of 17 years 11 months in February 2021 in the Eurotour.
Nikita Sedov (05/05/2001) – defender. Vice-world champion among juniors-2019. Played 67 games in the KHL for SKA and HC Sochi.
Maxim Krovyakov (05/12/2002) – forward. Champion MHL-2022. Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer of Kharlamov Cup 2022.
Pavel Kukshtel (02/19/1998) – striker. Played 42 games in the KHL for SKA and HC Sochi.
But to whom the red-whites got the rights. Three are currently under contract in North America.
Mikhail Maltsev (03/12/1998) – Forward, selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL New Jersey. Played 51 NHL games for New Jersey and Colorado. In July, he extended the contract with Colorado for a year for 800 thousand dollars.
Ivan Morozov (05/05/2000) – center forward, selected in the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft “Vegas”. Bronze medalist of MFM-2019. Vice-world champion among youth-2020. Participant of the 2021 World Cup in Riga. In April, he signed a two-year, $3.125 million rookie contract with Vegas.
Kirill Marchenko (07/21/2000) – forward, selected in the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by Columbus. Bronze medalist of MFM-2019. Vice-world champion among youth-2020. In May, he signed a two-year, $3.125 million contract with Columbus.
German Rubtsov (06/27/1998) – Forward, selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by Philadelphia. Bronze medalist of MFM-2017. Played 4 NHL games for Philadelphia. Now a free agent.
As you can see, in response, Muscovites acquired mostly semi-finished products, as Anatoly Tarasov called the fledgling youngsters. But extremely promising. Almost all of them have international experience, successfully participated in junior (under 18) and youth (under 20) world championships. There was only a little left – to bring them to a master level among adults. in the KHL. Going to Spartak, in my opinion, is the best option for everyone.
SKA is full. Tasks are the highest. For the young, who have not risen to the wing, there is neither place nor time for sentimentality and fine-tuning.
For Spartak, entering the playoffs is already good. At the same time, take instead of one – albeit very valuable! – a frame of five at once – more than a solid replenishment. This applies especially to Chibrikov and Svechkov. Both of them performed well in juniors. But in St. Petersburg, they clearly sat out in the lower leagues. They need to play in the KHL, and constantly – this is both an incentive and a fundamentally different level, without which it is unrealistic to progress.
It is also important that the coach of the red and white Boris Mironov knows how to get along with the young. I suspect he learned this back in the Soviet CSKA from Viktor Tikhonov. What he proved five years ago in the Red Army with a triumph in the Kharlamov Cup.
In short, in general, I welcome this grand deal. Only two points are confusing. Participation in the trade of almost a million dollars. In the NHL, money in exchanges is completely excluded. And this is absolutely correct! Why then the salary cap?! In the KHL, because it is easy and manages. There is access to the bottomless state pocket in the face of Gazprom – you can pull out any player you like! Which, alas, also applies to other KHL oligarchs. It is time to stop this shameful practice.
As well as the hidden affiliation of clubs. It seems that Spartak has nothing to do with SKA and even intends to compete with it. But why did Nikishin, whom CSKA and Ak Bars, Magnitogorsk and Lokomotiv, Avangard and Salavat Yulaev would gladly take, because his annual salary, according to unofficial information, is only 10 million rubles, turned out to be exactly in SKA?
Personally, I am terribly tormented by vague doubts here …
In any case, in my virtual calendar for the next KHL season, I make four fat notches – on October 5 and 30, when the red-and-whites will receive the Neva army in the capital, on December 24 and January 10, when the Muscovites will pay a return visit to the cradle of the revolution. They always fight with special frenzy against their former club!