CHL Subway Super Series: The Russians Are Coming!

November 22nd, 2010 by Aaron Brouwer Leave a reply »
The 2010 CHL Subway Super Series just ended, and for the first time ever the team from Russia won the series.  Team Russia showed great puck control, strong offensive ability and was very gritty.  Russian players are known for their offensive ability but this year’s team brought a new element to their game, which was playing with tenacity and big hits.

After finishing the 2010 Winter Olympics in sixth place, clearly something had to change to bring Russia back up to its former status as one of hockey’s elite.  The past few Super Series teams from Russia were made up of second-tier players due to their teams not letting their top players go play.  This year was different, as Team Russia wanted to make a statement that it is going to be a threat again.  The KHL took a 10-day break to allow its top Russian Prospects the chance to go play.

Russia’s best player was Maxim Kitsyn, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  Kitsyn is 6'2" and 192 pounds and looked a lot bigger on the ice.  He has tremendous speed and stick handling skills.  Kitsyn scored four goa ...

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