Watch out for Maxim Kitsyn, who has been declared by Russian media as a new Ovechkin, though they say that his style is similar to Malkin's.
As a 16 years old he scored 3 goals in the first two games of this season in KHL and already has beaten Ovechkin's record who had only two goals in his rookie season in Russia. His ice time? A little over 9 minutes in each game.
By Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News, Sept. 9, 2008:
The Kontinental League isn’t thrilled about it, but a lot of young Russians have been in the news recently regarding which teams they may be suiting up for this season.
2. Maxim Kitsyn, RW – Metallurg Novokuznetsk (KHL): With the Kontinental League season already underway, a new phenom has emerged in Kitsyn. Still just 16 years old (he’s a late birthday), Kitsyn has three goals in three games for Metallurg. Draft eligible in 2010.
8. Dmitri Kugryshev, RW – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL): Nikita Filatov’s former running mate with Red Army’s junior team, Kugryshev has clearly adjusted to the North American game nicely; the right winger has seven points in two pre-season games with Patrick Roy’s squad. Drafted 58th overall by Washington in 2008.