Skip to content

Yakupov, Grigorenko highlight Russia’s World Junior camp roster

Dec 5, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

Yakupov Grigorenko

On Wednesday, Team Russia announced its tryout camp roster for the 2013 World Junior tournament — a star-studded roster featuring three prized picks from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Nail Yakupov (1st overall, Edmonton), Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall, Buffalo) and Andrey Vasilevskiy (19th overall, Tampa Bay) are Russia’s key returnees, looking to win it all after finishing second at the 2012 tourney.

The trio was influential in capturing silver last time out: Yakupov led the tournament in assists, Grigorenko had five points in six games while Vasilevskiy led the tournament in save percentage and shutouts.

All told, the Russians will return 10 players from last year’s squad, which includes Bruins prospect Alexander Khokhlachev. Taken 40th overall by Boston at the 2011 draft, “Koko” was a scoring sensation for OHL Windsor a year ago before jumping to the KHL this season, where he’s been playing with Spartak Moscow.

As for new blood, Team Russia has invited Valeri Nichushkin to camp — the No. 1 Russian prospect for the 2013 draft, according to NHL Central Scouting.

“He’s a big, strong two-way winger,” Central Scouting Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told NHL.com. “He’s tough to stop when driving to the net from either wing — a defenseman’s nightmare in one-on-one situations when at top speed.”

It should be noted that Russia (Ufa) will host the tournament for the first time since 2001, and the team will look to extend its strong showing of recent years — Russia has medaled in four of the last five tournaments, winning gold in 2011.

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Johnny Hockey puts on a show in Flames win

    Nov 1, 2014, 1:12 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Calgary Flames Getty Images

    Scored the winner from a sharp angle.

  2. Video: Cole crushes Maroon with heavy hit

    Oct 31, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

    Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    No penalty on the play, for those wondering. Appeared clean all the way.

  3. Video: Red Wings’ fans show support for Gordie Howe

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 5.53.51 PM

    Folks continue to rally around Mr. Hockey.

  4. Video: Josh Manson, son of former pugilist Dave Manson, expected to make NHL debut

    Oct 31, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    Josh Manson, Daniel Maggio AP

    He’s on the left in that photo. Doing what his old man used to do.

  5. Markstrom falls short of AHL shutout record

    Oct 31, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT

    Jacob Markstrom Getty Images

    Has been on quite a roll down in Utica.

  6. Fallen Leaf: Lupul (broken hand) out indefinitely (Updated)

    Oct 31, 2014, 7:04 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Islanders Getty Images

    Meanwhile, sounds like Carter Ashton makes his season debut.

  7. Bolts reassign Paquette, Callahan to return?

    Oct 31, 2014, 5:36 PM EDT

    Ryan Callahan Getty Images

    Could play Saturday against Washington.

  8. Bruins coach praises Sabres, who ‘came to play’

    Oct 31, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres Getty Images

    At the same time, Claude Julien admits the B’s “are still trying to find that confidence level that comes with winning on a regular basis.”

Featured video

Worst team in the NHL?

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. C. Crawford (3010)
  2. A. Kopitar (2783)
  3. E. Staal (2453)
  4. M. Gaborik (2435)
  5. E. Kane (2281)
  1. P. Stastny (2215)
  2. N. Foligno (2120)
  3. D. Backes (2074)
  4. D. Heatley (2014)
  5. V. Nichushkin (1908)