22-Year-Old Center – Boston Bruins
Alexander Khokhlachev Contract Information:
Signed an entry-level deal with the Bruins in June of 2012.
Khokhlachev's agent hasn't ruled out the possibility that his client could return to Russia after this season, CSN New England reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Khokhlachev -- a 2011 second-rounder -- blossomed in his first full season of North American pro hockey, leading AHL Providence in scoring with 21 goals and 57 points in 65 contests. Set to turn 21 in September, Khokhlachev projects as a feisty and skilled forward at the NHL level, who can provide the Bís with a spark on offense. Heíll have a shot to crack the teamís roster with a strong preseason, and even if he doesnít, Khokhlachevís time to shine may not be far off.
Khokhlachev, selected in the second round (40th overall) of the 2011 NHL entry draft, recorded three points in 11 games with AHL Providence this past season. The 5-foot-10, 172-pounder was almost dealt to the Flames in March, but remains in the Bruinsí organization after that deal fell apart. At 19, he still needs some seasoning, but in time the shifty Khokhlachev, projects as a feisty forward, who can provide the B's (or another team, if he is ever really dealt) with some spark on offense.
Khokhlachev, who is slated to play for the KHL's Spartak this coming season, has signed an entry-level deal with the Bruins and plans to take part in the teamís training camp before departing for Russia to make his pro debut. Selected by the Bruins 40th overall in 2011, the undersized but feisty Khokhlachev was OHL Windsorís second-leading scorer last year with 25 goals and 69 points in 56 games. Heíll be back with the Bruins after this coming season, with a year of high level pro play under his belt and presumably on track to make a run for a roster spot with Boston, where his offensive spark would be welcome.
Khokhlachev turned in a nice OHL debut last season, recording 76 points in 67 games. The B's second-rounder checks in at a smallish 5-foot-10, 188-pounds, but he is a skilled player with loads of energy who gives the organization a dynamic young offensive prospect to groom.