GM Jarmo Kekäläinen of Columbus Blue Jackets surprised the experts by picking up Russian winger Yegor Tshinahov, 19, in the first round of the NHL booking.
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Tshinahovi had not just been listed in the preliminary estimates as a potential player in the first round of booking, but Kekäläinen's troops caught him with booking number 21.
Tshinahov was over the age at this year’s booking ceremony - so he wasn’t eligible for anyone last year.
The Russian pier has risen to the KHL team Avangard Omsk this season and made it windy.
In 12 KHL matches, the 19-year-old pier has scored 7 (5 + 2) power points.
Oliwer Kaski, 25, a Finnish defender playing for the first time in Omsk, noticed Tchinahov's special skills already at the training camp after seeing the young man for the first time in real action.
- His shots immediately stood out from the crowd.
The wrist shot is especially good, Kaski describes.
Oliwer Kaski won the World Championship in Leijon in 2019. Photo: Martti Kainulainen / Lehtikuva
- He has scored goals and points since the beginning of the season and stood out in hard places.
Against the jokers, for example, he hit overtime.
The powers are not born against “inferior” teams.
He smells at the finish line skillfully, Kaski says.
As the NHL booking event was exceptionally held this October only, NHL clubs were able to watch European players even at the start of the season.
According to Kaske, Tshinahov has taken huge leaps of development in a short time.
- He has developed in his eyes since the beginning of the training camp to this day.
It speaks of a tough attitude.
He is a strong trainee.
I see no reason why this would have been a bad booking from Kekäläinen.
I fully understand why he was booked so early.
Jarmo Kekäläinen surprised the experts. Photo: Mika Ranta / HS
Kaski says Tchinahov is currently practicing his English language skills.
There is still room for improvement in this area.
- Now he speaks a few words.
Pretty shy and humble boy.
He really isn’t in the voice all the time.
Playing at the Avangard in Omsk is slowly preparing a young Russian pier for North American customs, as the team is coached by an experienced Bob Hartley.
Hartley has coached in the NHL for 14 seasons.
His assistant coach is Jacques Cloutier, an assistant familiar to Hartey from the NHL years.
- Our team is trained in the North American style.
Tshinahov is already getting a foretaste of what is to come, Kaski says.
- All in all, this is a really good player overall.
Movement is already enough for men's games.
He has no super hundreds of shortcomings.
Physics is sure to get better because he’s so hard to train.
Despite everything, the booking of the first round came as a surprise to the Russian club as well.
- Of course it was a little surprising.
I congratulated him on training today, Kaski says.
In the first round, one Finnish player was booked.
It was HIFK’s Anton Lundell, picked up by the Florida Panthers at number 12. All 31 bookings for the opening round can be seen here.
The remaining six laps will be booked in Finnish time on Wednesday from 6.30 pm.