Nine Russian-born CHL players will compete in various games of the series including top 2012 NHL Entry Draft prospects Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting who will play in Ottawa, ON, November 10, and Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts who will compete in Quebec City, QC, November 9. Four NHL drafted OHL players will also play for Russia in the Ottawa game November 10 including Vladislav Namestnikov who was selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. 2011 second round Boston Bruins pick Alexander Khokhlachev of the Windsor Spitfires, third round New York Islanders pick Andrey Pedan of the Guelph Storm, and Winnipeg Jets prospect Ivan Telegin of the Barrie Colts will also participate in Ottawa. Defenceman Artem Sergeev of the QMJHL’s Val d’Or Foreurs and forward Anton Zlobin of the Shawinigan Cataractes will play for Russia in the series opener November 7 in Victoriaville, QC, while Saskatoon Blades’ goaltender Andrey Makarov will compete in the game November 16 in Regina, SK.
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