Russia Dumps Denmark

Team USA got goals from six different skaters in its 6-2 win over Austria in opening day action at the IIHF World Championships today, but Team Russia trumped the Americans. The Russians got nine goals from nine different players in a 9-1 pounding of Team Denmark in Moscow today. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin chipped in with a goal and an assist, and Caps center prospect Ivan Nepryayev (the Caps’ fifth-round pick, 163rd overall in 2000 NHL Entry Draft) had a pair of assists. The 25-year-old Nepryayev had a career-high 17 goals with Yaroslavl Lokomovit of the Russian Super League this season.

With Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin electing to sit out the Worlds for Russia this year, Team Russia is relying on a pair of relatively unknown netminders this spring. Vasily Koshechkin is a 24-year-old who was Tampa Bay’s eighth-round pick (223rd overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Koshechkin has yet to play in North America; he has spent the last four seasons with Tolyatti Lada of the RSL. Koshechkin started and won against Denmark on Friday.

Koshechkin is being backed up by Alexander Eremenko, a 27-year-old vet who played with Ak Bars Kazan in 2006-07. Eremenko has never played in North America and was never drafted by an NHL club.

Team Russia is carrying just those two goaltenders at the moment. After the first three games of the tournament, clubs have the opportunity to add as many as two more players to the roster.

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5 Comments on “Russia Dumps Denmark”

  1. GoBucks9 Says:

    Any chance the Cap’s young Russian netminder could be added?

  2. timbers Says:

    so whats the chance of this prospect comeing the caps training camp?

  3. Ferris Says:


    I don’t see that happening because he’s been already cut from the team.

  4. jeff Says:

    They are prob looking to add that goalie from San Jose- I hear he’s pretty good….

  5. CapsFan Says:

    Any word on Nepryayev coming to north america. Its been awhile since he was drafted but it seems like he has some skill. I remember a russian reporter on the Caps Report praising his play.

    Hes definitely under the radar, but we can use all the skill we can get.

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