Prospect Report 2/22/12: Updated Russian Edition

With this edition of the prospect report I will revisit a pervious article of mine on the two prospects of the Islanders from Russia. This will just give a better update of where their seasons have gone since the last time we spoke about them. The original article can be found here.

Kirill Petrov is continuing his solid season in the KHL with 50 games played, Petrov has amassed 16 goals and 12 assists. This has been a good solid pace for Petrov since the last time we spoke about him and I am pleased that he is still playing well. I still expect Petrov to come to the United States next season and start in Bridgeport. He will most likely need some time there to adjust to the smaller North American ice surface and style of play. If he is able to adjust correctly he will be a nice addition to the Islanders in the future and possibly a good call up next season if the injury bug bites.

Kirill Kabanov is also continuing his great season and is still ahead of his point per game pace he had the last time we heard from him. Still playing for the Shawinigan Cataractes in the QMJHL, Kabanov has played in 40 games and has scored 18 goals to go along with 24 assists.  It is nice to see Kabanov having a good season and staying out of the negative press. If he is able to continue this performance he may end up in Bridgeport in 2013.

It is good to see both of these prospects continuing their solid development, which shows some offensive help is coming on the horizon for the Islanders. Hopefully both of these guys can stay healthy and finish the season strong.

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Rob McGowan's picture

With the way he is playing there is absolutely no reason why Kabanov shouldn't get a serious look to start the year with the Sound Tigers. He appears to have come a long way since they've drafted him.

Petrov always had high hopes surrounding him for the past four years but he's played a little iffy as to whether or not he will be the player that he was expected to become. Still, at this point, a low risk high reward draftee should get his shot in the AHL to see what he could do. If he doesn't work out, a third round pick was wasted, and I think management and fans can live with that.

John Link's picture

I agree Rob, Kabanov has done everything correctly since being drafted and the Islanders could come out on the winning end of that low risk high reward draft pick.

Petrov I still have high hopes for just because I don't have a lot of faith in the KHL and its coaching. I think the biggest thing Petrov needs now is to get into the States and start playing with Islanders coaching. He will be a late bloomer for sure since he is already 21 but the Islanders are nothing new to late bloomers (Moulson, PA, Grabs)