The Saskatoon Blades have signed one of their top prospects.
17-year-old Russian defenseman Mark Rubinchik officially signed with the Blades Monday after being picked 7th in the CHL import draft.
“We’re really excited about Mark. He had a great showing at the Ivan Hlinka as one of the best defenceman in the world for his age group,” explained Blades General Manager, Colin Priestner in a press release. “I think his game is better suited for North American style, he plays big and physical, and I think he’s going to relish playing on a smaller ice surface.”
The language barrier will not be an obstacle for Rubinchik, who played his bantam hockey in Detroit.
He is coming off a bronze medal performance with Russia at this month’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, which features the best under-18 players in the world. In 5 games Rubinchik tallied 3 assists and 10 penalty minutes.
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