Saturday, September 12, 2009

Spirit sign Russian forward Telegin

The Saginaw Spirit announced yesterday the signing of Russian center Ivan Telegin, who was drafted by the Spirit 42nd overall in the 2009 CHL Import Draft.

Telegin is a top prospect for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and is one of the top-rated 1992-born players coming out of Russia.

The Novokuznetsk native spent the 2008-2009 regular season with the Novokuznetsk Metallurg in addition to sevaral stints on the international stage. Telegin participated in the 2009 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge with Russia, where he garnered two goals and two assists in five games and won silver with Russia in the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka, where he tallied three assists.

“We are excited to get Ivan,” stated Spirit head coach Todd Watson. “He is a top NHL prospect that plays with an edge that combines grit with offensive skill. From the video I’ve seen and from what I’ve heard, this kid will be a factor on-ice.”

Spirit director of scouting Jim Paliafito echoed Watson’s thoughts.

“He is an elite center with NHL first round talent," Paliafito said. "He plays the North American style of hockey, and combined with his offensive skill, makes a valuable addition to the Spirit’s future."

"The Saginaw Spirit organization is thrilled to welcome a player with the international credentials that Ivan Telegin brings to the Great Lakes Bay Region,” stated Spirit president and partner Craig Goslin. “He was the captain of Team Russia and is regarded by many in the NHL scouting community as being a ‘highly skilled difference maker.' His presence as part of the Saginaw Spirit will certainly be something that all sports fans are going to want to come to the Dow Event Center to experience for themselves this season."

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