Nail Yakupov, the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft, has been suspended from playing in the KHL, pending an IIHF investigation into his transfer.
The league said Wednesday said the 18-year-old, who has played two games for his hometown Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk since joining the team last Thursday, can't play again until he receives approval from the International Ice Hockey Federation.
The IIHF said Yakupov played in those games without an approved transfer card. Under IIHF rules, a transfer card (ITC) must be signed by the original country, the new country and the player.
"The ITC was not signed by Hockey Canada and was thus not approved by the IIHF," the IIHF said in a statement. "Playing without an approved ITC following an international transfer request is a breach of IIHF transfer regulations. At this time, being that Hockey Canada did not approve Nail Yakupov's ITC, his case is in appeal procedures. Until appeal procedures are complete and a decision regarding his transfer to Russia is made, an ITC will not be approved or denied by the IIHF."
The Russian Hockey Federation must respond to Hockey Canada's appeal by Oct. 1.