November 19, 2010
Los Angeles Kings sixth-rounder Maxim Kitsyn was a force in Russia's Subway Super Series victory, embodying the power-winger protoype while tallying a team-high four goals and six points in the series.
Those who watched the series surely heard commentator references to the prospect of the 6-foot-2, 192-pound Kitsyn joining the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, who selected him in the Canadian Hockey League import draft, to strengthen their bid of winning the MasterCard Memorial Cup on home ice. For what it is worth, Kitsyn wants to see it happen.
"[Question] Mississauga has your rights. Will you be coming to North America to play in the OHL any time soon?" 'I would like to. They are working on the issue right now. It's not so easy because I have a contract in Russia. But, I would like to.' " (MayorsManor)
It would require the Kings organization getting Kitsyn out of his KHL contract with Novokuznetsk Metallurg, of course.
Kitsyn slipped to the 158th overall in June due to questions about consistency, but as the Super Series indicated, when he's on he is tough to stop around the net.
That might be an ingredient the Majors need to add. One of Mississauga's strengths is that it has fashioned that 17-2-0-1 record and redonk +42 goal differential (more than two per game!) without having a player among the Ontario Hockey League's top 20 scorers. Rob Flick and Justin Shugg, who respectively were fourth-round picks of the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes in the summer, are tied for 25th.
That is partially since coach-GM Dave Cameron portions out ice time pretty evenly, but there will come a time when they need a game-changing scorer. Kitsyn and Shugg, who were actually born on the same day (each turns 19 on Christmas Eve), would be a nice 1-2 punch.
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