Yesterday, Russia and Finland met in the opening round of the Karjala Cup tournament in Finland. While Russia’s team featured the Nashville Predators first-round draft pick Iaroslav Askarov (17/19 saves) in net and prosepct Semyon Chistyakov (1 assist) on the second defensive pairing, it was Egor Afanasyev who stole the show. Afanasyev played on the first line and put up 2 assists and 1 goal of his own, which meant he had a hand in half of the Russian team’s 6 goals. Take a look at his snipe:
Egor’s name hasn’t been garnering the attention that some of the other Predators prospects have in the whole “youth movement” conversation the team is having for next season, but I think you’ll hear a lot more about him after this season.
And while I’m at it, here’s a little Iaroslav Askarov action for you. I know we’ve talked about him quite a bit since the draft, but this is a great chance to get a solid look at what he can do.
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