While Russian forward Alex Khokhlachev will be in Wilmington this week for Bruins Development camp, he wont be playing hockey in North America for at least the next season.
Koko impressed Bruins officials last season during rookie camp and regular training camp after being drafted in the second round following a 34-goal season with the Windsor Spitfires. The 19-year-old had another solid OHL season last year, and his NHL stock has continued to rise even though he is coming off of a serious lacerated kidney injury.
But it appears as if Khokhlachev's North American hockey career is being put on hold for now. He has decided to head back to Russia to play in the KHL next year for the Moscow Spartak, according to the Windsor Star.
The move will allow Khokhlachev to reunite with his father, Igor, who heads the Spartak clubs front office, prior to fulfilling his long-held dreams of playing at the NHL level.
Hes going back to Russia to play for his dad, Windsor general manager Warren Rychel told the Star. Hell play for Spartak (Moscow). His dad (Igor) is the general manger there.
Khokhlachev led the Spitfires with 25 goals and 69 points in 56 games last season, and wouldnt appear to have much to prove at the junior hockey level after two dominant seasons. Essentially, Koko is in between being ready to graduate from Canadian junior hockey, and not being old enough to play in the AHL next season as a 19-year-old prospect.
So Khokhlachev will play the season in Russia, and the Bruins retain his rights while having until June 1 next year to sign the talented young forward prospect before losing those rights.