The Windsor Spitfires might have to move forward next season without the only NHL-drafted player currently on their roster.
General manager Warren Rychel confirmed Friday that Russian centre Alex Khokhlachev is weighing his options about returning to Windsor or playing in the Kontinental Hockey League next season.
“I have no idea what he’s doing,” Rychel said. “He’s looking at all his options.”
The Spitfires selected Khokhlachev with the 23rd pick in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft from Moscow Spartak. The understanding was his rights in Russia would remain with Moscow Spartak.
A return may have become more of an option for the five-foot-10, 178-pound Khoklachev after his father Igor Khokhlachev was named general manager of the Moscow Spartak’s KHL club in February.
“It could happen or it could not happen, I don’t know yet,” Rychel said. “We’re working through it. We have different options and we’re prepared either way.”
When Khokhlachev came to Windsor in 2010, he insisted his goal was to play in the NHL and the Boston Bruins selected him in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Igor Khokhlachev told a Russia media source that joining his KHL club depends on negotiations with Boston, but he expects his son to sign with the Bruins soon.
However, NHL teams have up to two years after drafting a junior player to agree to terms.
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