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Red Wings pick Buchelnikov has no desire to leave SKA

Buchelnikov not interested in going on loan

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Dmitri Buchelnikov, Red Wings prospect
Red Wings pick Dmitri Buchelnikov has 1-1-2 numbers in 10 games for SKA St. Petersburg.

Detroit Red Wings draft pick Dmitri Buchelnikov couldn’t have been clearer – he doesn’t want to leave SKA.

SKA St. Petersburg, leaders in the KHL standings, made a little bit of noise around the hockey world recently when they loaned promising teenaged forward Matvei Michkov to KHL rivals Sochi.

Expectations are that Michkov will be a high lottery pick in the 2023 NHL entry draft. But on a loaded SKA roster, he simply wasn’t getting any ice time.

Buchelnikov, selected 53rd overall in the 2022 draft by the Red Wings, is encountering similar issues. Playing just 10 games for SKA, he’s showing 1-1-2 numbers. However, he’s expressing no desire to move elsewhere in order to garner more ice time.

Buchelnikov Has No Desire To Move

“Didn’t think about it,” Buchelnikov told Sport-Express.ru about the chance to go elsewhere on loan. “I always wanted to get into SKA. That’s why I joined the club three years ago. All my thoughts are only about SKA.”

Buchelnikov has spent much of the season with SKA-Neva St. Petersburg of the VHL, the Russian Second Division. There’s he’s displaying stellar 11-9-20 numbers in 18 games. But he only has eyes for SKA.

“I live in dreams about it,” Buchelnikov said. “But now I try to make the most of every day. Of course, I would like to return to the KHL as soon as possible. I will be extremely happy about this.”

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Seeing action in his first KHL games was cause to celebrate for Buchelnikov, who recently was signing a contract to stay with SKA through 2025. However, his ultimate objective is to become a regular in Russia’s top league.

“The debut in the KHL is a pleasant event,” Buchelnikov said. “Like the debut in the VHL. I’m very happy about it, but I can’t stop.

“After a pause, you need to gather even more and move forward. I have to prove that I can perform at a high level.”

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