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Red Wings Prospect Buchelnikov Puts on Show at Sochi Tourney

Buchelnkiov wowed people with his individual puck skills



Dmitri Buchelnikov, Red Wings prospect
Red Wings draftee was recognized as the top performer in the shootout competition at the Sochi KHL tournament.

The Sochi tournament in the premier event of the KHL preseason and it’s also becoming the personal playground of Detroit Red Wings draft pick Dmitri Buchelnikov.

Last year, he won the voting as the top forward participating in the tournmaent. This year, it was also Buchelnikov’s unique skill set that was earning him another prize.

Friday, they held the shootout competition at the event. Similar to the NHL All-Star Game shootout competition, the value is as much in the delivery and creativity as it is in the outcome.

In the former sense, Buchelnikov won going away. The player chosen 52nd overall by the Red Wings in the 2022 NHL entry draft put on a clinic of unique shootout moves.

Buchelnikov Wows Them

On his first attempt, Buchelnikov went down on all fours as he was nearing the net. Pushing the puck to the left with his right glove, he wound up tucking a backhander in for a goal.

Next, he would flip the puck upward while splitting the faceoff circles, swatting the puck goalward while it was in mid air. Buchelnikov’s third shootout attempt saw him lift the puck up and carry it on the blade his stick, executing four 360-degree spins while racing to the net. Coming out of the fourth spin, he whipped the puck goalward.

On attempt No. 4, Buchelnikov would flip the puck up in the air, turn his stick around in his hands and swing at the puck baseball style. Unfortunately, much like a Detroit Tigers hitter, the Red Wings prospect would swing and miss. The next attempt was over qiuckly. Turning his back to the net at the blueline, the 19-year-old right winger scooped the puck uo with his blade, lofting a high shot that went right on goal when it eventually came down from the arena rafters.

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For his final shot, Buchelnikov was opting to double down on hockey sticks. Carrying a stick in each hand, he would pass the puck back and forth. Closing in on goal and tossing away the stick in his left hand, Buchelnikov wound up roofing a snap shot on the glove side.

A panel of judges including Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova, the 2018 Olympic gold medal winner and 2019 world champion, were awarding Buchelnikov with the trophy as the winner of the competition.

Buchelnikov’s 2023-24 Destination Still Uncertain

The Detroit draftee is playing for Russia’s Under-23 squad in the Sochi tournament. His club for the 2023-24 season remains uncertain. He’s entering the second year of a three-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg, one of the KHL’s top teams.

There’s been some speculation suggesting that SKA would prefer to be loaning Buchelnikov to another KHL club. They’d prefer he was playing somewhere where he’d be getting more ice time.