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The Daily: Russian Columnist Lambastes Svechnikov; Former Red Wings Goalie Prospect Lit Up in Sweden

Ak Bars Kazan signed Svechnikov for two years

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Russian columnist Alexey Shevchenko doubts former Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov will succeed in the KHL.

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov, a 2015 first-round draft pick of the club, is casting his lot this season with the KHL. Svechnikov is joining Ak Bars Kazan on a two-year contract. At least one Russian hockey writer thinks this is a bad idea.

“It’s hard to imagine how he will help the club,” wrote Alexey Shevchenko, special correspodent for Russian website SportExpress.ru. “He turned into a hockey player who does not understand what he does on the ice. Not suitable for the top six, he does not have the necessary qualities for the lower links.

“Imagine that Evgeny Svechnikov will play the way he did in most games for Winnipeg and San Jose. That is, absolutely nothing. And the money has been spent, and there is no extra money for defense, and there is discontent in the locker room. A strange step.”

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