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  • Former Wild Prospect Signs In KHL

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    Thomas Williams

    It's unfortunate that it just didn't work out between the Minnesota Wild and prospect Vladislav Firstov, but he has now found his new home.

    According to recent reports, the young, 22-year-old winger has signed a one-year deal with the KHL's Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, the same team he has spent portions of the last two seasons with.

    Firstov, a former second-round draft pick of the Wild, from all the way back in 2019 has tried in spurts to make it work in North America. After finishing his draft year in the USHL, he headed to the University of Connecticut and had a fairly successful start but plateaued a bit in his third and final year. He then attempted to go pro in the 2022-23 season but after just one game and not reporting to the ECHL, Firstov went back to the KHL as the Wild willingly loaned him to Torpedo.

    The writing was on the wall and most recently, and after a third attempt in the AHL to no prevail, Firstov was officially an unrestricted free agent with no official ties to the Wild. So, of course, he went where he has found some success and signed the single-year deal with Torpedo.

    Something tells us that he won't be trying his luck in North America again.

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    Congrats, good for him! He tried America/American hockey. Being a top guy in your own Country is nice.

    A lot of people look around at what's on the news or happening in reality or at the gas-pump and think, "Russia don't sound half-bad!"


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    On 6/5/2024 at 6:09 AM, Protec said:

    A lot of people look around at what's on the news or happening in reality or at the gas-pump and think, "Russia don't sound half-bad!"

    LOL these people clearly don't see much Russian news or look far outside their own country

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