MONCTON, Friday, October 9, 2009 – “I want to play in Moncton”, Russian forward Kirill Kabanov has said many times since being selected seventh overall in the 2009 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft by the Wildcats.
The Wildcats and the Russian professional Kontinental Hockey League have been waiting for the International Ice Hockey League to rule on which team Kabanov would be cleared to play for. The decision is in and Kabanov is now officially a member of the Moncton Wildcats.
The Wildcats will play their next two games at the Moncton Coliseum, hosting the Lewiston MAINEiacs tomorrow at 7pm and Halifax on Sunday at 4pm.
Kabanov, widely considered a top five prospect for the 2010 NHL Draft is currently ranked number 2 by the Hockey News and number 3 by the International Scouting Service is expected to be in the lineup for both games pending final paperwork.
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