The Bruins Secret Russian Weapon
The Bruins are desperate for help on the back end. The club has played it’s worst defense in the Claude Julien era this season, ranking out of the top-10 in almost every defensive category.
With the February 29th trade deadline looming and rumors being thrown around left and right of potential names the Bruins could acquire for the second half of the season, one name has flown very under the radar.
When the Bruins drafted Chudinov in the 7th round (195th overall) in 2010, I can’t imagine the team thinking he would spend the next six seasons in the KHL before considering coming to the NHL.
The 25-year-old, now known as one of the KHL’s top defenseman, is at this end of his contract with St. Petersburg SKA, who he has played the last 4 seasons with.
Career Regular Season Statistics
|2009-2010||Almaz Cherepovets Jr.-Russia-Jr.||4||1||0||1||12|
|2012-2013||SKA St. Petersburg-KHL||47||2||8||10||46|
|2013-2014||SKA St. Petersburg-KHL||50||7||11||18||44|
|2014-2015||SKA St. Petersburg-KHL||51||5||12||17||56|
With the KHL in shambles financially and with more and more players making the switch from the Kontinental Hockey League to the National Hockey League, there is a chance Chudinov could make his way to Boston in the Spring.
Maxim Chudinov, captain in the KHL, doing a little defending. Supposedly Boston-bound this spring. pic.twitter.com/38hCaemDbz
— Bruins Stats (@bruins_stats) September 28, 2015
Chudinov is a small, strong, puck moving defensemen with excellent speed and quickness who could immediately help the Bruins. Labeled as one of the top defenseman in the KHL, Chudnov, at age 25, is coming into the prime of his hockey player career, all the more reason for Don Sweeney to head overseas.
And last but not least: according to agent Petr Svoboda, Vadim Shipachyov and Maxim Chudinov will leave for the NHL after the season.
— KHL News – English (@KHLNewsEN) July 16, 2015
Though the 5’11’’ Russian defenseman hasn’t shown much interest in coming to the NHL, due to the smaller rinks and ice size along with the fact that he would most likely land in the AHL to start off, but he may not have much of a choice with the KHL’s finical problems along with his contract with St. Petersburg SKA coming to an end.
Not much news on Maxim Chudinov. People question his NHL aspirations; feels like B's need to make a major push when his KHL season ends.
— Bruins Stats (@bruins_stats) February 19, 2016
With the deadline approaching and the Bruins desperate need for defensemen help, Don Sweeney might have to book himself a flight to St. Petersburg, Russia, in the near future.