|You may have forgotten about Kirill.|
Nino Niederreiter, Brock Nelson, and Kirill Kabanov all spent the 2012-13 season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and while all three are solid prospects with NHL potential, surprisingly, only two have made headlines.
Niederreiter, the Islanders 5th-overall pick in 2010, has made headlines for the wrong reasons in recent weeks, while Brock Nelson seems to be destined for Long Island as soon as October. Again, only two have earned headlines as of late, which begs the question: Where in the world is Kirill Kabanov?
Remember Kirill? The young, immature Russian prospect who dropped from a projected top-10 pick to a 3rd-round selection in the 2010 draft? The same kid who was banished from the KHL and couldn't be had by any CHL teams because of his attitude? The same teenager who was sent home from the Islanders prospects camp for continuously showing up late?
While Nino Niederreiter and Brock Nelson have continued to live up to the hype, Kirill Kabanov seems non-existent. Sure, a lot of it could be the effect to a wrist injury he suffered at the beginning of his rookie season as a pro, but even with 32 AHL games under his belt, Kabanov's 9 career AHL points give him little to show for his efforts.
It appears Kabanov will be pushing his disappointing rookie season behind him, though, forging ahead in an attempt to make the New York Islanders roster next season.
Kirill Kabanov is in Gary Roberts camp now, hopes to make #Isles roster, would do as much as he could for itSurprise, surprise. It looks like Kirll Kabanov is growing up. For the first time in a long time, Kirill Kabanov is creating some buzz about himself for the right reasons.
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) June 29, 2013
For those who aren't aware, since Gary Roberts' retirement, Roberts has become a leader in high performance training and nutrition for both amateur and professional athletes. Roberts has no time for clients who aren't serious about strictly following his way, including his three-month training program, which stresses three phases of high-intensity, high-endurance training, and his strict all-organic diet. [NHL.com]
To see Kabanov involved in this program, which has earned rave reviews from Steven Stamkos, Jordan Staal, James Neal, and Jeff Skinner, is actually exciting. Kabanov, considered a top-talent, is serious about fulfilling his potential in an Islanders uniform.
Islanders' fans: You may have forgotten about Kirill Kabanov (I know I haven't taken him as seriously over the past calendar year), but hope remains for Kirill to become the biggest steal in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. It's reassuring to see him taking his opportunity seriously.
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