Prospect Ramblings: The Quebec Leg of the Canada-Russia Series

Tony Ferrari


Photo Courtesy of the CHL


Welcome back to my mid-week, every week Prospect Ramblings! As usual, I’ll be taking a look around the prospect world and trying to make sense of the endless chaos. This week I’ll be looking at the pair of games that the QMJHL played in their leg of the Canada-Russia this week. The pair of games were split with Russia winning game one and the QMJHL claiming victory in the second matchup. There were standout performances from both squads, with a pair of prospects who play in the Canadian Maritimes playing the hero in each game. 


Russia wins 4-3 on the back of Khovanov’s Four Points


If you were a Minnesota Wild fan, you must have been pretty happy to hear about Alexander Khovanov’s four-point night against the league that he’s called home the past three years. Not only did he have a point on every Russian goal, but he had a primary point on each. He started the game with a beautiful goal where he faked a slap shot from about four-feet out before tucking it behind Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Alexis Gravel, a Chicago Blackhawks prospect. 



The QMJHL stormed back in the second period, scoring three straight goals in the frame. After tying the game up on a goal where Tampa Bay prospect, and Baie-Comeau captain, Gabriel Fortier snapped a shot home over the Russian goaltender’s shoulder on the rush. The QMJHL took the lead on a great two-on-one where Flames prospect Jakob Pelletier set up Dawson Mercer, a first-round talent for the 2020 Draft.   



After going up 3-1, the Russian junior squad was able to pull within a goal in the final seconds of the second period. Khovanov was once again playing a feature role in the goal as he drove wide of the net, protecting the puck and then throwing a pass out front from behind the net to Dmitry Zavgorodniy of the Rimouski Oceanic. As crazy as it sounds, Zavgorodniy can score without Alexis Lafrenière who sat out of the series with an injury.