Over the summer the Boston Bruins signed 19 year-old Russian forward Alex Khokhlachev to an entry level contract to which he was to serve after spending the season in the KHL rather than finish his last season with the Windsor Spitfires of the CHL. It was reported today that the Spitfires have claimed him along with Juraj Bezuch on re-entry waivers. To simplify, the team has the rights to the two players should the KHL prove to be too advanced.
“This is a window of opportunity for Alex to come back to Windsor,” Rychel said. “If he is going to play in the CHL this year, it’s going to be for the Spitfires. And he will be welcomed back.” (Windsor Spitfires press release)
While there is nothing concrete of this move as of yet, the potential is there. The typical timetable for a teen playing overseas to come to the CHL seems to be around late December-early January.
Currently the Spitfires hold a 3-2-0-1 record, but have been outscored 22-15 on the season. Unless Brady Vail is able to continue factoring in 60% of their scoring for their entire season Khokhlachev is well worth the wait.