We continue on with the international series, now looking at Team Russia. For the sake of this exercise and filling out a roster I also included any countries who were under the former Soviet Union for this team. Welp, let’s hope Sergei Makarov and German Titov can carry the team.
For Team Canada, click here.
For Team USA, click here.
For Team Sweden, click here.
Line 1: Oleg Saprykin - German Titov - Sergei Makarov
With all due respect to Oleg Saprykin and his winner in Game 5 of the 2004 Finals, if he’s your top line LW, your team probably isn’t very good.
Line 2: Andrei Nazarov - Pavel Torgaev - Valeri Bure
Yep, we’re into the Who is That section. But good friend Valeri Bure makes an appearance in the top six.
Line 3: Sergei Priakin - Ilya Nikolaev - Sergei Krivokrasov
Yep we’re already into draft picks who haven’t played yet because there were so few Russians on the team during their history.
Line 4: Raitis Ivanas - Dmitri Zavgorodny - Nikolai Borchevsky
Line 1: Igor Kravchuk - Anton Babchuk
The chuk duo leads the way on the blue line!
Line 2: Andrei Zyuzin - Alexander Godynyuk
Zyuzin was the last player from Russia to suit up for the Flames before Alex Yelesin did this past year. He played with the team back in 2006-07.
Line 3: Nikita Nesterov - Alexander Yelesin
Nesterov has yet to play but could be a good bottom pairing addition as his game has reportedly improved while back in Russia.
Starter: Andrei Trefilov
A 12th round pick in 1991 with 22 games played over four seasons and only three wins and a sub .900 SV%. No help coming in net
Backup: Artyom Zagidulin
I thought about Daniil Chechelev for this because he simply can’t lose while playing in Russia, but I went Zagidulin because he has actually worn a Flames jersey in a pre-season game.