In his 31 Thoughts column, Sportsnet’s Elliotte www.authenticnhlrangersshop.com/jimmy-vesey-jersey-c-1_12.html Friedman gives an update on the ongoing Igor Ozhiganov story:
Ozhiganov is a right-shooting, 25-year-old defenceman currently with CSKA Moscow. He’s reasonably big, can be physical (sometimes to a fault), and has a booming shot. On the other hand, he hasn’t always gotten a regular shift; he’s cropped up in our Euro report on occasion lately, and he hasn’t exactly dazzled (0G/3A in 25 GP this season, and he’s been outperformed on CSKA by former Leaf castoff Alexey Marchenko.) Ozhiganov isn’t poised to be an addition on the level of Nikita Zaitsev, and at his age, we probably have to keep any expectations of growth modest.
Still, the Leafs have seen something they’ve liked, and Toronto is clearly determined to fully explore every avenue for improving their team. If Ozhiganov has the tools to make the jump to the NHL—and projecting the KHL > NHL www.babewest.com/james-van-riemsdyk-jersey-c-1_35.html transition is by no means an exact science—he could be a valuable addition.
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