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NHL Draft: Islanders Select Russian Forward Kirill Kabanov with 3rd Round Choice

The New York Islanders sat out the second round, but may have gotten a bit of a steal in Round 3. Left Wing Kirill Kabanov was ranked #31 among all North American skaters (he was born/raised in Moscow, but trained in Canada with Moncton of the QMJHL) but was as high as No. 15 midway through the season.

Here's the NHL.com Scouting Report:

Director of NHL Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire
"He's highly talented -- as talented as any player in the draft. He broke his wrist earlier in the year and was sidelined a long time. Kirill is just adjusting to the North American game and as a result, left his Moncton team early in order to train for the Russian National Under-18 World Junior Team tournament that happens every April. Who's he like? Maybe a Kovalchuk."

Now there's a comparison. Some personal favorites:

NHL Player: Alexander Semin
Goal celebration: "Playing the guitar"
Movie: Lucky Number Slevin
TV Show: Comedy Club
Actor: Josh Hartnett
Breakfast food: Omelette, spaghetti

There's a goal celebration I'd like to see. More to come.