Pashnin fights Gratton
Sunday February 07th 2010, 12:32 pm

New York Rangers prospect Mikhail Pashnin is known for his physical style of play.  What the 20-year old, 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman isn’t known for is using his fists.  But against the KHL’s goon squad, Chekhov Vityaz, players are often left with no choice but to drop the gloves.  And so it was that the KHL’s first ever first overall draft pick found himself in a one-sided scrap with tough-guy import and one-time Hartford Wolf Pack enforcer Josh Gratton during a game between Vityaz and his own team, CSKA Moscow, last week.

According to reports, Pashnin was responding to a blind-side punch to the face of unsuspecting teammate Nikita Filatov, delivered by one of Vityaz’s other goons, Darcy Verot, earlier in the game. 

The fight wasn’t pretty, as the video below shows, but kudos to the kid for not backing down from a bigger, stronger, older and more experienced opponent.  CKSA won the game 5-2.

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    Vityaz is a joke. Pashnin is a brave kid.

    Comment by Rajeev 02.08.10 @ 10:49 am

    I can’t see them being in the league next season. Financial problems almost resulted in them being kicked out last summer, I’ve got to think the league won’t make the same mistake twice.

    Comment by laurie 02.08.10 @ 3:02 pm



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