Pashnin on the move to Yaroslavl Lokomotiv
Friday December 30th 2011, 9:59 am

According to his agent Alexei Dementiev, New York Rangers prospect Mikhail Pashnin will continue his career with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv as the organization continues to rebuild following the September plane crash that killed its entire squad.

Dementiev explained the move to RIA Novosti:

After the tragedy in occured in Yaroslavl, KHL teams adopted a “road map” with regards to restoration of the team in the Russian league.  Each club has been given the opportunity to protect two players born between 1989 and 1994. Mikhail wasn’t among this number, because CSKA has a large number of promising young players, and Lokomotiv was interested in his services.  Negotiations lasted a long time, but in the end he decided that he would move to the Yaroslavl team.

Dementiev added that the decision was difficult for Pashnin, because in the two and a half years since he was drafted first overall by CSKA in the KHL’s first ever entry draft, “CSKA had become Mikhail’s home.”

Just last summer, the 22-year old defenseman signed a 2-year extension with CSKA after reports that he would sign with the Rangers and come to North America proved false.  Though the move to Lokomotiv should be beneficial to Pashnin’s development, as he’ll be looked upon to be a leader on the rebuilding team’s defense, it would also seem to reduce the chances — extremely slim though they were — that he’ll be allowed to come to North America before his current contract expires.

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