It is all but official.
Philadelphia Flyers first round pick German Rubtsov has reportedly gotten out of his KHL contract with Vityaz and will join Chicoutimi in the QMJHL.
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) January 9, 2017
News broke over the weekend that he would be joining Chicoutimi, but there was a holdup with his KHL contract. However, his KHL club Vityaz has now terminated his contract, giving him the freedom to come to North America to play. He could also sign his entry level contract with the Flyers soon.
This is a huge opportunity for Rubtsov who was barely being used in Russia. He will get a chance to fully showcase his skills in a top junior league. Depending on Chicoutimi’s performance in the playoffs, he could join the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the end of their season as well.
Chicoutimi is currently 20-16-2-1 for 43 points in 39 games, 10th best in the QMJHL.
In another bit of news, Rubtsov will reportedly undergo surgery on his broken nose suffered at the World Junior Championship.
— Stephane Leroux (@StephRDSJunior) January 8, 2017
He isn’t expected to miss much time after the surgery, and avoided a concussion which is a great thing to see.
Rubtsov had been getting very little usage for his Russian club. It was no fault of his own, but he had no points and was a minus-four in 15 games for Vityaz Podolsk. He got some time in the MHL as well and made the most of it, scoring 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 15 games with a plus-two rating with Russkie Vityazi Chekhov.
Rubtsov will finally have a chance to spread his wings in the QMJHL after being limited in Russia. It’s an exciting time for one of the Flyers top prospects.
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