Another game, another few points for German Rubtsov.
After being named the first star of the game on Sunday with three points, Rubtsov sniped a goal and added an assist for two points in Wednesday night’s game. The Philadelphia Flyers first round pick is tearing up the QMJHL.
Rubtsov was in a new position for this game, lining up on the right side of the first line with regular right winger Joey Ratelle suspended for four games. He had been playing on the left side with Chicoutimi, but is a natural centerman and can play all three forward positions.
The first point of the night for Rubtsov was a power play assist to give his team a 2-1 lead late in the first period. He received the pass from the point and waited patiently as he quarterbacked the power play. He eventually found Nicolas Roy in the slot who fired the shot home.
Rubtsov was also a part of Chicoutimi’s third goal, but did not receive an assist. This time he started the cycle of the puck around the horn before Roy scored again.
Finally it was Rubtsov’s turn. He received the puck at the blue line and took a stride in before sniping one past the netminder.
It gave the Sags a 4-3 lead, but it would not hold up as they fell 6-4 to the Armada.
Rubtsov ended the night with a goal, and assist, and a plus-one rating.
Rubtsov’s season totals continue to climb. In 11 games he has 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) and a plus-11 rating. Of his 11 games, he was held pointless in one, he only played a few shifts in another, and the rest he recorded points in. He has recorded points in 9-of-11 games so far, including three two-point games and three three-point games.
There were some expectations for Rubtsov to produce in the QMJHL when he came over from Russia, but I don’t know if anyone expected anything like this so early in his North American career.
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