The Philadelphia Flyers had a decision to make with German Rubtsov this fall. They could’ve expedited him to the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but they instead decided to return him to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the QMJHL.
Rubtsov only played a month in the QMJHL last season after coming over from Russia. He was good in those 16 games, but his season was cut short due to injuries. Now, with some North American experience under his belt, he is back in the Q and ready to dominate.
The beginning of Rubtsov’s season was delayed due to paperwork issues, but he finally got on the ice in game action on Friday night.
We highlighted Rubtsov’s assist in his season debut, but let’s just recount it for those that may have missed it.
Rubtsov got the puck in the corner, stickhandled past a defender, and went out the other side of the net to feed a cross-ice pass on the goal.
He was named the third star in his season debut, a 4-0 win.
Rubtsov followed that performance up with another great showing on Sunday. He picked up two assists in another shutout win, this time by a score of 5-0.
He made a nice drop pass on the first goal of the night.
Rubtsov sped into the zone, took a defender with him after he dropped the puck off, and his teammates did the rest.
His next assist came on the power play.
Rubtsov’s shot was stopped, but the puck trickled in the paint and his teammate eventually jammed it home.
Rubtsov now has three points and a plus-two rating in two games this season. He has led Chicoutimi to two shutout wings after the Sagueneens were winless in their first four games, all without Rubtsov.
The Flyers should have some patience with Rubtsov, but a dominant season with the Sagueneens is what many want to see out of him. He has always done well against his peers in the past, and he should be a step above the competition in the QMJHL.
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