Kontinental Hockey League star forward Vadim Shipachyov will make his National Hockey League debut this season for the Vegas Golden Knights after spending his entire career playing in Russia.
Hence, fans might wonder how he will adjust to the NHL to play at his full potential in the inaugural season of the Knights.
Several Russian players have proven how efficient they can be at making a late-career transition to the NHL. Last season, Shipachyov was third in KHL scoring while playing with SKA Saint Petersburg, scoring 26 goals and 50 assists for 76 points in 50 regular season games. He added another 4 goals and 20 assists for 24 points in 17 playoff games and won his second Gagarin Cup last season.
The 30-year-old forward will also be able to relu on James Neal, David Perron, Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault to provide offense for the team. He should be able to adapt with their help to the style of the NHL.
Getting adjusted to the ice is usually the most difficult thing to do, but the Knights will count on Shipachyov to provide energy and offense to the team, and their new fans.
He has shown that he is ready for the NHL : Shipachyov requested to go with North American spelling of his name and will go by Shipachev.