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RUMOR: KHL team expected to acquire player’s right to block him from playing in the NHL.

KHL team eyeing big defenseman with some good mobility.

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KHL teams expected to acquire player’s right to block him from playing in the NHL.

Vladislav Gavrikov was drafted on round 6 (159 overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets. It appears like some KHL team is luring him overseas.

"SKA expected to acquire rights to Vladislav Gavrikov, therefore attempting to block him from leaving to join . Lokomotive to get 1.7mil$” reported Aivis Kalniņš, KHL insider. KHL/European scouts.

The 6ft3 defenseman played 54 games last year. He scored 3 goals and registered 7 assists for a total of 10 points. As per Hockey’s Future Vladislav Gavrikov is 

A big defenseman with some good mobility, Gavrikov can throw the body around and play with some good edge and grit. He plays more of a defensive style and isn’t a top contributor in the offensive zone, but is good in killing penalties and can play in different situations. His skating needs some work, as does his reactiveness and positional play. He has some upside regarding defensive play, but it’s right now not clear if he has what it takes for a long career in the NHL