The New York Rangers had a buzz about them to start the season with Russian forward Pavel Buchnevich joining the club for his first North American season; however, the fanfare was cut short just two games into the season.
Buchnevich, 21, has been in the Rangers prospect system since the club chose the forward in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Though part of the Rangers system, Buchnevich continued to play in his native Russia for the Severstal Cherepovets club in the KHL along with representing Russia in international play.
Last season, Buchnevich split the season with the Severstal Cherepovets and SKA St. Petersburg. In 58 games played between the two KHL clubs he had 16 goals and 21 assists. In the post season with SKA he skated in 14 additional contests and had three points.
AV said Buchnevich will play tomorrow in Carolina. Josh Jooris will be out 3-4 weeks. #NYR
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 27, 2016
While his North American play is limited to the two games player with the New York Rangers to start this season he has been playing in professional adult leagues for more than three seasons in Russia.
The experience of playing against other adult leagues rather than taking a junior or collegiate route is more common for European players; however, after the option was used by Auston Matthews it may become more prevalent with North American skaters.
Before being sidelined with back spasms, Buchnevich had one point in two games and is looking forward to getting back onto the ice to start back up where he had left off.