When the Golden Knights signed free agent Russian center Vadim Shapichyov last Thursday, the soon-to-be 30-year-old NHL rookie carried a certain scouting report.
That he can make plays.
Plays that turn into goals, that is.
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Shipachyov very lived up to that hype on Sunday, when he contributed four power-play assists in Russia's 10-1 rout of Italy at the World Championships (highlights below).
By virtue of his four-point performance, Shipachyov is now tied for third among all World Championships skaters with four points.
Only linemate Artemi Panarin (five points) and Canada's Tyson Barrie (six points) have scored more.
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Russia is 1-1-0-0 through two games, and is next scheduled to face Germany on Monday.
Shipachyov's team will play five more games in round robin play before determining if they team will advance any further.