Dynamo Moscow forward Klim Kostin, a top prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft, was one of 33 players named to Russia's roster for the 2016 Canada Russia Series.
The six-game series will start with two games against the Western Hockey League, Nov. 7 in Prince George, British Columbia, and Nov. 8 in Edmonton. Following that are two games against the Ontario Hockey League (North Bay, Ontario, Nov. 10; Hamilton, Ontario, Nov. 14) and two games against the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (Chicoutimi, Quebec, Nov. 15; Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Nov. 17).
The Canada Russia Series is another step in picking the teams that will play for Canada and Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The WHL, OHL and QMJHL rosters previously had been released.
Kostin (6-foot-3, 199 pounds) had four goals and three assists in five games for Russia at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in August but has no points in eight games with Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. He received an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary players to watch list.
"He's a first-round candidate, a big power forward who plays a physical game," NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb said. "He is a strong skater with good speed, very good hockey sense and an excellent competitor."
Two players who received B ratings were picked for the team, defenseman Artyom Minulin of Swift Current in the WHL and left wing Nikita Popugaev of Moose Jaw in the WHL.
Minulin (6-2, 202) is fourth among WHL defensemen with 15 points in 16 games. Popugaev (6-5, 204) is second on Moose Jaw with nine goals and 19 points in 15 games.
Also on the roster is forward German Rubtsov, selected by the Philadelphia Flyers with the No. 22 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.
GOALTENDERS: Anton Krasotkin, Yaroslavl, RUS (2017 draft eligible); Vladislav Sukhachyov, Chelmet, RUS-2 (2017 draft eligible); Konstantin Volkov, SKA St. Petersburg 2, RUS-JR (Nashville Predators)
DEFENSEMEN: Artyom Chmykhov, CSKA, RUS (2017 draft eligible); Grigory Dronov, Magnitogorsk, RUS (2017 draft eligible); Timur Fatkullin, Novokuznetsk 2, RUS-JR (2017 draft eligible); Kamil Fazylzynov, Nizhnekamsk 2, RUS-JR (2017 draft eligible); *Artyom Minulin, D Swift Current, WHL (2017 draft eligible; Ruslan Petrishev, Ufa, RUS (2017 draft eligible); **Mikhail Sergachev, D, Windsor, OHL (Montreal Canadiens); Alexander Shchemerov, Yekaterinburg 2, RUS-JR (2017 draft eligible); Artem Volkov, Balashikha, RUS-2 (2017 draft eligible); *Dmitry Zaitsev, D, Moose Jaw, WHL (Washington Capitals); Yegor Zaitsev, Dynamo Moscow, RUS (2017 draft eligible); *Sergey Zborovskiy, D, Regina, WHL (New York Rangers)
FORWARDS: ***Vitali Abramov, RW, Gatineau, QMJHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Denis Alexeyev, Yaroslavl 2, RUS-JR (2017 draft eligible); Kirill Belyayev, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS (2017 draft eligible); Nikita Dynyak, Dynamo St. Petersburg 2, RUS-JR (2017 draft eligible); Pavel Karnaukhov, CSKA, RUS (Calgary Flames); **Nikita Korostelev, RW, Sarnia, OHL (Toronto Maple Leafs); Klim Kostin, Dynamo Moscow, RUS (2017 draft eligible); Roman Krikunenko, Yaroslavl 2, RUS-JR (2017 draft eligible); Danila Kvartalnov, CSKA, RUS (2017 draft eligible); Nikita Li, Spartak, RUS (2017 draft eligible); *Nikita Popugaev, LW, Moose Jaw, WHL(2017 draft eligible); German Rubtsov, Podolsk, RUS (Philadelphia Flyers); **Dmitry Sokolov, RW, Sudbury, OHL (Minnesota Wild); ***Yakov Trenin, C, Gatineau, QMJHL (Nashville Predators); **Artur Tyanulin, RW, Ottawa (2017 draft eligible); Kirill Urakov, Nizhny Novgorod 2, RUS-JR (2017 draft eligible); Alexander Volkov, SKA St. Petersburg 2, RUS-JR (2017 draft eligible); Danil Yurtaikin, Yaroslavl 2, RUS-JR (2017 draft eligible)
*- playing only in WHL games
**- playing only in OHL games
***- playing only in QMJHL games