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Radulov wraps junior career with flourish

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators


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Alexander Radulov (lower right) and his Quebec Remparts teammates pose for a 2006 Memorial Cup championship photo.
If Alexander Radulov doesn't already have a trophy case, he certainly needs one. The Predators' 2004 first-round draft choice picked up a variety of prestigious hardware over the weekend, including the Canadian Hockey League's coveted Memorial Cup. The 19-year-old winger scored twice and added three assists Sunday afternoon in the championship match of the annual major junior super-tournament to lead the Quebec Remparts to a 6-2 win over the host Moncton Wildcats. After the game, the dynamic forward was also awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament's most valuable player and was selected to the all-star team.

One day earlier, at the CHL awards banquet, Radulov was named the Player of the Year for the umbrella league, which is comprised of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The 6-1, 188-pounder had already received top QMJHL honors, including the Jean-Béliveau Trophy (top scorer), the Telus Trophy (offensive player of the year) and the Michel-Brière Trophy as Quebec League's most valuable player. In addition to leading all CHL players in scoring for the 2005-06 regular season (61 goals and 152 points in 62 games), he did the same for the playoffs (21 goals and 55 points in 23 games) although the Remparts were edged out in the QMJHL finals by Moncton four games to two.

Quebec got its revenge in the Memorial Cup, beating the Wildcats twice en route to hoisting the CHL trophy. Radulov finished second in tournament scoring with five goals and four assists in four games--one game less than leader Gilbert Brule (6g, 6a) because of a bye the Remparts earned on the way into the finals.

Radulov's season may not be over yet. The native of Nizhi Tagil, Russia signed a contract with the Predators in January and could join Nashville's American Hockey League affiliate in Milwaukee this week as it begins the Calder Cup Finals.

 

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