RMPS Adopt-a-Prospect: Maxim Chudinov

Jed Zeppelin

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I think it's about time this guy got a thread after putting up 13 points in his first 15 games as his club's #1 D-man at 21 years old.

From HF
Chudinov is a hard-nosed, puck-moving defenseman. Short but stocky and powerful, he relishes the physical game and uses his low center of gravity to his advantage similar to former NHL’er and fellow Russian Darius Kasparitis. An excellent skater, he has both mobility and speed which he uses well defensively to compensate for his lack of height and wingspan. He has some real offense to his game as well, making smart decisions on the breakout, joining the rush and supporting the attack, and has a knack for slipping coverage and getting open around the tops of circles. He’s been a leader for his KHL team in terms of points and ice time and for his country at the World Juniors where he’s been an assistant captain and put up 9 points over his last 13 games.
Here's a video of today's game (1 goal and 3 assists in a 4-0 victory) courtesy of Russian Spy on the HF Bruins prospect thread:


Obviously there's the Russian factor - will he come over and if he does, will he adapt to the NA game? Seems like his game may be more suited to make the transition than Alexandrov, and right now he's simply a much better player (Yuri has done nothing since returning to the KHL). Let's hope he comes over when his contract is up and immediately becomes bff with Khokhlachev in camp.

Also, he did this to Claude Giroux:
 

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Still rolling with 8-16-24 through 28 games. That's one more point than his career high which happened last season in 52 games and is good for 2nd on his team and 2nd among KHL defensemen. His TOI/G is 24:32.
 

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Haven't heard much about Chudinov in a while:
 
https://twitter.com/dominictiano/status/449946416816074754
https://twitter.com/dominictiano/status/449946486944837632
 
He put up 7 goals and 11 assists this season and was a +30 averaging 21:30 TOI for Kontinental. Always good to get a look at as much talent as possible, even if he isn't a great near-term fit. He just turned 24 a few days ago.