Washington Capitals prospect Ivan Miroshnichenko has been putting on a show since his return from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which earned him a quick promotion to the KHL. And on Friday, it paid off as he scored his first KHL goal.
The 18-year-old scored his first KHL goal on Monday off a quick shot from the slot. It was also his first point since being promoted to Avangard Omsk.
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Miroshnichenko has been up with the KHL club for seven games following an eight-game stint with Avangard's MHL affiliate, where he had eight goals and three assists.
The Russian is proving to be one of the potential steals of the 2022 NHL Draft. He had been pegged as a top-5 talent, but his cancer diagnosis led to a drop in draft stock. Washington maintained interest, though, interviewing him while he underwent chemotherapy, and ultimately, the Capitals took him 20th overall.
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Miroshnichenko has been in remission since June and has since regained his strength and worked his way back onto the ice. His KHL contract expires in 2024, so expect him to attempt the jump to North America at that point. He has earned a lot of hype due to his wicked shot, quick skating, high hockey IQ and physicality. And in several ways, he resembles a young Alex Ovechkin.
"First, in power. Alex likes to hit people on the ice, just as I do. Second, it's [the shot] from the office," Miroshnichenko told sports.ru with regard to his similarities to the Washington captain. "I don't score on every other shot like Ovi, but over time, it should come."
Ovechkin himself said that Miroshnichenko is one of the young players that can be a "superstar."