Edinburgh Capitals head coach Dmitri Khristich believes latest signing Alexander Islamov will carry something of a presence in the team this season.
The 30-year-old is the newest name to commit to the Murrayfield club and has plenty of experience in the KHL and VHL in Russia.
And Khristich will hand him the chance to play a major part as the club aim for the play-offs in the upcoming campaign.
“Alexander is a big guy and he’ll be a major presence on the ice for us,” the Capitals coach said. “He comes from the VHL where he’s been strong including captaining a team, and has KHL experience.
“He’s the type of player who is going to have all kinds of opportunities to have a big influence on our team next season.”
Islamov, at six foot three and 212lbs, arrives from VHL outfit Yermak Angarsk where he spent his 2016/17 campaign, making 29 appearances and picking up six points.
His career has been split between the KHL, Russia’s top tier, where he played for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk predominantly.
The last five seasons has seen him drop down to the VHL where he continued to be an influential player at that level.
Islamov is making his first move overseas and he admits he’s looking forward to sampling life in the Elite League with the Capitals.
“This is my first season abroad, so I feel really excited,” the forward said. “I don’t know a lot about the EIHL, but I have been researching it on the internet recently.
“It looks like it’s a good league with skilled players and a good hockey atmosphere in the stands. I’m really looking forward to getting over to Edinburgh and getting started.”
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