Baie-Comeau 17-year-old Valentin Zykov (Remi Senechal, The Canadian Press)When it comes to serious international tournaments, coaches don't like taking any chances. They tend to choose experienced players over young guns, which is especially true for junior hockey. However, Valentin Zykov of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar made the cut for the Subway Super Series.
He was put on the line with fellow QMJHLers Anton Zlobin and Mikhail Grigorenko and didn't frustrate Russia's head coach Mikhail Varnakov. In fact, the 17-year-old was tied for first in points with a goal and an assist, and led the team with a plus-3 in the series' first game. You don't expect a guy who is two years his everyone's junior to pull off something like that, do you?
Let's get this straight: the kid makes a journey to Baie-Comeau and clicks right away with 11 goals and 20 points in 17 games and then he continues to perform on his nation's junior team? How is that normal?
"Here everything's faster," says Zykov about his experience at the Subway Super Series.
Faster or not, Zykov did score in his very first game for U20 Team Russia as a 17-year-old.Read More »from Baie-Comeau youngster Valentin Zykov impressive in Subway Super Series