Leo Lazarev relocated from Moscow to southwest Ontario (GOJHL.ca photo)Of all the subplots to Saturday's Ontario Hockey League, few are more intriguing than seeing which team will take the plunge on Waterloo Siskins goalie Leo Lazarev. While many teens have gone to the length of migrating to North America while still in minor hockey — such as Sarnia Sting centre Nikita Korostelev — Lazarev will be the first to do so since he's ineligible for the CHL import draft due to the embargo on selecting European goalies.
Lazarev has a had a boffo first season with the Waterloo (Ont.) Siskins. The 16-year-old captured conference rookie-of-the-year honours in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, a very competitive Junior B league where some late bloomers (the Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele for one), have blossomed during their age-16 seasons. The Moscow native has also helped Waterloo reach the GOJHL conference final against the Stratford Cullitons. As Josh Brown reported, now that Lazarev has 'naturalized' by establishing residency, he's good to be drafted on Saturday.Read More »from Russian goalie Leo Lazarev finds way around CHL’s European goalie embargo, is eligible for OHL draft