The Kirill Kabanov saga is over. At least, for the Moncton Wildcats.
Since making him the seventh overall pick in the 2009 CHL Import Draft, the Wildcats have had headache after headache with the enigmatic Russian forward.
That problem now belongs to the Lewiston MAINEiacs.
Moncton dealt Kabanov to Lewiston in exchange for 17-year-old goaltender Jordan Kennedy, second and fourth round picks in the 2011 QMJHL Draft, a fourth round pick in the 2012 QMJHL Draft, as well as the MAINEiacs first round pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft.
Kabanov played in just two games for the Wildcats, recording no points and registering six penalty minutes. Kabanov missed nearly a month of the season after returning to Russia to attend to a family emergency.
The Kabanov experiment in Moncton lasted just one year.
The New York Islanders prospect had his Wildcats debut delayed last season after the IIHF had to mediate Kabanov’s release from the KHL. Then just after a handful of games, he missed nearly four months of the 2009/10 season with a wrist injury. Kabanov returned in time for the Wildcats run to the Memorial Cup, but instead asked to be released from the club in order to represent Russia at the World Under-18’s. Kabanov was dismissed from the Russian squad after a discipline issue but was not welcomed back to the Moncton lineup.
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