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Kirill Kabanov
Position Left wing
Shoots Right
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
176 lb (80 kg)
F. Teams
Moncton Wildcats
HC Spartak Moscow
Born July 16 1992 (1992-07-16) (age 24),
Moscow, Russia
NHL Draft Eligible 2010
Pro Career 2008 – present

Kirill Kabanov (born July 16, 1992) is a Russian junior ice hockey forward for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He played ten games with HC Spartak Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) before moving to North America. He was ranked as the 31st highest prospect for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau. Kabanov played for the Russian junior team at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships where he won a silver medal.

He was chosen 65th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

In 2007, 15-year-old Kabanov was signed to a five-year contract with HC Spartak Moscow, a deal negotiated by his father and included an escape clause that would allow him to leave the contract to play in the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] When the Russian Super League was disbanded in favour of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2008, he signed a new four-year contract to replace the original deal that also had an NHL escape clause.[1] He joined Spartak in 2008–09 as the youngest player in the KHL and appeared in ten regular season and playoff games.[2] During the season, the KHL unilaterally revoked his NHL escape clause. His playing rights were sold to Salavat Yulaev Ufa, which required a new contract be signed under KHL rules. Ufa refused to grant him another escape clause, and Kabanov refused to sign a new contract.[1] In the meantime, he was selected by the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the seventh overall selection in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.[3]

Faced with an ultimatum by Ufa to sign a contract or risk being disqualified from playing hockey in Russia for three years, Kabanov instead flew to Moncton and petitioned the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to allow him to play in Canada.[1] He expressed a strong desire to play junior hockey, stating that it didn't matter how much money he was offered in the KHL.[4] He missed the first ten games of the 2009–10 QMJHL season while the Moncton and Ufa battled over his rights before the IIHF ruled in favour of the Wildcats, allowing Kabanov to join his new team.[5] At one point considered a potential first overall selection for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft,[4] Kabanov is now ranked 15th overall by NHL Central Scouting.[6] He is ranked eighth by International Scouting Services.[7]

Internationally, Kabanov played with the Russian junior team at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships. He finished eighth in tournament scoring with eleven points,[8] and helped the Russians win a silver medal.[9] He was unable to participate in the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships due to a wrist injury.[10] The injury required surgery, leaving Kabanov out of the Moncton lineup until February 2010.[11] Late in the season, Kabanov would become a regular healthy scratch and fall out of favor with the Wildcats. Being a scratch for the entire first round of the playoffs, Moncton released Kabanov of his obligations to play in the 2010 U18 tournament. There, he would become the center of controversy after being rejected by the Russian squad for disciplinary reasons. "I removed him from the team because we thought Kabanov would help us, but he brought only confusion to the team," Vasiliev told Sovietsky Sport. "Kabanov came and thought 'Here I am, a star from Canada, who will save all.' But it's the team that wins rather than an individual player."[12]

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 HC Spartak Moscow KHL 6 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 22 10 13 23 34
KHL totals 6 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM Team result
2009 Russia WJC-U18 7 4 7 11 18 Silver medal
International totals 7 4 7 11 18


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 LeBrun, Pierre (2009-11-16). The story on a young, brave Russian kid. ESPN. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  2. Westhead, Rick (2008-12-16). North America or bust for top Russian player. Toronto Star. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  3. Kirill Kabanov player profile. Moncton Wildcats Hockey Club. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hodge, Neil (2009-07-08). Wildcats try to land Russian star. Moncton Times & Transcript. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  5. Hodge, Neil (2009-10-10). Russian forward cleared to play. Saint John Telegraph-Journal. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  6. 2 Cats high in NHL draft rankings. Moncton Times & Transcript (2010-01-12). Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  7. ISS top 30 for 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Sports Network (2010-01-18). Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  8. Scoring leaders – 2009 IIHF World U18 Championship. International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  9. Final ranking – 2009 IIHF World U20 World Championship. International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  10. Sekeres first=Matthew (2009-12-28). Russia facing tall order in group B. Globe and Mail. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.
  11. Kimelman, Adam (2010-01-12). Connolly, Kabanov out of Top Prospects Game. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-01-20.

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