Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4th round pick in 2017 Vladislav Kara was involved in a KHL trade today, moving from Ak Bars Kazan to the Severstal Cherepovets.
The 6’2″ Russian winger was drafted as a 19 year old out of the Kazan system in 2017, after he split time between their VHL and MHL clubs. In 2018-19 he spent the majority of the season in the KHL, recording 5 points with 7:10 of ice time per game. In 2019-20 there was a marginal increase to his ice time (8:17/game), and Kara recorded 8 points in 27 KHL games.
8 points may not sound very impressive, but it lands him in the top 10 for points per game by u22 KHL forwards (minimum 20gp). Compare him to a prospect the Blackhawks just signed, Andrei Altybarmakyan, and Kara’s 0.3 p/g isn’t far off of Andrei’s 0.35. Altybarmakyan did so with 13:46 of ice time per game, an additional 5 minutes per night when compared to Kara.
Severstal vs. Ak Bars
So what does this trade mean for Kara? Well, he is going to a team notorious for giving young players opportunity. 20 year old defenceman Makar Khabarov played over 16 minutes a game last season, 20 year old forward …
Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation