Thursday, August 24, 2017

Safin records two assists in opener

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Ostap Safin, the Saint John Sea Dogs' top pick in the 2017 CHL Import Draft, recorded two assists in the Czech Republic's 3-1 win over Finland at the Under-20 Four Nations Tournament on Thursday.

The Czechs are one of four teams (obviously) taking part in the tournament in Finland. They are joined by Finland (obviously), Russia and Sweden.

Safin helped setup the second and third goals scored by the Czechs, including the game-winner late in the first period. A full game recap is available here.

The other Friday game saw Russia defeat Sweden 3-2.

The Czechs will face Sweden on Friday and Russia on Saturday.

Safin, selected 53rd overall by Saint John in this year's Import Draft, is expected to join the Sea Dogs in September. He was selected in the fourth-round of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, so he'll miss some more of Dogs camp due to Oilers camp.

Perhaps the best news is that Safin will come to North America this season, to play as a 19-year old (his birthday is in February). He was selected in this past Spring’s CHL import draft, by the Saint John Sea Dogs. That’s great for a number of reasons: Safin gets to adjust to the bigger ice surface before he turns pro, he comes to the best junior league in the world, and his very willingness to come overseas as such a young age without a guaranteed NHL paycheck suggests his real goal is North America. His English is also quite good.

Safin played for a number of club and national teams last season. His full numbers can be seen here.

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