Friday, January 17, 2014

Islanders Loan Kabanov To Sweden

According to reports, earlier this afternoon the Islanders announced that they loaned forward Kirill Kabanov to Modo of the Swedish Elite League for the rest of this season.

Kabanov was a highly skilled prospect in the 2010 draft whose stock fell because of a variety of off the ice issues.  The Islanders ended up rolling the dice on him with a third round pick that year.  As time passed it seemed as though that Kabanov had put some of the issues that plagued him as a younger guy behind him.  However, this year has been a rocky one for the 21 year old forward.  In 16 games this year for Bridgeport Kabanov has managed to put up just three goals.  In between those games was a stint in the ECHL with the Islanders affiliate the Stockton Thunder.

I was disappointed to hear this because I had become a real Kabanov fan after getting the opportunity to meet him many times last season.  With there only being one year left on his entry level deal and him spending the rest of the season overseas his future with the Islanders organization isn't very bright.

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