Can Alexander Barabanov be the next value buy like Ilya Mikheyev for the Leafs? – Athletic

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The process that marked 25-year-old Leafs winger Alexander Barabanov dates back some time, and Barabanov agent Dan Milstein says the Leafs’ chief evaluation officer, Jim Paliafito, was there to watch Barabanov in person at least 16 times in Russia, dating back three years.

“Mike Babcock went to see (Barabanov) in Russia,” Milstein said of the former Leafs coach on Tuesday morning. “Kyle Dubas has been to Russia a few times. So it was a long process. “

The one that begins, as Dubas explained, shortly after Barabanov officially joined the Leafs for an entry-level contract of $ 925,000, with Paliafito and the staff department of players who are considering potential talent while like Barabanov – and Ilya Mikheyev, Nikita Zaitsev and Igor Ozhiganov – well in advance. The Leafs are constantly on the lookout for players overseas who may be (and may be) ready to jump into the…



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