Only twice previously in the reign of Peter Chiarelli as GM of the Bruins has the club used a draft pick on a Russian player.
Today in the second round they drafted their third Russian, and luckily he has a nickname.
Using the 40th overall pick that they acquired from Minnesota as part of the Chuck Kobasew deal in 2009, the Bruins drafted Alexander Khokhlachev. The 17-year-old came to North America last season to play for Windsor of the OHL and, yes, his teammates call him KoKo.
In 67 games for the Spitfires, Khokhlachev totaled 76 points (34 goals) in the regular season. In the playoffs, the 5-foot-10, 188-pound left winger/center led all rookies with 20 points (nine goals).
Also from NHL.com, here’s a quick quote about KoKo.
NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
“He’ll take a hit to make a play and he’s not at all afraid. I’ve seen him get hit hard a few times and he just bounces right back into the play. His energy level is always there, and he’s always working hard. Down the stretch for Windsor, he’s played well. He’s a skilled forward.”
In The Hockey News, one scout compared KoKo’s skills to Marc Savard, but with more physicality.
ISS ranked him No. 19, while CSS had him at 29.