After some serious visa issues kept him from attending the first week of the Tri-City Americans' camp, Alex is on his way to Pittsburgh to participate in the Pens' training camp. More after the jump...
The Tri-City Americans' website is reporting that Pechurskiy is among 7 of their players reporting to NHL training camps in the upcoming weeks. (Actual credit for the find goes to my friend "Dave Schultz" from the blog "I Mean We Got Guys" - I saw the update on her twitter and went to check it out for myself.) Anyway, I'm stoked - I really like this kid, I'd like to get him in our system as soon as possible. I know we signed a couple of other prospects, but I feel like Shero owes him SOMETHING for his performance in that game against the Canucks back in January. Here's hoping he impresses at camp! (Knock on wood.)
I will say that I feel kinda bad for him. At the end of the Americans' season, Magnitogorsk said that the loan was over and they wanted him back. Then they released him for play in North America (again) about a week, week and a half ago. Now, that'd be great, except for the fact that he turned 20 not too long ago and WHL rules state that a team can't have more than 3 overagers (20 year-olds) and 2 imports. Problem? Tri-City currently has 4 overagers and 3 imports on their roster, and Pechurskiy's one of them; trade him, and suddenly they're down to 3 overagers and 2 imports. Problem solved - not that that's the way it's going to go, but that seems to be the most logical decision IMHO. I just hate that he's getting bounced around; I realize that's a hazard of the sport, but I still feel bad.
Anyway, the general impression I've gotten from the few people I've talked to (and I mean few) here is that they like Pechurskiy and want to see him in the Pens' system (WBS or Wheeling, I'm not picky!). I'm curious to see what more of you guys think, so feel free to leave a comment, let me know. Thanks! =]