A pair of the OHL’s top young Russian talents will be out of action this weekend, off representing their country at the 2018 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament in Plymouth, Michigan.
Ottawa 67’s defenceman Nikita Okhotyuk and Barrie Colts forward Andrei Svechnikov are suiting up for Russia in the tournament that also includes the host United States, Czech Republic, Finland and Sweden.
Okhotyuk and Svechnikov competed for Russia’s bronze medal-winning team at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last season in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
The Russians have won their first two games of the tournament entering Friday’s action with Svechnikov scoring two goals and an assist in a 9-2 win over the Czech Republic on Thursday.
The top North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings, Svechnikov leads OHL rookies with 30 goals this season to go with 18 assists and 48 points in 32 games.
Not eligible for the NHL Draft until 2019, Okhotyuk has five goals, five assists, 10 points and a plus-11 plus/minus rating in 48 games with Ottawa this season.
For full coverage of the 2018 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament, visit usahockeyntdp.com/5nations2018.