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NHL DRAFT: Kirill Maksimov selected by the Edmonton Oilers!

Kirill Maksimov became a member of the Edmonton Oilers, after being selected by the Oilers in the fifth round (146th overall) on Saturday, June 24th.

2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday June 24, 2017. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images
2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday June 24, 2017. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images

Maksimov was selected by the Oilers after the 6’2, 190lb right winger put up 21 goals and 17 assists, for 38 points this past season. 22 of those points (15 goals, 7 assists) came after being traded from the Saginaw Spirit to the IceDogs Makismov also averaged a point per game in the playoffs.

IceDogs General Manager, Joey Burke raved about Maksimov since acquiring him at the deadline, and the accolades continued after he was drafted. “What an exciting day for Kirill, he deserves this day after all of his hard work, Edmonton has gotten themselves a heck of a player and I couldn’t be happier and more proud of Kirill!”

The Moscow native represented his country at the past two IIHF U18 World Junior Hockey Championships, playing a key role as one of the older, more experienced players on team Russia. Maksimov’s play after the trade deadline, and at the U18s helped to solidify his place as a player NHL teams would want in their systems.

2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday June 24, 2017. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images
2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday June 24, 2017. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images

Maksimov was ecstatic after being drafted by the Oilers, and is excited to continue developing into an impact player for them in the future. “It feels great. I am really happy to be drafted by such an amazing organization, and looking forward to the future”

The Niagara IceDogs would like to congratulate Kirill on this significant accomplishment in his career!

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More information on the NHL Draft can be found here, while other information on IceDogs drafted players can be found by following @OHLIceDogs on Twitter!

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