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Alexander Khokhlachev reportedly leaving Bruins for KHL

20 March 2016: Providence Bruins center Alexander Khokhlachev (13) skates during AHL hockey game between Providence Bruins and the Rochester Americans at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. (Photo by Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

The Boston Bruins didn’t give former second round pick Alexander Khokhlachev much of a look at the NHL level this season or last, so he’s likely heading back overseas.

Igor Eronko reports out of Russia that Khokhlachev, who finished his 2015-16 season with 68 points in 60 AHL games for the Providence Bruins, is heading to the KHL for the upcoming season. He’ll sign with SKA St. Petersburg, who acquired the forward’s rights from Avangard Omsk last summer in what’s looking like a shrewd, anticipatory deal.

A native of Moscow, Russia, Khokhlachev was selected 40th overall by the Bruins at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Since coming to North America, he’s been a prolific offensive performer at the minor league level – putting up 61 goals and 171 points in 197 career games at the AHL level in Providence – but has been given extremely limited opportunities with the NHL club. Between 2013 and 2016, the 22-year-old center/wing only appeared in nine NHL games, failing to record a point in any of them.

With Khokhlachev likely heading back to Russia for the upcoming season, the Bruins have one fewer contract to worry about – but one fewer prospect in their arsenal, as well. Despite struggling to crack the NHL lineup, the Russian-born forward had been one of the team’s top performers at the AHL level in the last few years, so seeing him walk away for nothing should sting a bit for the Atlantic Division club.

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