Edmonton Oilers part ways with yet another Russian prospect

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Bruce McCurdy  •  Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Oiler rookie Kirill Maksimov skates during the Oilers rookie training camp at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday September 7, 2018. Photo by Larry Wong /Postmedia Article content

Breaking news from Edmonton Oilers’ organization at a number of levels on Monday.

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Biggest news here is the unconditional waivers of  Kirill Maksimov . The big right-shot left winger has been considered a solid prospect for the club since he was drafted in the fifth round back in 2017. Most recently he ranked at the Oilers’ #19 hopeful on the 2021 edition of the Cult of Hockey ‘s annual prospect series.

Maksimov played his rookie pro season in Bakersfield in 2019-20 before returning to Russia during the COVID season of 2020-21. There he saw limited action with CSKA Moskva (16 GP, 2-1-3) but performed well at the club’s affiliate Zvezda Moskva in the VHL (25 GP, 12-15-27).

Back in North America this fall, the final year of his ELC never got going. Maksimov missed both rookie camp and Oilers camp due to vaccine/quarantine issues — he’d taken the Sputnik vaccine which is not approved in North America, so was not cleared to play. He reportedly did follow through and get an approved vaccine, but something went sideways. He didn’t…

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