Russian goalie Mikhail Berdin was drafted towards the end of the NHL Entry Draft this past summer in Buffalo and was relatively unknown when Winnipeg selected him 157th overall.
He arrived in Winnipeg in advance of the Jets prospects heading to Penticton, B.C. to participate in the Young Stars Tournament. He started one game for the prospects and split another with prospect Jamie Phillips. He was at Jets training camp before he was assigned to the Moose by Winnipeg back on October 1st and spent the week practicing with the AHL squad.
It was announced by the Moose today that Berdin will report to the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL. For those wondering, the USHL stands for United States Hockey League which is a Tier I junior hockey league.
A number of current Jets players have played in the USHL including Kyle Connor (Youngstown Phantoms), Andrew Copp (U.S. National Development Team), Jacob Trouba (U.S. National Development Team), Blake Wheeler (Green Bay Gamblers) and Mark Stuart (Rochester Mustangs & U.S. Junior National Team).
As well as some of their prospects including C.J. Franklin (Sioux Falls Stampede), Erik Foley (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Jack Roslovic (U.S. National Under-17 & 18 Team), Mason Appleton (Tri-City Storm), Jack Glover (U.S. National Under-18 Team) and Tucker Poolman (Omaha Lancers).
I also appear on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show every Saturday on TSN 1290 Winnipeg starting at 9 am.
And I occasionally jump in the play-by-play booth at Bell MTS Place to provide colour analysis during Manitoba Moose games.
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