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Euro Curve takes a daily look at the latest international hockey news.

Russianprospects.com gives us a detailed scouting analysis of 5 young prospects currently playing in the Russian Super League. Dmitri Pestunov, a center with Spartak Moscow, and a 2003 Phoenix Coyotes draft pick (3/80), gets a grade of B+. Pestunov had 5 goals and 18 assists in 53 games last season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The talented playmaker may find it hard to get a crack with the Coyotes this season as other players, including Alexei Kaigorodov and Enver Lisin, are ahead of him on the depth chart.

– George Richard of the Miami Herald reports that Jamie McLennan is back from Russia (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) and wants a back-up job in the National Hockey League, possibly with his old team, the Calgary Flames.

The 2013 IIHF World Men’s Hockey Championships will be held in the Swedish cities of Malm√∂ and Stockholm. The 2008 World Championship will be held in Canada for the first time ever, with Halifax and Quebec City as the host cities. This season marks the 100th anniversary of the World Championships. Team Canada are current World Champions.

For Illegal Curve, I’m Ezra Ginsburg.