Pedan joins Team Russia for Canada-Russian Challenge
Storm defenceman Andrey Pedan is one of five CHL players to join NHL first overall pick Nail Yakapov in the four game Canada-Russia series taking part in Russia and Canada next month. Twenty nine Russians have been selected including two other Russian first round selections, forward Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall to Buffalo) and goaltender Andrei Vasilevski (19th overall to Tampa Bay).
In addition, Yakupov, Grigorenko and Vasilevski are among 11 players on the roster who helped Russia to a silver medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta, beating Canada in the semifinals before losing a 1-0 overtime decision to Sweden in the gold medal game.
The Russians also have a CHL presence – six players spent last season in the Canadian Hockey League: Grigorenko (Quebec, QMJHL), Andrei Makarov (Saskatoon, WHL), Andrei Pedan (Guelph, OHL), Artyom Sergeyev (Val-d’Or, QMJHL), Yakupov (Sarnia, OHL) and Anton Zlobin (Val-d’Or, QMJHL), who scored the overtime winner for Shawinigan in the MasterCard Memorial Cup final before being dealt to the Foreurs.