January 9, 2017
It has been a very intriguing few months for Russian center German Rubstov. In April, he part of the under-18 national team that was pulled out of the world championship for suspected performing enhancing drug use.
In June, the Philadelphia Flyers made a draft day trade with the Winnipeg Jets to move down from 18th overall pick to 22nd where they selected Rubstov, who was under contract with HC Vityaz of the KHL.
Now in January, it appears that Rubstov will be heading to North America earlier than expected. Once he recovers from facial surgery due to a nose injury suffered at the World Junior Championship, he will begin playing for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
QMJHL Chicoutimi announced German Rubtsov, PHI 2016 1st r pick, will play for them after recovering from nose surgery related to WJC injury— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) January 9, 2017
Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post believes there is another major personal milestone in the near future for Rubstov.
I imagine once the ink dries on all that contract termination stuff for Rubtsov with the KHL, #Flyers will sign him on an entry-level deal.— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) January 9, 2017