SKA forward Gritsyuk: “I don’t understand the NHL very well. I’d like to get into it one day, but I still have to find the style of play.”

Front SKA Arseniy Gritsiouk in an interview with , he said that he would like to try his hand at the National Hockey League in the future, but first he needs to understand the style of play overseas.

In May, SKA signed a contract with 22-year-old Gritsyuk, who left Avangard. reported that Omsk did not intend to repeat the contract offer to the striker, who, as a restricted free agent, agreed to a two-year, one-way contract with SKA. In three games of the regular season of the Fonbet KHL Championship, Gritsyuk scored 1 point (1+0).

In the NHL, Gritsyuk’s rights belong to the New Jersey Devils. In 2019, the club selected him at number 129 in the draft.

To what extent are you monitored from New Jersey? Do they stay in touch with you?

— We are in contact with the Devils scout, we communicate with him once a month. He asks me for some of my indicators, mainly my height and weight. Interested in how things are going.

Of course he’ll find out about the injuries sooner than I told anyone. Maybe he calls the coaches. And this summer we had a check-up call. We spoke with the Devils development coach. There were questions like, “What are your plans for next year?” Are you coming to visit us?

Of course, my answer was ambiguous. Because I didn’t understand the situation well. But then he signed a two-year contract with SKA. And they called me from New Jersey: “This is a good step for you. We are glad that you found yourself in the system of such a club. SKA is very close in terms of level of preparation to the NHL.

They wanted me to develop in two years and reach a new level. And then they will call me to discuss other projects in 2025.

— Are you following the new “New Jersey”? How did they manage to crush the Rangers in the first round, losing 0-2 in the series?

— To be honest, I don’t understand the NHL very well. I would like to delve into it one day. But you still have to find the style of play. Because judging by video is completely different.

I ask the guys – they tell me one thing and another. This summer I asked Yegor Chinakhov about New Jersey and he told me they were a very fast, young team. Everyone is fighting, everyone is running. I think they won the series with the same intensity,” Gritsyuk told .

Last season, Avangard member Gritsyuk scored 40 points (15+25) in 66 regular season games, as well as 4 points (3+1) in 11 playoff games. In total, the forward played 144 matches in the KHL and scored 84 points (41+43).

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Source : MatchTV

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