Timkin: Smooth Criminal

It’s often tough to take the KHL very seriously. Off the ice there is noted corruption and general negligence which has caused numerous problems for the league over the years and been fatal in two notable instances. On the ice, players have been paid exorbitant amounts of money to play hockey that can hardly be classified as entertaining. I’ve watched a handful of KHL games in my time and have often regretted it because watching the KHL has prevented me from undergoing tantalizing procedures like having my nails forcefully removed or being lit on fire. I would also generally throw the existence of the 2011-12 Vityaz Chekhov team under the list of reasons why the KHL is dumb, but that changed today.

Evgeni Timkin isn’t exactly the top Russian talent you’ll ever see, and his time in North America reflects that. Timkin split 38 games between the Florida Everblades (ECHL) and Mississippi RiverKings (CHL) last year and mustered seven assists. Though, in fairness, five playoff games with the RiverKings he netted himself two goals. Not great, but something, though a lack of points in North America doesn’t mean a lack of moves. He has 13 points in 37 games (which, ranks among Vityaz’s best, sadly) though he will more than likely never score a goal nicer than the spin and shot he showed off in a game against CSKA Moscow. Oh, and he was shorthanded too.

Take a look.

Meanwhile in more comprehensible Vityaz Chekhov news: Kip Brennan, Jon Mirasty and Jeremy Yablonski were seen beating up a litter of kittens. (True? No. Believable? Yes.)