Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/17/06 at 08:44 AM ET
Watching Alexei Mikhnov wheel around the Coca Cola Centre during the second day of training camp with the Edmonton Oilers in Grande Prairie yesterday, it's obvious the towering winger from Ukraine has come a long way - in more ways than one. A mystery man since the Oilers selected him 17th overall at the 2000 Entry Draft, Mikhnov suited up for Team White and looked like a completely different player than when he made a marquee appearance in Sherwood Park three years ago, struggling around the ice in borrowed equipment and skates plucked from Cory Cross. The question now is whether the six-foot-five, 225-pound behemoth from Kiev, the last Oilers first-round pick from the Barry Fraser era, is ready for prime time in the NHL.more
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