Tuesday, January 19, 1999

3 years later, Volchkov joins 'Clones

Enquirer contributor

        Three years later, Cyclones coach Ron Smith finally got his man.

        On Monday, Washington assigned right wing Alexandre Volchkov to the Cyclones. In 1996, Cincinnati tried to sign Volchkov for their playoff run, but he was ruled ineligible by the IHL because he had a signed contract with a junior team in Barrie, Ontario through the 1997 season. Volchkov, who was the fourth overall pick in the 1996 NHL draft, will replace Rasto Pavlikovsky on the roster. Pavlikovsky was reassigned by Ottawa to the AHL Cincinnati Mighty Ducks last week. Volchkov will play for the Cyclones against Milwaukee Friday and Fort Wayne Saturday at the Crown.

        “The thought is, at worst he could replace Pavlikovsky, doing what he was doing, and, hopefully, with that draft status and that size and skill, he'll be an impact player for us,” Smith said.

        Volchkov has not lived up to his draft status. In about two seasons with Portland (AHL), he has only five goals and 18 points in 55 games. With Barrie, Volchkov had 66 goals and 146 points in 103 games over two seasons.

        “It came up (with Washington) that this guy is at a crossroads maybe, and it doesn't look like things are working out there (Portland) in terms of his development, so maybe a different tack might work,” Smith said.


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