The Saginaw Spirit has signed goaltender Nikita Serebryakov to an OHL contract earlier today. The native of Moscow, Russia was selected 18th overall in last month's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
Serebryakov, who is listed at 5'10", 178 lbs., backstopped Russia to a Gold Medal at the 2012 World U-17 Challenge in Windsor, Ontario this past January. His record for the tournament was 5-0-0 with a 2.72 goals against average and a.930 save percentage, including a 51-save performance in a 3-2 win against Team USA on December 30.
In 2011-12, Serebryakov spent the season with the Moscow Dynamo Jr program and was drafted in the second round by the Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Since he is a 1995-born player (November 1), Serebryakov won't be eligible for the NHL Draft until 2014.
With four years of OHL eligibility coming his way, Serebryakov will join Detroit Red Wings' prospect Jake Paterson and Clint Windsor on the Spirit's goaltending depth chart. He is also expected to participate at the team's Training Camp later next month.