The Mad Hatters made another signing today.
The Danbury Mad Hatters of the Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL) have announced the signing of forward Igor Karlov, a top prospect from Ukraine. As per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Karlov is a 23 year old prospect born in Kiev, Ukraine. The 5'10", 175 lb forward played last season for Sokol Kiev Falcons in Vysshaya Liga, a Russian 2 League. In 12 games, he scored 2 goals and added an assist with only 4 penalty minutes. In 2003, he played in 5 games for Team Ukraine in the Division 1 Under 18 World Junior Championships, but did not record a point.
Some of the NHL prospects who have played for Sokol Kiev include former Washington Captials forward Dmitri Khristich, former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Alexei Zhitnik, and current Pittsburgh Penguins forward, and Stanley Cup Champion, Ruslan Fedotenko.
"There’s no doubt that he’ll be a star in this league," General Manager of Hockey Operations Brendan Tedstone said of Igor. "We’re already getting questions from NHL teams about him. He has been off the radar from most all US teams, which helps us tremendously. If we can hold on to him, he’ll be a star in the EPHL"
Mad Hatters Head Coach Dave MacIsaac said, "I’ve seen him play and can tell you that we are lucky to ink this guy. Let’s see how long we can hold on to him before the higher leagues call him up."
This kid has the skills to play in much higher leagues here in North America but it seems he will get his start in the EPHL with the Danbury Mad Hatters. Most teams haven't heard of him probably because he is from Ukraine where hockey players are not flooding out of. But the kid has skill and can score. The fact NHL teams are calling the Mad Hatters for information about the kid and what he is like shows how interested teams are and the kind of talent and potential that he has. If he has that much skill, I am sure his stay in Danbury won't be very long.