New York Islanders third-round draft pick Kirill Kabanov did not make the first impression that he was hoping for when he arrived late for the first day of rookie training camp.
Islanders blog NYI Point Blank is reporting that Kabanov was kept off the ice as punishment.
The 18-year old Russian prospect is no stranger to controversy as he was largely considered a first-round talent that saw his draft stock fall dramatically thanks to off-ice issues. He was allowed to leave his QMJHL team, the Moncton Wildcats, this past spring to compete for Russia at the IIHF World U-18 Hockey championship despite the fact that the Wildcats were in the midst of the post-season. He then further burned his bridges in April he was sent home from tournament by head coach Mikhail Vasiliev due to lack of discipline.
The Islanders took a chance on the talented but contentious winger by selecting him 65th overall in this past June's NHL Entry Draft. In 22 games with the Wildcats last season, the Moscow native had 10 goals and 13 assists.