Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin will represent Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He was not on the original roster, but he will replace the injured Sergei Soin. The Olympics are in Sochi, Russia, so the Russian native gets the honor of playing in his home country throughout the Olympics.
Igor Eronko broke the news Tuesday morning via Twitter.
-Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko)
Alexander Semin has 9 goals and 12 assists (21 points) in 36 games this year for the Carolina Hurricanes. He is also a +1. He has three goals and is a +2 in his past two games.
Sergei Soin was a second round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2000, but he never played a game in North America. He is currently in the KHL (Russia) playing for the Moscow Dynamo. Soin will miss the entirety of the 2014 Olympics due to a knee injury.
Alexander Semin has struggled for much of the year. He has played well recently, which likely played a part in him being chosen to replace Sergei Soin. Alexander Semin will be one of many lethal goal scoring threats for the Russians.
Alexander Semin and Sergei Soin are very different players. Sergei Soin is a grinding defensive forward, while Alexander Semin is a high-flying sniper who can do some very special things in the offensive zone.