Last Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that former Boston Bruin Alexander Khokhlachev was considering a return to North America next season. According to Friedman, Khokhlachev was a fan of Bruce Cassidy, who was head coach during Khokhlachev’s four seasons in Providence. Now, with Cassidy as the head coach in Boston, Khokhlachev feels he will be able to get his NHL shot.

The Bruins would benefit greatly right now from the 24-year-old center who left the Providence Bruins in 2016 to sign in Russia, but whose rights still belong to the Bruins. Khokhlachev played tremendously in the AHL for about four seasons. In 197 games, Khokhlachev scored 171 points, in addition to 18 points in 20 playoff games. He was first or second on the team in points for all three full seasons he was apart of in Providence.

Khokhlachev left for the KHL in 2016 because he did not feel like he got enough of a shot in the NHL from former coach Claude Julien. Khokhlachev was only given nine games in the NHL over three different seasons. He never recorded a point, but only averaged fourth line time during his last eight games. On the opposite spectrum, he was often the focal point of the team offense with Cassidy in Providence.

When Khokhlachev left for Russia in 2016 he signed a two-year deal with the KHL team SKA St. Petersburg. SKA is the most dominant team in the KHL, so Khokhlachev was only able to appear in 25 games, scoring 10 points. Before the beginning of this season, he moved to Spartak Moscow, also of the KHL. Spartak’s General Manager is currently Khokhlachev’s father, Igor. With Spartak, Khokhlachev leads the team in points with 22 points in 26 games.