Nikitia Zadorov and Bogdan Yakimov will not be joining Russia when the world’s top under 20 stars meet for the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia.

Zadarov, a London Knights defenseman, tweeted yesterday ”I not going to Ufa #WJC2013 I coming back to London.” He has two goals and 10 assists in 31 games for London, and his plus-26 rating leads all first-year OHL players, and is fifth overall. It is likely that Zadarov will be a first round draft pick in 2013, as he is ranked No. 7 on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary ranking of Ontario Hockey League skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.