One of the biggest hurdles Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev has had to clear in his adjustment to the NHL is learning to speak English. Medvedev was taking daily English lessons during training camp but has cut back on them since the regular season started. His teammates have helped fill in some blanks. Sort of. "He's learned a lot of bad words," forward Jakub Voracek said. "That's a good start." Medvedev's start has been good on the ice. Heading into the game Wednesday at the Boston Bruins (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports), he has one assist and is averaging 17:46 of ice time per game in five games. He was the Flyers' second-best possession player, with a 54.05 shot-attempts percentage and a plus-9 shot-attempts differential, through four games. "Right from the start he's played well," defenseman Nick Schultz said. "He had a great [training] camp, played well in [preseason]. Probably as it goes along, he'll get more and more comfortable. The language barrier has come along. Just sitting by him a little bit, it's tough, but he's understanding more. He can speak a little more. He's trying with that, so that'll help too." Medvedev, 33, had spent his entire career in Russia, including the past eight seasons with Ak Bars Kazan in the Kontinental Hockey League. He played in three KHL all-star games, skated for Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and helped his country win the gold medal (2014) and silver medal (2015) at the past two IIHF World Championships. He signed with the Flyers on May 20, and since then he's been trying to adjust to all the new things that have been thrown at him on and off the ice. "It's the speed and rhythm of the games," Medvedev said through a translator. "During the preseason, I thought that I will be able to adjust rather quickly. But the first two games of the regular season showed me that I am far behind. I still need to learn a lot about the League and the plays." He's also learning more with the English language. "I am constantly learning new words and already have some vocabulary that's almost enough to understand what the coaches tell me," Medvedev said. "For anything else, I use help of a translator." Among those helping in the effort has been defenseman Radko Gudas, who has been partnered with Medvedev the past three games.
Flyers' Medvedev becoming fluent in NHL game
NHL.com | Oct 21