Here an excerpt from Hockey’s Future writer, Alessandro Seren Rosso’s interview with Canadiens prospect Maxim Trunev:
Maxim Trunev is a flashy winger drafted this June by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round. He was also picked also by the CHL Portland Winter Hawks in the annual CHL Import Draft. At 5’10, 180 lbs, he is a finesse player who makes things happen with his great acceleration, burning speed and excellent technique. Despite being not as hyped as other Russian players like Nikita Filatov and Viktor Tikhonov, he has all the tools to become a high-caliber player, especially considering his puck control and maneuverability in the offensive end. He’s became quite known in hockey as his team skated and won the McDonald’s tournament in Canada, where he scored a hat trick in the final match and got named in the All Stars team. This is likely where Montreal scouted him as he only played one single match with HC Severstal in the 2007-08 RSL season.
HF: How could you describe your game to our readers who know little about you?
MT: I think that I am an offensive kind of player. I try to show results in every game, to give assists, to collect a lot of points. But also I don’t forget about the defensive aspects. I give huge attention to the technical side of skating, puck-control, speed, accuracy of passing and shooting.