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Vasily Podkolzin’s much anticipated final KHL expected breakout season hits a snag

The Vancouver Canucks’ numero uno blue-chip prospect Vasily Podkolzin works hard every shift, has a motor that doesn’t quit, plays fearlessly and is defensively responsible. So why is his ice time being limited this regular season so far by his head coach Valeri Bragin? Is it possible that Bragin is under orders from SKA’s management to do so in an effort to pressure Podkolzin to sign an extension with the KHL club instead of inking an Entry Level Contract with the Canucks’ in May 2021?

No. It's a depth thing.