Capitals Prospect Bogdan Trineyev Makes KHL Debut, Scores First Goal In VHL

Photo: Dynamo VHL

Washington Capitals prospect Bogdan Trineyev scored his first goal in the VHL on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after making his first career start in the KHL. The 18-year-old has been alternating between the two teams and leagues this week, playing as much hockey as the Dynamo hockey schedule will allow.

Trineyev’s first goal in the VHL on Tuesday came on the power play:

Trineyev ended the week with a return trip to KHL Dynamo for his second KHL start. He centered the 4th line and recorded seven minutes of ice time.

The Capitals prospect recently talked about his first VHL goal and his debut in the KHL with the VHL Dynamo web site.

Yesterday you made your debut in the KHL. What are your impressions of the first match? 
“For me this is a great experience and a chance to prove myself. Unfortunately, the loss left a residue, but I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to play at this level.”

Did you expect to be given so much playing time in the first match and a place on the 3rd line?
“Actually, I didn’t expect it. The coaches trusted me and I hope I lived up to their expectations.”

How much is the difference in the game felt between the MHL, VHL and KHL?
“The superiority of the Continental league (KHL) over the Youth League is felt immediately: in the atmosphere, in the mood. The KHL is a different level of play, an order of magnitude higher than other leagues, where the players are distinguished by high speed and skill.”

What was the most difficult thing for you in the match? 
“The game with Vityaz showed that I have little experience in the physical struggle and, of course, the lack of games with professionals and older hockey players.”

What did Vladimir Vasilyevich Krikunov say before and after the match?
“Everything that was said in the locker room should remain in the locker room.”

Who gave the most valuable advice from the main team players?
“I can’t single out someone, everyone gave a little hint or talked about mistakes. I listened to the advice of my comrades and singled out key phrases for myself that helped in today’s match.”

Are they waiting for the team soon?
“I do not know whether they are waiting or not, but I can say for sure – I will continue to work and prove that I can do much more.”

Is there anything connected with yesterday’s loss to Dynamo in the KHL with today’s quick conversion of the majority in your performance?
“I noticed that yesterday we shot very little on the power play and when I came here, I was determined not only to achieve a team result. I tried to shoot more and was able to realize the tally.”

The Washington Capitals selected forward Bogdan Trineyev, a native of Voronezh, Russia, with the 117th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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