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Blues prospect Toropchenko loaned to KHL team

Blues prospect Toropchenko loaned to KHL team

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Blues right wing Alexei Toropchenko tries to break away from Washington defenseman Radko Gudas during Wednesday's exhibition game. (AP Photo)

With no clear idea of when the next hockey season will start, either at the NHL or AHL level, the Blues moved to keep another young forward playing by loaning Alexei Toropchenko to HC Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Blues are able to recall Toropchenko whenever the NHL season resumes.

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Though Kunlun is based in Beijing, they are playing this season in a suburb of Moscow, which is where Toropchenko is from, because of the pandemic. 

Toropchenko joins Klim Kostin, another Blues prospect who was loaned to the KHL. Kostin is playing with Avangard Omsk, and has an assist in two games so far.

Both are with teams with coaches with NHL connections. Omsk Avangard is coached by former NHL coach Bob Hartley and Kunlan is coached by former NHL player Alexei Kovalev.

Toropchenko, was drafted by the Blues in the fourth round (No. 113 overall) in 2017. He had five goals and four assists in 59 games with San Antonio in the AHL last season, his first full pro season.

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