Rangers invite ex-Isles draftee Kabanov to camp


The New York Rangers have an intriguing name on their training camp roster — Kirill Kabanov.

Kabanov, who the Isles took 65th overall at the 2010 draft, is attending Blueshirts camp on a PTO after spending last year with Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League, where he scored 29 points in 43 games.

Prior to his time in Sweden, Kabanov was something an enigmatic figure.

A talented junior player that bolted Russia to sign in the Quebec league, Kabanov ran afoul of a few teams — QMJHL Moncton, the Russian national U-18 squad — before eventually settling in with Shawinigan in 2011, then signing his ELC with the Isles.

Kabanov briefly played for the Isles’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport from ’12-14 before getting waived last July, and landing in Sweden.

While he’s been a bit of a headache throughout his career, Kabanov has talent — he was considered a potential first-round pick in 2010 before falling into the third — and only turned 23 this summer.

The Rangers are hoping he’s found some maturity, yet still has enough youth and potential to possibly turn into an NHLer.