Vitaly Abramov gave it a good run in Blue Jackets training camp.
It wasn't meant to be this year despite a strong showing at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, but Abramov also believed he would have options should he depart Columbus without an NHL spot. Because he's not yet old enough to play in the American Hockey League, the two potential destinations were Europe or back to junior hockey -- and it appears the latter is the move.
Don't be surprised if Abramov gets traded to a 'Q' contender at some point https://t.co/e8cCvehPj6— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) September 28, 2017
Multiple reports have Abramov bound for Gatineau this week, but how long he remains there is uncertain. If you'll recall, Pierre-Luc Dubois was dealt from a bad Cape Breton team to a contender in Blainville-Boisbriand, which could be something Gatineau explores with Abramov if their season goes south.
This afternoon, Abramov's camp confirmed to TVA Sports (Quebec) that he's returning to Gatineau.
For now, Abramov is staying in North America after being cut from Blue Jackets training camp. Wherever he lands, he has strong odds of success: Abramov was the QMJHL's MVP a season ago.