Sergei Boikov, who played in four games with the Rampage last season, signed an entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche on May 27. While Boikov wasn't at the 2015 NHL Draft at the BB&T Center in Florida, he recalls his memories of getting the call that he had been drafted by the Avalanche in the sixth round (161st overall).
What is your most vivid memory of the draft?
I didn’t make it to the draft. I just watched on TV. My favorite memory was getting the call saying that I got drafted.
No, I didn't. I talked with them a couple times at the beginning of the year, but after that, I didn’t have any news, so I didn’t know. I was hoping that they would take me.
Where is your draft jersey today?
My jersey is at my parents’ house hanging on the wall.
Did you get a lot of phone calls and texts from friends and family congratulating you after you were drafted?
I didn’t get calls right away because there is a big time difference in Russia, so when they woke up, they called and texted me right away. They were very happy for me.
You played a few games at the end of the season with San Antonio. What were your initial impressions of the AHL?
The game is faster, guys are bigger and stronger than in junior. I was more comfortable playing in the AHL because the level is higher and the players are all better. I just loved it.
Now that you’ve signed your entry-level contract, what are your goals this summer as you aim to make an NHL roster?
My goal and my dream is to make it to the NHL. I’m working very hard at the gym and on the ice to be ready for the camps and show that I can be on this team.