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Edmonton Oilers assign winger Alexei Mikhnov to AHL Wilkes-Barre

Mikhnov, the Oilers’ first choice in the 2000 draft, made his NHL debut with Edmonton in a 5-2 win versus the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 23. He was scoreless over four minutes 21 seconds of ice time in his only game to date this season.

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Mikhnov joined the Oilers this season after playing the last nine seasons in Russia. His last Russian team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, filed a lawsuit last month claiming that he was still under contract with them and argued that he shouldn’t be able to play anywhere else.