A big offseason has continued for Unia Oswiecim, and they continue to add to what should be a strength on offense. The team has now added former KHL and AHL forward Pavel Padakin. The deal is a one-year-agreement with the Ukrainian-born player.
Pavel Padakin is a player that comes with a great resume. He started representing Ukraine at the U18s when he turned 16. In 2012, he moved to North America, playing junior hockey in the NAHL and the WHL, mainly with the Calgary Hitmen. After his junior career, he signed in the AHL with the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He would split his lone professional North America year between the Phantoms and the Reading Royals of the ECHL. He signed in the KHL for 2017 with HK Sochi and would spend parts of the following four seasons in the league. He posted 76 points (26G-50A-76PTS) in 206 KHL games, including an All-Star selection in 2018. He spent the most recent previous season in Austria’s top league, the ICEHL, with Dornbirner EC. He posted eight goals and six assists in 44 games with the Australian club.
Paval Padakin will be another key piece of an Oswiecim offense that will now also include the dynamic North America duo of Cichy and Szczechura. He is the second Ukrainian player to join the blue and white this offseason. Though Padakin, a native of Kyiv, has recently been representing Russian national teams at non-IIHF events.
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