As was announced for the new KHL season, KHL Medvescak Zagreb has started bringing young Russian players on board. The first to catch the eye of Medvescak's athletics department were 23-year-old forward Artjem Pugolovkin and 22-year-old Jevgenij Nikiforov. Pugolovkin signed a one-year agreement, while Nikiforov is coming for a tryout period.
Artjem Pugolovkin was born in 1992 in Moscow. He plays left wing, and grew up in hockey with MHK Spartak. In the '12-13 season he debuted in the KHL with Moscow Spartak's premier team, playing three games. He spent the last two seasons in the VHL (second Russian league), with Sokol in '13-14 (25 games, 8 points), and with Dizel Penzu in '12-15 (42 games, 20 points).
Jevgenij Nikiforov was born in 1993 in Ufa, and comes from Salavat Yulaev's school of hockey. He too plays left wing and debuted in the KHL in '12-13, like Pugolovkin. His KHL premiere was in Donbass from Donetsk's jersey, and he played 14 games. In the '13-14 season he played in the MHL (Russian junior league) for Ukraine's club Molodaja Gvardija Donjeck (50 games, 44 points), and in '14-15 he played 35 games in the MHL with MHK Spartak, three with HK Tambov in Russia's third league, and one with Yuzhny Ural Orsk in the VHL.