FRESNO MONSTERS (3-3-0, 9 pts)


Nikita Garin has scored multiple goals in three of Fresno's first six games – notching a

pair of hat tricks. Garin, a product of the Lada Togliatti program in Russia, just turned

18 earlier this month.

Monsters head coach Kevin Kaminski sees why Garin is able to produce, but thinks

this might also be just the tip of the iceberg.

"Nikita's a big strong kid with a good work ethic and a touch around the net," said

Kaminski. "He's 18 years old and really think he can be a top player in the league. I

think he's adjusted well, but still needs to be more consistent day-in and day-out and

fight through adversity."

Kaminski also feels that it's not just Garin's individual skill set that has been clicking

early in the season.

"He also has some good players around him to get him the puck," Kaminski said.

"And when they, do he finds the twine."