Since taking Alex Ovechkin with the First Overall Pick in the 2004 Draft, the Washington Capitals have selected 5 Russians in the Draft since. Some of the notables include Dmitri Kugryshev (Be his friend on facebook), goal-sabotager Semyon Varlamov and (The second coming of Bobby Orr) Dmitri Orlov.
Well this year, with the Capitals atop the league standings and readying for a deep run in the playoffs (despite what R.J. Umberger thinks), RMNB is here to profile 3 talented Russian Prospects that could fall to the end of the first round of this year’s entry draft which will be held June 25–26, 2010 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Who are they? RMNB Russian Correspondent Fedor Fedin did days worth of research and here’s what he found.
Going off of projections by 14 respected NHL Draft websites, we find that Evgeni Kuznetsov, Stanislav Galiev & Maxim Kitsyn are generally considered late first round talents.
|Evgeni Kuznetsov||Stanislav Galiev||Maxim Kitsyn|
|SenShot||Not in top-30||Not in top-30||Not in top-30|
|The Hockey Writers||27||13||15|
|My NHL Draft||22||26||Not in top-30|
|NHL Young Guns||21||11||9|
|School Your Pool.com||18||23||27|
|The Hockey Rube||29||23||Not in top-30|
|DobberHockey||23||Not in top-30||Not in top-30|
|MockDraftGurus||28||Not in top-30||23|
|ChickenMan||28||19||Not in top-30|
|FutureConsiderations||28||30||Not in top-30|
|International Scouting Services Hockey||21||19||27|
|Red Line Report||22||13||Info is not available|
|North American Central Scouting||19||9||30|
|The Red Mile||29||24||Not in top-30|
I. Evgeni Kuznetsov
Current Club: Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL) / White Bears (MHL)
Height / Weight: 180cm (5’11“) / 77kg (169.4 lbs)
Stats: KHL: 28 games (4 in playoffs), 3 goals (1 in playoffs), 8 assists (1 in playoffs). MHL: 11 games (2 in playoffs), 5 goals (1 in playoffs), 14 assists (2 in playoffs). WJC: 6 games. 2 goals, 0 assists.
Interesting Facts: Fans call him the “Malkin of Chelyabinsk”.
Quotes: “My idol is Wayne Gretzky. And my dream is to beat all his records.” “Why not try to hit a player after he passes? When we came to Canada we see different hockey — there are smaller rinks, and lots of contact. When you’re already used to doing it in Russia, the transition to the North American game will be easier.” “I don’t want to be drafted high because I want to be drafted by the Rangers.” “I want to be honest: My dream has always been to play in the NHL.”
Evgeni Kuznetsov Video
Kuznetsov’s first goal in the KHL.
Kuznetsov’s Goal in the World Junior Championships.
Current Club: Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Height /Weight: 188cm (6’2“) / 82kg (180.4 lbs)
Stats: QMJHL: 67 games, 15 goals, 45 assists.
Interesting Facts: Was drafted 1st overall by Sea Dogs in last CHL Euro draft.
Quotes: “I don’t want to come back to Russia, everything suits me in America.” “People here say that North-American hockey is below us. I don’t agree, because we work on tactic, defense and neutral zone positioning… We spend a lot of time on the power play and penalty killing.” “I never wished to eat something from Subway or McDonald’s.” “At the end of season I didn’t have any problems with hockey terms.” “My preferences in the NHL Draft? I don’t know, maybe Washington or Pittsburgh or Detroit. I cheered for the Capitals in my childhood but I didn’t follow the NHL too closely.”
Stanislav Galiev Video:
Galiev while playing for the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Galiev scores a goal against Galifax.
III. Maxim Kitsyn
Current Club: Metallurg Novokuznetsk (KHL) / Novokuznetsk Bears (MHL).
Height / Weight: 188cm (6’2″) / 83kg (182lbs)
Stats: KHL: 20 games, 1 goal, 1 assist. MHL: 17 games (6 in playoffs), 10 goals (4 in playoffs), 17 assists (5 in playoffs). WJC: 0 goals, 3 assists.
Interesting Facts: Scored 2 goals in his first KHL game (he was 16 then), the youngest player in Russian hockey history to score 2 in a game. His mother is the PA Announcer at the Novokuznetsk Metallurgs’ Arena. His father played for Metallurg. Red Wings scout came to a KHL game to see him. Press calls him the “Ovechkin of Novokuznetsk.”
Quotes: “Comparing yourself with other players doesn’t cost anything. Ovechkin, is a great player sure, but I’m not Ovechkin, I’m Kitsyn and I don’t want to copy anyone.” “The Locker room of [Russian Junior National] team in Windsor shocked me… Looks like it’s 3 times bigger than Metallurg’s.” “The Treatment of junior hockey in Russia and Canada is very different.”
Maxim Kitsyn Video:
Kitsyn’s only goal in the current KHL season (it comes up at the 1:10 mark).
A Kitsyn goal during the 2008-09 season.