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2009 National Hockey League (NHL) (North America)
Tournament Articles
Alexander Nikulin (Phoenix Coyotes): Dumping the puck is not for me. (05/24/2009)
Tournament News
06/29/2009 Post Draft - Dmitri Orlov (Washington Capitals): I'm ready to play for Hershey

Hours after the NHL Entry Draft Dmitri Orlov (Washington Capitals) replied to the questions made by Soviet Sport correspondant.

"I'm really happy to be picked up by a team with many Russian players" - he said after the selections. "I still have some problems with the language, but the guys will help me".
What are your future plans? Will you spend a further season in Novokuznetsk?
I need to talk with my agent. But I want to play in the NHL. To achieve that, I'm ready to play for their farm team in Hershey.
Why Washington drafts so many Russians?
Because they are the world's best players: Ovechkin, Semin, etc. In the American capital city they love Russian players!
Is it true that Patrick Roy invited you to play in the QMJHL?
Yes. My agent told me that at the start of the last season they wanted me in the Remparts. But I didn't want to go.
06/28/2009 Post Draft - Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens): I'll go to America in one year

After being picked in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Alexander Avtsin (Montreal Canadiens) had a quick interview with, Russian television website. What follows is the translation of his brief statements.
I try to play with power methods, rapidly and rigidly. I don't hold myself. I really want to be like Ovechkin. So far my biggest problem is play without the puck, I have to work on that. I was picked by a strong team with a rich tradition. It's a good thing that on Montreal there are other Russians. This will accelerate my adaptation process once I'll move to North America. I plan doing that in one year.
06/28/2009 Web Site News: New draftees' ratings updated!

We updated the new draftees ratings. Discover them by browsing through the different NHL clubhouses.
06/28/2009 Web Site News: Anton Klementyev's profile updated and made public

We have updated Anton Klementyev (New York Islanders)'s profile with a scouting report and more content in the other sections. We also made it public to anyone! READ MORE
06/27/2009 2009 NHL Entry Draft: seven Russians picked

In the 2009 NHL Entry Draft a total of seven players has been picked up by different NHL clubs. Here follows a list:

14. Florida Panthers - Dmitry Kulikov
55. Washington Capitals - Dmitri Orlov
76. Anaheim Ducks - Igor Bobkov
78. St. Louis Blues - Sergei Andronov
109. Montreal Canadiens - Alexander Avtsin
122. New York Islanders - Anton Klementyev
200. New York Rangers - Mikhail Pashnin

06/26/2009 NHL Draft: Dmitry Kulikov picked with the 14th overall pick

In the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft the Florida Panthers drafted Dmitry Kulikov with the 14th overall pick. The draft's second day will run today June 27th.
06/11/2009 Top 10 Russia prospects for 2009

The 2009 Russian draft class doesn't look as good as the last one, which produced Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Evgeny Grachev, Dmitri Kugryshev and Memorial Cup champion Andrei Loktionov (Los Angeles Kings). At the last U18 World Championships, Russia earned a silver medal mostly thanks to the contribution of the 2010s like Kirill Kabanov and Vladimir Tarasenko. But because of Russia's depth, there are some good talents available in two weeks in Montreal, including some overage ones overlooked in the last drafts who somewhat raised their stock recently.

Hockeysfuture's top 10 at a glance:
1. Dmitri Orlov, D, Metallurg Novokuznetsk
2. Maxim Chudinov, D, Severstal Cherepovets
3. Pavel Chernov, C, Atlant Mytischi
4. Alexander Avtsin , RW, Dynamo Moscow
5. Sergei Andronov, RW, Lada Togliatti
6. Anton Burdasov, LW, Traktor Chelyabinsk
7. Sergei Chvanov, C, Severstal Cherepovets
8. Georgi Berdyukov, D, SKA St. Petersburg
9. Nikita Dvurechensky, LW, Dynamo Moscow
10. Igor Bobkov, G, Metallurg Magnitogorsk

( article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
06/06/2009 Maxim Grachev (New York Islanders) might not be signed by the Isles

As reported in some media resources, 1988 born Maxim Grachev (New York Islanders) won't be skate with the Isles in the 09-10 season as they will probably reach the 50 contracts limit. Grachev, who played this year for the QMJHL Lewiston MAINEiacs and for AHL's Islanders affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers, might land in the Isles' ECHL partner in Salt Lake City.
05/31/2009 Exclusive: Emery Had to Rough It in Russia

PITTSBURGH – Barry Smith, the former Red Wings’ assistant coach under the legendary Scotty Bowman, watched Ray Emery play goal last season in Russia. Smith coached SKA St. Petersburg. Emery agreed to a one-year deal with the Flyers on Wednesday. The troubled former Ottawa Senator is coming off a season with Atlant Mytischi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in which he posted a 2.12 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and a record of 22-8. ( article by Tim Panaccio) READ MORE
05/31/2009 Mikhail Yunkov on his way to Washington

It looks like Mikhail Yunkov (Washington Capitals) might travel to North America for the 09-10 season, after he stated to Soviet Sports magazine that "the contract with Spartak Moscow is expired now and I decided to test myself in the NHL. I'm going to attend the development camp. I know well that it will be hard for me. Most likely I'll spend there the whole season, even if they will demote me to the AHL." The 23 years old center had a strong 08-09 campaign with Spartak, almost doubling his points production, passing from 10 to 18 points.
05/31/2009 Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) offered deal by Sabres

Buffalo Sabres have once again extended an offer to the 22 year old Russian defenseman Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres). The club also reportedly offered the young defenseman an offer last summer, but at the time he was still under contract with HC Ak Bars. That contract is now over and Buravchikov is a free agent who is able to come to North America. Buravchikov has recently enjoyed several strong seasons in Russia with HC Ak Bars, this year earning the Gagarin Cup with his club. He had the misfortune of being drafted in the first year after the collapse of an agreement between the NHL and Russia. While projected to be a top two round talent who even had a chance to be picked up late in the first round, he fell to the sixth round because the Russians were largely being kept off the board.
05/24/2009 Alexander Nikulin (Phoenix Coyotes): Dumping the puck is not for me

Most likely Alexander Nikulin (Phoenix Coyotes)’s return to the red army’s rows wasn’t unexpected for experts and fans. The center admitted to be very happy to be at home again. During this interview for CSKA’s press office he talked about pluses and minuses of his overseas experience and about his former line mates. (CSKA Press office interview translated by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
05/24/2009 2009 NHL Entry Draft final rankings have been added!

We have compiled the final rankings of prospects eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Our rankings cover both prospects currently playing in Russia and those who have moved to North America and are competing in the junior leagues. Dmitry Kulikov leads our overall rankings, as he performed well in the Memorial Cup, with his team bowing out only in the semifinals. The Russian based prospects are lead by Dmitri Orlov , who has played well for Russia's U18 squad and has also enjoyed limited success in the KHL. READ MORE
05/20/2009 Alexander Nikulin (Phoenix Coyotes) returned in Russia

"My contract ended and I decided to return back home. I don't want to sign a two-way contract and most likely they wouldn't offer me a one-way deal" - these the words of Alexander Nikulin (Phoenix Coyotes) after he signed a deal with CSKA Moscow. The young center played two seasons in America, mostly in the AHL farm teams of the Ottawa Senators and the Phoenix Coyotes. He did play in the NHL, but just three matches, without scoring a single point. READ MORE
04/30/2009 What to Call Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals)?

A few minutes ago, a Swedish reporter asked Russian goalie Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) what he thinks about From Russia With Glove, his American-created nicknamed riffed off a British novel. "Is this my nickname now?" Varlamov said through an interpreter. "Ok, great, fine." (By Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post) READ MORE
04/24/2009 Capitals Put Their Trust in Little-Known Goaltender

Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) is 20 years old, does not speak English and has played only eight games in the N.H.L. He is such an unknown quantity that even his coach does not seem to know much about him. (New York Times article by Jeff Klein) READ MORE
04/21/2009 AHL Sens await Hunt's answer

As the Binghamton Senators wait to hear if their coach will return next season, Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Tim Murray is beginning to ponder personnel changes that will help the American Hockey League team to its first playoff berth in five seasons....Article also provides coverage of the Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) situation and prospects for the 2009-10 season. (by Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen) READ MORE
04/12/2009 Four Russian players invited at the Draft Combine

Four Russian players have been invited at the Draft Combine, the event in which all the teams can talk with prospects and run physical tests in sight of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. The invited players are Alexander Avtsin , Dmitry Kulikov, Dmitri Orlov and Anton Burdasov. The NHL Draft Combine will run in late May.
04/11/2009 Web Site News: Dmitri Orlov's profile updated for the 2009 NHL Draft

We updated Dmitri Orlov 's profile for the 2009 NHL Draft with new stats, contents and fotographies. Expect other profiles in the next days! READ MORE
04/01/2009 Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) recalled

This morning has just been announced that Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) has been recalled to the NHL main lineup. It will be interesting to see how many games he'll play after the brief stints he played with the Jackets before. In the AHL, playing for the Syracuse Crunch, he collected sixteen goals and thirty-two points in thirty-nine matches this season. READ MORE
03/29/2009 Denis Grebeshkov: Edmonton’s Silent, Effective Defender

Perhaps the most unheralded player out of the four is Grebeshkov. Selected 18th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2002 Entry Draft, the Russian has become a mainstay for the Oilers. ( article by Rafal Ladysz) READ MORE
03/27/2009 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) recalled by Washington

As backup goalkeeper Brent Johnson suffered an injury, Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) has been recalled from Washington's farm team of Harshey Bears to play in tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Varlamov, who already played four NHL games posting excellent numbers like 0.939 of saves pct, most likely will backup Jose Theodore against the Florida club. READ MORE
03/22/2009 Denis Grebeshkov out to prove he belongs

Mistakes? Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers) has made a few. But he's now one of the mainstays on the Edmonton Oilers' defensive corps. And he wants to stay put. His agent, Todd Diamond, said on Monday that they engaged in exploratory contract talks with the Oilers prior to the trade deadline. The longer the term, the better added Grebeshkov. Two or three years would be ideal. (article by Joanne Ireland of The Edmonton Journal) READ MORE
03/20/2009 One on one with Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets)

19-years old Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) has the skill set already at this young age to step into the NHL and be a night in and night out point producer. As he fills in to his 6’0 frame and puts on some muscle, he will become a dominate force in the future in the NHL. ( article by Louis Pisano) READ MORE
03/12/2009 Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators)'s possible return

22-year old Russian star Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) has wrapped up his season in the KHL after getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by Jaromir Jagr (New York Rangers)'s squad. He had 22G, 26A and 92 PIM in 52 regular season games (league leader Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) had 76 points) over there with 2G, 2A and 6 PIM in 6 GP in the playoffs. ( article by Chris Nichols) READ MORE
03/10/2009 Babchuk is back and better than ever

You may never have heard of Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes). He was a first-rounder from 2001 that looked as though he was headed down the slippery slope to RealEstate-ville after an unimpressive showing with Chicago. The Kiev, Ukraine native was a young defenseman that was forced far too soon into the big leagues to help out a struggling team. He spent one year in the Russian Super League before making his NHL debut. (The Hockey Writers article by Kate Shefte) READ MORE
03/01/2009 Alexander Ovechkin laughs off Cherry's on-air criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) smiled that gap-toothed smile of his and laughed off Canadian TV analyst Don Cherry's criticism of his exuberant goal celebrations. "He's a funny guy and old guy. He likes old-fashioned hockey," Ovechkin said Sunday after scoring his NHL-high 46th goal in Washington's 6-2 loss to Florida. "He's not interesting to me, so he can say whatever he wants. I don't care about him," Ovechkin said. (article by Howard Fendrich of Associated Press) READ MORE
02/19/2009 Puck Daddy chats with Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Part 1: Defending the Cup, committing to Detroit and debating hockey's best player

Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock has called center Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) the best player in the NHL. This month, The Hockey News referred to Datsyuk as "the league's quietest superstar." It's more than a little possible that they're both right. Datsyuk is currently fourth in the NHL in points scored, which is where he finished last season -- not bad for a player who is also considered one of the best defensive forwards in hockey. His Stanley Cup championship with the Red Wings last season was the second of his seven-year NHL career. READ MORE
02/15/2009 Yotes lose, but Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) scores two, adds one assist

20 years old Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) scored his first NHL double in tonight's game against the Calgary Flames. The Coyotes were down 7-3 late in the third period, when Tikhonov deflected a blue line slap shot by Keith Yandle. Three minutes later he further cut down the opponents' lead with a nice wrist shot from the right, being nicely feeded by Todd Fedoruk.
Early in the match he assisted on Coyotes' second goal, scored by Daniel Winnik. Viktor has been named third star of the match. Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) played his 16th consecutive match. READ MORE
02/04/2009 Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) called up by Phoenix and makes season debut

Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) has been called up by Phoenix and made his season debut today against the Nashville Predators during the Coyotes 1:2 loss. The young center skated in 8 shifts, totalling about five minutes, but also being on the ice for one of the goals scored against Phoenix. Nikulin was traded to Phoenix by the Ottawa Senators earlier this season and has been playing for the San Antonio Rampage.
02/02/2009 Artem Anisimov called up by the New York Rangers

The New York Rangers have called up Russian player Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers), who's likely to make his NHL debuct in tomorrow's game against the Atlanta Thrashers. It's rumored that he will play on a line with Aaron Voros and Lauri Korpikoski. Anisimov, 20, has scored so far fifty points in fourty-eight regular season matches with AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. READ MORE
01/10/2009 The Great Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals defenceman Brooks Laich is standing in his team's practice facility, happily talking about Alex Ovechkin, part of the job description in Washington these days. Laich hits all the right notes - Ovechkin's athleticism ("He could play anything"), his competitiveness ("He really wants to win every game"), and his modest, team-first approach ("He's really just one of the guys"). (The Globe and Mail article by Michael Grange) READ MORE
01/09/2009 Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars) reassigned to AHL, didn't play with Dallas

Despite being promoted during the New Year period, Ivan Vishnevsky (Dallas Stars) has been reassigned by his NHL club to AHL's Peoria Rivermen. Unfortunately in the days he was training with Dallas Ivan could not make the roster and hasn't play in any NHL matches and thus he has been moved down. He's expected to return back to Dallas soon, hopefully this time because of they actually want him to play. His short stint with the pros in any case gave him an extra cash of around 25k$ because of his two-way contract.
01/07/2009 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) has been reassigned to AHL

Rookie Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) has been re-assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL after spending the first half of the season with the NHL club. It is unclear how long the young prospect will be in the AHL, but he has been getting consistent ice time in the NHL. He has registered seven goals and seven assists thus far this season.
01/06/2009 Blue Jackets recall Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets)

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) from the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate. Filatov, 18, recently tallied 8-3-11, six penalty minutes and was +3 in seven games for Russia at the 2009 World Junior Championships, serving as team captain and finishing among the tournament's top goal scorers (first-tied) and point producers (fourth-tied). He was named to the All-Tournament Team and led Russia to the bronze medal. READ MORE
12/07/2008 Nikita Filatov's nest has multiple builders, here and in Columbus

Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), a potential NHL star, is a long way from his home in Moscow, but he has a strong supporting cast in the States, including: The Body Mechanic MARK POWELL Title:Crunch strength and conditioning coach Role:Help the 175-pound Filatov maintain his strength through the course of the season; give him the nutritional information to eat right. Perspective: Powell has two challenges, both related to Filatov's status as a teenager. First, the diets of young men that age often lean to the junk food side, especially when they don't know how to cook much and they are always on the go. Secondly, Filatov's body is still developing, so it's hard to gauge what his proper weight and strength level should be. ( article) READ MORE
11/16/2008 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) enjoying taste of NHL life

The Ottawa Senators would like to believe that centre Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) is going to be a productive NHL player. It looks like they could be right. In the 13 American Hockey League games he played before getting called up on Friday, Zubov had eight goals and 10 assists. That was good for seventh in AHL scoring. (Allen Panzeri, The Ottawa Citizen Published) READ MORE
11/13/2008 Hall of Famer Igor Larionov hoping for hockey detente

The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted its four newest members on Monday night, including three-time Stanley Cup winner Igor Larionov. Larionov, a Calabasas resident, might not be a household name on this side of the U.S.-Canadian border, but the man who embodied glasnost on ice while with the Detroit Red Wings is hoping there won't be a new cold war between the East and West. READ MORE
11/06/2008 Coyotes: Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) worth the risk

Phoenix Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving said Wednesday he understood the risks in trading for Binghamton Senators center Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators), but that the potential payoff made the move worth it. (Press & Sun Bulletin article by Michael Sharp) READ MORE
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