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Dmitri Khristich !!!

Awards and Achievements:
2 x NHL All-Star (1997, 1999)

Scoring Accomplishments:
596 Points in 811 NHL Regular Season Games
40 Points in 75 NHL Play-off Games

Scoring Percentges:
Points – 73, 67, 66, 58, 53, 48, 45

Best 6 Seasons: 365

Team Scoring Placements:
Points – 1st(1997), 2nd(1994), 2nd(1996), 2nd(1998), 2nd(1999), 4th(1992), 5th(1995), 6th(1993)
Goals – 1st(1994), 1st(1996), 1st(1999), 2nd(1992), 2nd(1998), 3rd(1993), 3rd(1995), 3rd(1997)

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
A skilled left-winger and centre whose intensity has been questioned, Dimitri Khristich has demonstrated undeniable skill since entering the NHL in 1990-91. He entered the 2001-02 season as a key component of the highly-skilled Washington Capitals.

Born in Kiev, USSR, Khristich played six years for Sokol Kiev where he was a solid two-way forward. He was chosen 120th overall by Washington in 1988 when his talent was considered very raw. He progressed and took on greater responsibilities for Kiev over the next two years and played for the USSR when it won gold at the 1990 World Championships.

After starting the 1990-91 season in Kiev, Khristich joined the Capitals and scored 27 points in 40 games as a rookie. When he signed with the Caps on December 11, 1990, the 21-year-old Khristich made history as the youngest player ever allowed to leave the Soviet Union. The next season he broke through with 36 goals and was a consistent offensive threat until the end of the 1994-95 season. There was a concern over the drop in Khristich's play in the playoffs when tighter checking predominated. However, this malady was rampant throughout the team as it continually put up mediocre results in the post-season.

Khristich was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in July 1995 and he went on to score 27 goals in 1995-96 when he was named the team's most valuable player. During his time on the West Coast, Khristich played centre briefly on a line with Vladimir Tsyplakov and Vitali Yachmenev. In August 1997 he and goalie Byron Dafoe were sent to the Boston Bruins for Jozef Stumpel and Sandy Moger.

Khristich recorded consecutive 29-goal seasons and was one of the Bruins' best all-round forwards. A contract squabble with general manager Harry Sinden led to the Ukrainian being traded to Toronto where he disappointed with only 30 points in 53 games. He was also a non-factor when the Leafs were eliminated by the stronger New Jersey Devils in the second round. After a slow start and significant time spent in the press box, Khristich was traded to Washington where he started quickly then faded and ended up with only 13 goals in 70 games. His career was at an important juncture as the 2001-02 season began.

Scouting Reports:
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1991-92
Khristich is a rather lumbering skater who is strong on his skates, but not fast. He doesn’t explode to the puck so much as he treks toward it. At times Khristich will force a rush, rather than looking to give-and-go. He lines one move where he takes the puck to the defenseman’s left, then tries to go around, to the right, before reclaiming the puck. He has good instincts. He will try certain plays, simply to see if they work. Khristich likes to score, wants to score, and will try a number of methods to achieve that objective. He will shoot off the back foot, set up a screen and use it, or will use a quick release to whip a quick, accurate snap shot of deceptive speed from the top of the circle. Khristich is alert defensively and an asset on penalty killing. He played center in the Soviet Union, where the center has the high defensive responsibilities, so Khristich knows what to do in the checking role and can handle it well against the opposition’s first or second lines.

Khristich is not a banger, but he is strong, he will bump and he doesn’t shy away from the boards at all. In fact, he likes the boards and traffic and is very aggressive in his pursuit of loose pucks. He uses his body mass to advantage along the boards and in the corners. Khristich adjusted to the North American game very quickly. He has great desire and determination to become a star here and owns the mental toughness to act on his wish. He is popular with teammates, likes to hang around with them, and eagerly participates in team functions. There is a fine upside to his NHL future.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1992-93
Khristich is a key to the Capitals’ power play. He plants himself at the post to the goaltender’s right, his forehand open and available, and waits for a crossing pass from whoever is stalling for time to the goaltender’s left. Every NHL team knows the play, every coach tells his team to watch for it, but Khristich still runs up his PP goal total. The pass comes across the goalmouth, just out of the goalie’s reach, and Khristich slams it in. Of course, if a defenseman goes to Khristich away from the puck, then whoever is holding it can work a two-on-one against the other defenseman. That can force a forward to cheat low, which opens up a point shot. So Khristich, just be standing where he likes to stay on the PP, is causing all kinds of chaos. But if he didn’t have the special hand-eye coordination to convert those passes, all this would be moot. Instead, you get an idea of the multi-purpose threat Khristich poses. He is not a dazzling skater with an impressive, powerful stride. He covers ground, though, changes direction fairly quickly and moves the puck pretty well. He can make a rush in open ice, picking up steam gradually and finishing the play with a heavy wrist shot that sizzles to the upper corners.

Khristich is responsible in the neutral zone, challenging the puck with poke checks and sweep checks, looking to create a turnover. While killing penalties, he does a good job challenging point shots – playing them goalie-style, so the shooter has to get it past Khristich, as well as the goaltender. He goes into the nasty areas of the ice, as well. When the puck goes to the boards, so does Khristich, who willingly uses his muscle in the traffic. If defensemen think he’s going to be easy to ride off the puck, Khristich surprises them with his strength.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1992-93
Khristich is an immensely talented forward. He is a key component on the PP, because while the defensemen rocket the puck back and forth at the point, he’s ready and waiting down low… Khristich has good hand-eye coordination for deflection and for winning faceoffs. He is not a very fast skater, but he has a long, strong stride and very good balance. His hockey sense is very good, and he is responsible defensively as well as creative offensively. One weakness is that he puts himself into a position where he gets hit – and hurt. Perhaps he is holding onto the puck too long, or else he isn’t smart enough to know when to go into the corners or the front of the net and when to back off. In Europe, the game is different, and Khristich has not mastered the timing of North American-sized rinks.

Khristich is a very strong skater and is willing to go into the trenches. He is tough to knock off the puck and protects it well with his body. If he can avoid getting hurt, he will be more of a factor. He has the best size of the Caps’ “Euroforwards” and the most tenacity. His skill level is there too, but so far he has been unable to take his game out of the 30-goal range. A little more muscle on his line wouldn’t hurt.
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1993-94
An outstanding two-way player, Khristich works as hard at his checking assignment as he does when the puck is on the end of his stick. Khristich is a lanky winger, a rugged customer who’ll throw a check but won’t go out of his way to nail somebody. His greatest tools are his shooting and his will to win. He is something of a streaky scorer. He is less of a playmaker than a finisher and could be even more effective if he learned to use his linemates better.

WILL – score lots of goals
CAN’T – be intimidated
EXPECT – fine two-way play
DON’T EXPECT – an easy mark
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1994-95
Tough Kiev winger slumped badly in 2nd half. Average skater who is strong on the puck and doesn’t shy away from physical stuff has averaged 30 goals per season – without benefit of a 1st line center.
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1994-95
Khristich is no floater, rather, he works both ends of the ice, causing turnovers and capitalizing on mistakes. When the Caps are on the attack, he’s a determined skater who will not be deterred by the opposition. He’s big and strong and can take the necessary punishment in the slot and along the boards. He has great hands and can fire the puck from the wing as well as find openings inside. The caps would be well-advised to put a “protector” on Khristich’s line so that he would not have to absorb quite the punishment he’s taken early in his career. He’s a big target and sometimes lets himself get nailed… his skills are superb, his attitude and desire undisputed, but he can’t remain a 35-goal player and enjoy a popular place in the minds of fans who see him as a potential 45-50 goal scorer.

WILL – be a scoring ace
CAN’T – be pushed around
EXPECT – good two-way play
DON’T EXPECT – dumb penalties
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1995-96
Grinding Kiev winger… good in the corners and strong on the puck with only average speed, a more consistent effort is required before he returns to 92-93 form.
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1995-96
Khristich works hard at both ends of the ice, forechecking and forcing mistakes in the opposition. When attacking, he’s a determined, straightforward skater who will skate right through a check. He is big, powerfully built, and willing to absorb his share of punishment in the slot and along the boards, usually without retaliation. He has excellent hands and will unleash the puck from the wing with great velocity. Despite being genuinely tough, Khristich could use some protection. He provides a big target for players looking to run him, and occasionally he gets nailed but good. The Kings must send a message that Khristich is not going to be a human punching bag – that if you mess with him you mess with the whole team. Nobody doubts his skill or his attitude, and his desire to win is beyond reproach. However, if he doesn’t break out of the 30-35 goal range soon, he might be stuck with the rap of being an underachiever.

WILL – score a bunch
CAN’T – be intimidated
EXPECT – effort at both ends
DON’T EXPECT – many mistakes
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1996-97
A hard worker whether he’s forechecking or picking up his check in the defensive posture, Khristich relies on good skating speed and balance. His pursuit of the puck is relentless. He has excellent size and strength, and he doesn’t mind taking a hit to make a play. It’s rare that he’s goaded into taking stupid penalties. He has both a hard shot and good finesse with the puck, making him an all-around threat. Khristich has taken his share of pummeling at the hands of burly defenders and hard-nosed wingers, who bang him into the boards and try to intimidate him. He’s tough enough, but appears unwilling to send the kind of message that he won’t be fooled with – so he is. When the Kings traded Gretzky, that left Khristich as their top scorer. He could fill that role in Washington where the team had a strong defensive strategy at work, but in LA, where they give up goals like it’s one big shooting garage sale, he’ll have to be more of a contributor in all aspects.

WILL – grind after puck
CAN’T – carry the kings
EXPECT – a two-way winger
DON’T EXPECT – 100 point seasons
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1996-97
Part of his tendency to put himself in a position to get hit, and hurt, is from holding onto the puck to make a perfect play… a very sturdy skater but lacks physical presence. He will go into trenches and is tough to knock off the puck. He protects the puck well. Unless the Kings upgrade their personnel, Khristich rankes as their best forward. He doesn’t have much talent to work with, and he’s not a great one-on-one player.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1996-97
although not a great skater, he is strong on the puck and a good cornerman.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1996-97
Local media made Khristich the team’s MVP. Likes to fire away. A consistent goal scorer. Will begin the season as the #1 left winger… will get plenty of work on the PP… will easily lead the Kings in points again.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1997-98
He led the team in scoring and was voted team MVP so what’s the problem? The Kings were hoping he’d step up in the wake of Gretzky’s departure and produce breakout numbers. But his output (56 points) can’t be too much of a shock considering his best season came back in 1991-92. He has good skill and is very strong on the puck, but is neither a great skater nor the star scorer the franchise needs.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1997-98
only the Buffalo sabres had a team scoring leader with fewer points than Khristich, and the fact that their scoring leader was also matched up against other team’s top lines illustrates the dearth of talent up front… Khristich has not been as much of a factor on the PP as in recent seasons. The Kings ran a very disorganized PP last season and didn’t have an effective point man, which limited the work he could do down low.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1997-98
near the end of his prime… best playmaker on the team, which tells you that this team is in trouble. Defensively aware. Strong onto the puck. Holds onto the rubber like scrooge to money, hoping for the highlight reel pass, thus he shoots even less than he used to. More of a second line-type player, he’ll be asked to put the Russian Line and PP on his shoulders again this season. Will lead the Kings in scoring, a sure sign they’ll miss the playoffs again.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1998-99
versatile ex-cap delivered an impressive stretch run with 23 points over the final 21 games… physical and skilled with a powerful shot, he is very strong on the puck but can be erratic on times. As he is not one of Burns’ favourites, management rates him below market value and contract talks could get messy.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1998-99
His hockey sense is excellent… could lose his spot to Joe Thornton… the Bruins don’t consider him a bonafide 1st line player, probably because of a lack of physical commitment, but they didn’t have much else to work with last season.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1999-2000
was listed as MIA in the 1st round of the playoffs. If this guy showed up to play every night he would be one of the league’s elite. He doesn’t. Khristich has world class skills, but his inconsistency holds him back. When he’s hot, he’s an amazing scorer.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1999-2000
won a 1.95M arbitration ruling last summer… was a complete no-show in the postseason. When inspired, has the sharp offensive skills and great strength on the puck to be a top line player, but too often has a tendency to lose interest… B’s will walk away from arbitration decision. Decaying returns.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1999-2000
The Bruins have had it with Khristich’s inconsistent effort and were looking to deal their second-leading scorer during the offseason. Even with the ability to score 30 goals and 70 points, his ability to show up every night drives coaches crazy.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2000-01
Khristich failed to provide the 2nd line scoring the leafs were expecting. A master of the garbage goal, he likes to plant himself just off to the side of the net on the PP. A decent two-way player, he is overrated as a scorer.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2000-01
has good hand-eye coordination for deflections and can even take draws. Boston walked away after Khristich won a salary arbitration ruling in 1999, and he played as if he had something to prove with the Leafs. He soldiered on through the playoffs despite torn ligaments in his wrist. He will probably play on a 3rd line this season and could provide good numbers while performing his defensive job. If he plays with the same passion and consistency he did last season, he can score 20 goals in his full-time role.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2000-01
talented two-way forward has excellent strength on the puck and can play all three forward spots but was not the same creative offensive player that posted back-to-back 29 goal seasons with the Bruins.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2001-02
injuries may have been a factor last season, since he needed surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow after the season.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2001-02
made an instant splash during his 2nd stint in Washington with 14 points in his first 11 games but was never the same after returning from a January hamstring injury. Tough, two-way forward valued for his goal-scoring and tremendous versatility, he temporarily jumpstarted the caps’ top line and PP with his strong puck skills, however quickly faded to the checking unit.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2001-02
enigmatic winger has landed back in Washington. While he seems more comfortable now, he needs to pick up his game. He possesses good hockey sense and a lethal shot. What has frustrated many is the big Russian’s propensity to disappear for several games at a time. He’s solid defensively, but when you’re making big money you must produce more than he has.

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