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01-31-2013, 05:06 PM
Rob Scuderi
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Guess I'll continue the run on defensemen with a guy who I don't think is out of place here.

Pittsburgh selects D, Alexei Kasatonov

He was a Soviet League 1st team All-star 8 years in a row, 5 time WC All-Star, 1 time WC Best Defender, and 1 time Canada Cup All-Star.

These quotes are lifted from a post by overpass in the HoH defensemen project.

Jim Proudfoot, Toronto Star, Feb 7, 1987:
Kasatonov, the 27-year-old right defenceman, came from Leningrad. He is a bear of a man, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, and yet he is a quick and clever attacker.
Jim Proudfoot, Toronto Star, Feb 22, 1988:
Soviet defenders Viacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov are capable of transforming the New Jersey Devils into National Hockey League contenders. This was the opinion of several NHL executives who watched the redshirts demolish Czechoslovakia in an Olympic game at the Saddledome yesterday.

"They're both NHL-type defencemen," said general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks. "They're exceptionally good with the puck and they're tough. And they're great skaters. They'd have an immediate impact in the NHL."

Fetisov and Kasatonov, rearguard sidekicks for many seasons, lead the unbeaten Soviets in scoring here. After five victories, Fetisov had three goals and six assists; Kasatonov is two and six.

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