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02-11-2007, 12:59 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
RE Bodrov - a limited role yes, but not anything beyond that at this point. He is having an ok season with Lada, but still needs time in Russia to develop for another year.
RE Parshin: Actually we added a scouting update for him on RP earlier today. The update was based on a few reports from the Super League.
RE Shirokov: It's always hard to tell with young players. He is doing very well in Russia, but this is his first strong season. It's not his last year of eligibility to come to NA, so he is likely to remain with CSKA for 2007-08, since Vancouver will probably offer him only a modest contract if at all.
RE Nikita Nikitin: I am actually very impressed with this blueliner. He has developed a lot over the past couple of seasons. His skating is still a bit weak - not too much speed here, but he sees the ice well and makes good decisions with the puck, which is more than I could have said for him earlier. He can make very good outlet passes. I like his size and how collected he is on the ice - a very cool customer in his own zone. I think this prospect has a lot of promise.
RE Kiril Koltsov: Absolutely one of the top talents on the blue line in Russia, but he can be a liability defensively. At times he stays longer near or behind the opponent's net than some forwards. This is a blessing and a curse for him, since he needs to play with right type of players who know his style and will back him up when necessary. It is also doubtful he'll be able to pull the same thing in the NHL as it will drive coaches crazy.
RE Goalies: Barulin is doing better now than earlier this season, but as the Sweden Games have shown, he needs at least another year in Russia. If this is his last year to be signed, then a year in the AHL could help, but he is not NHL ready yet. Koshechkin is closer and has shown good play in the Super League and internationally. Still, he needs to improve his mobility/quickness to be competitive in the smaller rink. It would be interesting to see him continue his career in the AHL next season, but I doubt he would sign on for AHL considering a price tag he would command in Russia.
RE NY Islanders prospects: Volkov is doing well again with HC Salavat and has been entrusted with an increasingly larger national team role. He started as a sub for injuries, and impressed enough to get his own spot at the Moscow tourney and at the LG games in Sweden.
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