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07-05-2008, 10:25 AM
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With his attitude, there's no way he won't reach the NHL at some point. He's also really honnest because I saw his first game, and he was indeed lost on the ice.

I'm really happy to see that he won't complain if he don't make the Habs out of next training camp. He's aiming for 10 games, and IMO, he'll get them.

Really glad we have him! Too bad Emelin don't have his head...

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07-05-2008, 10:26 AM
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Thanks for the article

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I think Valentenko is better than Emelin.

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One of the best interviews I've read in a while. Great job to the ones asking the question and great to see Pavel responding like that.

People need to realize how immensely important the adjustment to the NA game and the NHL one is. But every great player can learn and he's doing just that.

Still, he is going to start in the AHL this year. We'll see later in the season. Maybe he will have time to adjust his aim a little more....

Great job!

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07-05-2008, 11:02 AM
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Thanks for the read. I can't wait to see him in Montreal.

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Valentenko is the man.

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07-05-2008, 11:28 AM
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With his attitude, there's no way he won't reach the NHL at some point. He's also really honnest because I saw his first game, and he was indeed lost on the ice.

I'm really happy to see that he won't complain if he don't make the Habs out of next training camp. He's aiming for 10 games, and IMO, he'll get them.

Really glad we have him! Too bad Emelin don't have his head...
Where did you read the 10 games objective part ?

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07-05-2008, 12:05 PM
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Where did you read the 10 games objective part ?
From the text :

Pendant ton année au Canada, tu n'as pas regretté d'être parti de Russie?

- Pas une seule fois. J'ai amélioré plusieurs aspects de mon jeu: mes jambes sont plus rapides, je pense plus vite et je prends de meilleures décisions sur la glace. Je me suis renforcé physiquement, j'ai appris l'anglais et je veux me mettre à l'apprentissage du français. En septembre prochain j'aimerais faire bonne impression au camp des Canadiens et j'espère jouer quelques dizaines de parties dans la LNH cette année. Mon succès ne dépend que de moi. J'ai encore deux ans de contrat devant moi et je suis certain que tout est encore possible pour moi et que tout va bien aller.

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07-05-2008, 12:07 PM
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Going back to the Tank avy..

Great read thanks for posting. The only thing weird he say is it's 'packed in Hamilton'.. i didn't see a lot of games (6-7 on week nights) but it was very empty.

It's true that the league schedule is very tough, 3 games in 4 night is crazy and it's almost always like that.

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On te donne toujours des conseils, on t’aide, on prend soin de toi. À tous les jours le capitaine me demandait : comment ça va? as-tu des problèmes? je peux t’aider dans quoi que ce soit? Au début je ne comprenais pas, je croyais qu’ils se fouettaient de moi! Puis je me suis habitué. C’est dans leur culture de bien entourer les étrangers et de les aider dans toutes les situations.
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Everyday we take care of you, give you tips and help you out. Everyday the captain asked me 'how it's going?' 'any problems?' 'how can i help you?' At first i didn't understand, i was thinking they were playing with me! Then i got used to it. It's in their culture to help foreign people out in every situation and make them feel welcome.



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And yea his 10 games objective is realistic, much more than Lats playing in the top 6.

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07-05-2008, 12:13 PM
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Is there anything new in Emelin case? New Russian league(CHL) can pay huge salaries for their players, and especially they wanna keep young Russian talents in Russian league. My concern is that Emelin stays Russia for good...

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07-05-2008, 12:29 PM
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Pendant ton année au Canada, tu n'as pas regretté d'être parti de Russie?

- Pas une seule fois. J'ai amélioré plusieurs aspects de mon jeu: mes jambes sont plus rapides, je pense plus vite et je prends de meilleures décisions sur la glace. Je me suis renforcé physiquement, j'ai appris l'anglais et je veux me mettre à l'apprentissage du français. En septembre prochain j'aimerais faire bonne impression au camp des Canadiens et j'espère jouer quelques dizaines de parties dans la LNH cette année. Mon succès ne dépend que de moi. J'ai encore deux ans de contrat devant moi et je suis certain que tout est encore possible pour moi et que tout va bien aller.

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Wow, golden interview, this guy has an amazing attitude.

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Truly great attitude. Hopefully he continues developing and has a long and successful career.

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Actually, the way I read it, I think his objective is about 20 games.

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Nice to hear from Valentenko... Great kid and great attitude...

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- On ne peut rien sans eux. Les spectateurs adorent les batailles. Mais en règle générale ils ne se battent qu'entre eux. C'est vrai qu'il m'est arrivé de laisser tomber les gants une fois ou deux. La première fois c'était pour défendre mon gardien, et la deuxième fois c'était parce qu'un joueur avait frappé un de nos joueurs et il a continué d'être arrogant... alors je l'ai remis à sa place.

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Actually, the way I read it, I think his objective is about 20 games.
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07-05-2008, 01:11 PM
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Valentenko is going to be next year's O'Bryne, only with higher upside. I am surprised how he slide so far in the recent prospect ranking threads. I had him as Hamilton's top player last season. He took an injury late in the year, may slide him back a little in the rankings.

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07-05-2008, 01:12 PM
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Thanks for posting this. Great interview.. I can't wait to see this kid get a chance with the big club.

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How big is Tank now? How is his skating? Hockey sense?

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07-05-2008, 01:19 PM
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I think if he didn't get injured last year he would have broke camp with the big club. Habs probably hold him back for 25-30-40 games, to get his game on a high like it was last Feb.

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07-05-2008, 01:39 PM
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How big is Tank now? How is his skating? Hockey sense?
I think he is 6'2, 220lbs.

His skating is fine for the most part. He has a good stride, decent pace and is strong on his skates. Could maybe use a little work on agility but skating isn't a weakness for him. Obviously, there might be some issues once he makes the NHL but some time to adjust will deal with that. The big thing for him will be his decision making. Once he gets that right at the NHL level, he'll look very much at home. He struggled early last year with that and as stated, he was all over the place. The occasional great play but spent a lot of time taking himself out of position, it was painful to watch at times. But later in the year he got it sorted and was one of the best (if not the best) Dman. Very late on (when the team was truly sunk) a couple of mistakes crept back into his game, but not many. He still put in the effort though. Several times last year, he had a knack for making big defensive plays. Diving for the puck, angling someone off perfectly, standing someone up on their way to the Dogs net. If he does more of that, he'll get a look in with Montreal at some point.

Offensively,he can carry the puck fairly well and has some good passing abilities, although is a little inconsistent, but it was his first year. I found his passing to be more impressive the further up the ice he was (for the most part). Made a couple of very Markov-esque passes in the offensive zone. If he can do that more often, and if he can work on that shot a little to increase effectiveness, he could be a good PP guy.

Otherwise, works his rear off which shows when his decision making is on. Protects his teammates, has the potential to break the opposition in half on any given shift and protects the front of his net. I've mentioned it many times before, but diving to block a slapshot, from a few feet away, with your head, with a minute and change in a game, when you are up by 4 goals - not many guys will make those plays. Great kid, can't wait for him to develop fully.

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I think if he didn't get injured last year he would have broke camp with the big club. Habs probably hold him back for 25-30-40 games, to get his game on a high like it was last Feb.
He was injured in preseason? I don't remember, but from the interview he said himself he wasn't ready for the speed of the NHL.

Maybe you're thinking of Carle.


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