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01-05-2007, 03:53 PM
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how long until we can get him to come over? I was very impressed with him today.

Player of the game for Russia.

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Didn't like Valentenko's play at all during the first period (what was up with him throwing the puck off the boards directly to the Russian goal slot?) but he was great in the last two. He seems like a guy who loves to shoot the puck and can really dictate a powerplay. Good stuff!
How was his skating?

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Oh and just to point out, I didn't heard the name Alexandrov a lot, and Aniikenko was quite bad today...can he keep the puck on his stick??? Anyways, Valentenko was great...

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How was his skating?
Not bad...decent speed, but he needs to move his feets more, and maybe play with more intensity when he don't have the puck...he was looking bored when he was behind the play.

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01-05-2007, 03:58 PM
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player of game for russia, with a goal! wow that is nice for a late round pick steal! cant wait to see furthur development from him

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Not bad...decent speed, but he needs to move his feets more, and maybe play with more intensity when he don't have the puck...he was looking bored when he was behind the play.
Agreed on all counts.

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Solid game for him, except the high sticking penality he took. He apparently played that way all tournament long, good to hear for us Montreal fans.

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I thought he was good, laid some great checks on the Canadian players, knocked Downie into his own team bench (granted it led to a goal, but it was still a big hit). I like the fact he is pretty much the same age as Emelin so they can help ease each others transition to North America in the near future. Those two on the same pairing would be pretty intense, I wouldn't want to go into the corners against them.

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01-05-2007, 07:16 PM
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I like him, but I don't think he'll ever come over unless he's given a roster spot (an unlikely thing to happen).

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01-05-2007, 07:47 PM
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I like him, but I don't think he'll ever come over unless he's given a roster spot (an unlikely thing to happen).
i think he comes over.He isnt learning English to play in Russia the rest of his life hence the " DREAM" and his role models are not to shabby either






http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php...readed&order=0
"He has his dream and he works very hard to make it come true," commented Tyjnych. "He is a very hard-working young man, he is tough on himself, a very good citizen.

"Pavel is more serious than some Russians and some kids from his age, he is only 19 years old, but he is like a man. He already understands some English and because of his will to reach his dream and his seriousness, I don’t think that he won’t have any problem to learn the language in North America," added Tyjnych.

Valentenko, who has Vyacheslav Fetisov and Chris Pronger as role models, came once to North America, about six years ago. "I spent a month in Toronto, at the Prime Time Hockey Program. This is where I got a little bit used to English," he explained.

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01-05-2007, 08:07 PM
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how long until we can get him to come over? I was very impressed with him today.

Player of the game for Russia.
Althought I am not as high on Valentenko as most of you( I see him as a future Danny Markov type). It does look like the Habs addressed their need for defensemen in recent drafts. Besides Valentenko, Carle, Fishcher and Yemelin, the Habs have some decent defense prospects. However, it will be a couple of years before they are ready

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Based on the "Hockey'sfuture" article, it looks like he really wants to come to North America...He even named Pronger as one of the players he looks up to...he loves the North American game (gritty, physical). Already knows some English, which is great (shows he's willing to learn and improve & hopefully be somewhat fluent, enough to communicate on ice and understand coach's instructions...).

Someone already compared him to a Danny Markov (for the future, of course)...I really hope so.

Like Trevor Timmins said...I did see some Emelin in him (with his physical play & also his high-stick to a Canadian player..., and his pride (based on his facial expression when he was in the penalty box)).

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And like any young banger, he'll have to learn when to go for the big hit and when you shouldn't.

I know it was Downie.... but the Marchand's goal was mostly possible 'cause Valentenko went for the homerun on Downie's but it definately wasn't the greatest play.

What's great to see, is that we never hear about goals and points for him in his regular team but when he plays with a better lineup, he does show something offensively as well. So he does looks like a taller Emelin.

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01-06-2007, 10:43 AM
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Looks like we'll have to use the ol' Penguins discount to get them out anytime soon.


is this the same kind of thing that the pens went threw with malkin? (sorry to ask a stupid question), what can a team do to get both players over here?

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I had one of the worst dream ever before waking up this morning,

I dream that we traded Pavel Valentenko's right for Bob Boughner

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I had one of the worst dream ever before waking up this morning,

I dream that we traded Pavel Valentenko's right for Bob Boughner
Only a hockey die-hard fan to have this kind of dream. lol

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01-06-2007, 11:47 AM
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Pavel Valentenko

I think this kid has more upside than danny markov. He big, phyiscal, made good outlet passes, and has a canon for a shot. This kid can really rifle it! I see a Souray type D-men. Im not sure if he can put up Souray points but the other aspects of there games are similiar in my opinion.
I only watched two games of his but I followed him ever shift and outside a couple bad decisions he was outstanding. Russia's best D-men.

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I think this kid has more upside than danny markov. He big, phyiscal, made good outlet passes, and has a canon for a shot. This kid can really rifle it! I see a Souray type D-men. Im not sure if he can put up Souray points but the other aspects of there games are similiar in my opinion.
I only watched two games of his but I followed him ever shift and outside a couple bad decisions he was outstanding. Russia's best D-men.
If he ends up being like Dany Markov, I will not be disappointed...

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Taows was player of the game for Canada.

Playing in the RSL will most likely help him a lot!


please tell me how playing in the RSL will help HIM a lot....since the NHL went back to work that league is really changed.


He is a big defenceman that needs to leard the N.A. game more. There is like no contact in the RSL.

i will admit that if he plays in the RSL for the next 2 yrs and then makes the jump to N.A> he will start in Hamilton....thats 3 yrs of development. I just believe that if he played over here it would be accelerated and after the 3 yr period he would be a regular on MONTREAL's defence. not a guy going up and down from the NHL to the AHL after the 3 yrs development



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He looked good out there, was getting more ice time later in the games that i watched him play(sweden and canada). Looks like the coach leaned on him more and more as the tourny unfolded. I hope he comes over soon along with emelin of course. Emelin i am really looking forward too. But pavel is making me look his way with his play in the WJC. Looks like we got 2 russians with physical and good 2 way play, that might play on the habs one day. We have a lot of good prospects pilling up

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please tell me how playing in the RSL will help HIM a lot....since the NHL went back to work that league is really changed.


He is a big defenceman that needs to leard the N.A. game more. There is like no contact in the RSL.

i will admit that if he plays in the RSL for the next 2 yrs and then makes the jump to N.A> he will start in Hamilton....thats 3 yrs of development. I just believe that if he played over here it would be accelerated and after the 3 yr period he would be a regular on MONTREAL's defence. not a guy going up and down from the NHL to the AHL after the 3 yrs development



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He looked good out there, was getting more ice time later in the games that i watched him play(sweden and canada). Looks like the coach leaned on him more and more as the tourny unfolded. I hope he comes over soon along with emelin of course. Emelin i am really looking forward too. But pavel is making me look his way with his play in the WJC. Looks like we got 2 russians with physical and good 2 way play, that might play on the habs one day. We have a lot of good prospects pilling up
This year for Valentenko, I think that the RSL was his best option. There's not a whole lot of young defenceman who can have a permenant spot on a Superleague team so that's a great achievement for Pavel. I agree that he needs to play in NA sooner rather than later, but still, the RSL is probably is best option because it's a pro league...

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