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05-24-2004, 11:30 AM
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K.Zakharov & A.Shkotov?

Could someone provide me with insight on these aforementioned prospects? Some similarities/differences? Projected NHL success?

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Could someone provide me with insight on these aforementioned prospects? Some similarities/differences? Projected NHL success?
Similarities:
Both are (very)speedy, offense oriented players that need to work on their defensive games. Both have a goal scorers touch and good vision on the ice.

Differences:
Skohtov is small and tends to play a more perimeter game. He does possess great passing ability(making him a great playmaker(he had 40 assists this year in the QMJHL)) but his size will probably limit his NHL effectiveness(of course, a lot of people said that about Marty St. Louis and look at what he's done the last few years). If he makes the NHL on a regular basis he will be a top line player with 50- 60 point ability(baring chemistry with another great player).

Zakharov is the classic sniper. He has decent size(at 6'1" 200) and likes to set up in the high slot(kinda like Hull). Zakharov can pass but he always looks to shoot first. At the very least he will get a look at the NHL level. In the prospect polls we are conducting he ranked as the second best prospect in the system behind Peter Sejna(who is no longer listed as a prospect on the prospects page).

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Zakharov is the classic sniper. He has decent size(at 6'1" 200) and likes to set up in the high slot(kinda like Hull). Zakharov can pass but he always looks to shoot first. At the very least he will get a look at the NHL level. In the prospect polls we are conducting he ranked as the second best prospect in the system behind Peter Sejna(who is no longer listed as a prospect on the prospects page).
His numbers, for the Q, werent all that impressive (something like 40 pts in 50 games), yet he is ranked high by most of the posters here. Any reason for this? Was he on a bottom tier line? Did it look like he had some problems adjusting early? What are the indications that he will make it to the next level?

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His numbers, for the Q, werent all that impressive (something like 40 pts in 50 games), yet he is ranked high by most of the posters here. Any reason for this? Was he on a bottom tier line? Did it look like he had some problems adjusting early? What are the indications that he will make it to the next level?

here's a good starting point:

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...readed&order=0

Also this:

• Just as impressive as Shkotov is fellow rookie import Konstantin Zakharov. Drafted in the third round this year, Zakharov has also made the smooth transition to North American hockey with 18 goals and 7 assists for 25 points in 23 games for Moncton in the QMJHL.

Scouts were mixed on Zakharov’s NHL potential before the 2003 draft but the 18-year-old right wing is proving he could progress to the AHL in 2005. Zakharov finished second in both the QMJHL’s November offensive player of the month and rookie of the month voting behind Sidney Crosby. He’ll play for the Belarus WJC U-20 tournament team this month.

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Mostly it's because a lot of different sources have spoken pretty highly of the guy....

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His numbers, for the Q, werent all that impressive (something like 40 pts in 50 games), yet he is ranked high by most of the posters here. Any reason for this? Was he on a bottom tier line? Did it look like he had some problems adjusting early? What are the indications that he will make it to the next level?
Zakharov had 49 points in 55 games. BUT, 33 of those points were goals. Zakharov was playing second line, first PP unit. He did go through a big late season slump which hurt his numbers. Before the slump he was doing better than Skohtov in a PPG comparrisson. Furthermore, it was his second year in the Q and his first as a scoring line player. Zak has a TON of upside and with increased playing time should put up PPG numbers in the Q. I don't see any reason why he can't play in the AHL(or the NHL for that matter). He has the size, speed and offensive game to be a solid top 2 line player at any level he plays at(including, IMO, the NHL).


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His numbers, for the Q, werent all that impressive (something like 40 pts in 50 games), yet he is ranked high by most of the posters here. Any reason for this? Was he on a bottom tier line? Did it look like he had some problems adjusting early? What are the indications that he will make it to the next level?

It was very hard to put up good numbers with Moncton this years. look at Stockov's stats:
Alexei Shkotov, Moncton....................... 7 2 4 6 2
Quebec........................ 36 25 36 61 24

Moncton was playing very defensivly and the coach is very hard on offensive players. Stockov had no difficulty to play for Tickonov in Russia but he was about to leave Moncton before he was traded.

Both are very solid prospects.

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It was very hard to put up good numbers with Moncton this years. look at Stockov's stats:
Alexei Shkotov, Moncton....................... 7 2 4 6 2
Quebec........................ 36 25 36 61 24

Moncton was playing very defensivly and the coach is very hard on offensive players. Stockov had no difficulty to play for Tickonov in Russia but he was about to leave Moncton before he was traded.

Both are very solid prospects.
QFA. They are in my opinion the best Blues prospect since Nagy. I've been following their progress closely and I do hope both would be NHL players.
BTW, I expect Shkotov to play for Cats next year.

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Thanks for all the responses. Sounds like a pretty solid prospect and a great pick in the later stages of the third round.

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