|Author: MIkhail Zislis (Ves Hokkei Newspaper)|
Translated By: Eugene Belashchenko
|Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators): There is nothing to do in the Super League without the High League experience|
|2006 Russian Super League|
Written By: Mikhail Zislis (Ves Hokkei/Football)
Ilya Zubov practicing with Traktor (Chelyabinsk) during the 2004-05 season (Photo Courtesy of HC Traktor)
Translated By: Eugene Belashchenko (RussianProspects.com)
Ilya Zubov, without a doubt, is the brightest 87 born forward. It's not
surprising that with Spartak, a club he joined this summer after leaving Traktor,
the coaching staff put him on the third line right away with experienced Mikhail
Ivanov. Zubov looks solid for a player his age, but he is yet to fulfill the
hefty expectations placed on his shoulders prior to this season.
What are you missing so far that prevents you from earning points?
You seem to have some good chances in everygame...
I. Zubov: I am probably missing a bit of confidence and fortune. Maybe
when I score a goal or two things will improve. I have already adjusted to the
speed, pressure and the physical play during the preseason and the beginning
of the regular season. Now, the main thing left is to start scoring. I hope
that's not too far away.
What goal did you put before yourself prior to the start of this season?
I. Zubov: I am not aiming for any high honors just
yet. It's a bit early. I just arrived here from the High Leageu, and that
is why my main goal right now is to simply play as often as possible, and to
gradually gain experience. Of course, I also strive to be the best in whatever
During the offseason several established clubs competed for your services.
Do you have any regrets regarding choosing Spartak?
I. Zubov: No, quite the opposite, I am actually happy
that I actually specifically chose Spartak. Here I am in a great situation from
all perspectives, including both playing and financial. The group of guys is
also great. In my current situation the most important thing is to play as much
as possible, and I am not experiencing any issues with this here. The head coach
trusts me. I will do my best to fulfill his expectations. Overall, I like it
Has the experience you gained over the past two years in the High League
prove useful to you?
I. Zubov: I believe that in order to smoothly adjust
to the Super League, a player has to go through the High League. Such experience
helps a player adjust to professional hockey. In order to prove everything one
is capable of, he must follow a gradual path forward. You can't achieve
everything at once. Instead, you need to go forward step by step.
Last year, did you get a lot of ice time?
I. Zubov: Yes, Traktor was under coach Anatoly Grigorevich
Timofeev, who used me quite often. I enjoyed plenty of ice time. Still, right
now in Spartak I am not complaining about his absence.
Does anyone work with you personally, giving you advice?
I. Zubov: The same Timofeev is not working as a coach
in Ufa. We remain on good terms, so he often calls me and lends me his advice.
My father is also a former hockey player. Of course, he doesn't stay on
the sidelines and constantly helps me. With Spartak we have three good coaches,
who always lend advice in the right moment. In this regard everything is fine
In your opinion, which of the young players is capable of proving himself
I. Zubov: There is a number of capable young players
in the Super League. I believe that they all can prove themselves, showing their
best qualities. For sure, several players will be competing for the title of
Rookie of the Year. I think Zubarev, Istomin and Buravchikov all have good chances.
These are my life friends, with whom I played together quite a bit on the national
team. Of course each one of us wants to get ahead of the other. The friendly
competition will definitely be there between us.
- Mikhail Zislis (Ves Hokkei/Football)
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