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Author: RussianProspects.com (RussianProspects Exclusive)Date: 03/30/2006
U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 2005) - Russian Player Pefromance Evaluations Part 2: Alexander Ryabev, Alexander Vasyunov and Semen Varlamov

2006 U18 4 Nations Tournament (88 born)

Semen Varlamov accepting the MVP Award at the U18 Four Nations Tournament in Mytische Russia (Photo Source - Lokomotiv 2 Official Website/Yana Romanova)
U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 10th - Nov. 12th; Slovakia)
Russian Player Pefromance Evaluations Part 2: Alexander Ryabev, Alexander Vasyunov and Semen Varlamov

Semen Varlamov, G (2006)
Finished sixth among tournament goaltenders in save percentage (.9111) and fifth in goals-against-average (2.41) .. started the opening game against Germany .. pulled off an above-average showing .. frustrated the German shooters with his quickness and athleticism .. handled the intial shots well .. faced a little workload in the second period .. was replaced by backup Stanislav Galimov for the third period since the result of the game was already set .. started the game against Czech Republic .. wasn't so stellar as in the opening game but registered an adequate showing .. the game indicated a problem with soft goals on his five-hole and a worse play when having to deal with heavy traffic in front of him .. could make solid saves but nothing really outstanding .. served as the backup for the third game.

Alexander Ryabev, RW (2006)
Registered a good start into the tournament with a spirited showing in the opening contest against Germany .. looked flashier and smoother than at the August tournament .. could execute at a high speed and still could show his usual diligent style .. battled for the pucks in the corners and didn't hesitate to drive the net hard .. was very difficult to keep under control for the Czech defensemen in the second game .. played a team-orientated game at both ends of the ice with solid energy .. could succeed in numerous one-on-one battles and played an elusive game in traffic .. ran out of steam in the third game against Slovakia, where he was virtually a non-factor .. regularly fell one or two steps behind the play and wasn't as creative as usual .. still the most pleasant Russian surprise at the tournament.

Alexander Vasyunov, LW (2006)
The best sniper of the tournament (4 goals) .. pulled off three simillar showings at the tournament .. proved in all games that once he sneaks into a scoring chance with the puck on his stick he explodes into an offensive dynamo with a lethal ability to finish but the rest is seriously missing .. showed that compared to the August tournament he didn't make any noticeable progress in his play off the puck .. performed as an uninspired floater when asked to play defensively .. didn't show much character or a willingness to do the little things .. could dance around the slower German defensemen in the opening game .. killed the Slovaks with a game- and tournament-winning goal in the third game.

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