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Author: RussianProspects.com (RussianProspects Exclusive)Date: 04/28/2006
U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 2005) - Russian Player Performance Evaluations Part 6: Vadim Golubtsov, Sergei Zachupeyko, Ruslan Bashkirov

2006 U18 4 Nations Tournament (88 born)U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 10th - Nov. 12th; Slovakia)
Russian Player Pefromance Evaluations Part 6: Vadim Golubtsov, Sergei Zachupeyko, Ruslan Bashkirov

Vadim Golubtsov, RW (2006 NHL Entry Draft Eligible)

Focused on playing a finesse style in the first game against Germany .. the quick waterbug could take occassional advantage of his speed, but showed only a few attempts to sneak into a breakaway .. improved on his performance and registered a solid showing in the second game against the Czech Republic .. could burst into scoring chances with his speed and drove the net hard enough to finish the scoring chances on his own .. showed an increased willingness to battle traffic and didn't play afraid .. repeated the solid showing from the second game also in the third game against Slovakia .. emerged as a dangerous threat in one-on-one situations against the Slovak defensemen .. was very hard to predict for the Slovak defensemen with his quickness .. helped to boost his draft stock.

Sergei Zachupeyko, RW (2006 NHL Entry Draft Eligible)
Pulled off a delighting performance in the tournament opener against Germany .. played a team-orientated game and was effective at both ends of the ice .. sacrificed his body to block the opposing shots and drove the net hard once on a scoring chance .. showed an ability to fire the puck and make an accurate pass equally well .. used as a versatile player who played both center and right winger and didn't stop battling in the second game against Czech Republic but couldn't regain the shape from the opening match .. registered a decent showing in the final game against Slovakia, but didn't stand out on his shifts .. payed less attention to defense as the tournament went on .. a nice surprise, but would get an even better mark if he would show sufficient consistency.

Ruslan Bashkirov, LW (2007 NHL Entry Draft Eligible)
The only '89 born forward registered a slower start into the tournament with a reluctancy to be effective in traffic in the opener against Germany .. got nailed by three German hits, but wasn't very rattled .. upgraded on his play in the second game against Czech Republic and took advantage of his speed and smooth puckhandling skills which could regularly burn the Czech defense .. agility was his strong point in the game .. repeated his showing from the second game also in the third game and could wreak havoc among the Slovak defense with his moves .. proved that he will need to bulk up to be stronger on the puck and more effective against bruising opponents but his skills set is an appealing asset.


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