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Author: (RussianProspects Exclusive)Date: 05/10/2006
U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 2005) - Russian Player Performance Evaluations Part 7: Andrei Popov, Pavel Kurdyukov, and Maxim Mamin

2006 U18 4 Nations Tournament (88 born)

U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 10th - Nov. 12th; Slovakia)
Russian Player Pefromance Evaluations Part 7: Andrei Popov, Pavel Kurdyukov
and Maxim Mamin

Andrei Popov, LW (2006 NHL Entry Draft Eligible)

Registered an unimpressive start into the tournament .. couldn't catch up to the pace of the opener against Germany and failed to keep his feet moving, which would make a bigger factor from him .. couldn't make use of the breakdown of the German defense and faded all game long .. showed smooth puck moves and occassional fast accurate passes in the second game against Czech Republic, but lacked a determination to skate powerfully and give his best on every shift .. was too static, which prevented him from becoming a major factor .. failed to impress with his offensive ability in the third game against Slovakia, where he was a non-factor at both ends of the ice .. was hiding from performing in heavy traffic .. the hype from the previous seasons starts to prove itself wrong.

Pavel Kurdyukov, D (2006 NHL Entry Draft Eligible)
Played with above-average diligence but smallish size and limited skating skills turned out to be his main drawbacks in the tournament opener against Germany .. an average factor on powerplays .. was switched to center when Vasily Vinogradov was sidelined with an injury for the second game against Czech Republic .. his solid puckhandling skills helped him to particularly succeed at forward, but served in a role of the defensive attacker .. returned back to playing defense for the third game against Slovakia .. didn't make many mistakes, should develop more reliability in the defensive zone .. lack of elite top-end speed was exposed even in this game against a weaker opponent .. couldn't handle the bigger opponents effectively .. pulled off an average tournament.

Maxim Mamin, C (2006 NHL Entry Draft Eligible)
The biggest Russian disappointment at the tournament .. the center of the first line looked snake-bitten in the opener against Germany and couldn't generate quality offense even after the breakdown of the opponent in the third period .. the faster-paced game against Czech Republic made clear that he can't execute at top velocity and needs to slow down to make his moves .. didn't make proper use of his linemates and didn't control the play of the line as he was expected to .. looked a bit tired in the final matchup against Slovakia and couldn't impress with any asset which would help him to get a better rating from the tournament .. focused on passing the puck rather than firing it .. was willing to stick his nose into traffic, but didn't find a way how to be effective in his role


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