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Author: Alessandro Seren Rosso (RussianProspects.com Exclusive)Date: 10/20/2007
Kiril Petrov shift by shift detailed scouting report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game)

2008 Super League

Russian Superleague, Round 11: Shift-by-shift with Kirill Petrov

17 years old Kirill Petrov is one of the highest touted Russian players for the upcoming 2008 draft, along with Nikita Filatov of CSKA.  Despite his Moscovite colleague, Petrov is a valuable member of Kazan’s main team.  After team's recent crisis, Ak Bars' head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, former NHL coach, has decided to change the lines a bit in his attempt to shake things up, therefore Kirill plays with Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) and Dmitri Obukhov instead of Mikhail Zhukov (Edmonton Oilers) and Igor Musatov. Playing with Zinovjev is a good opportunity for him to progress and mature, as well as learn some tricks from an experienced and gifted player.

Shift#1 - 0'57" - 1'21"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways:
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Shift spent entirely in the defensive zone after Zinoviev's lost faceoff. Alexei did really nothing here, only skating around in his own zone.

Shift#2 - 3'58" - 4'47"
Passes: 1/1
Key passes:
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots:
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Kirill's line started the shift in their own zone and he touched the puck for the first time in the game. He stickhandled a bit in the defensive zone and then started the new offensive rush by feeding Zinoviev. After that, he didn't control Ivan Nepiayev enough while on defense and his own opponent fed a player in front of Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning), so Mikhail Tyulyapkin had to intervene by committing a penalty.

*GAME NOTE*: 5'42" Goal for Lokomotiv! Kudashov exchanges the puck with Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) and gets it back in the slot. He shoots from there and puts it in the back of the net. Deserved goal for the home team.

Shift#3 - 7'16" - 8'07"
Passes: 0/2
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways 1
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Despite the 0/2 in passing, Kirill has played a good shift. At first he tried a feed in the neutral zone that went a bit too long. Later in his effort he recovered a puck near the opponent blue line and skated towards the net. He then wrapped around it trying to feed Zinoviev, but his line mate got outmuscled in the zone. A cross checking penalty by Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers) ended the shift, putting Ak Bars again short of one man.

Shift#4 - 10'34" - 11'16"
Passes: - 0/1
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Another shift spent mostly in the defensive zone, this time by his fault since he failed to pass along the boards, meaning to direct it towards Zinoviev. It's noticeable that his weak area seems to be his passing.

*GAME NOTE*: 11'47" Ak Bars ties it up. Igor Musatov skates in the left part of the rink and feeds the arriving Maxim Mayorov (Columbus Blue Jackets) with a precise feed. Mayorov's one timer is accurate too and so he scores top shelf. Nice goal by the Columbus prospect and also a nice pass by young Musatov, former line mate of Petrov.

Shift#5 - 12'26" - 13'08"
Passes: 2/2
Key passes: 1
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Good shift again for Kirill as he actively created a scoring chance for his team by stickhandling in the offensive zone and serving Zinoviev in the slot, whose one timer went just wide of the net. His good set up attempt would have deserved more.

Shift#6 - 16'58" - 17'49"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: First he missed a pass attempt by Tyulyapkin out of the zone, then a good offensive effort for Petrov as he won a battle on the boards despite being hit in the start. He then skated into the zone with his head up but his stickhandling was interrupted by a nice poke check by veteran Vasiliev.

First period Summary: Kirill played a good first period, despite what one can think by browsing through his stats. He already can fit well on a line with two experienced players and being also the strongest part of the line. It's noticeable that he has huge margins of improvement, especially in the areas of the game that require some maturity, like passing and defense. He definitely has to learn how to be an active player in his own zone because he spent most of the time still in the same position.

Shift#7 - 1'28" - 1'35"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Shift very short because of a penalty by Konstantin Rudenko (Philadelphia Flyers) that put Ak Bars on a powerplay. Kirill did nothing as his shift consisted merely of a couple of faceoffs in his own zone.

Shift#8 - 3'46" - 4'26"
Passes: - 2/2
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Skated on a four-on-four with Zinoviev, Kirill showed here his very good physical play creating space for his famous line mate. He also displayed that he is a gifted stickhandler.

*GAME NOTE*: 25'07" Goal for Lokomotiv! On a powerplay, seasoned Ulanov shoots from the blue line. Koshechkin rejects but he ends up being to high up in the crease, thus leaving the net empty. Canadian Randy Robitaille takes advantage of both Koshechkin and Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) errors in positioning and scores a very easy goal. Bad news for Kazan since they are playing better than their opponents in those last minutes.

Shift#9 - 7'00" - 7'50"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Early in his seventh shift he couldn't handle a long pass from Zinoviev. After that he got outmuscled by Dmitri Semin (St. Louis Blues) and thus he couldn't recover the puck. On defense, his line suffered against Alexei Yashin and Semin but they managed to not allow a goal in what was a good shift played by the opponents.

Shift#10 - 10'29" - 11'27"
Passes: 1/1
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Shift that seemed the same as the #7. Obukhov drew a penalty as he was checked from behind by Ivan Tkachenko (Columbus Blue Jackets) just after the start and Ak Bars was on a powerplay. But Bilyaletdinov decided to leave the line on ice. Petrov picked up the puck after a wide shot by Zubarev and has sent a successful short pass to Zinoviev.

*GAME NOTE*: 31'47" Goal for Lokomotiv! Shorthand of one man, Galimov skates thru the offensive zone and after tricking out Zubarev, avoids Koshechkin's awkward poke check attempt with a top shelf wrist shot for his first marker of the season.

Shift#11 - 14'13" - 15'05"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: At first he was asked to play deep behind the net, where he tried hard but at the end was outmuscled by bigger Sokolov, without causing a turnover. After that, Obukhov loses in board play, resulting in a quick counterattack by the opponents, but Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers)'s shot rattled on the post right to Koshechkin. As a result Ak Bars goes on counterattack itself and had a good chance with Zinoviev. His shot went rejected by Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) and Petrov gets the rebound. He then tries to slide the puck past the goalie resisting the active checking of Zhukov, but Varlamov goes down and saves. Good shift by Petrov, who managed to be dangerous once again.

Shift#12 - 17'31" - 18'32"
Passes: 1/1
Key passes: 1
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: 1
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: The shift started well for Kirill, who avoided the intervention of Konkov behind the net with a nice body play to send a pass in the blue line for a big shot by Buravchikov, saved by Varlamov. Maybe the pass was directed in the slot but nevertheless it was a good pass that drove to a dangerous shot. Later on Obukhov picks up the puck and sends it to Kirill who one timers it from the slot quickly, but Varlamov saves with the blocker.

Second period Summary: Good second period for Kirill, unfortunately we can't say the same for his team. Also, if Zinoviev would win face-offs more often, he'd make more chances for his team. Anyhow, he was dangerous on several occasions and he also used his body well, which is an uncommon sign for Russian players of his age. He is already a valuable player of the team aged only 17.

*GAME NOTE*: 40'52" Goal for Lokomotiv! In a quick rush, Mikhnov centers the puck \for Konkov, whose shot goes under Koshechkin’s pads and in. 4-1 Lokomotiv.

Shift#13 - 1'27" - 2'45"
Passes: 2/3
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Kirill once again has a good shift: he got the puck after one of the rare faceoffs won by Zinoviev and skated around the net to feed his line mate Obukhov who was obstructed down to penalty by Robitaille. His line thus skated on the powerplay and Kirill picks for Zinoviev who skates behind the net and, with a soft backhand touch, feeds Obukhov who scores from one meter, anticipating Zhukov for the 4-2 marker. Another nice shift for Petrov since his effort drew the penalty that resulted in the goal. After Obukhov's successful shot the line remained on the ice. Zinoviev lost the faceoff and thus Ak Bars spent a lot of time in the defensive zone. They then managed to get out but the lengthiness of the shift forced Petrov to release a soft pass that caused a turnover making the coach change the line.

Shift#14 - 6'24" - 6'51"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Short shift, like #7, due to a tripping by Obukhov that put Ak Bars short of one player.

Shift#15 - 8'57" - 10'04"
Passes: 1/2
Key passes: 1
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Kirill didn't do much on this shift since it was mainly conducted in the defensive zone. He completed an easy but successful pass in the neutral zone to launch Obukhov who shot a couple of strides later being stopped by Varlamov. His play in the own zone was even more passive than usual.

*GAME NOTE*: At 11'50" during a four-on-four Bilyaletdinov gets back to the famous ZZM line, Zaripov, Zinoviev and Marozov. The latter fed Giroux who pass to Zaripov right in front of Varlamov, but the shot was just wide of the net. A question of centimetres.

Shift#16 - 13'09" - 14'06"
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Zinoviev gets back to his original line. At the start of the shift Obukhov searches for Petrov in the slot. He got shoved but the puck ricochets against his skate and forces Varlamov to carry out a difficult dive save. Zinoviev's inability to win faceoffs obliges his line to defend again for most of the shift.

*GAME NOTE*: 56'27" Goal for Ak Bars! On a double powerplay, Morozov feeds Giroux in the slot. The Canadian releases an accurate wrist shot that goes in just under the cross bar. No way out for Varlamov.

Third period Summary: Petrov has played a good third period, even if he didn't get much ice time in the hottest period of the game since Bilyaletdinov has preferred more experienced players and the ZZM line, without much success. Kirill has showed good technique and skating and he got confidence with the flow of minutes.

Petrov's game in numbers

Time on ice: 12'22" (average shift lenght 49,5 seconds)
Passes: 10/13 (76,9%)
Key passes: 3
Hits: -
Turnovers: 4
Takeaways: 1
Penalties: -
Shoots: 1
Shoots breakdown: 1 save
Assist: 0
Goals: -

Game Summary: Kirill Petrov has played a good game, playing better than some veterans like Stepanov. He passed the puck quite dangerously but not that good, his 4 turnovers speak for themselves. At 17 years of age he is a valuable member of the team.

Grade: B-
As said before he played a good game with some weaknesses in the passing area. His technique and skating are very good and are his best parts. His weak areas are his defensive play, since he tends to stay still in the defensive zone waiting for the right time to get forward, and his pass selection is not always the best. His physical play is okay since he knows how to use the body but sometimes he forgets it and plays more finesse, looking equally as effective though.


Related Player Profiles: . V.Buravchikov N.Filatov V.Koshechkin M.Mayorov A.Mikhnov I.Musatov K.Petrov K.Rudenko D.Semin I.Tkachenko S.Varlamov A.Yashin M.Zhukov S.Zinovjev A.Zubarev
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