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Author: Alessandro Seren Rosso (RussianProspects.com Exclusive)Date: 03/08/2008
Vadim Golubtsov shift by shift scouting analysis

2008 Super League

Russian Superleague, Round 55: Shift-by-shift with Vadim Golubtsov

Vadim Golubtsov is a 1988 born prospect who plays in the Superliga for far east team Amur Khabarovsk. He is eligible for 2008 draft and we ranked him as 24th Russian player. He is known to the audience since he was part of the first line of Russia in the last WJC, playing with other 2008 eligible forwards Viktor Tikhonov and Vadim Sayustov. Russianprospects.com has followed his game against Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, very important as Amur is hunting for the last playoffs spot.

Vadim plays as left wing in the third line with center Alexander Gutov and right wing Alexander Krysanov. This is his first year in Khabarovsk as he spent the last two seasons in Togliatti skating in HC Lada’s system. So far in the season he has scored 9 points in forty matches, with six goals and three assists.

Shift#1 – 1’33” – 2’11”
Passes: 1/2
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: 1
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: In his first shift Vadim has won a battle on the boards, trying to launch the action. He got the puck once his team got into the offensive zone, and after a couple of strides he tried to serve Gutov, but his pass hit the goalkeeper.

Shift#2 – 2’22 – 2’53”
Passes: 1/1
Key passes:
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Vadim has hit the ice only ten seconds after the first shift. He wanted the puck, obtaining it from Gutov, and with a nice long pass he launched Krysanov in the offensive zone, but he lost the puck and Neftekhimik cleared the zone for an icing call.

*GAME NOTE*: 4’16” First penalty of the game, whistled against Jan Platil for charging. Amur is on a penalty killing.

Shift#3 – 5’53” – 6’38”
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover:
Takeaways -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: This shift has started while his team was still on PK and he didn’t touch a puck, though he skated hard throughout all the 45 seconds.

*GAME NOTE*: 9’36” Second penalty for Amur, this time against Sergei Anshakov (Pittsburgh Penguins), but nothing happens.

*GAME NOTE*: 12’08” Sergei Bernatsky is sent to the penalty box for a slashing to Arekaev. Amur will have a two-minute powerplay, but Neftekhimik scores: after a defensive zone faceoff, Berdnikov with a nice move gets rid of Platil, then rushes towards the goalkeeper, beaten with a nice top shelf wrist shot in the top left corner after a fake to the right.

Shift#4 – 12’14” – 13’31”
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: 1
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Iced just after the 0-1 mark, Golubtsov’s line gets another penalty on their favour when Pestushko slashes Shulakov to stop his dangerous rush. Amur is on double powerplay. Vadim hasn’t the chance to play the puck despite being at least twice in a good position to receive a pass. In the very last few seconds of the shift he takes the puck on the right circles and tries a wrist shot searching for the high part of the net, but it comes over the glass.

Shift#5 – 15’35” – 16’37”
Passes: 1/1
Key passes:
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Goal for Amur in this shift. Golubtsov has won a board battle on the left, using his speed, and has sent the puck back to Shulakov. Defender’s shoot was blocked by opponents and the puck got loose. Gutov is the first to get the possession and after a stride on the left scores with Garnett a bit out of position, too much in the center of the crease. Vadim could have rewarded with a second assist, but he wasn’t.

Shift#6 – 19’24” – 20’00”
Passes:
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Hasn’t do much in this shift as it was started in the defensive third and Gutov has lost the faceoff.

First period summary: Not too good first period by Golubtsov despite his active presence in one goal. He should be less passive. Gets good ice time, though.

Shift#7 – 21’37” – 22’17”
Passes: 1/1
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Vadim has made another shift without doing much. His team had a rush and he was carrying the puck on the left, but he made a bad pass to Gutov who managed to control it, but can’t convert the chance in a dangerous shoot.

*GAME NOTE*: 22’17” Amur is again on a powerplay, tripping by Islamov. But once again nothing happens.

Shift#8 – 24’24” – 25’28”
Passes: 0/2
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways
Penalties: 1 (attack to the player without the puck)
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Despite the stats tell that he missed both pass attempts, I must say that here Golubtsov has played very well. First he put a nice puck in the slot, then he rushed on the right flank, turning around the crease and again putting it near the net, but no one could exploit is good rush. After it he flew back at full speed to obstacle Hlystov’s counterattack. He actively disturbed him in front of the goalie and the referee has whistled a questionable penalty against him. It could be considered a clean action in my opinion, because it wasn’t a harsh play even if the opponent was put down. Good defensive rush though, he really displayed an excellent acceleration and will to defense. Neftekhimik is now on a powerplay.

*GAME NOTE*: 26’19” Neftekhimik scores. Deadly wristshot from the right circle by Smirnov, that gets in the net in the top right corner.

*GAME NOTE*: 26’43” Penalty to Islamov for tripping. Third powerplay of the game for Amur

Shift#9 – 27’31” – 27’40”
Passes:
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: He did a short shift as extra attacker in a delayed penalty call situation. He wins a boardplay in the neutral zone, then he tries to dump the puck, but goalkeeper Garnett intercepts. Andrei Ivanov is sent to the penalty box for a tripping on Arekaev and Amur is on a double powerplay.

*GAME NOTE*: On a 5-on-3 Antipin shoots heavily from the blue line. The puck ricochets on Dudarev’s legs, but Akimov burns all the opponents and puts it in for the tie with a close range backhand tap-in.

Shift#10 – 27‘54” – 28’17”
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Again a short shift as his linemate Krysanov is sent to the penalty box for holding. The game is now four-on-four.

Shift#11 – 30’41” – 31’30”
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Once again Vadim distinguishes himself for defensive play as he places himself correctly in front of his goalkeeper, Malkov, and clears the slot when he can’t control the rebound. Actually he does it twice, but the second time he causes an icing call against his team.

Shift#12 – 34’22” – 35’19”
Passes: -
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: He rushed in the offensive zone, but went outmuscled by Nylander. Some seconds later a puck got loose in his zone, but he went anticipated by a defenseman.

Shift#13 – 38’27” – 39’52”
Passes: 0/1
Key passes:
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: -
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: Misplayed the puck in the very first few seconds of the shift, but his team didn’t lose the possession. He recovered the puck after the opponents dumped it in, but his pass along the boards was bad and Neftekhimik remained on the attack. After an icing call, he brought the puck very well into the offensive zone with a good acceleration. He tried to double team with Krysanov, but the latter has lost the board battle.

Second period summary: He played better than in the first. He got more involved in the offense, and he played more the puck. Interesting to see what he does in the third period. He could have shot t better though.

Shift#14 – 40’31” – 41’53”
Passes: 2/2
Key passes: -
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots: 1
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: After a duet with Krysanov he tried a shot from the left circle, but it went wide of the net. Then he had a good forecheck, but his team didn’t conquer the puck.

*GAME NOTE*: 43’16” Goal for Neftekhimik! Konstantin Makarov scores the 3-2 mark with a very good top shelf wristshot from a frontal position.

Shift#15 -
Passes: 0/1
Key passes:
Hits: -
Turnover: 1
Takeaways:
Penalties:
Shoots:
Assist:
Goals:
Summary: iced just after the goal, early in the shift he missed a pass to Gutov in the neutral zone. Gutov has managed to recover the puck, serving Krysanov. The wing outplayed the puck a bit, stickhandling too much behind the net, but then he sent the puck left to Golubtsov. Vadim backskated a bit and then with a beautiful backhander has served again Krysanov, right of the crease, whose shot came saved by Garnett. Good rush for Amur, who has to push for  the tie.

 *GAME NOTE*: 46’42” Goal for Neftekhimik! Nizhnekamsk team scores the fourth goal with Pestushko. His wrister from the slot had been touched by goalkeeper’s glove, but went into the net anyway.

Shift#16 46’42 – 47’34”
Passes: 1/1
Key passes:
Hits: -
Turnover: -
Takeaways: -
Penalties: -
Shoots:
Assist:
Goals:
Summary: Again iced after the goal. He tried to launch Gutov, but the center has lost the puck. He didn’t do much in this shift

Shift#17 – 49’17” – 50’12”
Passes:
Key passes;
Hits:
Turnover:
Takeaways:
Penalties:
Shoots:
Assist:
Goals:
Summary: when his line hits the ice it’s a goal for Amur! Gutov launches Krysanov who rushes in front of Garnett and beats him in the five-hole with nice wrist shot after a fake. After the 3-4 mark the line exits and the shift ends.

*GAME NOTE*: 50’54” penalty against Amur, goes in the box Pokotilo for slashing.

Shift#18 – 54’27” – 55’11”
Passes:
Key passes:
Hits:
Turnover:
Takeaways:
Penalties:
Shoots: 1
Assist: -
Goals: -
Summary: after his team got caught in an icing, he rushed end-to-end puck on the stick, risking a bit. His shot from the right side was saved by the goalkeeper with the chest. Very good rush, but the shot attempt wasn’t dangerous for Garnett. Later he played the puck another time, quite well again, but after his pass Gutov lost the possession.

Shift#19 – 57’11” – 57’56”
Passes: 2/2
Key passes:
Hits:
Turnover: 1
Takeaways:
Penalties:
Shoots:
Assist:
Goals:
Summary: Started the shift as playmaker. He first feeded Krysanov, but he mishandled the puck. Then he put the puck between a defender’s legs to serve Shulakov on the left, but then his line mate made a bad pass on the blue line and the offensive rush has lost the timing. After a counterattack by the opponents, Golubtsov tries again to rush in, but he outplays the puck and causes a turnover.

*GAME NOTE*: 58’30” Amur asks for a timeout and calls Malkov on the bench.

Shift#20 – 58’46” – 59’24”
Passes: 1/1
Key passes:
Hits:
Turnover:
Takeaways:
Penalties:
Shoots: 1
Assist:
Goals:
Summary: Iced as extra-attacker, Vadim plays the puck behind the net, serving Kazakh Dudarev. He receives the back pass and tries an one-timer, but he’s too close to the net and hits Garnett’s pads.

*GAME NOTE*: 59’32” Goal for Amur! Putting pressure on opponents playing without the goalie, Platil finds the hole in Neftekhimik’s defense and with a blaster shot puts it behind Garnett tying the game in the dying seconds of the game. Great rally.

Shift#21 – 59’32” – 60’00”
Passes:
Key passes:
Hits:
Turnover:
Takeaways:
Penalties:
Shoots: 1
Assist:
Goals:
Summary: curiously iced again after a goal being scored, he only had one puck to play, right on the horn and he tried to surprise Garnett from the central red line, without fortune.

Third period summary: Third period is his best period by far. He played many quality time, and always as extra-attacker with Malkov on the bench, a sign of the trust of coach Emelin (father of Montreal Prospect Aleksei Emelin). He played a lot the puck, sometimes even a bit too much, but has became a factor for his team. Very good in this period.

Shift#22 – 61’46” – 62’51”
Passes:
Key passes:
Hits:
Turnover:
Takeaways: 1
Penalties:
Shoots:
Assist:
Goals:
Summary: he played with veteran Bashkatov his first and only shift in the overtime. Later in the shift he recovered a loose puck and tried to stickhandle around to get a good chance, but he and Dudarev didn’t gel and they fallen on an offside call.

*GAME NOTE*: 64’49”: ten seconds to the end of regulation and it’s a penalty against Amur, whistled to Gutov for tripping. Nothing happens, we go to the shoot out relay. Pokotilo scores the first attempt for Amur, and Vadim in the second trial scores as well, securing the victory to his team as Neftekhimik missed both. Golubtsov started the attempt slowly, then he skated towards the goalie, moved a little bit on the right and with a smooth backhander he put the puck between Garnett’s legs.

Golubtsov's game in numbers

Time on ice: 18’03” in 22 shifts (average shift lenght: 49,2 seconds)
Passes: 10/15 (66,6%)
Key passes: 1
Hits: -
Turnovers: 1
Takeaways: 2
Penalties: 1
Shots on goal: 4
Shoots breakdown: 2 wide 2 saved (1 chest, 1 pads)
Assist: -
Goals: -

Game summary: A good game overall, adding also the satisfaction of the shoot out relay. He must be more involved in the game, as he only completed 10 passes in the whole game. He also should try to stay less passive, but this will become with age. Dangerous when playing the puck thanks to his technique, his accelerations helped him in defense too, where he displayed some will. He likes to play the puck, but must learn how to play it properly without only stickhandling around. He definitely has some potential and also has displayed that he can play some relevant minutes in the Super League.

GRADE: B
As said, has played an overall good game. He is sometimes off the play, but when he stickhandle things can happen. The shoot out he scored was really nice, as was the between-the-legs pass to Shulakov in the end of the third period. Vadim also has showed his will to work hard back in his own zone, which is never a bad thing, especially for a winger like him.


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