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Name: Evgeni TunikNew York Islanders (#53/2003 NHL Draft)

Rating: 75
Height: 190cm/6'3"
Weight: 91kg/200.2 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1984-11-17
Birthplace: Elektrostal, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2002-03 CSKA (Moscow) Away - Sold
2003-04 CSKA (Moscow) Home - Sold
RELATED ARTICLES:
Coming to America: Trial and error, Tunik (New York Islanders) learns game, culture (11/18/2005)
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10/14/2007 New photos added to multiple player profiles
03/14/2006 AHL clubs anounce playoff rosters, include a number of Russian prospects
11/20/2005 Coming to America: Trial and error, Tunik (New York Islanders) learns game, culture

Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post writes regarding the progress of the young Russian forward in adjusting to the North American hockey, as well as the American culture. READ MORE
10/27/2004 Evgeniy Tunik's (New York Islanders #53/2003) 2003-04 season recap and 2004-05 projections added
07/14/2004 Evgeni Tunik (New York Islanders #53/2003 ) remains with SKA, signs new deal with Super League club
02/15/2004 Evgeny Tunik (New York Islanders) recovers from a broken foot, returns to SKA’s lineup
02/03/2004 Evgenii Tunik (New York Islanders) out with a broken foot
Talent Analysis:
Size and Physical Play: At almost 6’3 and 200 pounds, Yevgeniy is a big guy. Ivan doesn’t tend to mix it up physically too much, but doesn’t shy away from contact when he is in traffic. He plays aggressive hockey and goes through people. Yevgeniy also fights very hard next to the boards and is very effective in retrieving the puck. Shot: Yevgeniy has a very strong shot. He is a blistering wrist shot with a fast release. He shoots hard and shoots often. This is Ivan’s strength and his weakness
Back In Russia:
Yevgeniy has been born and raised in Elektrostal and has played his whole career for Elemash. He spent most of the 2001-02 season with Elemash’s main team. He started the season with Elemash’s junior farm team, Elemash 2. He played well there, averaging about goal per game, and towards the middle of the season he was promoted to Elemash’s main team. He spent the rest of the season on Elemash’s roster and played on the team’s third line, managing to notch five goals. Yevgeniy improved his game significantly over the course of the year and his position on the team was also helped by the departure of several key players from Elemash to Super League teams. As a result of his improvements and roster losses, Yevgeniy emerged after the 2002-03 season training camp as one of the team’s leaders. His production has been steadily increasing and he had several multi goal games in late September and October.

International Competition:
Unfortunately for Yevgeniy, the rules of international competition split up the teams by the year they were born in, and since he was born in late ’84, he had to compete with players who were almost a full year older then him. His skills were still recognized and he made a solid impact in his limited role on the Russian U18 National team at the U18 WJC and at the 5 Nations Tournament in Tyumen. This year, Yevgeniy will likely get a lot more ice time on the U18 squad, that is, until he turns 18 late November. He will continue playing on the ’84 team, but will be unable to compete at the U18 WJC. So, unless he makes Russia’s U20 team, which is a possibility, it appears that Elektrostal shall be Yevgeniy’s main arena to showcase his skills to the NHL scouts. He will be on the Russian National U20 squad during the 2003-04 season.
After unsuccessfully trying twice to secure a spot with a Super League club during the 2002-03 season, Evgeny Tunik finally found a home with St. Petersburg’s SKA. The young forward signed a deal with the club in the summer of 2003 and successfully made the roster at the end of the preseason. The fact that besides injury time Tunik spent the entire 2003-04 season in the Super League speaks volume for his mental makeup, as he was able to prove himself to the club’s head coach Boris Mikhailov, who is known to be very hard and demanding of the younger players. The 2003-04 season has been quite a learning experience for Tunik. At the High League level (Russia 2), Tunik was known for his size and soft hands. In the Super League, he spent most of his time on the fourth line and, under the coach’s directions, he did not "freelance" as much with the puck as he did with Elektrostal a season earlier. The young forward is also known to have a very good shot, but he tended to hesitate to use this dangerous weapon this season. Possessing a solidly built 6’2 and 205lb frame, Tunik did at times try to lay a hit and play physical hockey, but since he has never really played physical hockey before in his relatively short professional career, his attempts often appeared to be a bit clumsy and unbalanced due to inexperience. Tunik’s physical presence improved towards the end of the season as the young forward became increasingly more confident on the ice. On the international arena, Tunik represented Russia at several international tournaments, including the U20 World Junior Championships. The young forward’s performance at the U20 WJC could be left as incomplete, since he played with a broken bone in his foot for the latter part of the championships. After the U20 WJC, Tunik had surgery on his foot and missed approximately two months of the regular season before coming back into SKA’s lineup. Tunik will spend the 2004-05 season with SKA. Since the club’s head coach has accepted the talented forward into the club’s lineup, SKA will be a good place for him to develop and gain additional responsibilities. Evgeny Tunik has a wealth of potential with great size and an array of skills, but he needs at least two more seasons to develop.
NHL Outlook:
From the 2003 NHL Entry Draft review
After selecting Chernykh, the New York Islanders used another second round pick to select Russian forward, Yevgeniy Tunik. A hulking forward with great hands, Tunik was very pleased to be selected in the second round and by the same club as Chernykh. The two forwards signed with CSKA and will be playing together with the Super League club next season. Elektrostal’s best sniper this past season, the ’84 born Tunik certainly made up for being too old to compete on Russia’s U18 squad by putting up many goals in Russia’s Upper League. He also performed quite well at the first warm up tournament of Russia’s 2004 U20 squad in St. Petersburg, where he was tournament’s top sniper.

With his size and array of skills, Yevgeniy Tunik could become a solid NHLer. His upside is two way second line winger and a specialist of playing in uneven situations. His development has been in the fast lane since the end of last year and if he continues to have success in the Upper League, his draft position should steadily increase. In addition, it appears that, while Yevgeniy’s upside is significant, he does seem to lack the speed and hockey sense possessed by some other peers on his team, like Ivan Khomutov. His late ’84 birth date does hurt his national team chances, but he shouldn’t be counted out. The biggest improvement Yevgeniy can make over the course of this year is to share the puck more often with his line mates.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Kristal (Elektrostal) High League (Russia 2) (Reg.)58 17 15 32 109 -2
2005-06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL (Reg.)61 4 14 18 44 -
2004-05 Neftyanik (Leninogorsk) High League (Playoffs)1 1 0 1 0 0
2004-05 Neftyanik (Leninogorsk) High League (Reg.)4 0 0 0 32 -2
2004-05 Kristal (Elektrostal) High League (Reg.)12 3 2 5 18 -5
2004-05 SKA St. Petersburg Super League (Reg.)4 0 0 0 8 -1
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)5 0 1 1 4 -1
2003-04 SKA Saint Peterburg Super League (Reg.)32 3 2 5 24 -
2003-04 Severstal Cherpovets Spartak Cup (Preseason)2 0 0 0 0 -
2003-04 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 2 3 8 -
2002-03 Elemash Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)42 14 10 24 24 -9
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 1 1 2 2 -
2001-02 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)8 1 3 4 14 2
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)14 13 6 19 18 -
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)22 5 0 5 8 -
2000-01 Elemash Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)8 2 0 2 2 -
1999-00 Kristal Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)3 0 0 0 4 -
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