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Name: Anton VolchenkovOttawa Senators (#21/2000 NHL Draft)

Rating: 90
Height: 187cm/6'2"
Weight: 116kg/255.2 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1982-02-25
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2000-01 Soviet Wings (Moscow) Home - Sold
2001-02 Soviet Wings (Moscow) Home - Sold
2000-01 Soviet Wings (Moscow) Away - Sold
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04/29/2009 Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) added to Russia's roster for the WC

World Championships -  After the injury obtained by Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa Senators) and Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Vyacheslav Bykov decided to add Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) to the roster for the tournament's second stage. Korneev's first match will be played on tuesday against team Sweden.
08/12/2005 Anton Volchenkov signs two year deal with the Ottawa Senators
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08/03/2004 Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa Senators) on the verge of signing lockout deal with Super League club
Talent Analysis:
Anton Volchenkov is an aggressive defenseman with a very strong defensive discipline. At 6’1 and 225 pounds, Volchenkov is a force to be reckoned with. According to the CSB, Anton is an excellent skater with great acceleration. He is also very quick with the puck, using his strong passing skills to create plays. Anton also possesses a strong positional game, rarely letting a rushing forward past him or getting caught out of position. Anton is a defensive defenseman, without a lot of offensive potential. His scoring has stayed approximately the same over the last couple of years in two different organizations HK CSKA and Soviet Wings. With the Soviet Wings Anton’s responsibility is more defensive, limiting his involvement on offense.

Anton’s frame is already bulked up, but as with many European players, he needs to become a bigger physical force on the ice to adapt to the North American style of play. Anton Volchenkov is already an aggressive defenseman by European standards, but he needs to turn it up a notch and have a stronger presence on the ice. Anton has said that he likes "a tough game" and plays physically, controlling the crease in front of his net.
Back In Russia:
2001-2002 Season Update:
Anton Volchenkov did not attend Ottawa Senators training camp after not being able to reach an contractual agreement with the team's management. Anton remained in Russia and resigned with the Soviet Wings, which now play in Russia's premier Super League. Anton Volchenkov has emerged as a top defenseman on the Soviet Wings team. His transition from the Upper League into the more competitive Super League has been very smooth. Playing on the top defensive pairing and on the top power play unit, Anton's production has also increased. After scoring only 7 points (3+4) in the 34 regular season games, Anton already has a goal and three assists in the first 12 games of the 01-02 season. This increase in production is partially due to the chemistry that Anton has developed with the team's top line, namely it's top sniper, Los Angeles Kings prospect Alexander Frolov. Anton's three assists have all been on Alexander's goals and Alexander Frolov assisted Anton on his first goal of the season. It seems that Anton's choice to remain in Russia has been a good one as he now has a chance to develop his skills on a higher level of hockey than last year and will get a lot ice time. Anton Volchenkov has been raised in the CSKA (Central Sport Club of the Red Army) system. His father, Alexei Volchenkov has been a famous defenseman for the CSKA in the 1970s and early 80s. He participated on the Soviet Squad in the 1975 super series. Anton grew up in Moscow and bean attending the CSKA hockey school at the age of six. Anton’s first coach was CSKA’s youth school’s coach Yuri Chabarin, whose credentials include raising a young talen such as Slava Fetisov in the seventies. Around time when Anton was in fourth grade, his family moved to Kiev, Ukraine and he began attending Sokol’s hockey school, as his uncle became the director of that school. After a year in Kiev, Anton returned to his CSKA coach, Yuri Chabanov. Anton continued his development within the CSKA system through the CSKA’s junior team. Then Boris Mikhailov invited him to join CSKA’s senior team, but Anton opted to join the "other" CSKA, HK Moskva (the CSKA Penguins) and play under the long time CSKA and National Team coach Viktor Tikhonov.

After spending the 99/00 season with HK Moskva, Anton was drafted by the Ottawa Senators, but decided to remain in Russia for the at least another year to gain more experience. However, Anton Volchenkov did not remain with HK Moskva and instead signed with another Upper League team, the Soviet Wings. Anton had other, potentially more lucrative offers from teams in the higher Super League, but he opted for the Soviet Wings due to his relationship with the team’s head coach, Fedor Kanareyin, a long time assistant coach of Viktor Tikhonov at HK Moskva. During the 2000/01 season, Anton has received significant playing time with the Soviet Wings, honing his skills and maturing as a player. A key indicator of a defenseman’s performance is his +/- rating, and Volchenkov’s was +22 after 34 games and the conclusion of the first and second phases of the Upper League season.

International Competition:
One of Anton Volchenkov’s first International Tournaments was the 1999 International Tournament between Juniors of DOB 1982. There Anton played three games and picked up two assists in the process. He once again participated in the tournament in 2000, scoring 2 assists and registering a +4 ranking. In 2000 Anton finally secured a spot on the National Team roster, playing for the team at the 2000 World Junior Under 18 Championships, registering 1 assist and an impressive +11 +/- rating in just 6 games, helping Russia earn the silver medal. Anton has had some friction with the Russian National Junior Team during the 2000/2001 season. After he missed the tournament in Slovakia due to injury, he was not on the roster of the team for a tournament in Sweden due to dissatisfaction with his abilities by the team’s coach Petr Vorobiev. However, things came back on track and he joined the Russian National U20 Team at the WJC. Anton played on the Russian National Team at the 2001 Under 20 World Junior Championships, picking up his offensive game and registering 4 assists and an impressive +5 rating, considering that Russia placed only 7th in that tournament in Moscow.
NHL Outlook:
Anton Volchenkov was chosen by the Ottawa Senators with in the first round with their first pick (21st overall). Anton Volchenkov, though later he said he was surprised to be picked that late in the draft, said that the Ottawa Senators were "one of my favorite teams" and that he was "overwhelmed" that they were the ones to select him in the draft. Ottawa Senators GM, Marshall Johnston, said that Anton Volchenkov reminds him of his current top defenseman, Wade Redden. He said that Volchenkov has similar "poise and his vision on the ice" and that "He’s really smart, he has great hockey sense, vision and anticipation." Volchenkov joined Ottawa in the summer of 2002 and has been an impact player on the club's defensive line. He also proved himself in the 2002-03 playoffs, helping Ottawa get within one game of the Stanley Cup finals.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2004-05 Binghamton Senators AHL (Reg.)27 3 9 12 38 0
2003-04 Ottawa Senators NHL (Reg.)16 1 2 3 8 +3
2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL (Playoffs)8 1 0 1 4 3
2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL (Reg.)57 3 13 16 40 -4
2001-02 Soviet Wings Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 6 -
2001-02 Soviet Wings Super League (Reg.)47 4 15 19 48 -
2001-02 Team Russia 82 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 8 2
2001-02 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)7 1 3 4 6 3
2001-02 Team Russia Karjala Cup (EuroTour)3 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 Team Russia WC IIHF (Intl.)9 0 0 0 0 -
2000-01 Soviet Wings Upper League (Playoffs)14 0 1 1 6 -
2000-01 Soviet Wings Upper League (Reg.)34 3 4 7 56 22
2000-01 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 6 5
2000-01 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)7 0 4 4 6 5
2000-01 Soviet Wings Bashkir Cup (Preseason)5 0 0 0 0 -
2000-01 Soviet Wings Spartak Cup (Preseason)6 2 0 2 2 -
2000-01 Team Russia 82 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 0 -
1999-00 HC CSKA Moscow 2 1st League (Juniors)6 0 1 1 10 -
1999-00 Team Russia 82 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 2 2 4 -
1999-00 HC CSKA Moscow Upper League (Reg.)31 2 9 11 40 -
1999-00 Team Russia 82 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 2 2 6 4
1999-00 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 1 0 1 6 11
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