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Name: Vitaliy AtyushovOttawa Senators (#276/2002 NHL Draft)

Rating: 76
Height: 184cm/6'0"
Weight: 90kg/198.0 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Let
Born: 1979-07-04
Birthplace: Penza, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Team Russia (EuroTour) Away - Available
RELATED ARTICLES:
Round 9: Shift-by-shift Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) scouting (09/29/2007)
Vitaly Atyushov: Nobody drank at this Championship and everyone followed the regiment (Ottawa Senators NHL) (05/24/2006)
Scouting Game Notes: Metallurg (Mg.) vs. Dynamo (Moscow) (12/02/2004)
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11/07/2008 Russian Hockey Federation anounces roster for Karjala Cup

Karjala Cup (EuroTour) -  FHR (Russian Hockey Federation) has released the list of the players who will skate for Russia in the forthcoming Karjala Cup, Euro Hockey Tourís first round, who will be played in Finland from sixth to ninth November. Russia will play the first game at home, in Moscow, against Sweden. Every EHT round has a game scheduled in another country than the organizing one.

The Russian roster features seven players from CSKA Moscow and six from Salavat Yulaev Ufa. The most notable missing player is probably the former Vancouver Canuck Kirill Koltsov.

Goalies
Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) (CSKA)
Mikhail Biryukov (HC MVD)
Alexander Eremenko (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)

Defenders
Ilya Nikulin (Atlanta Thrashers) (Ak Bars)
Vitaliy Atyushov (Ottawa Senators) (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Vitali Vishnevsky (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
Alexei Zhitnik (Dynamo Moscow)
Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) (CSKA)
Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) (CSKA)
Vitali Proshkin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Igor Schadilov (Washington Capitals) (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)

Forwards
Anton But (Tampa Bay Lightning) (CSKA)
Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) (CSKA)
Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) (CSKA)
Petr Schastlivy (Phoenix Coyotes) (CSKA)
Konstantin Gorovikov (SKA)
Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars)
Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) (Ak Bars)
Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) (Ak Bars)
Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) (Atlant)
Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars) (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)

01/16/2008 Player and Goalie statistics have been updated through today

Super League -  Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) remains Russia's top overall player, but Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) has a solid lead in goals. Over the past several seasons the young forward has been consistently a top scorer in the Super Leauge, but has never been as consistent as this season. Vitaliy Atyushov (Ottawa Senators) continues to be Russia's top defender in scoring with his impressive 26 assists. Another player with 26 assists is Alexei Kaigorodov (Phoenix Coyotes) who appears to have finally gotten over the funk of his NHL stint and returned to old form. READ MORE
11/24/2007 Player and Goalie statistics have been updated through today

Super League -  Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) took over the overall points and goals leadership spot in the league with 20 goals and 13 assists. Oleg Kvasha has also been coming on strong lately. Vitaliy Atyushov (Ottawa Senators) continues to be the top rated defenseman and leads the league in assists. READ MORE
10/06/2007 Super League statistics updated through first 16 games
04/26/2007 Team Russia announces final roster
05/31/2006 Vitaly Atyushov (Ottawa Senators): Nobody drank at this Championship and everyone followed the regiment (interview)
04/27/2006 Web Site News: Vitaly Atyushov's (Ottawa Senators) profile has been added!
07/26/2005 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) crushes Molot (Perm) behind Vitali Atyushov (Ottawa Senators) and Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
10/19/2004 Super League Tour 18: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl vs. Metallurg Mg. Game Notes
8/4/2003
Scouting Evaluations:
Round 9: Shift-by-shift Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) scouting
Scouting Game Notes: Metallurg (Mg.) vs. Dynamo (Moscow)
Talent Analysis:
Skating: A capable skater with an above average top speed...skates well backwards...not flashy or overly fast, but effectively keeps up with the action and technically sound. Shot: An average, strong slap shot that he doesn’t use often...primarily passes in the offensive zone. Technical Ability: A capable puck carrier, who is capable of bringing it up the ice...handles the puck well...again, not one of the areas where he shines a head above other players, but does it very well. Pass: Capable of quarterbacking the power play...makes solid first passes out of the defensive zone...precise passing, and the right strength for the receiver to take it in stride...Hockey Sense: Sees the ice well and is capable of quarterbacking the power play...makes good decisions in both the defensive and the offensive zones...Defensive Play: Plays well defensively...capable of making a hit, but doesn’t get physical often or specifically look for contact...strong positionally... Physical Frame: Has a solid 6’2 frame and can deliver and take physical hockey...doesn’t get overly physical or look for the contact, but raises his game when needed in this area...Overall: Vitaly Atyushov is a reliable two way utility defenseman who has is capable of fulfilling a number of roles on the ice. He has experience skating on the top power play and short handed units in the Super League (Russia 1). The veteran defenseman is one of the best universal blue liners currently in Russia.
Back In Russia:
Atyushov was born in Penza, Russia and got his start with the local hockey school. At a young age he moved to the Soviet Wings hockey school in Moscow, where he spent the majority of his time from 1995-1999. In 1998, when unable to crack Soviet Wings main lineup, the 18 year old Atyushov was loaned to his home town Dizelist for additional seasoning in the Russian professional High League (Russia 2). There he delivered a strong performance and was recalled back to the Soviet Wings for the latter half of the 1998-99 season. Besides his strong performance in the High League, Atyushov was recalled because the Soviet Wings were suffering through financial difficulties and the young defenseman was a cheap replacement for some of the expensive veterans who left the team after not being paid for months. Atyushov’s performance during the latter half of the 1998-99 season garnered interest from several Super League clubs, so the young defenseman stayed in the Super League even though the Soviet Wings were unceremoniously relegated to the High League. 1999-00 season: Prior to the 1999-00 seaosn, Atyushov signed a three year deal with Molot (Perm). This was a smart decision, as Molot is a lower echelon Super League club that would likely guaranty Atyushov significant ice time. The decision proved to be the correct one, as Atyushov spent three productive seasons with the club in the Super League and his performance made him one of the better young blue liners in the Super League and earned him a draft spot in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. 2005-06 season: After completing his three year deal with Molot, Atyushov signed a one year deal with Ak Bars. There he was not one of the club’s top line blue liners and primarily served the role of the 4th or 5th defenseman. 2003-04 Season: Atyushov has spent the 2003-04, 04-05 and 05-06 seasons with Metallurg (Magnitogorsk), one of the premier Super League clubs. The defenseman has become one of the club’s top blue liners. His most impressive quality has been his ability to play with various defensive partners. He spent some time skating with the club captain Evgeny Varlamov, but also logged time with former NHL defenseman Dmitri Yushkevich. Additionally, Atyushov has been Metallurg’s second or third defenseman during the 2005-06 season, behind only Yushkevich and Eriksson, receiving significant power play and power play kill times with Metallurg.
NHL Outlook:
Vitaly Atyushov was a ninth round selection by the Ottawa Senators in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The 1979 born defenseman was an overage pick, but his selection proved a farseeing investment on Ottawa’s part, as he has developed from a developing young blue liner on a lowly Super League club to an impact player on one of the wealthiest Super League clubs. Atyushov sees the ice well, is a good skater and has a solid array of skills. However he doesn’t particularly stand out in any particular quality, but does most things very well. Furthermore, his main appeal is his ability to fulfill many roles. The talented defenseman has the skill and work ethic to raise his game to the NHL level and take the role of the fifth or sixth defenseman on the Ottawa Senators. However, a significant question is whether he could be enticed enough by the Senators to leave his secure position with a well funded Super League club like Metallurg.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) KHL (Reg.)55 8 28 36 34 17
2007-08 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)10 1 4 5 2 -4
2007-08 Team Russia LG Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 +2
2007-08 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)56 10 33 43 32 23
2006-07 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)15 3 8 11 10 10
2006-07 Team Russia Channel 1 Games (EuroTour) (Reg.)3 0 1 1 0 +2
2006-07 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)53 7 20 27 46 12
2006-07 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (Euro Tour) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 4 -
2005-06 Team Russia IIHF World Championships (Intl.)6 0 1 1 10 +4
2005-06 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 1 0 1 6 -
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Team Russia ROSNO Cup (EuroTour) (Reg.)1 0 0 0 0 -
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)51 7 12 19 64 26
2005-06 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 1 1 2 2 +1
2004-05 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)5 2 0 2 0 +3
2004-05 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)2 0 0 0 0 -
2004-05 Team Russia Karjala Cup EuroTour (Intl.)1 0 0 0 0 -
2004-05 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)55 6 16 22 30 -
2003-04 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)14 2 3 5 6 -
2003-04 Metallurg Magnitagor Super League (Reg.)56 5 9 14 26 -
2002-03 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Russia 1) (Playoffs)2 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)33 0 9 9 12 +7
2001-02 Molot Prikamye (Perm) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)51 4 7 11 64 -33
2000-01 Molot Prikamye (Perm) Super League (Russia 1) (Playoffs)9 0 4 4 2 -
2000-01 Molot Prikamye (Perm) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)34 3 6 9 30 -
1999-00 Molot Prikamye (Perm) Super League (Russia 1) (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 12 -
1999-00 Molot Prikamye (Perm) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)38 4 0 4 48 -
1998-99 Soviet Wings (Moscow) Super League (Russia 1) (Playoffs)21 0 5 5 50 -8
1998-99 Dizelist (Penza) High League (Russia 2) (Reg.)22 0 0 0 22 -3
1998-99 Soviet Wings (Moscow) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)17 1 0 1 20 -1
1998-99 Dizelist (Penza) 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)2 1 1 2 2 -
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