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Name: Andrei MedvedevCalgary Flames (#56/2001 NHL Draft)

Rating: 63
Height: 186cm/6'1"
Weight: 110kg/242.0 lb
Position: Goalie
Shoots: Left
Born: 1983-01-01
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2001-02 Spartak (Moscow) Home - Sold
2002-03 Spartak (Moscow) Away - Sold
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06/14/2005 Rumor Central: Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) headed to RSL’s Spartak (Moscow)
06/16/2004 Andrei Medvedev (Calgary Flames) signs extension with Spartak Moscow
02/25/2004 Web Site News: Andrei Medvedev's (Calgary Flames) profile rewritten and stats updated
12/27/2003 Web Site News: New game worn jersey of Andrei Medevedev (Calgary Flames) has been added.
Talent Analysis:
Andrei Medvedev’s size is his big weapon and is also his enemy. At 6’1 and 230 pounds he covers the net well, but is clearly overweight for his frame. Medvedev is unusually fast for a guy his size and often relies on his reflexes to make save. His positioning is also fairly solid, but despite fast reflexes, his lateral movement could use some improvement. This leads to one of the young goaltenders significant weaknesses, as he is more likely to stretch across the crease from one side to the other, covering the bottom with his stick. This leaves the five hole above the stick and the far corner of the net open, at times costing the young goaltender a puck in the net. Medvedev is a hybrid goalie
Back In Russia:
2003-04 Season: Andrei Medvedev has finally found stable ice time, albeit it is in the Upper League, a notch below the Super League. He is not the club's starting goaltender, as Spartak Moscow elected to ride both of their horses into the playoffs a la Minnesota Wild of the 2002-03 season. Medvedev is delivering a solid, though unspectacular season. While his stats may be somewhat impressive, the season remains just as unspectacular since he is playing for the hands down by far best team in the league. That's not to take away from his achievement, as he still manages to keep a low GAA despite some bad games. In addition, this is the most Medvedev has played on any professional level in his entire career. Internationally, his career is over for now, as he finished off his junior career in style with three gold medals in a row (one U18 and two U20 WJCs).

2002-03 Season: The incumbent goaltender for the Russian U18 and U20 teams came on "barreling" into his last season in the juniors. Expected to earn the backup job for Spartak Moscow this summer, the young goaltender known for being overweight came into training looking like a barrel and weighing in the vicinity of 260 pounds. Dissapointed, the club was forced to sign goaltender Denis Khlopotnov for the backup job. He also looked shaky in Russia’s first U20 international tournament and lost significant ground to the up and coming ’84 born Konstantin Barulin who actually played more games for the national team before the U20 WJC then Medvedev. Fortunately, Medvedev’s situation improved in October, when Denis Khlopotnov suffered a season ending injury, forcing Spartak to fill the backup position with the young Russian. Medvedev did not see much ice time in the fall, as Steve Plauff played most of the games, and Spartak’s coaches simply did not trust the young goalie. When Plauff started to struggle in late November, Medvedev was finally worked into the fold and did not disappoint, backstopping Spartak to a couple of victories and close losses before the December break. Despite his steady play, Spartak was still one of the four clubs to leave the Super League. However, Medvedev battled through an important proving season, showing that he is a backstopper with a wealth of potential.

2001-02 Update: Andrei Medvedev has remained largely invisible throughout the 2001-02 season until the U20 2002 World Junior Championships in December. He spent all of the regular season playing for Spartak’s junior team, Spartak 2. In his age group, however, Andrei remained the top Russian goalie. He was Russia’s starter at the 2002 U20 WJC and performed very well. He carried Russia in some games, and if not for a few bad rebounds, he would have been in goal when Russia won the gold medal. Andrei is still battling his weight problem and appeared to have gained weight since being drafted. At the U20 WJC his stamina appeared to have improved since 2001.


2000-01 Season: Andrei Medvedev has been the mainstay goalie of the Russian Junior National Team this year. He began his international career at the 2000 U18 World Junior Championships. There he played 3 games and only allowed for goals for the strong Russian squad.
During the 2000-01 season he claimed the top position not only on the Russian U18 squad, but also with the Russian U20 squad at the 2001 World U20 Junior Championships. The Under 20 WJC was not a great success for Andrei. He played well in the preliminary round robin, especially against Team Canada. However, he made some errors in Russia’s loss to Sweden in the playoffs and his fatigue clearly showed in Russia’s lost the next day to Switzerland. Andrei rebounded well in the U18 WJC, playing well for the high scoring Russian U18 squad and back stopping them to the gold medals. Though his numbers were not as good as they were in the U20 WJC, it did not really matter as the Russian team averaged more then 6 goals a game.

1998-00 Seasons: Andrei made his debut with Spartak Moscow in the Upper League at the age on only 15. He played 2 games during the 98-99 regular season and then took over the role of the starting goalie during the relegation tournament and played 17 games, compiling 3.45 GAA. The last couple of seasons have been a bit more complicated for Andrei as Spartak gained depth at the goalie position. This year he found himself a third string goalie with Spartak behind two experienced goalies Ivannikov and Belousov. He spent most of his playing time with Spartak’s First League farm team/junior team Spartak 2. During the 2001 off-season Andrei attempted to bolt from Spartak and "enlist" in the Army, hence join CSKA Red Army team. After a couple of weeks he abandoned the idea and returned to Spartak to complete his contract obligations.

NHL Outlook:
Andrei Medvedev was ranked second amongst the European goalies and was touted as a sure pick in the 2nd round despite negative comments by certain scouts. As predicted Andrei was picked late in the 2nd round by the Calgary Flames with the 56th overall pick. His acquisition was a part of a major shakeup in Calgary’s system. Calgary Flames’ Freddy Breathwaite was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Roman Turek and Medvedev was added to compensate for a lack of depth in that position. Andrei is a project for the Flames. He has the potential to carry a team with his saves, but can also bring the team and himself down with his lack of stamina and weight issues. Andrei’s weight issue is a hefty one to consider. Thus far, all the fears regarding his weight have come true and a slimming doesn’t appear to be anywhere in sight. However, beyond the weight issues, Medevedev’s development has been solid. He has proven himself on the international arena as a top flight goaltender. He has also proven to have the mental makeup to be a winner and carry his club in difficult games. In addition, he played very well in the Super League when given a chance last season, and that was in front of a very poor defense. This season he is once again taking another step forward, playing more games then he ever played before. However, any talk of the NJL would be premature, as Medevedev still needs to prove in Russia if he can carry his club as a starting goaltender. He will get that chance next season, when he will be given a chance once again to be Spartak’s started in the Super League.
Statistics:
Season Club League GP W L T GAA GA min SV PIM
2004-05 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.) 21 1 10 4 3.17 56 1061 2
2003-04 Spartak Moscow Upper League (Reg.) 26 1.60 42 1580
2002-03 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 1 1 0 0 1 1 60 - 0
2002-03 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 1 1 0 0 1.00 1 60 - 0
2002-03 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.) 5 5 0 0 1.80 9 300 .917 0
2002-03 Spartak Moscow Super League (Reg.) 17 - - - 1.65 28 - - 2
2001-02 Spartak Moscow 2 1st League (Juniors) 33 - - - 3.12 103 - - 28
2001-02 Spartak Moscow Super League (Reg.) 2 - - - 2.50 5 98 - 0
2001-02 Team Russia 82 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 2 0 0 1.50 3 120 - 0
2001-02 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.) 6 5 1 0 2.38 12 302 .906 0
2000-01 Spartak Moscow Upper League (Reg.) 10 - - - 0.80 8 - - 0
2000-01 Team Russia 83 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 3 - - - 1.33 4 180 - 0
2000-01 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.) 6 - - - 1.67 10 360 - 0
2000-01 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 - - - 2.50 5 120 - 4
2000-01 Spartak Moscow Upper League (Playoffs) 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 - - -
2000-01 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.) 5 5 0 0 2.80 14 280 2
1999-00 Team Moscow Regional Tourn. (Juniors) 3 - - - 1.33 4 - - 0
1999-00 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.) 3 - - - 1.33 4 - - 0
1998-99 Spartak Moscow Super League (Relegation) 17 - - - 3.18 54 - - 4
1998-99 Spartak Moscow Super League (Reg.) 2 - - - 1.00 2 - - 0
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