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Name: Alexander DrozdetskyPhiladelphia Flyers (#94/2000 NHL Draft)

Rating: 78
Height: 184cm/6'0"
Weight: 82kg/180.4 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1981-10-11
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2002-03 Spartak (Moscow) Away - Available
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Alexander Drozdetsky (Philadelphia Flyers) has been doing quite well with his new club, HC Spartak, recording his fifth goal of the season against HC Amur and getting the top star of the game honors. Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) scored his lead leading 30th goal of the season for HC Khimik in a losing effort against HC CSKA. Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) put forth a stellar effort for Lokomotiv in the club’s victory against Avangard. READ MORE
10/25/2007 Alexander Drozdetsky (Philadelphia Flyers) on the move

Super League -  After struggling to get ice time under the new HC SKA head coach Barry Smith, Alexander Drozdetsky (Philadelphia Flyers) has transferred to HC Sibir, where he will start playing after the next transfer period in early November. The young prospect enjoyed a strong season last year, but has seen very limited ice time with the club this year, mainly playing for the junior farm club. The reasons are unclear, but he officially does not fit into the coach’s system.
03/08/2006 Alexander Drozdetsky's (Philadelphia Flyers) game worn hockey jersey has been added!
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09/29/2004 Premium Content: 2003-04 Season Report for Alexander Drozdetsky (Philadelphia Flyers #94/2000)
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Round 4 - Moscow rival clash: CSKA vs. Spartak detailed recap
Round 4 - Moscow rival clash: CSKA vs. Spartak detailed recap
2003-04 Season Recap (Premium Content):

Alexander Drozdetsky enjoyed a very productive season with Ak Bars Kazan. The young forward signed with the wealthy Super League club after his best, though......WANT TO READ MORE? You are not logged in. Please log in if you wish to view the premium section's entire content. If you do not have a premium account, subscribe now!

Talent Analysis:
Alexander Drosdetsky is a very strong skater. He is able to cover a lot of ground in his strides and is able to cover the larger European ice surface faster then most other players. His skating abilities are up on the level with 2001 NHL Entry Draft top prospects Stanislav Chistov and Ilja Kovalchuk, which is a very select group of talents. Alexander also possesses great passing abilities and is very creative with the puck. With his powerful skating he is very maneuverable and can carry the puck to the offensive zone, beat the defense and then set up one of his line mates. A Russian hockey expert, Maxim Dostoyevsky (Russian Super League Insider) describes Alexander as a ⌠skilled, speedy, flashy and spectacular║Ж player. The main factor that hampers Alexander╗┬s ratings is his lack of physical play. Even after two some years in adult hockey in the Super League, Alexander is still not very built, weighing in at only 174 pounds, which isn╗┬t much for his 6╗┬0 frame. This past season he has improved but can still be knocked off the puck fairly easily if the play becomes physical. Alexander needs to supplement his top class skills with a physical presence.
Back In Russia:
2002-03 Season Review: After spending the 2001-02 season on the failing Red Army squad, Drozdetsky was loaned to Spartak Moscow. Unfortunately, during the off-season the old Red Army squad that was relegated out of the Super League was folded into Viktor Tikhonov║╞s HC CSKA, and Tikhonov wanted the star forward back. So, after a spectacular preseason with Spartak, Drozdetsky joined the new CSKA. The talented winger started the season very well, averaging almost a goal a game, but after a month, his scoring declined and he seemed to disappear for almost the rest of the season. Towards the end of the season, CSKA made a surprise run at a playoff spot and though a lot of it had to do with the team║╞s goaltending and defense, Drozdetsky║╞s scoring was also revived and he returned to form during last two months.

2001-2002 Update:
During the offseason Alexander decided to sign with Moscow╗┬s CSKA, instead of remaining with SKA St. Petersburg. His reasons behind his decision were unclear as CSKA Moscow was a team in just as bad of a situation as SKA, barely averting relegation the previous season. He started the season of strong in the scoring department. However, despite his scoring, CSKA coach Vladimir Krutov critisized his level of commitment on the ice. His scoring has declined since the beginning of the season and Alexander has 9 points thus far (6 goals and 3 assists) in 22 games. CSKA has been consistently the worst team in the Super League and have lost last 14 our of 15 games. Alexander earned no points during that stretch. Alexander Drozdetsky remains CSKA╗┬s top scorer in total points and number of goals. He has shown his undeniable offensive talent, but he has to work on the consistency of his effort and his defensive game for the rest of the season.

Alex has been raised in the SKA organization. His father, a great hockey player of the past, played for Moscow╗┬s CSKA and St. Petersburg╗┬s SKA, most of his career. His son, Alexander, grew up in this environment and it is not surprising that the team chose to continue his professional career after returning with his father from Sweden was SKA St. Petersburg. After 2 seasons with SKA╗┬s junior SKA 2 team, Alexander finally got a chance to play on SKA╗┬s senior squad. The team switched coaches and the new coach, Ishmatov, invited the young player to try out for SKA. Drozdetsky not only made the team, but received steady playing time. His first season with SKA, Alexander logged 35 games, including 4 in the playoffs. During the 2000 off-season SKA╗┬s primary sponsor refused to continue its support of the team due to allegations of corruption in its management. Due to the lack of funding many players left SKA and signed with other teams. Alexander Drozdestsky was one of the few players who stayed with the team. His reasons were that the departure of the players ⌠will help me get more ice time to better open up my potential║Ж and because he had a contract with the team and he intended to honor it despite the fact that in Russia legal issues can often be averted. This past season Alex did hold one of the leading roles on the SKA organization. The team finished dead last in the standing, but Alex still managed to register a respectable 5 goals and 5 assists in the 31 games of the regular season and another 3 points (1+2) in the off-season.

International Competition:
Alexander╗┬s first invitation to play on the Russian National Junior squad came prior to the international competition in Omsk. There Alex did not play great, registering only an assist in the four games. Russia did end up winning that tournament. Despite his sub-par performance, he was still a very talented player who played well for his team. Because of that it was a great surprise that he was not picked by Petr Vorobiev and the team╗┬s management to represent Russia at the 2001 World Junior Championships in Moscow.
NHL Outlook:
Alexander Drozdetsky was not heavily observed by the NHL scouts and to the pleasure of the management of the Philadelphia Flyers, was still available in the third round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft when their 94th overall pick came around. The Flyers selected Alexander after he received raving reviews from Inge Hammerstrom, the chief European scout of the organization. Hammarstrom compared Alexander Drozdetsky to a young Igor Larionov and predicted that the player would be playing for the Flyers within 2 years. It remains to be seen whether Hammerstrom is right or not. However, what is clear is that Alexander Drozdetsky is a player with immense NHL level talent. However what is equally clear is that he will have to bulk up and improve his physical game to survive the rigors of the NHL and minor league North American hockey. Surprisingly the Flyers did not sign the young forward during the summer of 2003. He is likely to have another strong season in Russia and will get a contract offer in the summer of 2004.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Spartak (Moscow) KHL (Reg.)47 13 14 27 38 -3
2006-07 SKA (St. Petersburg) Super League (Playoffs)3 0 2 2 0 2
2006-07 SKA (St. Petersburg) Super League (Reg.)44 11 13 24 64 -8
2005-06 SKA (St.Petersburg) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 SKA (St.Petersburg) Super League (Reg.)16 4 10 14 6 0
2005-06 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)30 6 6 12 26 5
2004-05 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)32 3 4 7 28 -
2003-04 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)1 0 0 0 2 -
2003-04 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)57 16 13 29 62 +11
2002-03 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)46 14 13 27 30 -6
2001-02 CSKA (Moscow) Spartak Cup (Preseason)5 0 1 1 2 -
2001-02 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)48 11 6 17 26 -
2001-02 Team Russia Karjala Cup (EuroTour)1 0 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Team Russia 81 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 -
2000-01 SKA St. Petersburg Super League (Relegation)9 1 2 3 8 -
2000-01 SKA St. Petersburg Super League (Reg.)33 5 5 10 66 -
2000-01 Team Russia 81 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 1 1 2 -
1999-00 SKA St. Petersburg Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 0 -
1999-00 SKA St. Petersburg Super League (Reg.)31 2 0 2 10 -
1999-00 SKA St. Petersburg 2 1st League (Juniors)4 4 1 5 2 -
1998-99 SKA St. Petersburg 2 1st League (Juniors)24 5 3 8 12 -
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