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Name: Konstantin KoltsovPittsburgh Penguins (#18/1999 NHL Draft)

Rating: 73
Height: 183cm/6'0"
Weight: 94kg/206.8 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1981-04-17
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

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04/12/2008 Salavat Yulajev champion of Russia

Super League -  In the tie breaker match Salavat Yulajev Ufa beats Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4-1 and conquers the title. Salavat chempion! – as were chanting the crowd after the victory in the deciding fifth match of the RSL finals. Hats off to a team that has been able to win the title playing always in attack and managing to rally past a defensive team like Lokomotiv. In a packed, sell-out Ufa Arena Salavat Yulajev has played his offensive style of hockey till the first shift, scoring the go-ahead goal after only two minutes and half. During a powerplay stretch Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) deflected into the back of the net a blue line slapshot by Andrei Kuteikin. (Eurohockey.net article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
04/06/2008 Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 0:2 (series 1:1) - Salavat strikes back

Super League -  This penalty filled contest was full of scoring chances, but Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) and Alexander Eremenko were both solid, especially the first. Varlamov stopped a couple of nice attempts, one by Vladimir Antipov (Toronto Maple Leafs) and the other by Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins), who had two shots at the puck right in front of the net. Eremenko on the other hand was a bit of a victim when he was hit in the helmet with a shot that was strong enough to unhinge his mask. Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings), who has been quiet thus far in the playoffs had a chance in the second period but failed to beat Varlamov. Lokomotiv was generally short handed more than Salavat, but the team held together well through the first two periods. In the third period Varlamov finally allowed his first goal of the final series, with Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) redirecting a nice feed from Kuteykin right between the goalie’s pads. Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) put in the second goal in the last minutes of the game when he received a feed back from Medvedev and took a hard slapshot against screened Varlamov. This was Volkov’s ninth goal of the playoffs! Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) had a strong game and continued to create great scoring chances for his team, even though he was unable to get on the score board. In the end, despite this loss, Lokomotiv leaves Ufa with one victory and has a chance to win the series if they are able to sweep Salavat at home. Salavat on the other hand leaves home ice with an important victory after the 0:3 drubbing the team received in the first round. It will be a tough road to the Championships and Ufa’s team should aim at taking at least one game in Yaroslavl to bring the finals back home for the deciding game 5.
03/24/2008 Ak Bars Kazan vs. Salavat Yulayev 0:3 (series 0:1)

Salavat Yulayev soundly defeated Kazan in the opening contest. Ruslan Nurdinov opens the scoring by beating Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) and then shooting a precise wrist shot to the far corner behind Robert Esche. Alexei Medvedev scored the second tally on a wrist shot after very nice feed from Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks). Finally, Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) finds Sidyakin in front of the net and the latter shoots the puck with his linemate Mikeska collecting the rebound and putting in the final nail into Kazan’s coffin.
09/15/2007 Round 1: Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks) delivers for Spartak
02/24/2007 Round 52 - Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) rips into HC Dynamo
08/17/2006 Former Penguin Konstantin Koltsov signs with club in Russia
07/02/2006 Former Penguin Konstantin Koltsov likely to return to Russia
11/22/2005 Pittsburgh Penguins place Konstantin Koltsov on waivers
08/16/2005 Konstantin Koltsov signs new deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins
01/12/2005 Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) injures knee
11/20/2004 Round 27 Game Notes
11/08/2004 Round 26: Spartak - CSKA & Salavat - Severstal Game Notes
06/07/2004 Admirals sweep the Penguins, capture Calder Cup
06/02/2004 Milwaukee doubles up Wilkes-Barre in Game 2 of the AHL Calder Cup finals
06/01/2004 Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) - 110 games this season and still going!
10/13/2003
Talent Analysis:
Konstantin Koltsov was considered by many to be the fastest skater in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Some even called him "Russian Rocket 2" after Pavel Bure for his amazing starting speed. According to Konstantin Koltsov himself, part of the reason why his skating is so strong is that when he was 16 he was sent to Sweden for skating courses. Konstantin has solid size with his 6’0 and 192 lb frame. Unlike Pavel Bure, Koltsov is also a physically determined player, who is active along the boards where he fights for the puck. His physical play is also not against junior level players that players his age play with in North America, but against experienced adult players of the Russian Super League.

Konstantin Koltsov also possesses great hockey sense and is very creative on the attack and uses his line mates well. However, Konstantin does have a downside on his defensive play, as he sometimes doesn’t get back into position in time to help his team. Konstantin also needs to improve on his puck handling and scoring chance capitalization to reach his full potential in the NHL.
Back In Russia:
2003-04: In a deeper team, Koltsov would have spent another season in the AHL. However, since he is in the Penguins organization, look for the young player make the squad out of the training camp and spend the season in the NHL, with limited ice time. 2002-03: After splitting the unproductive 2001-02 season between Spartak Moscow and Ak Bars Kazan, Koltsov finally signed a rookie contract with the Penguins. Upon his arrival, it was clear that Pittsburgh’s management intended him to spend at least one season in the AHL. After a full season with the Wilkes Barre Penguins, the jury is still out on the speedy forward. Though he undoubtedly is one of the fastest players in the game, his skill set and hockey sense have some ways to go. 2001-2002: Konstantin Koltsov enjoyed his most productive season in 2000-01. He also represented Belarus Republic at the 2001 World Championships in May ’01 and 2001 World Junior Championships in December ’00. Konstantin was expected to appear in Pittsburgh for the Penguins’ 2001 training camp. However, not able to reach a contract agreement, he stayed in Russia. The Super League heavyweight, Ak Bars, started 2001-02 season with a series of losses that landed the team at the bottom of the rankings and with a new head coach, Yuri Moiseyev, who lead the team to the gold medals during the 1997-98 season. One of Moiseyev’s first decisions was to reinforce the team’s failing defensive corps. He achieved this goal by trading Konstantin Koltsov to Spartak Moscow for the 15th pick of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Igor Knyazev. Now a member of one of the league’s top teams, it remains to be seen where Konstantin will fit on the already powerful team. He has not yet been permanently penned into any specific line.

Konstantin Koltsov started his career in Minsk, Belarus at the "Yunnost" junior hockey school. In the 1997 he moved to Cherpovets, Russia and joined the Severstal Cherpovets hockey system. He saw his first action on the senior Severstal team in the Super League that same year, playing 2 games. In the 98-99 season Konstantin secured himself a spot in the main team’s lineup and played 32 games. The next season Konstantin transferred to Metallurg Novokuznetsk for many reasons, one of which according to Dmitri Lukashov, was the lack of playing time he got in Cherpovets. In Novokuznetsk his playing time increased and so did his production during the regular season. With Metallurg he played on the line with the Boston Bruins prospect Sergei Zinovjev on the left wing and Igor Belyavsky centering the line. Though Konstantin is listed as a left wing, he actually plays the right wing position. While Konstantin got regular ice time during the regular season, he hardly played during the playoffs, registering only a goal and an assist. Prior to the 00-01 season Konstantin Koltsov transferred to Ak Bars Kazan where he has played the whole season on the team’s fourth line with Almaz Garifullin and young NHL prospect Yuri Dobryshkin. During the regular season Konstantin surpassed his point and goal totals for the past two seasons while playing only 18 games but recording 15 points (6+9). His role was once again reduced in the playoffs and he recorded no points in 8 games.

International Competition:
Konstantin is one of the best prospect to emerge from Belarus over the past decade and accordingly has received a lot of playing time on that country’s national team. One of his first main international tournaments was the 1999 World Junior Under 20 Championships. There he played six games and recorded 7 points (4+3) and also 30 PIM! Though Konstanin’s defensive play is considered to need improvement on the adult level, in the juniors he showed some maturity by registering a +7 rating on the mediocre Belarus junior squad. In the under 18 World Junior Championships of that same year Konstantin recorded 7 points (5+2) again, and once again was one of the few bright spots on the mediocre Belarus squad with the +/- of +7. In 1999, though only 18, Konstantin got his first taste of the international competition on the senior level, playing 6 games in the World Championships, recording no points but once again being one of the few Belarus with a positive +/- rating with +4. Konstantin also participated in the 2000 and the 2001 Under 20 World Junior Championships. Most recently, Konstantin played for Team Belarus at the 2002 Olympics qualification tournament in Norway. There he helped Belarus to secure a spot in the 2002 Olympics, recording 2 goals and a +2 rating. Konstantin will likely represent Belarus at the 2001 World Championships and at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
NHL Outlook:
The Pittsburgh Penguins with their first pick, 18th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, drafted Konstantin Koltsov. The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their affinity for the European players by drafting this speedy forward. The team’s management was hoping to add another scoring threat up front, while also getting a gritty young forward who plays a strong physical game. The Penguins management has reportedly tried to sign Koltsov during the off-season after the 99-00 season. Their attempt failed due to alleged financial differences between them and Koltsov’s agent. Konstantin Koltsov was also drafted by the Oshawa Generals in the 1999 CHL Entry draft, but decided to continue his development in Russia for various reasons. Konstantin’s development has been rapid and he is quickly developing into a real force on the ice. If he can shore up some of his defensive shortcomings and improve on his puck handling, expect this young talented forward to hit the NHL in the next couple of seasons. Penguins owner Mario Lemieux went as far as to say that Koltsov is probably the fastest player in the NHL. After signing a three year deal with Pittsburgh, the young forward came over and spent the 2002-03 season with the Penguins AHL affiliate. He will have ample opportunity to make the NHL club in the fall of 2004.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) KHL (Reg.)42 8 7 15 14 6
2007-08 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) Super League (Playoffs)15 3 1 4 4 2
2007-08 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) Super League (Reg.)36 12 9 21 27 6
2006-07 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) Super League (Reg.)53 14 11 25 43 5
2004-05 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)31 6 10 16 48 +3
2003-04 WilkesBarre Penguins AHL (Playoffs)8 4 4 8 6 -1
2002-03 Wilkes Barre Penguins AHL (Reg.)65 9 21 30 41 -
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL (Reg.)2 0 0 0 0 -2
2001-02 Ak Bars (Kazan) Spartak Cup (Preseason)4 1 1 2 4 -
2001-02 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)10 1 2 3 2 -
2001-02 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)22 1 0 1 12 -
2001-02 Team Belarus Olympic Games (Intl.)2 0 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Team Belarus WC IIHF (Intl.)5 7 1 8 2 7
2000-01 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)2 0 0 0 4 -
2000-01 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)24 7 8 15 10 -
2000-01 Team Belarus Olympic Qual. (Intl.)3 2 0 2 0 2
2000-01 U20 Team Belarus U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 4 1 5 2 8
2000-01 Team Belarus WC IIHF (Intl.)6 0 0 0 4 -4
1999-00 Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) Super League (Playoffs)11 1 1 2 6 -
1999-00 Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) Super League (Reg.)31 3 4 7 12 -
1999-00 U20 Team Belarus U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)5 3 1 4 2 3
1998-99 Severstal Cherpovets 3 1st League (Juniors)2 0 1 1 2 -
1998-99 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Playoffs)1 0 0 0 2 -1
1998-99 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)32 3 0 3 6 2
1998-99 U20 Team Belarus U20 WJC IIHF Group B (Intl.)6 4 3 7 30 7
1998-99 U18 Team Belarus U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)5 5 2 7 0 7
1998-99 U20 Team Belarus U20 WJC IIHF Group A (Intl.)6 0 0 0 4 4
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