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Name: Vladimir MalenkykhPittsburgh Penguins (#157/1999 NHL Draft)

Rating: 75
Height: 189cm/6'2"
Weight: 90kg/198.0 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Born: 1980-10-01
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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04/08/2007 Ak Bars and Zaripov solve Metallurg, tie the series

Russian Super League -  After 5 periods of being stymied by a defensive effort that could draw analogies to Lakers – Pistons or the 90s Detroit Red Wings – New Jersey Devils series, Ak Bars finally solved their opponent and stormed back into the series behind the strong play of top liner Danis Zaripov , who potted a hattrick for his club. The breaking point occurred after an unfortunate outlet pass by Vladimir Malenkykh (Pittsburgh Penguins), which stuck to the watery ice right next to the opposition forward Alexander Stepanov, who took the unexpected gift and quickly put it behind surprised goalie Travis Scott. Zaripov finished off onslaught with two tallies a half minute apart, destroying Metallurg’s attempt at a defensive stand in the neutral zone, which worked for the club during the first five periods of the series. READ MORE
05/18/2005 Malenkykh (Pittsburgh Penguins), Seluyanov (Detroit Red Wings), Platonov (Nashville Predators) and Knyazev (Phoenix Coyotes) invited by Metallurg (Magnitogorsk)
Scouting Evaluations:
Super League Round 3: Prospects parade in Kazan - Metallurg Mg. vs. Ak Bars (Kazan) Scouting Analysis
Talent Analysis:
At 23, Vladimir Malenkih is physically one of the more imposing defensemen in Russia. He is very aggressive and plays physical hockey. He is a physical force on the blue line, next to the boards, in the crease. Vladimir’s powerful hits rival those of Russia’s hardest hitter
Back In Russia:
Vladimir Malenkih has been raised in the Togliatti hockey system. He debuted in the Super League in during the 98-99 season at the age of 18, but spent most of that season with Lada’s junior team, Lada 2. During the 98-99 and 99-00 seasons, Vlaidimir also represented Russia at the 1999 Big Prize Five Nations Tournament in St. Petersburg and at a 2000 tournament. However, he did not get much ice time, relegated mainly to the third defensive pairing. In Russia, Vladimir split the 99-00 season between Lada 2 and the Lada’s Upper League neighbor, CSK VVS. He finally became a full time member of Lada Togliatti during the 00-01 season. During the 2001-02 season Vladimir’s chance came when the team went through some changes after struggling in the beginning of the season. With former Russian National Jr. Team and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl head coach Petr Vorobiev taking over at the helm, Vladimir’s ice time increased and he responded by becoming the team’s most valuable defenseman. Vladimir made his way to the top defensive pairing and has never looked back. 2002-03: Vladimir Malenkykh seems to be turning into another Oleg Orekhovsky
NHL Outlook:
The Pittsburgh Penguins picked Vladimir with their seventh pick, 157th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Since being drafted, Vladimir developed into a solid defenseman and is currently ready to make the transition to the NHL. He will not be that flashy first or second defenseman in the NHL, but will rather be that third or fourth defenseman who does all the little things right to help his team. He pitches in on offense and plays solid defense and with his size and talent will transition those skills to the NHL. Surprisingly, the Penguins once again failed to sign Malenkykh to a deal in the summer of 2003 and he will remain in Russia. The young defenseman is ready to make the transition and it is unclea rwhat is holding it up.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) KHL (Reg.)53 3 4 7 22 -1
2006-07 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)53 2 10 12 78 11
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Team Russia Karjala Cup EuroTour (Intl.)1 0 0 0 2 -
2004-05 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)37 1 4 5 20 +3
2003-04 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 0 -
2003-04 Team Russia Sweden Games 3 0 0 0 0 -
2003-04 Lada Toliatti Super League (Reg.)44 2 4 6 42 -
2002-03 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (EuroTour)3 0 0 0 0 -2
2002-03 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)10 0 0 0 6 -
2002-03 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)30 3 2 5 34 11
2002-03 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour)4 0 0 0 4 -1
2001-02 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 2 -
2001-02 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)48 5 3 8 86 -
2000-01 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)5 0 0 0 26 -
2000-01 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)24 1 1 2 14 -
1999-00 CSK VVS Samara Super League (Reg.)5 0 0 0 2 -
1999-00 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)1 0 0 0 0 -
1999-00 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)34 7 9 16 98 -
1999-00 Team Russia 80 Intl. Tourn. (Intl.)2 0 0 0 0 -
1998-99 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)10 0 0 0 2 -3
1998-99 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)38 6 3 9 68 -
1998-99 Team Russia 80 Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 0 0 29 2
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