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Name: Alexander SvitovColumbus Blue Jackets (#3/2001 NHL Draft)

Rating: 83
Height: 192cm/6'4"
Weight: 99kg/217.8 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1982-11-03
Birthplace: Omsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Avangard (Omsk) Home - Available
HC Avangard retires Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s jersey (10/28/2008)
Stanislav Chistov (Boston Bruins): It would have been more right if King told me to my face (08/11/2008)
Evgeni Kurbatov (2008 NHL Entry Draft): A bad victory is better than a good defeat (04/02/2008)
Rosters for First Channel Cup announced! (12/07/2007)
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06/09/2009 Alexei Emelin refuses Montreal and re-signs with Ak Bars

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  Despite the offer coming from Montreal, Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) opted to sign a new 2 years deal with Ak Bars Kazan. Let's remember that Emelin scored only two points in this year's regular season and that in the playoffs he suffered a serious injury after a fight lost to Avangard's Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets). Montreal was really waiting for him for the 09-10 season but apparently he got a lucrative offer from his KHL team who at first wasn't too pleased with his play in the last couple of seasons.
04/02/2008 Russians who fled NHL disqualified from World Championships

A number of Russian players have been disqualified from participating in the World Championships because of the manner in which they left their NHL clubs by flying back to Russia without permission and consequently being disqualified. While NHL could not prevent these players from signing in Russia (due to a lack of a transfer agreement between the two leagues), the league could prevent them from participating in IIHF competition. This likely hurts the players significantly, as it is highly prestigious to skate for the national team in Russia. The list of players includes Alexei Kaigorodov (Phoenix Coyotes), Vadim Khomitski (Dallas Stars), Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames), Stanislav Chistov (Boston Bruins), Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets), and Maxim Kondratiev (Anaheim Mighty Ducks).
03/08/2008 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s team knocked out of the playoffs

Super League -  With a 3 Ė 1 series score, Dinamo Moscow kicked out Avangard Omsk from 2007/08 playoffs first round. Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) was the last to abandon the ship as he managed to perform well in all the four games. He put his signature in the second game, with a great assist to Yakutsenya for the game winning goal in the overtime. But letís see the games more in detail.

In the first game, won by Dynamo 4 Ė 3 in the overtime, Alexei opened the score only one minute and half after the first faceoff. He exploited a great ouverture by Titov from the defensive zone to go on a breakaway and put it in the top left corner. In the second game he decided the match as in the overtime he played a great puck in the right side of the rink, behind the red line, fooling a defenseman and then sending the puck back to rushing Yakutsenya who, with a beautiful one timer, won the game. Other Avangard prospect took a spot in the scoring sheet as Tertyshny deflected Kurbatovís shot to tie it up at the 56th minute.

In the third match he was kept silent by Dynamoís defense (and Kurbatov added another assist), but in the fourth match he scored again, making it 1 Ė 1 at the twenty-second. This goal was a beauty as he finalized with a great wrist shot a good pass by Popov from the left side.

This playoffs series has seen a very good Cherepanov, really improved from last season. He managed to carry his team on his shoulders like veterans of the calibre of Kalyuzhny and Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets), getting significant ice time skating for the second line.
03/01/2008 Nikolai Zherdev (Columbus Blue Jackets) seeks some love from Russia
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
10/13/2007 Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets): I don't understand why refs pressure me
09/23/2007 Round 4: Kirill Petrov impresses with three helpers (Box Score)
08/18/2007 Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets) signed a three year agreement with HC Avangard
03/01/2007 Web Site News: Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets)'s game worn HC Avangard jersey added
09/02/2006 One Russian gone, another back: Svitov on his way to Columbus
07/04/2006 Alexander Svitov returning to Columbus with a 1 year deal
08/27/2005 Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets): I want to play in front of Russian fans! (Sport Express Interview)
08/15/2005 Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets) called up to the national team
05/26/2005 Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets) signs 1 year deal with RSL’s Avangard (Omsk)
01/27/2004 Tampa's former first round pick, Alexander Svitov, traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets
Scouting Evaluations:
Russian Superleague Round 15. Avangard Omsk vs Ak Bars
Talent Analysis:
Alexander Svitov has excellent size and power. At 6’3 and 217 pounds he has become a physical threat in the Russian Super League at just the age of 16. He possesses the North American aggressive and physical style of play, using his body next to the boards and while fighting towards the net. Alexander is also an excellent two way forwards, responsible defensively in his own end. He has been often used by Avangard Omsk in the Super League and by the Russian National teams on the power kill, where he excelled and his great work ethic came through. On the offensive Alexander uses his large size to get to the net, but also possesses a very quick release and a powerful slap shot. Though Alexander’s puck handling and skating are solid, as Russian hockey expert Maxim Dostoyevsky states, "Svitov is not going to blow people out with his stick handling or spinoramas. I think skill wise he's a bit comparable with Trevor Linden. He has flashy moves, but he's sometimes shy to display them."
Back In Russia:
Alexander Svitov has been raised in the Avangard Omsk’s hockey system. He first solid season with Avangard’s farm team Avangard VDV was during the 98-99 season at only the age of 15. That season he scored 15 goals and 23 points in just 27 games and saw one game of action in the Super League playoffs for the main team. During the 99-00 season Alexander’s role on Avangard’s main team increased and he played 19 games on the main team, scoring 6 points (3+3) during the regular season. That same year it became clear that he was overqualified for the farm team, as he racked up 13 goals and 22 points in just 14 games. Thus, at just the age of 16 Alexander played more games for the main team then in the minors. During the 00-01 season Alexander asserted himself not only as a permanent member in Avangard Omsk’s lineup, but also as a serious physical threat on the ice for his opponents. He developed a mean streak and accumulated 109 PIM over the 32 games of the regular season. Besides racking up the penalty minutes, Alexander also an impressive scoring touch. At one point approximately two months into the season his line (Shastin
NHL Outlook:
Alexander is a complete package with size and a very high skill level that elevates him amongst the top prospects of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Svitov is ranked second amongst European players by the CSB report and is expected amongst the first three overall picks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. With his size and already three years of professional experience at Russia’s highest level of hockey, Alexander is almost a sure thing and could be an immediate addition next season to the NHL team that picks him. As Maxim Dostoyevsky states it Alexander "if he [Svitov
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Avangard (Omsk) KHL (Reg.)32 8 8 16 86 7
2007-08 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 3 3 10 4
2007-08 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)54 10 11 21 140 -5
2005-06 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)13 4 2 6 10 -2
2005-06 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)32 3 6 9 142 8
2004-05 Syracuse Crunch AHL (Reg.)33 10 11 21 78 -7
2002-03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL (Playoffs)7 0 0 0 6 -2
2002-03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL (Reg.)63 4 4 8 58 -4
2001-02 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)3 0 1 1 2 -
2001-02 HC CSKA 2 1st League (Juniors)2 1 0 1 2 -
2001-02 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)5 2 1 3 43 3
2001-02 Team Russia 82 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 5 1 6 33 -
2000-01 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)14 2 1 3 34 -
2000-01 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)39 8 7 15 115 -
2000-01 Team Russia 82 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 2 1 3 33 -
2000-01 Team Russia 82 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 8 3
2000-01 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 0 1 1 58 4
2000-01 U20 Team Russia Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)2 0 2 2 0 -
1999-00 Avangard VDV 1st League (Juniors)14 13 9 22 62
1999-00 Team Russia 82 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 1 2 6 4
1999-00 Team Russia 82 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 3 0 3 10
1999-00 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 3 5 8 8 10
1999-00 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)6 1 0 1 16 -
1999-00 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)19 3 3 6 45 -
1998-99 Avangard VDV 1st League (Juniors)27 15 8 23 20
1998-99 Avaganrd Omsk Super League (Playoffs)1 0 0 0 0 1
1997-98 Metallurg Nk. 2 1st League (Juniors)4 0 0 0 0
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