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Name: Rail RozakovCalgary Flames (#106/1999 NHL Draft)

Rating: 70
Height: 188cm/6'2"
Weight: 91kg/200.2 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1981-03-29
Birthplace: Murmansk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
1999-00 Soviet Wings (Moscow) Away - Sold
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11/20/2003 Calgary Flames defensive prospect Rail Rozakov returned back to Russia and rejoined Severstal Cherpovets.
7/16/2003
Talent Analysis:
Rail Rozakov’s rights are owned by Lada Togliati, but he did not spend a single game for the team during the 2001-02 season. After spending a month on Lada’s bench, Rail was transferred to CSK VVS of the Upper League, where he was one of the team’s top four defensemen. After the December break in the season, he was transferred by Lada to CSKA Moscow
Back In Russia:
Rail is a product of Lada Togliatti’s system. He is a rare case of Lada actually developing a prospect into a top level player instead of just simply going to the market and using their financial leverage to buy a team. Rail played his first full season with the team’s junior farm team, Lada 2, during the 1998-99 season. Next year he split the season between Lada 2 and several teams on the next level, the Upper League. There he was loaned by Lada to the CSK VVS (Air Force’s version of Red Army CSKA) and the Soviet Wings. There he played with some success, but still had to spend a couple of games with CSK VVS’s junior affiliate CSK VVS 2. The 2000-01 season was no different for Rail in the way that he again did not spend it with the team that owns his rights. Once again Lada loaned him out, this time to Metallurg Novokuznetsk. This was another positive step in Rail’s development as he now played on the highest level available in Russia, the Super League. With Metallurg Novokuznetsk, Rail secured a stable position on the third defensive pairing and logged in respectable ice time. After the 2001 U20 World Junior Championships, Rail, like many other junior players who were part of that unpleasant experience, did not play on his established level of hockey. Due to the degradation of his performance he was lost his position on the third line and received little ice time. It is expected that during the 2000-01 season Rail will return and play with Lada Togliatti, unless he decides to cross the ocean and play in the North America. It is expected that during the 2000-01 season Rail will return and play with Lada Togliatti, unless he decides to cross the ocean and play in the North America.

Rail has been a sporadic member of the Russian National Team. In 1999 he was a member of the Russian U18 squad but did not participate in any other tournaments that year or the next. In 2001 he was once again called up to represent his country. He played 3rd line duty for the Russian National squad, which was still an honor on the talented team that included the likes of Anton Volchenkov and Alexander Barkunov. At the U20 World Junior Championships, Rail was one of Russia’s most reliable defenseman. Though, true to his game, hedid not at all particpate on the offensive side on the game, with him on the ice, Russia did not allow a single goal. This is a feat that no other Russian defenseman could have bragged about. Still, Rail’s achievement was overshadowed by Russia’s dismal performance at the U20 WJC. Unfortunately this was Rail’s last tournament at the Junior level and it is unclear when he will develop to the level of Russia’s senior National team.
NHL Outlook:
The Calgary Flames picked Rail in the 4th round with their 4th pick (106th overall). The team was looking for a stay at home defenseman and that is what they got. Rail has developed well over the 2 seasons since the draft and has been moving up steadily. This year has been a major one in Rail’s development in both positive and negative manner. On one side he displayed an unexpected level of maturity and played well with Metallurg Novokuznetsk during the 2000-01 season. On the other side he trailed off in the second half and showed that he has a bit ways to go before he developes into an NHL level defenseman. The Calgary Flames are taking their time with this prospect. It is easier for them to do so with European prospects like Rail because they are not required to sign these players within two years of the draft like they are with American and Canadian born players. The two year deadline only becomes active when the player crosses to the North America. This summer the Flames did not offer Rail a contract, and this only means that he will not be elligible to play with them during the 2001-02 season. If Rail continues to proggress, the summer of 2002 may be different. It is unclear how much time Rail needs to develop until he is ready for the NHL, as he could be ready as soon as next summer, or he may reggress and never appear in North America.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) KHL (Reg.)9 0 0 0 2 -2
2008-09 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) KHL 0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) Super League (Reg.)41 0 1 1 50 -19
2006-07 Vityaz (Chekhov) Super League (Reg.)19 0 0 0 43 -3
2005-06 Sibir (Novosibirsk) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 2 -1
2005-06 Sibir (Novosibirsk) Super League (Reg.)37 0 1 1 81 -1
2004-05 Sibir (Novosibirsk) Super League (Reg.)15 1 1 2 39 -3
2004-05 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)17 0 0 0 8 0
2003-04 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)16 0 1 1 36 -
2002-03 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Playoffs)2 0 0 0 0 -
2002-03 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)17 1 0 1 10 -3
2002-03 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)4 0 0 0 0 1
2001-02 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)16 1 0 1 8 -
2000-01 Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) Super League (Playoffs)1 1 0 1 0 -
2000-01 Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) Super League (Reg.)21 0 1 1 10 -
2000-01 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 1
2000-01 U20 Team Russia U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)7 0 1 1 6 1
1999-00 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)11 1 2 3 16 -
1999-00 CSK VVS 2 1st League (Juniors)2 0 2 2 8 -
1999-00 Soviet Wings Upper League (Reg.)23 0 1 1 41 -
1999-00 CSK VVS Samara Upper League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 0 -
1998-99 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)30 0 0 0 14 -
1998-99 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)7 0 1 1 4 4
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