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Name: Andrei SheferLos Angeles Kings (#43/1999 NHL Draft)

Rating: 77
Height: 187cm/6'2"
Weight: 90kg/198.0 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1981-07-26
Birthplace: Cherepovets, Russia

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05/31/2006 Andrei Shefer (Los Angeles Kings) leaves Cherepovets

Russian Super League -  Andrei Shefer (Los Angeles Kings) has become one of the newest member of Moscow’s CSKA Red Army club. The 81 born center turned defenseman leaves Severstal in Cherepovets after a four year stay with the club. Interestingly, the young player started his career as a forward, skating as such for the Halifax Mooseheads during the 99-00 season after being selected by the Kings in the second round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. However, upon his return to Russia he first skated defense when his club SKA did not have enough blue liners and then was converted to this role by the coaching staff. The Los Angeles Kings likely have another year to sign the 25 year old defenseman, as there is currently no agreement between the NHL and the Russian hockey governing body, making Russia players exempt from the NHLPA restrictions on European players until an agreement is reached.
10/26/2004 Round 20: Severstal - Ak Bars & Spartak - Metallurg Mg. Game Notes
01/24/2004 Andrei Shefer (Los Angeles Kings) on the rise with Severstal Cherpovets
Talent Analysis:
Andrei Shefer is a player with solid size, weighing in at 198 pounds and standing at 6’1. This is a significant change from the 180lb he weighed when he was drafted. Andrei has been often considered a highly skilled player that lacked physical toughness. He is a terrific skater with great take off speed and solid lateral movement. He can also potentially develop into an elite stick handler. He also has an above average shot that he used quite well when given the ice time to show it off. NHL scouts have labeled him a two way forward that plays on the left wing. That particular description of his game is not entirely correct. Andrei is a solid two-way player, but he has been used more as a defenseman than a left wing in the recent couple of years. He started playing hockey as a defenseman and has once again proven that he can play that position as well as he can as a forward. While playing defense, Andrei also bulked up to his new 200 pound frame and has improved his physical game. He still needs to improve on his physical game to elevate his level of play to that of the NHL.
Back In Russia:
Andrei Shefer, born in Yekatrinburg in the Sverdlovsk oblast. He started his career in the hockey school of Severstal Cherpovets and continued ascending through the team’s system. Andrei debuted on Severstal Cherpovets’ senior RSL team during the 1998-99 season. During that season he spent 8 games with Severstal, spending the rest of his time playing for the Super League team’s junior farm team, Severstal 2. After being drafted in the summer of 1999, Andrei arrived in North America and agreed to play for the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL. There he amassed a respectable total of 77 (34+43) points and a +24 ranking. However the language barrier as well as personal issues influenced the young hockey player to return to Russia and continue his development with his original team, Severstal Cherpovets. Andrei’s attempt to return to Cherpovets was, however, was at least delayed during the first phase of the Super League season as Cherpovets loaned him to the terrible SKA St. Petersburg for the first 11 games of the Super League season. With the given increased ice time, Andrei amassed 7 points (6+1). He was then recalled by Severstal to Cherpovets. Facing reduced ice time and often being a healthy scratch, Andrei’s performance plummeted. He managed only 2 points during the remaining 10 games of the regular season and fared even worse during the post season, recording only a single point, a goal, in the 16 games of the postseason. A likely explanation for his poor production was the fact that he was largely utilized on Severstal’s bottom two lines and mostly in the role of a defenseman. SKA used him in that same role and there he produced respectable numbers, but with Severstal’s depth and a more defensive game plan, Andrei never really had a chance to show off his offensive skills. Andrei remained with Severstal for the 2001-02 season, where he continues to be used by the team in the defensive role.

International Competition:
Andrei Shefer has been a member of the Russian National Team since 1999. His solid performance at the 1999 Under 18 World Junior Championships elevated him from 31st to the 16th CSB ranking amongst European skaters. During the tournament, Andrei shone as a left wing, scoring 5 points (3+2) and delivering a physical defensive effort. As is the case with many Russian young players who leave Russia for the North American junior leagues, Andrei was not invited back to the Russian National Team during the 2000-01 season. After his return, however, he played on the Russian U20 National Team at the 2001 Under 20 World Junior Championships. Though the tournament was nothing more then disastrous for Team Russia, Andrei delivered a solid performance. While playing the entire tournament as a defenseman, he managed to finish the tournament with a +2 rating and also scored 3 points (2+1), including a key penalty shot in the last game, which elevated Team Russia into 7th place.
NHL Outlook:
After shooting up the rankings to 16th among European skaters and 27th overall, Andrei was selected by the LA Kings in the second round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft with their 1st pick (43rd overall). Andrei has the talent to become a solid player in the NHL. The big question that has not yet been answered is
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Severstal (Cherepovets) KHL (Reg.)37 3 6 9 16 -7
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)6 1 1 2 0 4
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)53 3 14 17 34 18
2006-07 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)53 8 22 30 56 5
2005-06 Severstal (Cherpovets) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 1 1 0 1
2005-06 Severstal (Cherpovets) Super League (Reg.)45 2 1 3 32 -4
2004-05 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)46 1 11 12 18 +10
2003-04 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)51 4 5 9 44 -
2003-04 Severstal Cherpovets Spartak Cup (Preseason)5 0 1 1 0 -
2002-03 Severstal Cherpovets 2 1st League (Juniors)3 1 2 3 2 -
2002-03 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Playoffs)9 0 0 0 0 -
2002-03 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)37 2 4 6 10 2
2001-02 Severstal Cherpovets Stal Cup (Preseason)4 0 1 1 4 -
2001-02 Severstal Cherpovets Lada Cup (Preseason)4 0 1 1 0 -
2001-02 SKA St. Petersburg Super League (Reg.)28 4 4 8 12 -
2001-02 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)8 0 0 0 6 -
2000-01 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Playoffs)6 1 0 1 0 -
2000-01 SKA St. Petersburg Super League (Reg.)11 6 1 7 4 -
2000-01 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)20 1 1 2 10 -
2000-01 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)7 2 1 3 2 2
1999-00 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL (Playoffs)10 0 5 5 4 -
1999-00 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL (Reg.)72 34 43 77 30 24
1999-00 Kristal Elektrostal 82 Junior League (Playoffs)6 0 0 0 8 -
1999-00 Team Center Regional Tourn. (Juniors)5 0 0 0 18 -
1998-99 Severstal Cherpovets 3 1st League (Juniors)6 2 2 4 18 -
1998-99 Severstal Cherpovets 2 Junior League (Juniors)21 6 5 11 20 -
1998-99 Severstal Cherpovets Super League (Reg.)8 1 0 1 4 -1
1998-99 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)7 3 2 5 20 5
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