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Name: Alexei Volkov (#76/1998 NHL Draft)

Rating: 60
Height: 192cm/6'4"
Weight: 92kg/202.4 lb
Position: Goalie
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2002-03 Dynamo Moscow Home - Sold
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Talent Analysis:
At 6’3 and 202 pounds, Alexei Volkov is a standup goaltender, who covers a lot of net. Alexei Volkov is one of Russia’s most promising young goaltenders. Looking at Russia’s goaltenders around the age of 20+, his name is at the top of the list with Ilya Bryzgalov and Igor Podomatsky. Alexei’s strength is his technical proficiency on the ice. He has a strong glove hand and is solid on his skates. Alexei plays a great positional game, using his body well to block off the angles. Mentally, Alexei is rock solid. He is very calm and collected on the ice. His biggest performances of the 2001-02 season thus far have come in close games. In the games where his team, Salavat Yulayev won by a single goal, several times in overtime, he has been named a star of the game no matter how many goals he allowed.
Back In Russia:
Alexei Volkov started his career at Yekaterinbug School of Hockey. He spent two seasons playing for Yekaterinbugh’s minor league army team. In 1996, Alexei transferred to the Soviet Wings in Moscow, spending the next two seasons in that team’s minor league. Despite continuing playing in the minor leagues and not seeing a higher level of hockey, the move to Moscow exposed Alexei to the coaches of the Russian Junior National Team and to the NHL scouts. After being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Alexei moved to North America to join the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL junior league. He played well during the two seasons, backstopping his team to the playoffs both years. Alexei’s move to North America appears to have been premature. Back in Russia, he would have had the opportunity to play in the Super League the year following his draft. The Super League is a professional league that is light years beyond the QMJHL. The main widely accepted explanation for Alexei’s arrival in North America was his hope to earn a spot on the LA Kings, the goal he failed to achieve during those two years. After completing his junior career in 1999-00, the Kings management assigned him to the Lowell Lock Monsters in the AHL. After struggling in the net and receiving few starts due to his shaky performance, Alexei was send down to the New Orleans Brass of the ECHL. There he played the rest of the season, earning 29 starts.

Alexei’s career appeared to be going nowhere in North America. He attended Los Angeles Kings 2001 training camp and the management once again sent him down to the minor leagues. Considering how unpleasant and unproductive the previous season has been for Alexei, he made the decision to return to Russia at least for the next season. He returned to Russia and attended Amur Khabarovsk’s training camp. After a couple of preseason games, the management of another Super League team, Salavat Yulayev, noticed him and offered Alexei a better contract on a stronger team. Alexei joined Salavat Yulayev and has enjoyed tremendous success. He has often been the difference between victory and defeat, stealing games in overtime or holding on to the one goal lead in the third period on quite a few occasions. Alexei Volkov has been voted to Western Russia All Star team for the 2001 Super League All Star game being held on December 16th, 2001 in Yaroslavl, Russia.

International Competition:
Alexei Volkov competed for Team Russia at junior competitions during 1997-98, his first full season in Moscow. He competed at several tournaments for the DOB(date of birth) 1980 players, earning a bronze medal at the 1998 European Junior Championship. Alexei Volkov arrived on the international scene during the 1999-2000 season. During the season he competed for Team Russia at the 1999 U20 World Junior Championships, earning a gold medal. He was then selected as one of Team Russia’s goaltenders for the 1999 World Championships. Despite not playing a game in the tournament, it was a significant gesture on the part of Team Russia’s management to select Alexei to the team. Alexei returned to play for the Russian U20 Team for the last time at the 2000 U20 World Junior Championships, forming a powerful goaltending tandem along side Anaheim Mighty Ducks prospect Ilya Bryzgalov and earning a silver medal.
NHL Outlook:
The Los Angeles Kings drafted Alexei Volkov in the third round and 76th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Since the draft, Alexei’s career has been an up and down roller coaster. At one point he was called up to the Kings and dressed for a single NHL game, and then he was demoted to the ECHL. Despite all the adversities, Alexei has continued developing well over the past 3 years. His exposure to North American hockey came too early in his career. He should have stayed a couple of more seasons in Russia and honed his skills in the Super League before crossing over. Well, as they say, rear vision is 20-20 and no one knew what would happen. For all everyone knew, Alexei could have pulled a Daniel Blackburn and joined the kings his draft year. This year Alexei decided to return to Russia and regroup. The decision appears to have been the right one for Alexei’s career. During the first half of the 2001-02 season he established himself as a starting goaltender with Salavat Yulayev and also as one of the best goalies in the Super League. The fans rewarded Alexei for his success, naming him to the 2001 Super League’s All Star game. Alexei Volkov is still only 21 years old and has already had a very colorful career. He has proven his ability to lead a team as its number one goaltender, and still remains a potential future NHLer, though not with the Kings, as that NHL club has waived their rights the goaltender.
Statistics:
Season Club League GP W L T GAA GA min SV PIM
2002-03 Dynamo Moscow Super League (Reg.) 5 2 2 1 1.80 8 - - 2
2001-02 Salavat Yulayev Super League (Reg.) 29 - - - 2.17 63 - - 4
2000-01 New Orleans ECHL (Reg.) 29 - - - - 81 - - 2
2000-01 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL (Reg.) 5 - - - 3.20 16 - - -
1999-00 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.) 7 - - - 1.43 10 - - 0
1999-00 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL (Playoffs) 7 - - - 1.43 - - - 0
1999-00 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL (Reg.) 40 23 13 2 3.35 124 - - 2
1999-00 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.) 5 - - - 1.25 6 - - 0
1998-99 Team Russia WC IIHF (Intl.) - - - - - - - - -
1998-99 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL (Playoffs) 7 - - - 4.20 21 - - 0
1998-99 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL (Reg.) 39 25 9 3 2.70 106 - - 9
1997-98 Soviet Wings 2 1st League (Juniors) 27 - - - 2.67 - - - -
1996-97 SKA Yekaterinburg 1st League (Juniors) 34 - - - 1.94 - - - -
1996-97 Soviet Wings 2 1st League (Juniors) 8 - - - 1.25 - - - -
1995-96 SKA Yekaterinburg 1st League (Juniors) 42 - - - 1.87 - - - -
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