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Name: Timofei ShishkanovSt. Louis Blues (#35/2001 NHL Draft)

Rating: 78
Height: 186cm/6'1"
Weight: 95kg/209.0 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Right
Born: 1983-06-10
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2001-02 CSKA (Moscow) Home - Sold
2000-01 Spartak (Moscow) Away - Sold
RELATED ARTICLES:
Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (06/28/2007)
Russia - Czech Republic - Exclusive RussianProspects Scouting Analysis (11/12/2006)
Rivermen left wing is going places - Shishkanov has three goals in three games since being acquired by Blues (02/11/2006)
Timofei Shishkanov (Nashville Predators): I am following Kovalchuk! (12/02/2004)
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08/03/2008 Preseason roundup: Timofei Shishkanov (St. Louis Blues) nets a hattrick with new club

Timofei Shishkanov (St. Louis Blues) impressed with a hattrick in a preseason debut with his new Russian club, HC SKA (St. Petersburg) against HC MVD. The young forward was traded this summer from HC CSKA to HC SKA after a strong season with the Moscow club. Shishkanov will now skate for US coach Barry Smith, who enjoyed significant success with HC SKA last season despite late season struggles and a relatively early playoff exit. Former NHL goalie Robert Esche also made his debut for HC SKA. This will be his second season in Russia after skating for HC Ak Bars last season. Sergei Soin (Nashville Predators) was another player worth watching, as he helped Severstal keep it close with HC Ak Bars in another preseason contest. The talented center had a hand in both of his club’s goals in the 2:3 loss.
11/14/2007 Round 21: Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) shines for CSKA

Super League -  Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) scores his first Super League goal in HC CSKA’s overtime victory over HC Dynamo. Timofei Shishkanov (St. Louis Blues) was another stand out in that game for CSKA. HC Amur earned a rare victory, and an impressive one over the highly touted HC SKA, despite a monster effort from Maxim Sushinsky . Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) is back on track, scoring his 10th of the season, helping struggling HC Metallurg earn a victory. Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes)’s cannon of a shot helped HC Avangard earn another victory as the elite club has begun to steadily rise in the rankings. READ MORE
11/06/2007 Team Russia lines announced!

EuroTour Karjala Cup  - 

Vyacheslav Bykov announced the lines for the Karjala Cup tournament that will soon take place in Finland. The squad includes a number of NHL prospects, who will be holding key roles.


LINE 1: Vladimir Antipov (Toronto Maple Leafs)Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) – Sergei Mazyakin – Ilya Nikulin (Atlanta Thrashers) – Andrei Proshkin


LINE 2: Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) – Ivan Nepryaev – Timofei Shishkanov (St. Louis Blues) – Peretyagin – Vitaly Atyushov
LINE 3: Fedor Fedorov (New York Rangers)Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars)Dmitri Afanasenkov – Kuteikin – Anton Belov
LINE 4: Alexei Simakov Anton Kuryanov Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) – Evgeny Medvedev – Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens)

07/08/2007 Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (Top Four Clubs)
04/16/2007 Team Russia’s infirmary filling up
11/17/2006 Russia - Czech Republic - Exclusive RussianProspects Scouting Analysis
08/06/2006 Timofei Shishkanov (St. Louis Blues) may return to Russia for a season
03/14/2006 AHL clubs anounce playoff rosters, include a number of Russian prospects
02/11/2006 Rivermen left wing is going places (Timofei Shishkanov (St. Louis Blues) article)
01/29/2006 Timofei Shishkanov traded by Nashville Predators to St. Louis Blues
09/27/2005 Timofei Shishkanov sent down by the Predators
06/07/2004 Admirals sweep the Penguins, capture Calder Cup
06/02/2004 Milwaukee doubles up Wilkes-Barre in Game 2 of the AHL Calder Cup finals
05/26/2004 With Timofei Shishkanov (Nashville Predators) as one of their guns, Milawaukee Admirals are one win away from the AHL championship.
02/06/2004 Three Russians join Team Planet USA at the AHL All Star game
12/23/2003 Nashville's Timofei Shishkanov called up to the NHL
Scouting Evaluations:
Russia - Czech Republic - Exclusive RussianProspects Scouting Analysis
Talent Analysis:
Timofei Shishkanov’s 6’1 and 203lb frame is definitely more then sufficient for the rigors of the NHL. He is a very talented player. Timofei is an excellent skater, able to blow by his opponents with great moves and fast speed. He also possesses a solid shot, though he rarely uses it and does not really have a trademark shot that he is known for. Timofei Shishkanov is also a very good puck handler, able to work it in both zones of the ice.

According to a Finnish observer from the U18 2001 World Junior Championships, Timofei had a comprable skill set to that of Kovalchuk, but "the difference between Kovalchuk and Shishkanov is the hunger, Kovalchuk wants all the time desperately [to] score goals, but Shishkanov sometimes floats around." The observer added further that Kovalchuk shot the puck a lot more then Shishkanov, while Shishkanov seemed "meaner, more unpredictable and stronger then Kovalchuk". The main area where Shishkanov loses to players of Kovalchuk’s class is in his hockey sense. He still has not developed that knack for making split second decisions on the ice that players of Kovalchuk’s caliber possess.

Addressing the information provided by the Hockey News Pre Draft Special Issue regarding Shishkanov’s less the adequate level of play with the Spartak Jr. squad: "The other Timofei is the guy who displayed a complete lack of character when playing for Spartak’s junior team." A European scout also added to Hockey News that "If you saw him on Spartak’s second team...he doesn’t work. He doesn’t try." Such negative comments by this European scout maybe very well justified. However, a couple of different factors need to be considered before taking these comments and passing a verdict on Timofei. First of all, Timofei plays on 3 different teams in Spartak’s system every week. He plays on the 1984 junior team, the Spartak 2 team and practices with Spartak’s main team. According to Timofei himself, "if our junior team plays against an especially weak opponent, then I don’t play in those matches". Timofei plays 3 games a week with the 2 junior teams and stays with the main team for the practices. Considering all this, it would not be surprising if Timofei left it all on the ice while practicing with the senior team or playing in important games. Again, this is an offering of a different explanation for the negative comments regarding Shishkanov’s play with Spartak, it is not a definite explanation.
Back In Russia:
Timofei Shishkanov was born in Moscow and has been in the Spartak Moscow organization since he was 6. He did not start playing hockey by accident, his father was also a hockey player and chose this sport for his son, though a few years later Timofei himself fell in love with the sport. Timofei’s first successful season with Spartak Moscow’s farm team Spartak 2 was during the 1999-00 season. There he scored 11 points (6+5) in 14 games and spent 14 games with Spartak’s main team. Towards the end of the 1999-00 season, in March, Timofei severely bruised one of his kidneys during a game against CSKA Jr. when he was checked hard from behind into the boards. He spent a week in a hospital and then another couple of weeks rehabilitating. After coming back from that ordeal he suffered a minor injury to his shoulder. The 2000-01 season did not start off any better for Timofei as prior to the start of the season he broke a finger and pulled a leg muscle, causing him to lose his chance of earning a sport in the main lineup of Spartak, though he was invited to the training camp. Timofei never seemed to completely recover from the bad luck and the subsequent demotion and did not have a solid season with Spartak’s junior teams. He did however still log 13 games with Sparatk’s main team during the regular season, earning a +1 rating and 2PIM.

International Competition:
Though Timofei Shishkanov did not have a serious shot at making Spartak’s roster after it was solidified and the team was on the way to earning a berth in the Super League, he did show himself quite well in the International arena’s spotlight during the 2000-01 season. Timofei represented Russia at the 2 major International 4 nation and 5 nation tournaments for the 1983 player group. There he delivered a respectable performance of 3 points (1+2) in 4 games of one and 2 assists in 3 games of the other tournament, while delivering a cumulative +5 rating. Timofei’s best performance came during the 2001 U18 World Junior Championships. Though his production of 4 points (2+2) and a +7 in 6 games seemed to have been eclipsed by the likes of Kovalchuk and Grigorenkov, Timofei was also the player to watch at the WJC. However, according to an observer at the U18 WJC "the Russian coach didn’t know how to use him". He had the top quality skills, but the top LW position was already filled by the talented Ilya Kovalchuk. He was double shifted in certain games (when Stanislav Chistov hurt his knee against Germany he replaced him on the Polushin
NHL Outlook:
Timofei Shishkanov was ranked 17th in CSB’s final rankings and 35th overall by the Hockey News. He was also one of the best left wingers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. However, the biggest concern of many NHL teams were the drawbacks of his mental game that may impede his development into a complete player that he can become. Though he has the talent and the size, he still does not have the mental game together to play up to his abilities. In accordance with his ranking, Timofei was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round (33rd overall). The 2001-02 season is critical for Timofei’s development. He now not only has to earn a spot in Spartak’s main lineup, but he also has to compete in the higher level Super League, not the Upper League any more as Spartak ascended out of the Upper League this past season. If he can now put together the will to perform with his talent, he will end up a productive NHLer withing 2-3 years. If he does not, he may still make it into the NHL and play on the 3rd or 4th line but will never be an impact player he has the potential to become.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Torpedo (N. Novgorod) KHL (Reg.)33 4 8 12 22 -2
2008-09 SKA (St. Petersburg) KHL (Reg.)17 0 1 1 41 -2
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)6 1 2 3 8 0
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)54 12 9 21 54 5
2006-07 Vityaz (Chekhov) Super League (Reg.)38 9 5 14 65 -7
2004-05 Milwaukee Admirals AHL (Reg.)26 8 9 17 18 -3
2003-04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 63 23 20 43 46 +23
2003-04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL (Playoffs)18 2 6 8 8 -4
2002-03 Quebec Ramparts QMJHL (Reg.)51 36 46 82 60 29
2002-03 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 1 0 1 2 0
2001-02 HC CSKA Moscow Upper League (Reg.)22 7 6 13 8 -
2000-01 Spartak (Moscow) Upper League (Reg.)13 0 0 0 2 1
2000-01 Spartak Moscow 2 1st League (Juniors)0 0 0 0 0 -
2000-01 Team Russia 83 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 2 3 4 3
2000-01 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 2 2 2 2
2000-01 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 2 2 4 0 7
1999-00 Team Moscow Regional Tourn. (Juniors)5 7 1 8 2 -
1999-00 Team Russia 83 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 0 1 0 1
1998-99 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 2 1
1998-99 Spartak Moscow 2 1st League (Juniors)14 6 5 11 10 -
1998-99 Spartak (Moscow) Upper League (Reg.)14 1 0 1 2 -
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