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Name: Ilya BryzgalovPhoenix Coyotes (#44/2000 NHL Draft)

Rating: 87
Height: 192cm/6'4"
Weight: 88kg/193.6 lb
Position: Goalie
Shoots: Left
Born: 1980-06-22
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2000 WC Team Russia Home - Sold
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05/11/2011 Why the Flyers must sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes): Fan’s take

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Despite various positive additions since last season's Stanley Cup defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks, the team once again was broken by its eternal area of instability. Except for the now distant brilliance of Ron Hextall, or the Hall of Fame excellence of Bernie Parent, the ice eternally seems to crack under Philadelphia's goalie crease. With the Phoenix Coyotes potentially boomeranging to Winnipeg, organizational flux might allow their unrestricted free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes) (notes) to sign elsewhere. The Flyers must add this goalie, who was also a teammate of Chris Pronger's(notes) on the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup winning team. While he was a backup that season, his starting numbers since then have been stellar. (Yahoo! Sports article by Sean O'Brien) READ MORE
05/11/2011 Why the Flyers must sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes): Fan’s take

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Despite various positive additions since last season's Stanley Cup defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks, the team once again was broken by its eternal area of instability. Except for the now distant brilliance of Ron Hextall, or the Hall of Fame excellence of Bernie Parent, the ice eternally seems to crack under Philadelphia's goalie crease. With the Phoenix Coyotes potentially boomeranging to Winnipeg, organizational flux might allow their unrestricted free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes) (notes) to sign elsewhere. The Flyers must add this goalie, who was also a teammate of Chris Pronger's(notes) on the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup winning team. While he was a backup that season, his starting numbers since then have been stellar. (Yahoo! Sports article by Sean O'Brien) READ MORE
12/05/2009 Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes) - A peek behind the mask

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes), 29, started playing hockey when he was two years old in his hometown of Togliatti. He played in the house and out in the streets with a puck and stick his father and godfather made in a local factory. "I always play with older kids," Bryzgalov said. "They usually put me in the net because I was youngest." (AZCentral.com article by Sarah McLellan) READ MORE
02/15/2009 Yotes lose, but Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) scores two, adds one assist
08/13/2007 Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) practicing with his old Russian team
07/29/2005 Anaheim excersises option on Ilya Bryzgalov, but will he come?
06/29/2005 Web Site News: Ilya Bryzgalov's (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) game worn jersey no longer available
06/15/2005 Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) signed a deal with RSL’s Avangard
05/01/2005 Cincinnatti’s Back Up? Not Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)!!!
04/24/2005 With Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) out, Russia’s starting goaltender for the WC: Maxim Sokolov!
07/08/2004 Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) signs a new deal with the Ducks
05/05/2004 Ilya Bryzgalov’s (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) season is over.
05/03/2004 Web Site News: Ilya Bryzgalov’s (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) 2000 World Championships jersey has been added to the game worn jersey section.
04/29/2004 Ilya Bryzgalov inches the Mighty Ducks within one game of leaving the Admirals behind with a 36 save effort
04/25/2004 Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) helps the Ducks take lead in AHL playoff series
04/17/2004 Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) backstops Cincinnati closer to first series win
03/17/2004 Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) wins in first NHL start
Talent Analysis:
2001-2002 Update:
Ilya Bryzgalov has made the decision to cross the ocean and attend Anaheim Mighty Ducks training camp. There he delivered a solid performance, placing him third on the goalie depth in Anaheim behind Steve Shields and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Ilya Bryzgalov became Anaheim's backup goalie for the first 4 games of the season due to Giguere's leg injury. During that stay Ilya relieved Shields in the game against the Washington Capitals during the second period and allowed a single goal on 12 shots. On October 11th Giguere was activated and Ilya was sent down the the Cincinnati Ducks of the AHL.

Ilya Bryzgalov is a great talent that has been already compared to the legendary Russian goaltender Vladislav Tretiak. Though it is too early to tell regarding the comparison, he has the size and the talent to become an NHL goaltender. Ilya is an example of a great player with a lot of promise who violates "the regime" early in his life and ruins all of his potential, going down in a meteoric decline before it had a chance to shine. Ilya’s first coach and a former Soviet Legendary player Alexander Konovalov helped Ilya get through his problems and learn from them to strengthen his mental toughness. Ilya said himself that "when I had a tough period in my life, he (Konovalev -- EB), you can say, took me off the streets. I was 13 and I was lead a bit in the wrong direction. Alexander Konstantinovich helped me to acknowledge this and since then has always shown his support. "

Ilya possesses the physical gift to become a dominating goaltender. Standing tall at 6’3 and filling that frame quite nicely with 198 pounds, Ilya is covers a lot of the net with just his size. There is a lot of talent beyond his size though. Ilya has excellent reflexes and has a solid glove hand. Ilya is a standout goalie and often skates out of the crease to challenge his opponents early. Though he himself said that he at first became a goalie because he was not a good skater, Ilya is solid on his blades and is extremely maneuverable around the crease when challenging shoots. He can almost instantaneously slide from one side of the crease to the other.

One of the biggest assets that Ilya brings with his game is his rock solid mental toughness. He possesses great confidence and competitive spirit, and also has the tools to back up his words. He displayed just how tough he is over the last couple of years, returning from a serious injury he sustained when a motorcycle struck him two years ago when he was 18. Though his development was slowed by a year, Ilya, with a lot of support from Lada’s coach, Gennadiy Tsygurov, rebounded from his injury. Prior to the 2000 NHL Entry Draft the CSB had Ilya Bryzgalov ranked first among European goalies. At this point Ilya’s only potential weakness is his extreme confident attitude and its potential impact on his teammates, especially the goalies. However, Ilya has brought his best game to support his confident attitude and earned the respect of his teammates.
Back In Russia:
2002-03 Season Review: Bryzgalov finished up his second year in North America. After a rough start, Bryzgalov leveled off and delivered a solid performance. The talented goaltender could only do so much behind the mediocre Cincinnati squad, but he still had a solid save percentage and unlike the previous year, he retained the starting role on the squad and delivered a much more consistent performance throughout the season.

Ilya has been born and raised in Togliatti Russia, the home of one of Russia’s biggest automobile manufacturers VAZ and it’s hockey team LADA. As mentioned earlier, Ilya’s first coach was Alexander Konovalenko and it was him who helped Ilya get through his early personal problems outside of hockey. Ilya began to play Lada 2 during the 1997-98 season when he was only 17. Ilya’s first chance to play for the main team came in late during the 99-00 season when he backed up a former NHL and Boston Bruins goalie Vensan Rhiendau, appearing in 13 games and registering a strong 1.38 GAA. Early on in the season Ilya was third in the net behind former Boston Bruins prospect Yevgeniy Ryabchikov and Vensan Rhiendau. To get more playing time Ilya was loaned to Spartak Moscow of the Russian Upper League and played 10 games for Spartak with a solid 2.10 GAA. Ilya’s performance was so impressive that Spartak’s head coach, Yakushin, who was also the coach of the Russian National team, invited him to the 2000 World Championships training camp. This past season Ilya chose to stay in Russia despite a contract offer from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and solidified his position as the starting goalie for the team, playing in 28 out of the 35 games (1.65 GAA) of the first phase of the season and appearing in every game of Lada’s short lived playoff life this year.

Ilya has been one of the primary goalies for the Russian Junior National team for the better part of 1999 and 2000. He played in numerous International tournaments, including the Four Nations and Five Nations competitions. Ilya also represented Russia in the 2000 World Junior Under 20 Championships where the Russian squad earned a silver medal in large part due to his spectacular performance. Besides appearing in the WJC in January of 2000, Ilya did the unthinkable and earned the starting job for the senior Team Russia squad in the 2000 World Championships. The position was allegedly almost guarantied to another Russian young goaltender Yegor Podomatsky, but Ilya beat Podomatsky out of it during the training camp. Russia’s failure in the WC2000 was often blamed on the team’s starting goalie, Ilya, but Vladislav Tretiak himself said: "Any goalie has the right to let in 3 goals in a game. Bryzgalov did not even let in that many. However we still lost. What does this indicate? Only the weakness of our forwards".
NHL Outlook:
Though Ilya was half kidding when he said that his dream is to be "To become the best goalie in the NHL, nothing less!", he was only half kidding. Ilya is an ambitious player who has the talent to play on the level of many starting goalies in the NHL today. Anaheim Mighty Ducks saw this potential in this 20 year old future star and picked him with their 2nd pick 44th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Ilya had a contract offer from Anaheim this season, but he decided to stay another year and Russia with Lada. It was worth it, as he started for LADA in the Super League against old and experienced players on the AHL level of hockey. Anaheim did acquire Shields towards the end of the 2000 season and has Giguere as their slated starter. However, when Ilya comes to North America they better make room for him. He is an extremely competitive individual and will fight for the starting position with Anaheim. He allegedly fought the starting position away from Rhiendeau by putting on his equipment and hanging over the boards before the coach pulled the other goalie during a bad game. That is the kind of competitive and confident person that is Ilya Bryzgalov.
Statistics:
Season Club League GP W L T GAA GA min SV PIM
2004-05 Team Russia ROSNO Cup (Intl.) 2 2 0 0 1 1 120 0.972 0
2003-04 Cin. Mighty Ducks AHL (Playoffs) 4 5 1 0 3.02 27 536 0.909 0
2001-02 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL (Reg.) 1 - - - 1.89 - - 0.917 -
2001-02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL (Reg.) 45 20 16 4 2.48 - - - -
2000-01 Lada Togliatti Super League (Playoffs) 5 - - - 1.84 - - - -
2000-01 Lada Togliatti Super League (Reg.) 34 - - - 1.64 - - -
1999-00 Spartak Moscow Upper League (Reg.) 10 - - - 2.10 21 - - -
1999-00 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors) 2 - - - 2.50 5 - - -
1999-00 Lada Togliatti Continental Cup (Preseason) 2 - - - 1.50 3 - - -
1999-00 Lada Togliatti Super League (Playoffs) 7 - - - 1.43 10 - - -
1999-00 Lada Togliatti Super League (Reg.) 13 - - - 1.39 18 - -
1999-00 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) 2 - - - 0.50 - - - -
1999-00 Team Russia WC IIHF (Intl.) 6 2 4 0 2.75 - - 0.879 -
1998-99 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Reg.) 20 - - - 2.15 43 - - -
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