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Name: Igor KnyazevPhoenix Coyotes (#15/2001 NHL Draft)

Rating: 76
Height: 184cm/6'0"
Weight: 96kg/211.2 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1983-01-27
Birthplace: Elektrostal, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2001-02 Spartak (Moscow) Home - Sold
RELATED ARTICLES:
The Russians Are Coming Part 1: Igor Knyazev (11/15/2002)
Boris Mayorov: The Signing of Knyazev’s Contract is Unlawful (Sept.15th, 2001)
Igor Knyazev: I will at least another year with Spartak (Sept.15th, 2001)
On the way to the NHL: Igor Knyazev (March 1st 2001)
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PLAYER PHOTOS:

Player News
09/09/2005 Igor Knyazev returns to Phoenix for training camp
08/11/2005 Igor Knyazev (Phoenix Coyotes) released by Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) - CORRECTION
05/18/2005 Malenkykh (Pittsburgh Penguins), Seluyanov (Detroit Red Wings), Platonov (Nashville Predators) and Knyazev (Phoenix Coyotes) invited by Metallurg (Magnitogorsk)
11/10/2004 Igor Knyazev (Phoenix Coyotes) back in the Super League
11/03/2004 Igor Knyazev (Phoenix Coyotes) practices with High League’s Kristal Elektrostal
09/26/2003
Talent Analysis:


Standing at 6""1 and 210 pounds at only the age of 19, Igor definitely has the size to play in the NHL. Besides possessing the physical size, Igor uses it well to play a solid all around defensive game. Igor is an above average skater and is a solid puck carrier from the defensive zone. Igor loves playing defense and played at this position his whole life. In an interview with Moscow Hockey he himself said: ⌠I always liked the role of the defense
Back In Russia:
2002-03 Season Review: Igor Knyazev signed a three year deal with Carolina in the summer of
NHL Outlook:

Igor has the potential to be a top four defenseman in the NHL. He is a physical player and has a great hockey sense. The young defenseman has struggled a bit in his first season in North America, but also showed a wealth of potential. Prior to the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes traded him to the Phoenix Coyotes as part of a deal that brought Daniil Markov to North Carolina. Knyazev will have a chance to make the Phoenix club""s young defensive corps right out of the training camp. It remains to be seen if he will take the full advantage of this opportunity.

Igor Knyazev was rated 7th amongst European skaters in the Central Scouting Bureau final prospect ratings, moving up 6 spots from his 13th midseason ranking. Igor will be drafted in the first round. According to a Russian hockey expert, Maxim Dostoyevsky, predicted he will be drafted in the middle of the 1st round and he made this prediction in the end of February, 2001 before the final CSB ratings were released. Maxim states that ⌠any team that needs a solid all around defender with sharp offensive instincts shall grab him.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 HC MVD (Tver) KHL (Reg.)8 0 1 1 8 -4
2007-08 HC MVD Super League (Playoffs)3 0 2 2 2 0
2007-08 HC MVD Super League (Reg.)8 0 1 1 6 0
2006-07 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)14 0 2 2 22 -5
2005-06 Khimik (Vosskresensk) Super League (Reg.)8 3 0 3 12 0
2004-04 Khimik Voskresensk Super League (Reg.)29 0 2 2 57 -8
2003-04 Springfield Falcons AHL 56 1 5 6 48 -4
2002-03 Lowell Monsters AHL (Reg.)68 2 5 7 68 -
2001-02 Spartak (Moscow) Spartak Cup (Preseason)5 0 1 1 0 -
2001-02 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)3 0 0 0 8 -
2001-02 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)16 0 1 1 4 -
2001-02 Team Russia 82 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 1 2 4 2
2001-02 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)7 2 1 3 35 3
2001-02 Team Russia 83 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 1 1 6 -
2000-01 Spartak (Moscow) Upper League (Playoffs)11 0 2 2 37 4
2000-01 Spartak (Moscow) Upper League (Reg.)42 6 3 9 64 16
2000-01 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 2 2
2000-01 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 2 0 2 4 5
2000-01 Team Russia 83 U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 1 4 5 24 16
1999-00 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 2 0 2 16 -1
1999-00 Spartak Moscow 2 1st League (Juniors)13 2 4 6 74 -
1999-00 Spartak (Moscow) Upper League (Reg.)26 1 1 2 16 -
1999-00 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 0 1 1 4 6
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