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Name: Dmitri PestunovPhoenix Coyotes (#80/2003 NHL Draft)

Rating: 76
Height: 175cm/5'9"
Weight: 88kg/193.6 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1985-01-25
Birthplace: Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

Game Worn Jerseys:
None Available
HC Avangard retires Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s jersey (10/28/2008)
Super League Round 4: Torpedo (NN) vs. Spartak (Moscow) Scouting Analysis (09/20/2007)
Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (06/28/2007)
Semifinals - Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) Carries Russia Forward (01/03/2005)
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11/03/2008 Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) gets his wish and one more NHL chance with the Coyotes

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  The Ottawa Senators finally found a trading partner for Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators), sending the young talented center to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Drew Fatta. Interestingly the Coyotes, like the Senators have been one of the last teams tending to draft Russian born players. The deal also appears to be at least in part the work of Nikulin's agents, who have strong relationships with the Coyotes and also represent the NHL club's Enver Lisin (Phoenix Coyotes) and used to represent another Phoenix drafted skated Dmitri Pestunov (Phoenix Coyotes) (who was likely drafted as high as he was because of this relationship between the Gretzky camp and at the time IMG agency). This largely represents a new beginning for Nikulin, who will hopefully be able to crack the lineup and skate along side Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) and possibly Enver Lisin (Phoenix Coyotes), who is currently on an assignment to the AHL.
09/20/2007 Round 4: Torpedo (NN) vs. Spartak (Moscow) Detailed Scouting Analysis
07/08/2007 Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (Top Four Clubs)

Russian Super League -  Find out more about the changes that took place within last season's top four clubs in the Super League. Some such as Avangard Omsk and Metallurg Magnitogorsk have strived to stay on the same trek. Others, such as the league's favorite Ak Bars Kazan that is known for the high flying Morozov - Zinovjev - Zaripov line, coped with some significant changes. Finally CSKA has significantly strengthened the roster despite losing a couple of talented players. READ MORE
09/19/2006 Dmitri Pestunov (Phoenix Coyotes) nets a hattrick against HC Neftkhimik
04/10/2006 Dmitri Pestunov (Phoenix Coyotes) injured during the playoffs
09/15/2005 Tour 4: Avangard crushes Metallurg 4:1 - see it happen!
06/02/2005 Web Site News: New photos added to Dmitri Pestunov's (Phoenix Coyotes) player profile
02/13/2005 Fedor Fedorov (Vancouver Canucks) traded for Dmitri Pestunov (Phoenix Coyotes)
11/01/2004 Round 23: Metallurg Mg. - Dynamo Moscow Game Notes
10/19/2004 Super League Tour 18: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl vs. Metallurg Mg. Game Notes
Scouting Evaluations:
Super League Round 4: Torpedo (NN) vs. Spartak (Moscow) Scouting Analysis
Semifinals - Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) Carries Russia Forward
U20 WJC: Russia - Switzerland Player Game Notes - Lisin's (Phoenix) best game thus far
U20 WJC: Russia - Belarus Player Game Notes - Ovechkin (Washington) scores twice
Russia vs. Czech Republic Detailed Game Notes: Malkin shines, Shirokov scores
Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Belov and Megalinsky - Russia's top performing defensive pairing
Scouting Game Notes: Metallurg (Mg.) vs. Dynamo (Moscow)
Russians claim second spot after defeating the Czechs at U20
Talent Analysis:
Size and Physical Play: At 5’9 and 194 pounds, Dmitri is a stocky guy with a strong frame. His height does cause some concern
Back In Russia:
Dmitri started his career in Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. He spent the 1999-2000 season with Gazovik Tyumen and then moved on to join Metallurg Magnitagorsk’s farm system. In 2002-03 season, Dmitri managed to crack Metallurg’s roster and has been contributing on the team’s fourth line. After all the drastic changes in Metallurg, Dmitri’s responsibilities grew and his fourth line has been a regular contributor on the board. Last he made his debut on Russia’s ’85 National Team. This year he built on his strong performance with Metallurg by earning a roster spot on Russia’s U20 National team at the WJC.
NHL Outlook:
The Phoenix Coyotes drafted Dmitri Pestunov with their second pick, 80th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His maturity and hockey sense are of a player beyond his young age. Dmitri was not fortunate with a tall frame, but he has solid skating, great passing and good puck handling. He is a gifted center with a lot of potential and overall, Dmitri’s NHL upside is all the way on the first or second line. His stock should continue to grow this coming season and if not for his smaller frame, Dmitri would have been a top 10 pick in ’03 draft. Look for Pestunov to continue developing with Metallurg Magnitagorsk. He is one of the club's up and coming young forwards and will likely continue earning ice time on the third or fourth lines. He will also be on Russia's U20 national team's roster.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Avangard (Omsk) KHL (Reg.)56 7 34 41 58 -9
2007-08 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)5 0 0 0 16 -1
2007-08 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)51 8 17 25 56 -11
2006-07 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)52 5 18 23 26 9
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)12 1 1 2 14 -2
2004-05 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 2 4 6 2 +6
2004-05 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 2 2 2 0
2004-05 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)38 4 4 8 46 -
2003-04 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)14 0 3 3 25 -
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 3 3 16 +1
2003-04 Metallurg Magnitogor Super League (Reg.)51 6 7 13 36 -
2003-04 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 2 0 2 4 -
2002-03 Metallurg Magnitagorsk 86 Junior League (Playoffs)3 0 2 2 4 -
2002-03 Metallurg Magnitagorsk 86 Junior League (Reg.)6 3 15 18 2 -
2002-03 Metallurg Magnitagorsk Super League (Reg.)32 4 0 4 0 1
2002-03 Metallurg Magnitagorsk 2 1st League (Juniors)0 0 0 0 0 -
2002-03 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 0 0 0 6 -1
2002-03 Team Russia 85 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 3 5 8 2 -1
2002-03 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 1 3 4 2 2
2001-02 U17 Team Russia Vyzov Cup (Intl.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 Team Urals Regional Tourn. (Juniors)4 1 1 2 4 -
2001-02 Team Russia 85 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 1 1 2 2
2001-02 Metallurg Mg. 85 Junior League (Reg.)7 3 8 11 14 -
2000-01 Gazovik Tyumen 84 Junior League (Playoffs)6 2 2 4 8 -
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