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Name: Konstantin BarulinSt. Louis Blues (#84/2003 NHL Draft)

Rating: 80
Height: 187cm/6'2"
Weight: 91kg/200.2 lb
Position: Goalie
Shoots: Left
Born: 1984-09-04
Birthplace: Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Game Worn Jerseys:
2006-07 Team Russia (EuroTour) Away - Available
2007-08 Khimik (Mytische) Home - Available
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09/12/2009 Konstantin Barulin gets a new contract, posts a win in his first match of the season

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  After the turbolences in the summer negotiations with CSKA Moscow, goalkeeper Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) got a new contract after he declared to be financially dissatisfied as we reported on August 27th. CSKA's president Vyacheslav Fetisov offered him a new contract, which terms weren't disclosed, and the goalie replied with a 22 saves win in the first CSKA match of the season against Dinamo Moscow, won in the overtime thanks to a doubly by Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche). Captain Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) was on roster too and he had an assist, just like Alexander Nikulin (Phoenix Coyotes), while Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) has been pointless.
08/27/2009 Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) holding out from CSKA

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) is currently holding out from CSKA’s pre-season activities and did not join the team on a training camp related trip to Austria. The player has downplayed his move in an interview with Sport.ru, saying “I don’t have a conflict with CSKA. I signed a deal for two years with them a year ago and I am just a little dissatisfied with the financial aspects of it. This situation is not new and we have been negotiating while I was on vacation”
02/04/2009 Russia roster for LG Hockey Games in Sweden (Euro Tour)

LG Sweden Games - 

Goaltenders: 84. Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) (CSKA, Moscow), 30. Alexander Eremenko (Salavat Ufa)
Defense: 3. Vitaly Vishnevski (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl), 5. Ilya Nikulin (Atlanta Thrashers) (Ak Bars Kazan), Alexei Zhitnik (Dynamo Moscow), 7. Alexander Guskov (Columbus Blue Jackets) (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl), 22. Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) (CSKA Moscow), 28. Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) (CSKA Moscow), 63. Maxim Kondratiev (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) (CSKA Moscow), 74. Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) (Ak Bars Kazan).
Forwards: 8. Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl), 9. Alexander Suglobov (CSKA Moscow), 10. Oleg Kvasha (Traktor Chelyabinsk), 13. Ivan Nepryaev (Dynamo Moscow), Alexei Badyukov (Ak Bars Kazan), 23. Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) (Salavat Yulaev Ufa), 24. Petr Schastlivy (Phoenix Coyotes) (CSKA Moscow), 27. Dmitri Afanasenkov (Dynamo Moscow), 37. Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) (Salavat Yulaev Ufa), 47. Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) (Salavat Yulaev Ufa), 39. Maxim Rybin (Spartak Moscow), 91. Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) (CSKA Moscow).

Defender Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) and forward Konstantin Gorovikov (SKA St. Petersburg) have been replaced by Alexei Zhitnik (Dynamo Moscow) and Alexei Badyukov (Ak Bars Kazan)
12/25/2008 KHL December 25th games: Ak Bars Kazan beats CSKA in Moscow
11/07/2008 Russian Hockey Federation anounces roster for Karjala Cup
09/12/2008 Round 4 - Moscow rival clash: CSKA vs. Spartak detailed recap
07/11/2008 Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues): We will find out what kind of toy this is
06/15/2008 New scouting report update added to Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues)'s profile
06/06/2008 Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) traded to CSKA
03/25/2008 Khimik’s farm club wins 1st league gold medal with help of Barulin and 2008 eligible youngsters
02/05/2008 Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues)'s game worn Team Russia jersey added
08/12/2007 Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues)'s profile updated, scouting report and 2006-07 reap added
08/12/2007 K. Barulin (St. Louis Blues): Professionalism depends on upbringing
04/25/2007 Russia barely squeezes by Austria 4:3 in friendly match
02/05/2007 Russia’s starting job falls to Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues)
05/16/2006 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay) signs with Khimik
05/14/2006 Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators), Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) leave Latvia
05/12/2006 Barulin (St. Louis Blues) signs with Super League club
05/01/2006 Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) one of Russia’s top four goalies
11/19/2005 Web Site News: Two new photographs have been added to Konstantin Barulin's (St. Louis Blues) profile
11/12/2005 Konstantin Barulin (St.Louis Blues): Our Driver Failed to Remember Taking a Player to the National Team (Interview)
10/09/2005 How about that Barulin? St.Louis Blues prospect wins another one!
09/17/2005 Tour 5: Konstantin Barulin (St.Louis Blues) earns first RSL victory!
09/16/2005 Nikolai Lemtyugov helps a fellow Blues prospect out
08/27/2005 Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues): It's tough not to do anything! (Gazeta.ru Interview)
06/14/2005 Rumor Central: Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) headed to RSL’s Spartak (Moscow)
10/04/2004 Premium Content: 2003-04 Season Reports for Konstantin Barulin (St.Louis Blues #84/2003)
12/22/2003 St.Louis Blues prospect Konstantin Barulin to make Super League debut
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Scouting Evaluations:
Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) and others
Round 4 - Moscow rival clash: CSKA vs. Spartak detailed recap
Round 4 - Moscow rival clash: CSKA vs. Spartak detailed recap
Talent Analysis:

2007-08 update: Plays a solid butterfly style...great concentration, his mental game is one of his forces...very good glove hand, can use it effectively from short and long range shots....very good positioning in front of the net...brave, is never scared to break opposition plays...his braveness is often very useful during penalty killing situations...very good recovery...has improved his rebound control...has improved his skating too even if it remains decent at best...confident with the puck, can pass it or clear the zone without problems...never gives up even if he allows some goals...can become a regular NHL goalkeeper if they give him the chance, but he still lacks a bit of experience...


Konstantin Barulin is an athletic goaltender who is physically very fit and has good size at around 6�1...is not really a stand up or a butterfly goalie, as he plays a kind of a hybrid style. He does have very good legs and has great pad control and a solid butterfly...has become very sound positionally....has a very good reaction and a strong glove side...skating is above average, though he doesn�t get out of the crease too much...can make a good first pass out of the zone...has really matured over the past few seasons...has become very hard to rattle...has the trust of his teammates and they trust him to make the save. Overall: Barulin has the tools to go very high in the hockey world. He is a solid hybrid goaltender with a strong mental and physical foundation.
2006-07 Scouting Evaluation: Possesses a very good glove side� quick butterfly�cust the corners well and is impossible to beat from far away�very quick butterfly and movement around the crease when in the butterfly�skates far out of the crease to challenge the shooter�very strong mentally and does not give up on any plays�average skater outside the crease�at times drops into the butterfly too soon�not a big netminder and while he covers a lot of the bottom of the net when in the butterfly, does not cover the top corners as well.
Back In Russia:
Konstantin has been raised in Tyumen�s hockey school. 2001-2002 season notes: He made his debut in the Upper League last year during the 2001-02 season at just the age of 17. He spent most of last year as Gazovik�s third string goalie. Barulin was also Russian U18 Squad�s back up goalie behind Denis Khudyakov. 2002-2003 season notes: In the 2002-03 preseason, Konstantin beat out the competition and became Gazovik�s starting goalie. He has been holding steady as the undisputed started ever since and this has definitely developed his game by leaps and bounds. Konstantin has also taken over the back up role on Russia�s U20 National Team. At the September tournament in Sweden he played admirably 2003-04 season notes: Konstantin Barulin started off the 2003-04 season hot. First he inherited U20 Team Russia�s starting goalie mantle from Andrei Medvedev. He started the season strongly for Team Russia, performing very well at the U20 Four Nations Tournament in front of his home team crowd in Tyumen Russia. In Russia, Barulin started the season as High League (Russia 2) club Gazovik Tyumen�s starting goaltender. He showed a lot of maturity and the same maneuverability and butterfly that made the scouts notice him during the 2002-03 campaign, a year after he became eligible for the NHL Entry Draft. The high point of his season came in November, when Barulin accompanied Russia�s second tier U20 squad to Canada for the Canada Challenge series against Canada�s best junior players. Russia lost five of the six contests, but Barulin was really the sole reason why the scores were relatively close and why the Russian squad did not get destroyed time and time again. After a slow first game, when he faced "only" around 40 shots, Barulin averaged more than 50 saves the rest of the tournament. North American scouts and fans alike were raving about him at the conclusion of the tournament, but when Barulin returned to Russia, he returned to a Gazovik club with a new starting goalie, against whom he needed to compete to get back his job. He finally put together an impressive streak of games in early December, but then had to once again leave his High League squad to return to Russia�s U20 squad to prepare for the U20 World Junior Championships. Despite often solid play at the tournament, Barulin was not consistent and failed to carry his squad to victory. His performance at the tournament will forever be remembered with the ridiculous red line game winning goal he allowed in the last minute of the quarterfinals game against Finland, knocking his team out of medal contention. When Barulin returned to Russia, he was "traded" to the Super League�s (Russia 1) SKA St. Petersburg. While on the surface this appeared to be a promotion, it was the furthest thing from the truth, as Barulin went from being a highly utilized starter in the High League to being a rarely used backup in the Super League, playing just 1 minute (!!!) at the end of a won game during his three months with SKA. It is unclear whether Barulin will remain with SKA for the 2004-05 season, but with the international duties now behind him, Barulin will hopefully enjoy more stability in his life and be able to establish himself wherever he ends up. He will likely return to the High League�s Gazovik Tyumen, where he will reclaim his starting job. While the High League (Russia 2) may not be the Super League (Russia 1), it still provides the young goalie with the stable environment to further develop and strengthen his confidence. 2004-05 season notes: Instead of remaining with SKA, Barulin returned to his hometown of Tyumen and took over the starting role for High League�s (Russia 2) HC Gazovik. This was a good decision for the young netminder as he was not yet ready for even a backup job in the Super League and would his development would have likely been stifled without ice time. With a GAA of 2.00 and strong record on a mediocre team, Barulin delivered a strong performance that finally got him noticed on the Super League level. 2005-06 season notes: During the summer of 2005, Barulin signed with HC Spartak, which has just ascended from the High League (Russia 2) to the Super League. He started off as the team�s backup behind Glebov, but the starting netminder suddenly retired due to his fear of flying, and Barulin was thrust into starting duties. He performed very well, delivering a winning record and an impressive 91.6% saving percentage. Again, this was a great step forward in Barulin�s career as now after delivering a solid season as a High League starter, he proved himself capable of competing at the Super League level. 2006-07 season notes: Barulin had one more year left on his contract with Spartak, but was forced to look for another team after the Moscow based club ceased to exist due to financial difficulties. As a result, Barulin ended up backing up Kolesnik with HC Khimik (Mytische). He did not perform badly, but clearly received less icetime than the previous season. A major bright spot, however, has been that he had an opportunity to learn from a capable goaltender and skate for a team that was competing for the top ranking in the Super League instead of trying to survive, as was the case with Spartak. Another bright spot was Barulin's debut on Russia's national team, as the young goalie started to become a regular invitee to the team's training camp and a consistent backup for Team Russia. He performed well and was one of Russia's backups at the 2007 World Championships. At times steady development is more beneficial than being thrown into the fire, but still, considering how well Barulin has handled the pressure in the past, it would have benefited him to take on more significant duties with a different club. During the summer of 2007, he re-signed with Khimik, but this time he held the starting job.
NHL Outlook:
The St. Louis Blues got some depth in net, picking up Barulin in the third round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 84th overall. A capable netminder who has steadily developed over the past several seasons into a solid Super League and secondary national team netminder, Barulin was a good pickup in the third round. Overall, he has the ability to become a starting goaltender in the NHL, but the main concern revolves around his preparedness to cross the ocean and compete in the NHL. This is especially a concern after restrictions were implemented on foreign goaltenders in the Super League to help Russian goaltending school develop young talent. Considering that Barulin was able to compete well against foreign netminders, he will now be one of the most sought after properties in Russian hockey, and thus it would be difficult for the Blues to offer him a comparable deal. Still, Barulin would likely come at least for a season to prove himself in the best league in the world, but that is the only way to lure him out of Russia, as at least in the near future, money in Russia will be quite substantial.
Statistics:
Season Club League GP W L T GAA GA min SV PIM
2007-08 Khimik (Vosskresensk) Super League (Reg.) 11 1 2 0 47 20 433 NA
2006-07 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.) 18 6 6 3 2.16 45 1248 - 0
2006-07 Team Russia LG Sweden Games (Reg.) 2 1 1 0 4.15 9 121 NA 0
2006-07 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (Euro Tour) (Intl.) 1 1 0 0 3.00 3 60 0.833 0
2005-06 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.) 30 13 12 3 2.08 62 1784 0.916 18
2004-05 Gazovik (Tyumen) High League (Reg.) 30 10 12 5 2.00 59 1773 4
2004-05 Gazovik (Tyumen) High League (Playoffs) 3 0 1 0 3.96 9 136 0
2003-04 Gazovik Tyumen Upper League (Reg.) 11 6 4 1 2.17 24 663 2
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.) 4 2 1 1 3.60 12 200 0.892 0
2003-04 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 1 1 0 0 1.00 1 60.00 .968 0
2003-04 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 3 3 0 0 2.00 6 180 0
2002-03 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 2 0 0 1 2 120 - 0
2002-03 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 2 0 0 1.00 2 120 - 0
2002-03 U20 Team Russia Uneversiada (Intl.) 3 - - - 1.00 1 180 - 0
2002-03 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.) 1 1 0 0 1.00 1 60 0.966 0
2002-03 Gazovik Tyumen Upper League (Playoffs) 4 2 2 0 4.78 15 188 - 0
2002-03 Gazovik Tyumen Upper League (Reg.) 24 17 9 2 1.69 47 1672 - 4
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 1 0 0 - 4 - - 0
2001-02 Gazovik Tyumen Upper League (Reg.) 3 - - - - 10 - - 0
2001-02 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.) 3 3 0 0 0.00 0 125 1.00 0
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