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Name: Kiril KoltsovVancouver Canucks (#49/2002 NHL Draft)

Rating: 83
Height: 184cm/6'0"
Weight: 88kg/193.6 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Born: 1983-02-01
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Avangard (Omsk) Home - Available
2005-06 Team Russia (EuroTour) Away - Available
2001-02 Avangard (Omsk) Away - Sold
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Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks): The NHL question is still open (08/30/2005)
Unhappy Koltsov AWOL - Misses Flight to Cleveland (12/27/2004)
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03/24/2008 Ak Bars Kazan vs. Salavat Yulayev 0:3 (series 0:1)

Salavat Yulayev soundly defeated Kazan in the opening contest. Ruslan Nurdinov opens the scoring by beating Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) and then shooting a precise wrist shot to the far corner behind Robert Esche. Alexei Medvedev scored the second tally on a wrist shot after very nice feed from Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks). Finally, Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) finds Sidyakin in front of the net and the latter shoots the puck with his linemate Mikeska collecting the rebound and putting in the final nail into Kazanís coffin.
03/15/2008 Quarterfinals - Salavat Yulayev vs. Severstal 2:1 (Series 2:0)

Super League -  Salavat Yulayev vs. Severstal 2:1 (Series 2:0) Ė Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) scored his sixth playoff goal in six games in this heated battle. Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks) made his playoff debut this season, apparently missing the first four playoff games due to ďsomething being wrong with his headĒ according to the HC Salavat Yulayev head coach Sergei Mikhalev. Koltsov did not impress early on in the game, committing a gross mistake in his own zone that led to Serverstalís lone goal.
10/12/2007 Round 15: Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) continues strong

Super League -  Ak Bars (Kazan) continues to struggle this season, losing to HC Avangard 2:4 despite reuniting the Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) Ė Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) Ė Danis Zaripov line. Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored his seventh goal of the season. Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) delivered another strong game for HC Salavat Yulayev, as did his teammate Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks), who made a great blind pass to Vladimir Vorobiev for the game winner over HC Vityaz. Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) continued his spectacular season, adding two more assists in Metallurgís trouncing of HC SKA. READ MORE
05/18/2007 Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks) signs new deal in Russia
04/26/2007 Defenseman Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks) cut from Team Russia
04/25/2007 Russia barely squeezes by Austria 4:3 in friendly match
03/17/2007 Web Site News: Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks)'s game worn HC Avangard jersey added
02/25/2007 Additional scouting report added to Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks)'s profile
10/21/2006 Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks): We will return Czechs the favor in Moscow
09/27/2006 Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks) misses game due to injury
08/30/2005 Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks): The NHL question is still open (Ves Hokej Interview)
08/21/2005 Kiril Koltsov on his way back to the Vancouver Canucks
06/28/2005 Web Site News: Kiril Koltsov's (Vancouver Canucks) game worn jersey no longer available
04/02/2004 Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks) leaves practice early with back pains
02/19/2004 Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks) contributing to the Manitoba community
02/03/2004 Kirill Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks) getting more ice time with the Manitoba Moose
7/14/2003
Talent Analysis:
February 2007 Update: An aggressive player in the offensive zone...a gifted skater with an impressive top speed...needs to improve his defensive awareness...needs to use his body more than his stick against an opponent...becomes overly involved on the offensive side of the ice
Back In Russia:
2003-04: Vancouver may bring the young defenseman over this summer. After three seasons in the Super League, he is definitely mature enough to make a bid for a spot in the NHL. However, look for him to remain in Russia for another season and take over the top defensive pair spot with Avangard. 2002-03: Kiril Koltsov remained one of Avangardís top defensemen throughout the 2002-03 season. He routinely contributed on offense and hardly ever made defensive errors. The door to the U20 national squad was once again opened for the young defenseman, as the teamís former head coach Vladimir Plyuschev, with whom he had a serious rift, left his position to coach Russiaís senior squad. Koltsov was one of Russiaís best at the U20 WJC. Unfortunately, since Plyuschev coached the senior national squad, despite being one of the best defensmen in Russia, Koltsov never received the highly regarded invitation. 2001-2002: After the end of the 2000-01 season, Kiril was awarded the Super Leagueís equivalent of the NHLís Calder Trophy for being the best rookie. Though he was eligible for the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and was slated to get drafted in the top 15, Kiril failed to file the necessary documentation and was disqualified from the draft. During the 2001-02 Kiril started where he left off, solidifying his position with Avangard Omsk. He has been moved to the teamís second defensive pairing and has seen limited ice time on the power play unit. Kiril went through a stressful ordeal in October í01. Kiril, along with Tampa Bayís prospect Alexander Svitov and Anaheim Mighty Ducks prospect Stanislav Chistov, were escorted from the teamís hotel in Moscow to the local military base with alleged intentions of forcing them to play for HC CSKA. The plan failed but the players lost valuable playing time and were mentally drained after the ideal. Kiril was also not invited to join the Russian U20 National Team at the Four Nations Tournament in Finland. Neither Chistov, nor Svitov were invited, leading to the conclusion that the three players lost this valuable opportunity due to the unpleasant event that occurred in Moscow. Kiril Koltov's feud with Russian U20 National Team coach Vladimir Plyuschev reached its pinnacle when he was not invited to the team's training camp. What probably hurt even more was the team's golden finish at the 2002 U20 WJC. For undisclosed reasons, Kiril failed to arrive at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, not allowing many interested teams to test his physical abilities or interview him. This question mark factor dropped Kiril all the way down to the 49th spot, where the Vancouver Canucks selected the defenseman. While Kiril's talent is great, his dedication to the game and his commitment to playing in the NHL is under question. He still has a lot to prove to the Canucks.

Kiril Koltsov first hockey school was that of Traktor Chelyabinsk. After the decline of that team and the emergence of Traktorís former farm team, Mechel Chelyabinsk as the cityís dominant hockey organization, Kiril took an opportunity to play abroad and moved to the Canada to play in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. After spending a season in North America, Kiril returned to Russia and tried out for one of Russiaís leading hockey organizations, Avangard Omsk. He spent most of the 1999-2000 season playing for Avangardís farm team, Avangard VDV of the 1st League. The 2000-01 season could be considered Kirilís breakthrough year. Kirilís playing time increased throughout the year and in the post season he ascended to the role of one of the top four defensemen with Avangard. After a lackluster offensive performance thus far in his career, Kiril found his scoring tough in the playoffs after being given the precious playing time on the power play. He concluded the playoffs with respectable 4 points (1+3) in 16 games and a silver medal of the Super League.

Kiril Koltsov is still only 18 and has already earned a place on the Russian National Team. His first venture into the International arena was at the Under 18 World Junior Championships and will be hard to top as the Russian team won the gold at the tournament in Finland. Kiril Koltsov spent the entire tournament on the second defensive pairing. For the first 3 games he played with Uchevatov and then Grebeshkov replaced Uchevatov for the other three games. One of the most important indicators of Kirilís performance at this tournament was his +/- of +12. Russia scored over 30 goals in the tournament, but +12 is a respectable rating no matter how many goals the team scores. Kiril will be a likely candidate for the Under 20 Russian National Team next year, unless he opts to move to North America during the off-season.
NHL Outlook:
The Vancouver Canucks selected Kiril with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Picking Kiril was a gamble due to his alleged attitude and discipline problems, but he already fell significantly before the Canucks had a chance to take a look at him. A sure first rounder in the deep 2001 NHL Entry Draft, it does not bode well for Kiril to fall deep into the second round in 2002. Kiril remained with Avangard Omsk for the 2002-03 season, completing his military service obligations. After a third Super League season, Kiril signed a three year deal with Vancouver and will be ready to make a bid for a spot on the Canucks roster during the NHL club's 2003 training camp.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) KHL (Reg.)49 5 20 25 81 14
2007-08 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) Super League (Playoffs)11 0 6 6 6 4
2007-08 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) Super League (Reg.)50 5 18 23 42 10
2006-07 Team Russia Channel 1 Games (EuroTour) (Reg.)3 0 0 0 2 +1
2006-07 Team Russia LG Sweden Games (Reg.)3 0 2 2 6 +1
2006-07 Avangard (omsk) Super League (Reg.)50 9 29 38 44 21
2006-07 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (Euro Tour) (Intl.)3 0 2 2 4 -
2005-06 Team Russia IIHF World Championships (Intl.)5 0 0 0 27 +5
2005-06 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 1 2 3 6 -
2005-06 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)13 4 5 9 10 5
2005-06 Team Russia Karjala Cup (EuroTour) (Intl.)2 0 0 0 6 0
2005-06 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)43 9 8 17 98 19
2005-06 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (Eur (Intl.)3 0 0 0 4 0
2004-05 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)8 0 0 0 16 -1
2004-05 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)22 2 2 4 46 +18
2004-05 Manitoba Moose AHL (Reg.)28 3 14 17 42 +3
2003-04 Manitoba Moose AHL (Reg.)70 7 20 27 54 -12
2002-03 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)12 1 3 4 8 -
2002-03 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)45 4 8 12 53 24
2002-03 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 2 3 5 6 9
2001-02 Avangard (Omsk) Spartak Cup (Preseason)3 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)11 1 0 1 18 -
2001-02 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)41 1 5 6 34 -
2000-01 Team Russia Intl. Tourn. (Intl.)6 2 4 6 48 -
2000-01 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)16 1 3 4 14 -
2000-01 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)39 0 1 1 20 -
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 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 1 6 7 16 12
1999-00 Team Center Regional Tourn. (Juniors)5 0 2 2 14 -
1999-00 Avangard VDV 1st League (Juniors)27 0 7 7 30 -
1999-00 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 0 -
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