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Name: Denis GrotVancouver Canucks (#55/2002 NHL Draft)

Rating: 77
Height: 188cm/6'2"
Weight: 89kg/195.8 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1984-01-06
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Game Worn Jerseys:
2003-04 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Home - Available
Denis Grot's Post Draft Exclusive Interview (06/23/2002)
Denis Grot's Pre Draft Exclusive Interview (06/03/2002)
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03/12/2008 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) suspended for 2 games

Super League -  Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) has been suspended for two playoff games for a hit from behind on defenseman Denis Grot (Vancouver Canucks) during Metallurg’s round of 16 playoff series against HC Neftkhimik. He has already returned to the lineup and will play for his club in the quarterfinals.
12/15/2007 New scouting report added to Denis Grot (Vancouver Canucks)'s profile

Denis Grot (Vancouver Canucks)'s profile has been updated with a new scouting report. We noticed there was a problem with the display of the scouting reports and corrected it. Additionally, we added new scouting and career updates. READ MORE
03/09/2006 Denis Grot's (Vancouver Canucks) game worn hockey jersey has been added!
05/24/2005 Denis Grot (Vancouver Canucks) signs with RSL’s Spartak Moscow
02/11/2005 Denis Grot (Vancouver Canucks) on the move in Russia
12/10/2004 Rumor Central: Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) to Lokomotiv
11/10/2004 Denis Grot (Vancouver Canucks) joins Sibir
09/04/2004 Web Site News: Premium Content: three new 2003-04 season player recaps added for Vladislav Evseev (Boston Bruins), Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres), Denis Grot (Vancouver Canucks)
03/10/2004 Denis Grot (Vancouver Canucks) debuts on Lokomotiv’s top defensive pairing, listens to veterans
Talent Analysis:
December 2007 Update: Sized two-way defenseman…has developed a bit more into a defensive role with the years, as when he was younger he was more offensive minded…an utility player that can be used in all situation…his skating is good as it always been…has a strong shot but he should use it a bit more, because he has only scored three goals in his RSL career…has a good decision making ability, but needs to improve his passing skills…at once a highly touted player who probably has hit his ceiling and won’t improve dramatically anymore
2005-06 Update:Denis Grot surprised many by breaking into Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s veteran filled defensive corps and consistently earning a roster spot. The young defenseman struggled to get ice time early in the season, but was rushed into action after the unfortunate injury suffered by his former defensive partner Alexei Stonkus (New York Islanders), who was the club’s top young defenseman. Grot spent most of the season on the third defensive pairing, but towards the end of the season, he joined the club captain Dmitri Krasotkin on the club’s top defensive pairing. While his stay on the top line was not completely smooth, despite being nervous, Grot performed well and made very few mistakes. Grot skated on Russia’s top defensive pairing at the 2004 U20 World Junior Championships. The young blueliner developed a physical edge to his game, but still needs to further fill out his frame to become NHL ready. Grot sees the ice well, and possesses an offensive upside, but during 2003-04 he was only able to join in on offense at the U20 WJC, since Lokomotiv’s coaching staff primarily held him to a defensive role. Grot took a significant step forward during 2003-04, maturing his game and refining his skills. To keep his development on track, he now needs to secure one of Lokomotiv’s top four spots on the blue line next season.
Denis Grot is an offensively minded defenseman. He is a good skater and possesses a decent shot. His hockey sense is very good and he is a natural power play quarterback. Currently, Denis usually mans the quarterback position of Team Russia 84""s second power play unit. On the Russian National Team ""84, Denis spends most of his time on the second defensive pairing with another 2002 NHL Entry Draft eligible prospect Alexei Stonkus. Denis is usually not prone to significant mistakes. He has had some problems staying healthy. During the 01-02 season he has suffered a back injury and has experienced back problems at various points of the season. Denis is a friendly guy with a soft demeanor and gets along well with players on the team.
Back In Russia:
2004-2006: After a promising 2003-04 campaign, Denis Grot had struggled to find ice time with HC Lokomotiv and as a result spent time on loan with a number of teams, including HC Amur in the High League (Russia 2) and the struggling HC Sibir in the Super League. That was however Grot’s last year under HC Lokomotiv’s contract and the young defenseman signed a new deal with HC Spartak for the 2005-06 season. While not spectacular, he was reliable with his new club and proved that he belonged in the Super League, helping to lead his club to a rare playoffs appearance, though unable to participate himself due to injury.
2006-08: After the 2005-06 season, Spartak financially disintegrated and Grot was forced to look for another opportunity to continue his career. He found this place in Nizhnekamsk, where he signed a two year deal with HC Neftkhimik. Grot had a productive 2006-07 campaign, often skating as one of Neftkhimik’s top four blue liners. The 2007-08 season has been one of struggles for the Nizhnekamsk club, and Grot, while continuing to be a steady presence, has remained relatively constant in his development over the past couple of seasons.
2002-03 Season Review: Denis Grot returned from the NHL Entry Draft with a lot of expectations put on his shoulders as Vancouver's second round pick. Early in the summer he was given the opportunity to make an impact on both Super League's Lokomotiv, as well as Russia's U20 national team. Unfortunately, Denis did not have a good start of the season, playing poorly for Lokomotiv and not making any waves on the national squad, which had a mediocre first tournament in August. After spending the first month with Lokomotiv's second squad, the discouraged defenseman was loaned by Lokomotiv to HK Lipetsk until the end of December. Grot came alive in the new surroundings, and his loan was extended until the end of the year. The young defenseman had a productive season, with eight points (4+4) in 27 games, and an impressive +8 rating. He has also repotedly grown about an inch over the past season.
Outside of international hockey, Denis's rights are currently owned by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He has played in Lokomotiv's school for a few years and earned a promotion to the Upper League during the 2001-02 season. The promotion came in the form of being loaned by Lokomotiv to Elemash Elektrostal for the remainder of the season so that Denis could compete at a higher level of hockey then Lokomotiv's junior team. Denis spent much of the 2001-02 season on Elemash's third defensive pairing and has continued to receive steady ice time. Denis struggled to earn a spot in Lokomotiv\'s lineup during the 2002-03 season. His performance significantly improved when he was loaned by Lokomotiv to the Upper League\'s HC Lipetsk, where the young blue liner received a lot of ice time. While Lipetsk, he also found his scoring touch again and contributed at both ends of the ice.
NHL Outlook:
Denis is a maturing defenseman with a promising offensive upside. Denis should develop into a NHL fifth or sixth defenseman with potential to play on a team's second power play unit. As RussianPropsects projected, Denis was drafted late in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, 55th overall.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Sibir (Novosibirsk) KHL (Reg.)54 0 5 5 36 -4
2007-08 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Playoffs)5 0 0 0 4 -1
2007-08 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Reg.)48 0 2 2 32 -2
2006-07 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Reg.)38 2 7 9 59 -3
2005-06 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)48 1 4 5 28 2
2004-05 Amur (Khabarovsk) High League (Playoffs)7 0 0 0 2 -2
2004-05 Amur (Khabarovsk) High League (Reg.)9 1 5 6 0 +1
2004-05 Sibir Novosibirsk Super League (Reg.)23 0 4 4 32 -9
2004-05 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)1 0 0 0 2 0
2003-04 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 2 -
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 0 0 6 +4
2003-04 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)35 0 2 2 4 -
2002-03 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Payulahti Cup (Preseason)4 0 0 0 2 -
2002-03 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Romazan Cup (Preseason)2 0 0 0 0 -
2002-03 HK Lipetsk Upper League (Reg.)27 4 4 8 28 8
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 2 2 8 2
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 1 1 2 2
2001-02 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 1st League (Juniors)14 1 0 1 10 -
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)3 0 1 1 2 -
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)33 1 1 2 42 -
2001-02 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)8 0 2 2 10 7
2000-01 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 6 2
2000-01 Team Russia 84 Jr Olympic Games (Intl.)4 0 0 0 2 0
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