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Name: Ilya KrikunovVancouver Canucks (#242/2002 NHL Draft)

Rating: 75
Height: 180cm/5'11"
Weight: 80kg/176.0 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1984-02-27
Birthplace: Elektrostal, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2007-08 Khimik (Mytische) Away - Available
Round 46 – Khimik Mytischi vs Ak Bars Kazan (10 prospects scouted) (02/11/2008)
Super League Round 18 - HC Khimik - HC Ak Bars Detailed Game Recap (10/19/2006)
Ilya Krikunov: The atmosphere within the U20 squad was terrible (02/23/2004)
Ilya Krikunov: "We Went to Slovakia Feeling Confident" (08/23/2002)
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01/25/2008 Round 45: HC Traktor beats #1 team behind 1990 born goalie

Super League -  Ak Bars overpowered Avangard in a battle of the wealthiest Super League clubs, largely behind first line of Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Co. Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) led HC Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) to 3:2 victory with his 13th tally of the season. Young 1990 born goalie Alistratov back stopped HC Traktor over the top club in the Super League, HC Salavat Yulayev with an impressive performance. HC Dynamo lost once again, this time to HC Khimik, which got two goals from former NHLer Echman, as well as a late tally from Ilya Krikunov (Vancouver Canucks), who is having an off season, scoring just his fifth goal thus far. It appears that Andrei Kovalenko ’s time with HC Severstal is coming to an end. The veteran forward skated most of the time on the third and fourth lines and did not stand out despite his team’s 2:1 victory over strong CSKA club. READ MORE
12/22/2007 New scouting report added to Ilya Krikunov (Vancouver Canucks)'s profile

The profile of Ilya Krikunov (Vancouver Canucks) has been updated. 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
10/06/2007 New photos added to multiple player profiles
10/20/2006 Round 18 - HC Khimik - HC Ak Bars Detailed Game Recap
10/19/2004 Super League Tour 18: Avangard vs. Metallurg Nk. and Khimik vs. Sibir Game Notes
05/02/2004 Dmitri Levinsky (Chicago Blackhawks) and Ilya Krikunov (Vancouver Canucks) resign with Khimik
03/24/2004 Ilya Krikunov (Vancouver Canucks) called up to Russia’s National Team for World Championships.
03/04/2004 Ilya Krikunov (Vancouver Canucks) interview:
03/02/2004 The drought ends: Ilya Krikunov (Vancouver Canucks) scores again!
11/07/2003 It appears that Buffalo Sabres prospect Artem Krikukov is heading back to Yaroslavl.
Scouting Evaluations:
Round 46 – Khimik Mytischi vs Ak Bars Kazan (10 prospects scouted)
Super League Round 18 - HC Khimik - HC Ak Bars Detailed Game Recap
Talent Analysis:
December 2007 Update: Flashy winger with much experience although his relative young age…has top-notch top-speed and excellent acceleration…makes things happen with his excellent skating…lacks a bit of balance and can be moved away from the puck…very agile with and without the puck…his speed makes him useful in penalty killing situations…his defensive play is null…his stick handling is not the best but he doesn’t overplay the puck…very intelligent player, always knows what to do and has a very good decision-making ability…has a good nose for the net and has a good wrist shot around the crease…doesn’t count on his slap shot…is overall a very good player but may not make it in the NHL because he lacks size, defensive play and grittiness to adapt to the more physical, northern American style…
Ilya Krikunov is another smaller sized talented forwards drafted out of Elektrostal. Size and Physical Play: Though he is small, Ilya is naturally strong physically. Skating: Ilya is a quick skater. However, he is not very stable and needs to work on his technique – especially skating backwards. Shot: Krikunov’s shot is surprisingly strong and precise. Though he likes combination hockey, he doesn’t really hesitate to shoot the puck. Technical Skills: He is a very smart player, possessing a great hockey sense and vision of the ice. He plays solid combination hockey and very good on the power play. Krikunov’s passing ability is very solid. Defense: Ilya is a responsible player, coming back often and trying to help out. However, he is not very experienced and undersized and hence his defensive help is marginal. Ilya, however, is on the right track and should continue with his efforts. Overall: Ilya is an undersized, skilled forward who thrives playing combination hockey. He has a good shot, hockey sense and a solid attitude about the game. Krikunov does need to work some more on his skating, bulk up a bit and improve his defensive play.
Back In Russia:
2004-08 Seasons: Ilya Krikunov has spent the past four seasons with HC Khimik in the Super League and has been an effective supporting cast member for the team. He has not really gained any additional responsibility over these years, but has proven effective at delivering about 10 goals each season. He is quick, cool under pressure and has proven to be effective in key situations.
2003-04 Season: Look for Krikunov to sign on with a Super League squad for the 2003-04 season. He didn’t look out of place at Lokomotiv’s training camp last summer and will be a legitimate goal scorer with a good compliment. This summer, Krikunov has signed on with Khimik Vosskresensk and has become one of the most pleasant surprises on that up and coming club. The young right wing will be on Russia’s national team and look for him to take over a scoring role on the team’s second line. There is a possibility of a reunion of him with Ovechkin on Russia’s top line.
2002-03 Season: After a preseason stint with Lokomotiv, Ilya decided to remain with Elemash for the season and has been playing in a leading role on the young squad. Allegedly, Lokomotiv put forth a contract as a condition for him remaining in Yaroslavl, and considering that he had a shorter term contract with Elemash, Ilya declined the offer. The talented young right wing lead his Upper League team in scoring with 19 goals, almost doubling his production from the previous season. His performance proved that he did not need Dynamo’s phenom Alexander Ovechkin on his line to be effective (the two played together on the national team during the 2001-02 season). Towards the end of the season, Krikunov was called up to the national team for the first tournament of next season’s U20 squad. Ilya spent many years playing on the same line with Washington Capitals prospect Igor Ignatuchkin.
2001-02 Season: During the 2001-02 season, the two played on the same line in Elektrostal and on the Russian National Team. It is worth a note that on the National Team at the U18 WJC, Krikunov and Ignatuchkin played on the same line with the 16 year old phenom Alexander Ovechkin and they had a lot to do with the scoring record he set during that tournament. In Russia, Ilya spent the entire season with Elemash in the Upper League and was one of the team’s top scorers at just 17.
NHL Outlook:
Ilya was drafted in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks 242nd overall in the 7th round. The late drafting was to be expected due to Ilya’s relatively recent appearance on the national team, but it was still quite a surprise for him and for many observers who saw him help Ovechkin get the record at the U18 WJC. He is an undersized player and this limits his upside, but his hockey sense and solid overall play could help him develop into a NHLer. The young forward has steadily developed in the Super League, but has been holding the same role with Khimik for the past several seasons. He needs to take the next step ion development to fill some bigger shoes with more responsibility to keep his development on track.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Torpedo (N. Novgorod) KHL (Reg.)27 5 5 10 10 -2
2008-09 Atlant (Mytische) KHL (Reg.)5 0 1 1 0 1
2007-08 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Playoffs)5 1 1 2 4 0
2007-08 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)34 7 11 18 18 12
2006-07 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Playoffs)9 2 1 3 12 -3
2006-07 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)47 9 8 17 56 -1
2005-06 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Playoffs)8 1 1 2 2 1
2005-06 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)46 10 5 15 57 1
2004-05 Khimik Voskresensk Super League (Reg.)58 9 14 23 20 -13
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 2 2 2 -2
2003-04 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 2 3 2 -
2003-04 Khimik Voskresensk Super League (Reg.)47 9 9 18 14 -
2002-03 Elemash Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)5 3 6 9 4 -
2002-03 Elemash Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)48 19 9 28 34 3
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 3 1 4 0 7
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)5 3 6 9 4 -
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)48 10 12 22 28 -
2001-02 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)8 3 8 11 6 12
2000-01 Kristal Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)4 0 0 0 2 -
2000-01 Team Center Regional Tourn. (Juniors)5 2 2 4 2 -
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