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Name: Dmitri VorobievToronto Maple Leafs (#157/2004 NHL Draft)

Rating: 84
Height: 182cm/6'0"
Weight: 85kg/187.0 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1985-10-18
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
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05/26/2009 Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) signs with Dynamo Moscow

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  As announced today, Dynamo Moscow signed a 2-yr deal with former Lada and Salavat Yulaev defenseman Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs). The 23 years old player was reported to be in talk with some NHL clubs, probably with his Leafs too, but for some reasons he couldn't find a common language with the North American teams and thus ended up in Dynamo Moscow, who will feature a very competitive team for the 2009-10 KHL season. Let's remember that Vorobiev had to sit down from hockey for several months after the doctors found a heart problem with him and was just recently cleared to play. READ MORE
05/20/2009 Doctors clear Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) to play!

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  After two months of play Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) will return to hockey as Swiss doctors cleared him to play after the hearth troubles that forced him to leave Salavat Yulaev Ufa back in February. The player conducted a lot of examination and with the help of a new diet he even lost eight kilograms. The defender now is in Togliatti and is waiting for offers. It's rumored that teams both from the NHL and the KHL are going to give him a call. READ MORE
03/13/2009 Washington Capitals apparently interested in Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  According to the father of the player, Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) might be on his way to Ovechkin's Washington Capitals. The former defenseman of Lada Togliatti and Salavat Yulaev Ufa, who has been released by the latter after his ECG problems, is now on leisure in Thailand after attending rehabilitation for his heart troubles, and is currently contractless. It's also reported that Toronto is ready to sell the rights to the player drafted in the 2004. READ MORE
02/11/2009 KHL stops Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs), who might have heart problems
02/04/2009 Russia roster for LG Hockey Games in Sweden (Euro Tour)
01/08/2009 Dmitri Vorobiev traded to Salavat Yulaev Ufa!
11/25/2008 Denis Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers) traded to HC Atlant for bad behavior
03/19/2008 3 prospects invited to Team Russia's training camp
12/25/2007 Round 35: Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) leads CSKA in victory
10/15/2007 Round 16: Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) battles Darcy Verot & wins!
10/14/2007 Round 12 Scouting Report: Avangard vs. Lada
04/23/2007 More Russians released from training camp
02/24/2007 Round 52 - Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) rips into HC Dynamo
06/26/2006 HC Lada locks down Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers) and Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)
01/24/2006 2004-05 Season Scouting Review: Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Evgeny Gladskykh (Vancouver Canucks)
08/03/2005 Web Site News: Dmitri Vorobiev’s (Toronto Maple Leafs) moved from premium to general content!
10/25/2004 Scout’s Corner with Mikhail Zislis: NHL prospects notes from Super League's Spartak vs. Lada game
05/03/2004 Player stats have been updated for Dmitri Vorobiev (2004 NHL Entry Draft).
11/03/2003 Dmitri Vorobiev skated on Lada's fourth defensive pairing during the game against Severstal Cherpovets and scored his first Super League goal.
Scouting Evaluations:
KHL Round 9 - Lada vs. Metallurg Mg Detailed Scouting Report
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis
2004-05 Season Scouting Review: Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Evgeny Gladskykh (Vancouver Canucks)
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
Russia outperforms Finland
Scout’s Corner with Mikhail Zislis: Spartak Moscow vs. Lada Togliatti
Draft Rankings and Comments:
2004 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 2: #10
Rank 3: #6
Rank 4: #7
Talent Analysis:
Skating: A technical skater with a good stride...an average top speed...above average acceleration, and at times uses a surprising burst of speed in the defensive zone...skates well backwards. Shot: Needs to work on the strength of his slap shot, but it is fairly precise... doesn’t shoot the puck often. Technical Skills: An average puck handler with fairly soft hands...handles the puck responsibly in his own zone and isn’t afraid to bring it up the ice. Pass: Sees the ice well and knows where to make the pass out of the zone to, but needs to work on his long range precision...can make a nice pass in the offensive zone. Hockey Sense: Has a very mature hockey sense, seeing the ice very well...positionally sound in the defensive zone, rarely screening the goalie and reading the opponents well...very calm, not making any jittery moves...at times does tend to overplay the puck in his own zone. Defensive Play: Defensive play is his biggest upside...very solid positioning in his own zone...reads the attacks well...trusted in short handed situations...good size, but not yet strong enough to be effective physically, relying on tying up, rather than checking an opponent. Physical Play: Possesses a solid frame, standing at 6’2 and 195 pounds, but has not yet developed adequate strength...capable of checking, but needs to boost his level of aggressiveness on the ice...fights along the boards, but again, relies more on his size to tie up an opponent, rather than overpower him...hardly ever delivers open ice checks.
Back In Russia:
2008 Update: Dmitri Vorobiev is a talented product of the HC Lada hockey system. The young defensive prospect has consistently been a member of Russia’s U18 and U20 national squads and has also skated on several occasions , including at the 2008 World Championships in Canada. The young defenseman was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 157th overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has since become one of the top blue liners in the Russian Super League and on Russia’s national team.
Raised in Lada Togliatti’s hockey school system...2002-03 season notes: emerged during the 2002-03 season as one of the best blue liners in the Super League club’s pipeline, becoming the top defenseman on Lada’s farm team after Buffalo Sabres prospect Denis Ezhov...2003-04 season notes: Spent the 2003-04 preseason on Lada’s main roster, skating on the club’s third defensive pairing...started the regular season practicing with Lada Togliatti, but not skating on the club’s roster during games...earned some ice time on the top defensive pairing in a couple of games, before being put back in the reserve...will likely see ice time again during the regular season.

NHL Outlook:
Pre-Draft Assessment: Dmitri Vorobiev is emerging as one of the top defensive prospects coming out of Russia after Anton Belov and Kiril Lyamin. He has the size, hockey sense and poise to develop into a regular defensive defenseman in the NHL. The young blue liner is solid in his own zone, but his offensive upside is limited due to his style of play and average shot. Already a very mature young blue liner, Vorobiev has a lot of potential and will likely continue developing in front of everybody’s eyes throughout the 2003-04 season. His stock may further increase if he manages to retain his spot on Russia’s national team for the U20 WJC, and earn some additional ice time in the Super League. Exposure: Will likely make Russia’s U20 squad a year early and will also see ice time in Russia’s Super League, as he is one of the favorites of Lada’s management and head coach Vorobiev.
RP pre-draft Projection: mid third or fourth round.

Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Lada (Togliatti) KHL (Reg.)39 4 14 18 18 11
2007-08 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)4 3 0 3 2 2
2007-08 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)55 16 12 28 74 -2
2006-07 Team Russia LG Sweden Games (Reg.)3 0 0 0 2 -1
2006-07 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)53 9 7 16 48 4
2005-06 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)8 0 0 0 8 -5
2005-06 Team Russia Karjala Cup (EuroTour) (Intl.)2 0 0 0 2 -1
2005-06 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)42 1 7 8 73 -4
2005-06 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 2 0
2004-05 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)7 0 0 0 6 -2
2004-05 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 2 4 6 27 +6
2004-05 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 1 2 2 +1
2004-05 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)53 2 6 8 30 +15
2003-04 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Reg.)9 1 1 2 4 -
2003-04 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 10 0
2002-03 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)31 3 5 8 12 36
2002-03 Team Russia 85 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 2 2 25 -3
2002-03 Lada Togliatti 86 Jr. League 7 2 3 5 14 -
2003-04 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)12 1 1 2 4 -
2003-04 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 10 0
2002-03 Soviet Wings Spartak Cup (Preseason)5 0 1 1 0 -
2003-04 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 2 -
2002-03 Team Russia 85 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 2 2 25 -3
2001-02 Team Volga 85 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 29 -
2001-02 Lada Togliatti 84-85 Jr. League 7 0 0 0 6 -
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