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Name: Anton BabchukCalgary Flames (#21/2002 NHL Draft)

Rating: 82
Height: 196cm/6'5"
Weight: 92kg/202.4 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Born: 1984-05-06
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine

Game Worn Jerseys:
2002-03 Ak Bars (Kazan) Away - Sold
Russian Superleague Round 15. Avangard Omsk vs Ak Bars (10/30/2007)
Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes): In North America they play the right kind of hockey (08/08/2007)
Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (06/28/2007)
After Siberia, just how hard can the AHL playoffs be? (Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks) (04/21/2005)
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09/20/2009 Avangard Omsk sign Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes)

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  After a summer of negotiations, Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) couldn't agree on a new deal with his NHL team and thus crossed the pond back to play with Avangard Omsk, where he already spent a season in 2007-08. The Kiev, Ukraine, native scored thirty-five points in the last season, but it wasn't rated enough by Carolina to give him the contract he was asking for.
03/10/2009 Babchuk is back and better than ever

National Hockey League (NHL) -  You may never have heard of Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes). He was a first-rounder from 2001 that looked as though he was headed down the slippery slope to RealEstate-ville after an unimpressive showing with Chicago. The Kiev, Ukraine native was a young defenseman that was forced far too soon into the big leagues to help out a struggling team. He spent one year in the Russian Super League before making his NHL debut. (The Hockey Writers article by Kate Shefte) READ MORE
07/01/2008 Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) Agrees to Terms With Carolina

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Babchuk $1 million in 2008-09. “Anton had a good year in the Russian Superliga,” Rutherford said. “He played well at times with us two seasons ago and now, at 24 years old, it is his time to mature into a consistent NHL defenseman.” READ MORE
06/03/2008 Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) considering a return to North America
12/07/2007 Round 33: Vladislav Evseev (Boston Bruins) gets his revenge
11/17/2007 Round 22: Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) and Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) keep on firing
11/14/2007 Round 21: Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) shines for CSKA
10/15/2007 Round 16: Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) battles Darcy Verot & wins!
08/08/2007 Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes): In North America they play the right kind of hockey
07/08/2007 Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (Top Four Clubs)
06/10/2007 Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) may be going back to Russia
02/07/2007 Hurricanes suspend Defenseman Anton Babchuk (msnbc article)
03/13/2006 Anton Babchuk recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes
03/06/2006 Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) assigned to the AHL
01/22/2006 Anton Babchuk traded, moves from Virginia to North Carolina
12/05/2005 Anton Babchuk recalled by the Chicago Blackhawks
05/28/2005 Web Site News: New photos added to Anton Babchuk's (Chicago Blackhawks) player profile
04/28/2005 Anton Babchuk (Chicago Blackahawks) suspended for five games for water bottle incident
03/09/2004 Anton Babchuk’s (Chicago Blackhawks) first NHL goal that never was
03/05/2004 Pavel Vorobiev and Mikhail Yakubov recalled, Anton Babchuk sent down by Chicago Blackhawks
03/03/2004 A trade opens up a spot for Anton Babchuk on the Chicago Blackhawks’ blue line
02/06/2004 Three Russians join Team Planet USA at the AHL All Star game
01/10/2004 "Babchuk gets his chance" (Chicago Sun-Times article by Len Ziehm)
01/08/2004 Anton Babchuk to make his NHL debut today!
Scouting Evaluations:
Russian Superleague Round 15. Avangard Omsk vs Ak Bars
Talent Analysis:
At 6"6 Anton Babchuk has an imposing frame. He has started to fill in that huge frame, increasing his weight to 202 pounds. Anton has already developed a nasty physical edge to his game that will only get stronger as he grows. Defensively Anton is a very good, hard hitter, able to deliver hits along the boards or out in open ice. Besides delivering the hits, Anton also effectively uses his large frame to block shots. He plays a strong positional game, able to keep the opponents in front of him. For a guy his stature, he is a solid skater with good speed and above average lateral movement, but still has room to improve in the skating department. According to a Czech hockey observer, Robert Neuhauser, Anton is a "smart player and is willing to join the rush
Back In Russia:
2002-03 Season Review: During the summer, Babchuk made a favorable impression on Chicago's management and earned a contract with the club. Both sides agreed that he could still benefit a lot from staying over in Russia, so Babchuk returned to Russia to fulfill at least one year of his active contract with Super League
NHL Outlook:
Anton Babchuk was eligible for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and was expected to go early in the first round. However, he was somehow not selected with one of the top 20 picks and when the time came for Chicago Blackhawks to make their first pick of the draft and 21st pick overall, they were amazed to find him still available. The management that tends to pick many Russian players each draft year, did not hesitate and made Anton their first selected of the draft. Anton is expected to spend the 2002-03 season in Russia with Ak Bars Kazan in the Super League. This will be a positive step for Anton, who has not yet competed at the Super League level, spending the last season Elemash Elektrostal in the Upper League. Anton spent the 2002-03 season in the Russian Super League, and will vie for a roster spot on the Blackhawks for the 2003-04 season. Considering the club's relatively thin blue line, him making the roster is a possibility, though he will more likely start the season in Norfolk.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Playoffs)4 1 1 2 6 0
2007-08 Avangard (Omsk) Super League (Reg.)57 9 15 24 30 18
2004-05 Norfolk Admirals AHL (Reg.)33 4 7 11 51 -10
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL (Playoffs)8 0 2 2 6 +2
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL (Juniors)26 4 3 7 26 -6
2002-03 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 1
2002-03 SKA St. Petersburg Super League (Reg.)20 3 0 3 10 -2
2002-03 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)12 0 1 1 4 -1
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 1 1 0 -
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 1 3 4 22 10
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)3 0 0 0 8 -
2001-02 Elemash Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)40 7 8 15 90 -
2001-02 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)8 3 3 6 10 6
2000-01 Elemash Elektrostal Upper League (Reg.)7 0 0 0 12 -
2000-01 Team Russia 83 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 2 2 10 -
2000-01 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 0 4
2000-01 Team Russia 83 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 1 1 2 4
2000-01 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 0 0 0 0 1
1999-00 Kristal Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)18 0 1 1 18 -
1999-00 Kristal Elektrostal Junior League (Juniors)6 0 0 0 8 -
1999-00 Central Region Team Regional Tourn. (Juniors)5 0 0 0 18 -
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