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Name: Anton Belov (#0/2005 NHL Draft)

Height: 191cm/6'3"
Weight: 86kg/189.2 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1986-07-26
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia

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KHL Kicks Off: Detailed Recap of Ak Bars (Kazan) vs. Avangard (Omsk) (09/09/2008)
July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs (08/09/2008)
Scouting Report: Energized CSKA Red Army club lead by youth (09/13/2006)
Semifinals - Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) Carries Russia Forward (01/03/2005)
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03/17/2008 Quarterfinals - CSKA vs. Ak Bars 2:3 (Series 0:3)

Super League -  While CSKA’s loss was not shocking, many projected this as being the year that this once famed and now resurrected club would win the whole thing in Russia. Unfortunately it was not meant to be as CSKA faced off against former champ HC Ak Bars in the quarterfinals. Ak Bars, which has significantly more playoff experience soundly defeated CSKA in three straight games. In this last contest CSKA appeared by the score to be closer than before, but not really by the club’s play as Ak Bars was once again very strong. Lowson did not perform that well once again, allowing a soft goal from Oleg Petrov to open the scoring. Defensive prospect Anton Belov was called for fighting towards the end of the first period which led to Kazan’s second goal as Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) skillfully fed Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) on the far side who then on-timed it past Lowson. Belov then made up for his error by scoring early in the second period with a slap shot from the blue line, but the damage was already done. Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) put the final nail in the coffin when Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) stripped Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) behind CSKA’s net and fed Zinovjev in front of the net. But CSKA did not give up, scoring just 20 seconds later on a strong shot by Grigori Misharin (Minnesota Wild) that then hits Evgeny Artyukhin (Tampa Bay Lightning) and floats into Kazan’s net. However, despite a heated battle towards the end of the third period, CSKA is never able to put in the game tying goal and loses 3:2.
11/06/2007 Team Russia lines announced!

EuroTour Karjala Cup  - 

Vyacheslav Bykov announced the lines for the Karjala Cup tournament that will soon take place in Finland. The squad includes a number of NHL prospects, who will be holding key roles.

LINE 1: Vladimir Antipov (Toronto Maple Leafs)Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) – Sergei Mazyakin – Ilya Nikulin (Atlanta Thrashers) – Andrei Proshkin

LINE 2: Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) – Ivan Nepryaev – Timofei Shishkanov (St. Louis Blues) – Peretyagin – Vitaly Atyushov
LINE 3: Fedor Fedorov (New York Rangers)Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars)Dmitri Afanasenkov – Kuteikin – Anton Belov
LINE 4: Alexei Simakov Anton Kuryanov Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) – Evgeny Medvedev – Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens)

10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
03/13/2007 Web Site News: Anton Belov (2007 NHL Entry Draft)'s profile made available to general viewers
09/13/2006 Exlusive: Scouting Report - Energized CSKA Red Army club lead by youth
10/16/2005 Anton Belov (2006 NHL Entry Draft) undergoes surgery
06/25/2005 Web Site News: New photos added to Anton Belov's (2005 NHL Entry Draft) player profile
08/28/2004 Anton Belov (2005 NHL Entry Draft) sticking with Super League's CSKA
05/07/2004 You heard it here first! Anton Belov opts out of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
04/28/2004 Web Site News: Profiles of Anton Belov and Roman Voloshenko have been updated
03/25/2004 CSKA Moscow player call-ups to the Russian U18 squad's training camp
02/13/2004 Exclusive Interview with defenseman Anton Belov (2004 NHL Entry Draft) added!!!
02/11/2004 Anton Belov (2004 NHL Entry Draft) recalled
12/10/2003 Anton Belov loaned to the Upper League's Mechel Chelyabinsk.
Scouting Evaluations:
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
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #5
Rank 2: #4
Rank 3: #5
Rank 4: #5
Rank 1: #5
Rank 2: #4
Rank 3: #3 Ranking Comments:Belov is the real deal! He is a fixture on CSKA's third defensive pairing and is considered a full valued member of the squad, not just there to fill in the U20 requirement. Aggressive and reliable, Belov is delivering a great season and should be invited to the Russia's squad for the 2004 U20 WJC.
Rank 4: #3
Rank 2: #17 Ranking Comments:Anton Belov returned from wrist surgery that forced him to miss the U20 WJC and continues to perform well and regain his form with CSKA in the Super League. Despite being two years older than the 88 born prospects, Belov remains one of the most promising undrafted Russian prospects.
Rank 3: #26
Rank 1: #27
Rank 2: #19
Rank 3: #17
Talent Analysis:
(Headshot photo used with permission from CSKA Moscow hockey club's press deptment.)
Skating: Great skater with a very good technique...capable of a very good top speed and high level of times he needs to turn the extra gear on and does not use all of his mobility. Shot: Possesses a very hard, low slap shot from the blue line, which is very deflectable...doesn’t hesitate to shoot the puck. Technical Ability: Above average puck control...capable of carrying the puck up the ice...very good stick handler. Pass: Capable of making a very good first pass...very good, precise overall passing...considers all his options, looking up the ice, and not just to his defensive partner. Hockey Sense: Sees the ice well, but needs to improve his decision making with the puck...can make a great, precise first pass out of the zone across half the rink...anticipates situations well in the defensive zone. Defensive Play: Above average positioning...needs to continue improving his coverage of the defensive zone...very good puck control in his own end of the ice...fights hard against the boards and in the corners, but lacks the mass, which reduces his effectiveness. Physical Play: Plays physical hockey...though not weak, only weighs 180 pounds and stands at 6’3...needs to fill out his frame to be able to handle opponents better in physical situations. Overall: Anton Belov has great size, skating and overall skill level, but needs to put the whole package together to succeed and improve his decision making speed.
Back In Russia:
Belov is originally from Ryazan, but started his hockey career in Chelyabinsk, Russia. After spending several seasons, he left the Mechel development school in Chelyabinsk, and during the summer of 2002, Belov signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. During the 2002-03 season, he skated on Russian ’86 squad’s top defensive pairing and was the top overall defenseman at three ’86 and U17 international tournaments. At just 16, he skated for Russia at the 2003 U18 World Junior Championships. 2003-04 season: During the summer of 2003, Belov signed with CSKA Moscow and made a strong impression during the preseason, though unable to earn a roster spot on the Super League club. Part of the reason for his absence from the Super League club’s roster was the fact that he missed part of CSKA’s preseason, instead skating for Russia’s U18 squad at the tournament in the Czech Republic. He never did dress for CSKA in a regular season game, spending most of the season with CSKA’s junior farm club, CSKA 2. At one point, CSKA did loan Belov back to his former club Mechel Chelyabinsk, where he enjoyed a stint of a couple of months, making his professional debut in the High League (Russia 2). In Chelyabinsk, Belov got plenty of ice time and really brought up the level of his game. The young blue liner rejoined the national team for the U18 WJC in April, and while it would be tough to call the tournament a smashing success, he did deliver a solid showing. 2004-05 season: After opting out of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Belov returned to CSKA, where he surprisingly took over a couple of young prospective CSKA defensemen to join the club’s Super League roster. He spent the entire preseason with CSKA and was on the club’s opening day roster. While getting little ice time, Belov’s presence on the club’s roster instead of Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) or Lyamin (Ottawa Senators) indicates the club’s interest in his development.
2003 U18 WJC (April ’03) Grade 7.0/10: Belov started as Russia’s seventh defenseman, but looked composed and confident when given a chance in the second period of the game against Switzerland, Russia’s second game of the tournament. Belov skated the remained of that game on the pairing with Denis Ezhov and made a couple of great plays, including a great pass across half the ice surface that almost created a scoring chance. Overall, the lanky defenseman made the most of his limited role, gaining valuable experience for the 2003-04 season, when he will be Russia’s top U18 defenseman.
2003 World Cup (August
NHL Outlook:
Anton Belov was one of the more promising 1986 defensemen eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Unfortunately, he was unable to break into CSKA’s main lineup and thus his draft stock dropped. Deeming drafting prospects as unfavorable, Belov and his agent made a decision to opt out of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and hope for a better showing during the 2004-05 season. So far, Belov’s performance during the 2004-05 season appears to have justified opting out, as he has been able to skate with CSKA and made his Super League (Russia 1) debut. Belov was a dark horse pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and remains the same in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. A lot will depend on his staying power in the Super League, and whether he will get the opportunity to skate for Russia’s U20 national team at the U20 WJC in December. Thus far, we at RussianProspects believe that Belov is doing more than enough to continue to intrigue the NHL scouts. If things remain on track for the young player, he will likely be gone by the middle of the second round next June.
RP Draft Projection: middle of the second round.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Avangard (Omsk) KHL (Reg.)38 1 4 5 71 -1
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)6 1 2 3 16 -1
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)54 1 4 5 69 3
2006-07 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)12 1 3 4 8 0
2006-07 Team Russia LG Sweden Games (Reg.)3 0 0 0 2 +1
2006-07 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)48 4 5 9 42 -1
2005-06 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)1 0 0 0 0 1
2005-06 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)18 0 2 2 35 3
2004-05 U20 Team Russia Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 0 +3
2004-05 CSKA (Moscow) 2 1st League (Reg.)9 0 3 3 10 -
2004-05 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 0 0 2 +2
2004-05 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)0 0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)31 0 0 0 14 -3
2003-04 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC (Intl.)6 1 1 2 6 +3
2003-04 Team Russia 86 5 Nations Tourn 4 0 0 0 4 +1
2003-04 Team Russia 86 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 1
2003-04 CSKA Moscow 2 1st League (Preseason)18 0 0 0 16 -
2002-03 Team Ural Region 86 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)0 0 1 1 6 -
2002-03 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 86 Jr. League 7 0 3 3 8 -
2002-03 Team Russia 86 6 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 -
2002-03 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)5 0 0 0 2 1
2002-03 Team Russia 86 Junior World Cup (Intl.)5 0 2 2 8 -2
2001-02 Dynamo Moscow 86 Moscow Jr. Cup (Preseason)1 0 0 0 2 -
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