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Name: Dmitri MegalinskyOttawa Senators (#186/2005 NHL Draft)

Rating: 78
Height: 191cm/6'3"
Weight: 104kg/228.8 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Born: 1985-04-15
Birthplace: Perm, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2004-05 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Home - Available
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12/18/2007 New scouting report added to Dmitri Megalinsky (Ottawa Senators)'s profile

Super League -  We added a new scouting report added to Dmitri Megalinsky (Ottawa Senators)'s profile and updated his profile's career notes section.
08/11/2007 Dmitri Megalinsky (Ottawa Senators)'s profile updated, 2006-07 reap added, stats updated
08/03/2007 Rumor Central: Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) on his way to Ottawa

Reports have surfaced from Russia that the reason behind Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators)’s release has been his imminent move to North America. The young forward is expected to sign with the Ottawa Senators in the next couple of weeks and be present at the club’s training camp. Zubov would be the third Russian to move to North America this summer and join Ottawa’s system. The others include Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) and Dmitri Megalinsky (Ottawa Senators), with the latter’s move still not confirmed, though widely expected.
02/27/2006 Web Site News: Dmitri Megalinsky's (Ottawa Senators) profile has been released from Premium Content
06/13/2005 Web Site News: New photos added to Dmitri Megalinsky's (2005 NHL Entry Draft) player profile
03/08/2004 Dmitri Megalinsky (2004 NHL Entry Draft) Update: Prospect returns to his club.
03/08/2004 Web Site News: Dmitri Megalinsky (2004 NHL Entry Draft) statistics with HC Voronezh updated
12/30/2003 Dmitri Megalinsky is one of Upper League's leaders with 115 PIM!
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
ADT Canada-Russia Challenge - Team Russia Roster Breakdown (Goalies and Defensemen)
Russia outperforms Finland
Draft Rankings and Comments:
2004 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 1: #8
Rank 2: #7
Rank 3: #12
Rank 4: #13
2005 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 4: #18
Talent Analysis:
December 2007 Update: Big sized defensive defenseman…has improved his skating a bit since his draft day…his top-speed and acceleration remain a tad below the average…stable on skates both in offense and on defense…plays on the power play unit because of his shot and decent technique…during the power play shifts, other than his slap shot, uses his size in the slot and to screen the goalie…has a very strong slapshot but it could be more accurate…has good offensive instinct although he is not an offensive defenseman…good stickhandling abilities, can get out of the defensive zone with the puck on the stick…solid passer, but not very creative…physical player, uses his size to win battle along the boards…can hit open ice…would need some seasoning in the AHL but has NHL potential, especially thinking of his physical play…must improve his speed to not get outskated by the speedy opponents
Skating: An average all around skater with a fairly low top speed and average acceleration...skating is an area where he needs to improve to elevate his game to the next level...good coordination and balance on the skates. Shot: A good slap shot with solid strength and precision...got a lot of ice time on the power play last season for Lokomotiv’s ’86 squad, showcasing his shooting from the blue line. Technical Ability: Has great, soft hands...handles the puck well and doesn’t hesitate to carry it up the ice, though usually makes a first pass out of the zone...has a great combination of size and hands...displays very good stick handling as well, with the puck and without the puck in the defensive zone. Pass: Has very soft hands and makes very precise, sharp passes...capable of making a good first pass out of the zone. Hockey Sense: Very smart and sees the ice very well...a capable power play quarterback...played very well at the junior level, but had some trouble adjusting to the faster Upper League level of hockey. Defensive Zone: Very responsible in his own end...uses his frame fairly well in physical situations...fights hard along the boards...tough to move away from the puck at the boards and in the corners. Physical Play: Possesses an imposing, though somewhat overweight frame at 6’2 and 222lb...uses it well delivering open ice checks and when fighting at the boards...at times becomes a bit too physical, getting called on irresponsible penalties. Intangibles: His playing style reminds of Ottawa’s Anton Volchenkov, who was also considered to be a bit stocky. However, besides other qualities, Megalinsky does not skate as well as Volchenkov.
Back In Russia:
2007-08 season: Dmitri Megalinsky signed with HC Vityaz of the Russian Super League. He has had a marginal role with the struggling club, shifting in and out of the lineup. This was a bit dissapointing when considering that the club occupied the bottom of the rankings for most of the season.
2006-07 season: During the summer of 2006, Megalinsky signed a deal with Super League’s HC Khimik, but was not at first able to crack the club’s lineup and was sent down to Khimik’s High League (Russia 2) farm club, HC Khimik Vosskresensk. Megalinsky ended up spending the entire season with the High League club, helping the team finish as a top High League club and ascend to the Super League.
2005-06 season: Dmitry Megalinsky finally made his Super League debut during the 2005-06 season, skating 20+ games throughout the regular season and adding another 8 contests during the playoffs for HC Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl). The young defenseman was usually on the fourth defensive pairing, usually logging around 10 minutes of ice time per game. Megalinsky’s career with Lokomotiv came to a conclusion after the 2005-06 season, as there seemed little future for the young defenseman with the team.
2004-05 season: Megalinsky primarily made a name for himself on the international arena during the 2004-05 season, as he only got ice time in two contests for HC Lokomotiv in the Russian Super League. Internationally, he impressed with his performance as captain of the underdog Russian squad competing at the 2004 Canada Russia Challenge where the Russian team competed against the best of the Canadian Junior Teams. He was one of very few Russian players capable of standing up to physical pressure and keeping his composure. He also earned the silver medals with Team Russia at the 2005 U20 World Junior Championships, where he was an assistant captain and while he did start the tournament on the fourth defensive pairing, he finished on the second pairing with Yakov Rylov. His international performances played a significant factor in him being drafted late in 2005 (186th overall) after being overlooked the previous year.
2003-04 season: spent the 2003-04 preseason practicing with Lokomotiv Yaroslalv’s main team, but was one of the club’s final cuts. Megalinsky has been loaned by Lokomotiv to the Upper League’s HC Voronezh until the December break in the season. Though it’s not the Super League, the Upper League is a great opportunity for the young defenseman to compete against professionals.
2002-03 season: was the best defensemen during the final phase of the Russian junior league’s playoffs in the ’86 DOB bracket. The ’86 bracket is the oldest in the junior league, and teams were allowed to hold several ’85 born players on their rosters.
Raised in Molot Prikamye’s hockey system. Joined Lokomotiv Yaroslavl during the summer of 2001.
NHL Outlook:
Dmitri Megalinsky was drafted by the Ottawa Senators 186th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Megalinsky has the potential to develop into a solid two way defenseman. He has great hands and hockey sense, but needs to improve his skating and lose some weight to keep his development on track. The young defender could have been eligible for the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, but, due to relative obscurity, stayed out in order to get another year of development in Russia before filing the documents. We projected him to be picked high in the 2004 draft, but he went unnoticed again, largely due to his lack of international exposure and playing in the High League. He came through and impressed prior to the 2005 draft and the Ottawa Senators finally took a chance on the talented blueliner. Overall, he has an imposing frame and sees the ice well. As a result, with some seasoning in the AHL, Megalinsky could be a solid contributor, with a second defensive pairing (reach) or third defensive pairing (more likely) upside.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Vityaz (Podolsk) KHL (Reg.)52 2 5 7 72 -12
2007-08 Vityaz (Chekhov) Super League (Reg.)25 2 7 9 20 3
2006-07 Khimik (Vosskresensk) High League (Rus 2) (Playoffs)7 0 1 1 16 +4
2006-07 Khimik (Vosskresensk) High League (Rus 2) (Reg.)33 4 7 11 36 +11
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) 2 1st League Russia 3 (Reg.)12 4 10 14 6 -
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)20 0 1 1 8 -2
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Playoffs)8 0 0 0 6 -1
2004-05 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 1 1 4 +3
2004-05 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 -2
2004-05 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 2 0
2004-05 U20 Team Russia Canada- Russia Challenge (Intl.)6 0 2 2 8 -
2003-04 HC Voronezh Upper League (Reg.)52 4 8 12 164 -
2002-03 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 86 Jr. League 5 3 3 6 8 -
2002-03 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 86 Jr. League (Playoffs)8 3 3 6 0 -
2002-03 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 86 Jr. League (Reg.)3 0 2 2 4 -
2001-02 Team Ural Region 85 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 1 2 6 -
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