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Name: Alexander KozhevnikovChicago Blackhawks (#93/2002 NHL Draft)

Rating: 69
Height: 192cm/6'4"
Weight: 90kg/198.0 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1984-04-12
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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11/09/2005 Alexander Kozhevnikov (Chicago Blackhawks) transferred to Neftkhimik
Talent Analysis:
Alexander Kozhevnikov physical statistics do not describe him accurately. He does stand at around 6’3 and 195 pounds, but he is also physically gifted and is very strong naturally, without weight lifting. Offensively, Alexander is tough, plays physically and drives towards the net. He is a physical player and get called fairly often on roughing penalties against smaller players. His skating is above average. Alexander skates well up the ice, but does not skate very well backwards in his own zone. He has a very strong shot, but he still needs to work on its release. It is not very sudden and goalies tend to read his intentions and the little delay causes him a lot of opportunities. Alexander does not share the puck enough. He does not seem to see the ice that well and on many occasions gets tunnel vision, only seeing the opponent’s net. He is a good puck handler, though he often relies on his toughness and size to get through the opponent’s defense. That may work in Russia’s 1st league where he competes against younger and smaller players, but he will have to improve his technique to succeed at the next level.

Defensively, Alexander is more of a liability then not. His drives towards the net sometimes cause turnovers and neutralize him as a viable defensive asset, since he ends up being too far in the opponent’s zone to provide much help. He does have very good size and uses it very well near the boards. When he does get back on defense, his does work to contribute. He does not skate well backwards, which gets him into trouble with stick related penalties against more technically sound opponents
Back In Russia:
2003-04: Kozhevnikov will likely remain with the Soviet Wings, who are now in the Upper League. Look for him to earn a spot on the club, and put up decent numbers in the range of 15-20 points for the season in 50 games. 2002-03: Understandably, Chicago Blackhawks like Russians and need size, and that is why the team drafted this big, skilled Russian. Unfortunately, Kozhevnikov, was unable to take the next step in his career, toiling for most of the season on the Soviet Wings junior farm team (yes, the same Soviet Wings that were not good enough to remain in the Super League). Not to say the Soviet Wings did not try to fit the young forward into the lineup – all of his five games with the club were very early in the season, however, after a month, the club sent Kozhevnikov back to the junior squad. Late in the season he was loaned to Olimpia Krivo-Chepetsk of the Upper League, where he also spent the majority of his time with the club’s second team.

Alexander started his hockey career in Spartak Moscow’s system. In the summer of 2001 he left Spartak and after a very short stint with Dynamo Moscow, he ended up in Elemash Elektrostal. There he only spent a small part of the season, but after not being able to get any ice time with the Upper League team, he moved on once again, this time to the Soviet Wings. There he seemed to settle and spent the entire season with the Soviet Wings second and ’85 teams. Alexei will likely crack the Soviet Wings lineup during the 2002-03 season. The team lost several key veterans and there will be opportunity for new young players to contribute.
NHL Outlook:
The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Alexander on the first day of the draft, late in the third round (93rd overall). This pick was unexpected, since Alexander was ranked 30th among Russian players by the CSB, and labeled a late round pick at best. However, Chicago took a chance with this forward, liking his size and potential. Alexander is definitely a project and he may develop into a power forward Chicago hope they drafted. The coming season will be a good indicator if he is ready to move up to the next level of hockey in Russia. He competed well against his peers in the 1st League, but will now need to fight for a spot in the lineup against paid professionals of the Super League.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Khimik (Voskresensk) KHL (Reg.)26 3 3 6 22 0
2005-06 Neftyanik (Leninogorsk) High League (Reg.)3 0 0 0 2 1
2005-06 Vityaz (Podolsk) Super League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 0
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 0 0 4 -1
2002-03 Soviet Wings 2 1st League (Juniors)3 1 2 3 28 -
2002-03 Soviet Wings Super League (Reg.)5 0 0 0 4 -3
2002-03 Olimpia Krivo Chepetsk Upper League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 2 -1
2001-02 Soviet Wings 2 1st League (Juniors)32 12 15 27 59 -
2001-02 Soviet Wings 85 Junior League (Playoffs)14 14 7 21 62 -
2001-02 Soviet Wings 85 Junior League (Reg.)17 16 10 26 78 -
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