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Name: Andrei PlekhanovColumbus Blue Jackets (#96/2004 NHL Draft)

Rating: 77
Height: 187cm/6'2"
Weight: 87kg/191.4 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1986-07-12
Birthplace: Nizhnekamsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2004-05 Neftkhimik Nizhnekamsk Home - Available
U20 WJC Russian Roster Predictions: Defensemen (In Depth Analysis) (12/05/2004)
U20 WJC Russian Roster Predictions: Defensemen (w/o In Depth Analysis) (12/05/2004)
ADT Canada-Russia Challenge - Team Russia Roster Breakdown (Goalies and Defensemen) (11/27/2004)
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10/03/2009 Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets) to Dynamo Moscow?

National Hockey League (NHL) -  The speculation around Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets) goes on as now the popular Russian magazine Sport Express reports, quoting North American sources, that the 23-years old defenseman has been loaned to Dynamo Moscow after being demoted to the AHL, literally without having the chance to play in the NHL with the Jackets.
10/01/2009 Speculation: Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets) back in Russia?

National Hockey League (NHL) -  After being sent down from the AHL, defenseman Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets) might have enough of playing in the minors, bolting back to the more competitive and better paying KHL. The situation isn't clear yet, but a number of media outlets across the ocean report the controversial information that he might be "loaned" to a KHL team. Probably some light will be shed on this case in the next two or three days.
09/23/2009 NHL Training Camps: Anton Khudobin (Minnesota Wild), Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) sent to the AHL

National Hockey League (NHL) -  NHL training camps keep on rolling and further Russian players have been demoted. Goalkeeper Anton Khudobin (Minnesota Wild) will thus spend his third straight season in North America despite not getting any chance to showcase his talent in the NHL. Last year Khudobin played 17 matches for the Houston Aeros in the AHL. Also Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets) will play his third North American season in the AHL as he has just been sent down to the Syracuse Crunch. After a good rookie season, Plekhanov suffered from a sophomore slump that limited him to 2 goals in the 08-09 season and thus he has to rebound back this year. Differently from the aforementioned players, Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) did play in the NHL last year (10 games), without impressing too much with only two points. While he has proven himself in the AHL, he needs to further polish his game in order to get more chances in the NHL, where he needs to play in a scoring line to be effective, but is yet to demonstrate that he's good enough for that.
07/14/2008 Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Maxim Mayorov (Columbus Blue Jackets) in Columbus
07/12/2008 Russian 2008 draft review (Hockey's Future article)
07/09/2008 Andrei Plekhanov signs new two year deal with NHL club
Scouting Evaluations:
ADT Canada-Russia Challenge - Team Russia Roster Breakdown (Goalies and Defensemen)
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 2: #39
Rank 3: #39
Rank 4: #35
Talent Analysis:
Back In Russia:
NHL Outlook:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2006-07 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Reg.)16 1 2 3 28 -2
2005-06 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Reg.)45 1 2 3 22 -8
2005-06 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 0 0
2004-05 U20 Team Russia Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 0 +1
2004-05 Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk) Super League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 2 -2
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