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Name: Ivan Amakhin (#0/2005 NHL Draft)

Rating:
Height: 182cm/6'0"
Weight: 82kg/180.4 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1986-06-11
Birthplace: Yaroslavl, Russia

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Player News
10/23/2003
Draft Rankings and Comments:
2004 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 1: #22
Rank 2: #22
Rank 3: #25 Ranking Comments:Continues to toil with Lokomotiv 2 in the juniors, which is hurting his development. A talented blue liner in the mold of Denis Ezhov.
2005 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 1: #20
Rank 2: #20
Rank 3: #25 Ranking Comments:Continues to toil with Lokomotiv 2 in the juniors, which is hurting his development. A talented blue liner in the mold of Denis Ezhov.
Rank 4: #30
Talent Analysis:
Skating: An above average skater with an average top speed...skates well backwards Shot: Tries to help out on offense and tends to shoot the puck from the point...he needs to improve the release and accuracy of his slap shot. Technical Play: Amakhin a good puck handler and is capable of bringing the puck up the ice...doesn’t hesitate to try to handle the puck around opponents. Pass: Capable of making very good outlet passes, but needs to improve the speed of his decision making. Hockey Sense: A reliable player, who makes safe decisions...needs to read plays better and improve the speed of his decision making, as at times a short delay costs him a scoring opportunity or a defensive lapse. Defensive Play: A reliable player defensively, who keeps things simple...plays well positionally. Physical Play: Stands at 6’0 and 185 pounds, but plays bigger than his dimensions...fights hard at the boards and capable of making impressive open ice hits...impresses with his determination. Overall: A talented workhorse type defenseman who doesn’t stand out in any particular area, but has been hurt recently by his lack of exposure due to several injuries.
Back In Russia:
Ivan Amakhin is a product of the Lokomotiv Yaroslval hockey school. 2003-04 season: Ivan spent the 2003-04 season with Lokomotiv’s junior farm team, Lokomotiv 2, where he started off as the squad’s top defenseman, but was limited to only 8 games during the regular season. Amakhin also saw action on Russia’s 1986 DOB national team, but was limited to only the August’s U18 World Cup and November’s Four Nations Tournament, missing December’s training camp and February’s Five Nations Tournament. He suffered a shoulder injury in October and was not in full strength at November's tournament. The reliable defenseman played well during the training camp prior U18 World Junior Champiponships. In the warm up game where the U18 squad faced off against the Soviet Wings, Amakhin took the ice in the Soviet Wings uniform and showed up a lot of his junior teammates with his solid, mature play. Surprisingly, the young blue liner did not make the squad due, at least in part, to what appears to be politics. Regardless of the training camp’s outcome, he looked better than many defensemen who did skate in Russia’s gold medal winning campaing at the U18 WJC. Amakhin finished the season off with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s junior farm club, skating in all 17 games of the club’s division winning playoff campaign. He looked solid and appeared to have fully recovered from his leg injury that sidelined him earlier in the year.
NHL Outlook:
Ivan Amakhin is eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was projected to be a third or fourth round pick last summer, but has slid since then due to the lack of exposure and nagging injuries. Still, while Amakhin is not a star caliber defenseman, he is a type of a workhorse, safe, and reliable defenseman that every NHL squad needs to build a winning squad. Despite missing the critical U18 WJC, unless Amakhin opts out of the 2004 Draft, he will be selected, if only in the latter rounds.
RussianProspects Draft Projection: Seventh Round
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2005-06 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)2 0 0 0 10 -3
2003-04 Lokomotiv 2 1st. League (Rus 3) (Playoffs)17 2 5 7 20 +1
2003-04 Lokomotiv 2 1st. League (Rus 3) (Reg.)8 1 1 2 24 -2
2003-04 Team Russia 86 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 5
2002-03 Lokomotiv 2 1st. League (Rus 3) (Finals)5 0 1 1 4 -
2002-03 Team Russia 86 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 2 0 2 16 -
2002-03 Team Russia 86 6 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 2 0 2 16 -
2002-03 Team Russia 86 Junior World Cup (Intl.)5 0 4 4 14 1
2001-02 Lokomotiv 86 Jr. League (Finals)7 1 1 2 6 -
2001-02 Team Center 86 Regional Tournament (Intl.)5 1 1 2 6 -
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