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Name: Artem VostrikovColumbus Blue Jackets (#187/2001 NHL Draft)

Rating: 65
Height: 181cm/5'11"
Weight: 82kg/180.4 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1983-03-23
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia

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12/11/2003 Web Site News: New Player Profile: Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Artem Vostrikov
Talent Analysis:
Skating: A smooth skater with a good stride...above average acceleration...average first step. Shot: Possesses an average shot, which he does not use often...needs to shoot more often...tends to overhandle the puck instead of distributing it earlier in the play. Technical Skills: Has soft hands and above average puck control...uses his body well to shield the puck. Pass: Can make a nice pass, but is not consistent...needs to work on precision. Hockey Sense: Average hockey sense...needs to work on his response time...needs to work on his decision making, something the coaches will sure make him understand or have him sit on the bench....tends to attempt end to end rushes with the puck without using his linemates, which sometimes results in a nice goal, but most of the time results in a giveaway and knocks him out of the play...sees his linemates, but often attempts to make very low probability plays, passing to linemates, who are not open. Defensive Play: Responsible defensively...blocks shots...skates well backwards...good posititionally in the defensive zone. Physical Play: A sturdy skater and is hard to knock down...seems to have a bit of a problem keeping the same intensity level for an entire game.
Back In Russia:
Born and raised in Togliatti, Artem Vostrikov is the product of Lada Togliatti’s hockey school. 2001-02 season: The young forward progressed through Lada’s farm system, getting his first serious look with the Super League club during the summer of 2001. Vostrikov performed well during the preseason, and started the regular season with the Super League club. However, after a couple of months, Lada loaned the talented forward to the Upper League’s CSK VVS, where he could get more ice time and further along his developement. 2002-03 season: During the summer of 2002, Vostrikov was back with Lada Togliatti, but did not start the regular season with the club, this time being loaned to a fellow Super League club, Spartak Moscow. While on the surface this seemed to guaranty the young center a spot in the Super League, he joined a struggling organization with significant financial difficulties. Vostrikov could not make an impact on his new club, spending the majority of the season either on the bench or skating on Spartak’s fourth line. 2003-04 season: After the 2002-03 season, Vostrikov’s relationship with Lada has concluded, and the young center became a free agent. During the summer of 2003 he signed with the Upper League’s Soviet Wings, skating with his new club throughout the preseason. For the first time in his professional career, Vostrikov found a place where he has been given an impact role. With the Soviet Wings, he has been skating on the top two lines and in key situations. The young forward responded well to the challenge, enjoying the best season of his short career.
NHL Outlook:
Artem Vostrikov was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 6th round (187th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. The young forward has good speed, defensive ability, hands and size, but needs to continue to improve his understanding of the game, and his conditioning. This season has clearly given the young forward confidence and the chance to skate in key situations. The next logical step would be for him to catch with a Super League club during the 2004-05 season and continue to further his developement. While Vostrikov consistently skating on the first or second line of an NHL club could be a stretch, he could develop into a checking line, or fourth line center, who would occasionally get ice time in the top couple of lines, filling in for injured players. If he continues on the current track, he could skate on the young Columbus squad in a couple of seasons.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Zauralye (Kurgan) High League (Russia 2) (Reg.)35 3 8 11 44 -12
2005-06 CSK VVS (Samara) High League (Reg.)11 0 0 0 2 -4
2004-05 Soviet Wings (Moscow) High League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 2 -3
2004-05 Soviet Wings High League (Reg.)43 9 4 13 18 +1
2003-04 Soviet Wings Upper League (Reg.)49 10 14 24 64 +2
2002-03 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)20 2 3 5 0 -
2002-03 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 4 2
2001-02 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)12 1 1 2 2 -
2001-02 CSK VVS Upper League (Playoffs)7 0 0 0 4 -
2001-02 CSK VVS Upper League (Reg.)17 1 4 5 36 -
2001-02 Team Russia 83 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 1 2 0 -
2000-01 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)1 0 0 0 0 -
2000-01 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)3 1 0 1 2 -
1999-00 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)26 2 1 3 4 -
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