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Name: Artem KriukovBuffalo Sabres (#15/2000 NHL Draft)

Rating: 81
Height: 192cm/6'4"
Weight: 85kg/187.0 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1982-03-12
Birthplace: Yaroslavl, Russia

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2004-05 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Home - Available
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Artem Kriukov (Buffalo Sabres) 2004-05 Russian Super League Season Scouting Evaluation (07/27/2005)
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08/03/2007 Artem Kriukov (Buffalo Sabres) finds anew team
12/26/2006 Scouts Corner: Artem Kryukov (Buffalo Sabres) on the rise

Russian Super League -  Artem Kryukov (Buffalo Sabres) had not had a joyful start to the 2006-07 season. He started the season with HC Vityaz and struggled to fit into the new club. He went pointless in 12 games with the team and dropped in the team’s depth chart. In November the Buffalo Sabres prospect was put on waivers by Vityaz and returned home to his HC Lokomotiv to an uncertain future. Fortunately, the young forward fit right in with the younger, revamped HC Lokomotiv squad coached by former NHLer Nikolai Borschevsky. Kryukov at times skated with Artukhin and Fedor Fedorov, but that line has since been split up. What is clear after watching Kryukov skate in recent games against HC Metallurg (Novokuznetsk), HC Severstal (Cherepovets), and HC SKA (St. Petersburg) is that Kryukov fit in with his old team and his development has come back on track. His skating has improved, as his aggression level on the ice. He is hard to compete against next to the boards and clearly become a stronger, physical presence. He is a player who should definitely be watched over the remainder of the 2006-07 season.
03/09/2006 Artem Kriukov's (Buffalo Sabres) game worn hockey jersey has been added!
08/20/2005 Artem Kriukov (Buffalo Sabres) to remain a Sabre one more year
07/27/2005 Artem Kriukov's (Buffalo Sabres) 2004-05 Russian Super League Season Scouting Evaluation
12/23/2004 No U20 WJC? No Problem! Alexander Naurov (Dallas Stars) pots a goal for Lokomotiv
11/13/2004 Russia loses a close game to Finland (box score, game notes)
10/19/2004 Super League Tour 18: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl vs. Metallurg Mg. Game Notes
09/18/2004 Premium Content: 2003-04 Season Reports for Alexander Polushin (Tampa Bay Lightning #47/2001), Artem Kriukov (Buffalo Sabres #15/2000), and Andrei Kostitsyn (Montreal Canadiens #10/2003)
09/12/2004 Artem Kriukov (Buffalo Sabres - #15/2000) enjoys a strong start of 2004-05 season
02/15/2004 Artem Kriukov (Buffalo Sabres) makes 2003-04 Super League debut!
02/10/2004 Artem Kriukov (Buffalo Sabres) Update: On his way back to the Super League
Scouting Evaluations:
Artem Kriukov (Buffalo Sabres) 2004-05 Russian Super League Season Scouting Evaluation
2003-04 Season Recap (Premium Content):

When the Buffalo Sabres drafted Artem Kriukov in 2000, they took a risk on a talented forward, who seemed to be turning the corner after a vicious concussion. ......WANT TO READ MORE? You are not logged in. Please log in if you wish to view the premium section's entire content. If you do not have a premium account, subscribe now!

Talent Analysis:
Artem Kriukov is an powerful center who has the skill and the potential skill to be a top line center in the NHL. According to the Central Scouting Report, Artem is a "fast skater with a powerful shot". He is a natural center with great passing skills and excellent hockey sense. Artem has the height and the frame for the NHL, but lacks the necessary power, which also negatively impacted his confidence levels. However, as the case with many Russian prospects, he will likely bulk up upon his arrival to North America, fulfilling his physical potential and gaining more confidence.
Back In Russia:
2003-04: Buffalo took a chance on the young center, selecting him very high in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, passing on players such as Alexander Frolov and Anton Volchenkov. The team also invested a lot of money in the medical expenses for the young player. The time has not yet come for the point of decision whether to keep or cut the talented center, but after two seasons of struggling, Sabres management will think long and hard whether to bring Kryukov over to North America, or give him another season to find himself in Russia. Look for Kryukov to be in Buffalo’s camp with a contract in hand. Buffalo is rebuilding and if Kryukov gets his game together, he could make the squad from the training camp. 2002-03: After being used sparingly by Lokomotiv during the 2001-02 season, the team had serious plans for the young center. Unfortunately, after starting the season off slow and quickly suffering a leg injury, Kryukov fell off the radar. After missing the first two months of the season, the now rehabilitated Kryukov was loaned by Lokomotiv to the Super League newcomer, Sibir Novosibirsk. The talented center struggled to find chemistry with his line mates and spent only 9 games during the entire season.

After his return Artem played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's junior team. There he registered an impressive 17 points (8+9) in 20 games. Prior to his injury Artem played for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's main team for 3 games without any points. Artem did not participate in many international tournaments due to his injury last season, so there aren't many indicators of his abilities besides his performance for Yaroslavl's junior team, making hard for the scouts to rate him and causing the drop of his ranking in the CSS Prospect report. Currently Artem continues his development in the Russian Super League with SKA St. Petersburg and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (which loaned him to SKA for part of the 2000-01 season) and is expected to make his jump to North America next year.

Artem was ranked 7th by the CSS Mid-term report, but his ranking slipped to 14th in May before the draft. The reason for this decline was not his play on the ice, but rather its lack of during most of the 1999-2000 season. In November 1999, at a tournament, Artem Kriukov was checked with a vicious blind side hit. The hit not almost ended Artem's career, but almost killed him as he lay on the ice unconscious and convulsing. Artem was only saved by the quick actions of the medical staff, which included having to have his tongue held in place so Artem would not choke on it. Artem was out with a concussion, returning to action in the end of December.
NHL Outlook:
The Buffalo Sabres took a chance on this potential super star or a possible forgettable choice and picked Artem with their first pick in the first round (15th overall). The team's management has been looking for a top line center for quite some time without too much success. Artem Kriukov can potentially fill this role with his 6'3 size, skill level and hockey sense. Many teams did not include Artem in their draft plans due to his medical problems and his lack of exposure. However, the Buffalo medical staff examined Artem with positive results and according to the team's Director of Player Personnel, Don Luce, "Overall, members of our scouting staff saw him play on at least 15 occasions," eliminating the lack of exposure question for the Buffalo Sabres. Artem's response to his high selection was, "I didn’t expect to be drafted so high, 15th overall in the first round, because I didn’t play in the World Junior Championships because I was injured......But I am very happy."
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 SKA (St. Petersburg) KHL (Reg.)50 8 4 12 48 -8
2007-08 SKA (St. Petersburg) Super League (Playoffs)9 0 2 2 8 2
2007-08 SKA (St. Petersburg) Super League (Reg.)51 7 8 15 54 6
2006-07 Vityaz (Chekhov) Super League (Reg.)12 0 0 0 20 -1
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)33 1 2 3 42 -4
2004-05 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Playoffs)6 1 0 1 4 0
2004-05 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)60 8 9 17 44 +12
2003-04 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)5 0 1 1 0 -
2002-03 Sibir Novosibirsk Super League (Reg.)9 0 0 0 27 -
2001-02 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Payulkhati Tourn. (Preseason)2 1 1 2 2 -
2001-02 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Bashkir Cup (Preseason)5 1 3 4 2 -
2001-02 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Playoffs)5 1 0 1 8 -
2001-02 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)19 1 3 4 14 -
2000-01 Torpedo Yaroslavl Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 2 -
2000-01 SKA St. Petersburg Super League (Reg.)14 0 2 2 14 -
2000-01 Torpedo Yaroslavl Super League (Reg.)6 0 0 0 4 -
2000-01 Team Russia 82 Intl. Tourn. (EuroTour)7 0 0 0 8 -
2000-01 Team Russia 82 Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 1 2 4 -
1999-00 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 1st League (Juniors)15 4 5 9 14 -
1999-00 Torpedo Yaroslavl Super League (Reg.)3 0 0 0 4 -
1998-99 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 1st League (Juniors)20 2 2 4 6 -
1997-98 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 1st League (Juniors)7 0 0 0 2 -
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