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Name: Denis EzhovBuffalo Sabres (#114/2003 NHL Draft)

Rating: 77
Height: 182cm/6'0"
Weight: 89kg/195.8 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1985-02-28
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2004-05 Metallurg Novokuznetsk Home - Available
KHL Kicks Off: Detailed Recap of Ak Bars (Kazan) vs. Avangard (Omsk) (09/09/2008)
July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs (08/09/2008)
Vyacheslav Voinov (Los Angeles Kings): I did not progress with Traktor (07/09/2008)
Semifinals - Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) Carries Russia Forward (01/03/2005)
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07/12/2008 Vyacheslav Voinov (Los Angeles Kings): I did not progress with Traktor

Vyacheslav Voinov (Los Angeles Kings) is preparing for the NHL and this is one of the most painful losses suffered by Traktor during the offseason. Itís always unfortunate to lose a promising young player, especially a player who is a fixed leading member in the lineup at just 18. Baev and Denis Ezhov (Buffalo Sabres) also left and now Voinov, so Traktor seems to be facing a shortage of defensemen. Despite the fact that the player has an existing agreement with the club, the management canít do anything but to left the player go and for the fans to wish one of the brightest young talents good fortune. (translated Russian interview with Olesya Usova of AllHockey.Ru) READ MORE
10/14/2007 New photos added to multiple player profiles
06/28/2005 Dmitri Chernykh (New York Islanders) and Denis Ezhov (Buffalo Sabres) looking to sever ties with CSKA
06/23/2005 Web Site News: New photos added to Denis Ezhov's (Buffalo Sabres) player profile
11/17/2004 Dmitri Chernykh (New York Islanders) signs with Metallurg (Novokuznetsk)
10/25/2004 Metallurg Novokuznetsk getting back Denis Ezhov (Buffalo Sabres #114/2003) from CSKA Moscow
10/20/2004 Premium Content: Performance Reports for Dmitri Chernykh (New York Islanders #48/2001), Denis Ezhov (Buffalo Sabres #114/2003), and Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators #122/2003).
03/25/2004 Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets), Dmitri Chernykh (New York Islanders), and Denis Ezhov (Buffalo Sabres) called up to Russia's U20 squad
01/22/2004 Web Site News: New photos of Denis Ezhov added to his player profile!
01/22/2004 Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect Denis Ezhov on the move again
Scouting Evaluations:
Semifinals - Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) Carries Russia Forward
U20 WJC: Russia - Switzerland Player Game Notes - Lisin's (Phoenix) best game thus far
U20 WJC: Russia - Belarus Player Game Notes - Ovechkin (Washington) scores twice
Russia vs. Czech Republic Detailed Game Notes: Malkin shines, Shirokov scores
Russia vs. USA Detailed Game Notes: Belov and Megalinsky - Russia's top performing defensive pairing
2003-04 Season Recap (Premium Content):

2004 U20 4 Nations Tournament (Sept. 2004 Czech Republic) Robert Neuhauser scouting comments: a quick skater with solid bursts of......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:
Size & Physical Play: Denis Yezhov is not a very tall player, but he is wide and very strong. He has a low center of gravity and it’s pretty difficult to knock him off the puck and Denis doesn’t really mind going into traffic. He is not, however, a physical defenseman, preferring to use positioning and his stick to tie up his opponents. His endurance is pretty impressive and Denis seems to keep up a high level of energy throughout the game. Defense: Denis is a defensive defenseman. He is very responsible and safe on defense. He also sees the ice well and plays solid positional hockey. Shot: Denis doesn’t stand out with his shooting. He hardly ever uses his shot in the Super League, but does tend to be a bit more offensive on the national team. Denis is more of a defensive defenseman and hasn’t developed this portion of his arsenal. Skating: Skating is definitely one of Yezhov’s strengths. He possesses above average top speed, especially for a defenseman and his technique is also very good. Technical Skills: Denis possesses solid puck handling skills. He is not afraid of the puck and doesn’t dump it every chance he gets. He makes solid, safe decisions with the puck, preferring to give a pass to a guy close buy, rather then sending the puck far up the ice. If there was a clear opportunity for a long pass, he did not hesitate and made the quick decision. However, this didn’t happen often last year, as such behavior wasn’t appreciated by the coaching staff, hence he would have gotten benched. Mental Game: Denis is a very smart and mature player. He appears to be a calm, collected player and does not flinch in critical situations and appears to keep a cool head at all times. This is impressive of a 16 year old playing in the Super League. Overall: Denis is a solid, but slightly undersized defensive defenseman. He needs to bulk up a bit to improve his physical game and work a bit on improving his offensive upside.
Back In Russia:
Denis was born in Togliatti, Russia and started playing hockey in Lada Togliatti’s school of hockey. He has been a member of the ’85 National Team since it’s inception in 2001 and has been once of its first pairing defens
NHL Outlook:
Denis has the potential of becoming a reliable defensive defenseman. He has a solid build, but lacks a large frame. His arrays of skills and impressive level of maturity make him a lock for the second round and if he cracks Lada’s lineup and continues to shine on the National Tea, he may even get picked up late in the first round. As other talented players in the past, he will compete on Russia’s U18 and U20 National Teams and will likely turn some heads.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Avangard (Omsk) KHL (Reg.)55 2 6 8 58 -6
2007-08 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 10 -1
2007-08 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) Super League (Reg.)57 4 9 13 64 8
2006-07 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) Super League (Reg.)53 2 6 8 73 6
2005-06 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)24 1 0 1 10 -6
2004-05 Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 2 -1
2004-05 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 2 2 2 +6
2004-05 Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) Super League (Reg.)28 0 0 0 16 0
2004-05 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 4 +1
2003-04 Metallurg Nk. Super League (Playoffs)3 0 0 0 0 -
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 0 0 0 2 -2
2003-04 Metallurg Novokuznet Super League (Reg.)15 0 1 1 2 -
2003-04 CSKA-2 1st League (Juniors)4 1 2 3 2 -
2003-04 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 10 -
2002-03 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)15 2 7 9 4 22
2002-03 CSK VVS Upper League (Reg.)9 0 1 1 8 2
2002-03 Team Russia 85 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 U20 Team Russia U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 0 0 0 6 0
2002-03 Team Lada 86 Junior League (Juniors)7 0 5 5 10 -
2002-03 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 0 4 4 2 5
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 1 1 0 -
2001-02 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)16 0 0 0 6 -1
2001-02 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 U17 Team Russia Vyzov Cup (Intl.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 Lada Togliatti 84-85 Junior League (Juniors)4 2 4 6 6 -
2001-02 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)8 0 3 3 4 10
2001-02 Team Russia 85 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 Team Russia 83 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 2 2 27 1
2000-01 Team Russia 85 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 -
2000-01 Team Russia 85 Jr Olympic Games (Intl.)4 0 1 1 0 3
1999-00 Lada Togliatti 2 1st League (Juniors)4 0 0 0 4 -
1999-00 Team Volga Regional Tourn. (Juniors)5 0 1 1 10 -
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