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Name: Ilya ZubovOttawa Senators (#98/2005 NHL Draft)

Rating: 83
Height: 182cm/6'0"
Weight: 80kg/176.0 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1987-02-14
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
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July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs (08/09/2008)
Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (06/28/2007)
Super League Round 18 - HC Khimik - HC Ak Bars Detailed Game Recap (10/19/2006)
Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators): I slept for three days after the finals (01/13/2006)
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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.
04/21/2009 AHL Sens await Hunt's answer

National Hockey League (NHL) -  As the Binghamton Senators wait to hear if their coach will return next season, Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Tim Murray is beginning to ponder personnel changes that will help the American Hockey League team to its first playoff berth in five seasons....Article also provides coverage of the Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) situation and prospects for the 2009-10 season. (by Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen) READ MORE
11/16/2008 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) enjoying taste of NHL life

National Hockey League (NHL) -  The Ottawa Senators would like to believe that centre Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) is going to be a productive NHL player. It looks like they could be right. In the 13 American Hockey League games he played before getting called up on Friday, Zubov had eight goals and 10 assists. That was good for seventh in AHL scoring. (Allen Panzeri, The Ottawa Citizen Published) READ MORE
09/22/2008 Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) and Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) assigned to Binghamton
08/09/2008 July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs
06/28/2008 Ruslan Bashkirov skating at Senators’ Development Camp
04/07/2008 Alexander Nikulin and Ilya Zubov first to be called up
10/01/2007 New photos added to multiple player profiles
09/27/2007 Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) and Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) vying for Ottawa roster spots
09/20/2007 Russian prospects Sergei Zubov and Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) impress Senators
08/10/2007 Web Site News: Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) signs rookie deal with Ottawa
08/07/2007 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators)'s issue resolved, 2006-07 season recap added
08/06/2007 Web Site News: Issue with Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) and Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) profiles being resolved
08/03/2007 Rumor Central: Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) on his way to Ottawa
07/08/2007 Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (Top Four Clubs)
03/24/2007 Playoffs - Quarterfinals 3: Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) leads Khimik
01/11/2007 New scouting report added to Ilya Zubov's (Ottawa Senators) profile!
10/20/2006 Round 18 - HC Khimik - HC Ak Bars Detailed Game Recap
09/23/2006 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) suffers an arm injury
04/24/2006 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa) out of the World Championships lineup
01/29/2006 Web Site News: Ilya Zubov’s (Ottawa Senators) profile has been released from Premium Content
01/15/2006 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators): I slept for three days after the finals ( Interview)
10/13/2005 All he nedeed was rest - Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) scores first goal!
10/10/2005 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) misses a game
10/01/2005 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators): There is nothing to do in the Super League without the High League experience
08/16/2005 Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) Answers His Fans
06/11/2005 Ilya Zubov (2005 NHL Entry Draft) signs with RSL club
03/23/2005 2005 NHL Entry Draft Update: Ilya Zubov and Denis Istomin in trouble
09/29/2004 Russian Top Line Tournament Performance Recap (Denis Istomin, Egor Zharkov, Ilya Zubov)
09/27/2004 Premium Coverage: Player Profile of Ilya Zubov has been added to the 2005 NHL Entry Draft Section!
Scouting Evaluations:
Super League Round 18 - HC Khimik - HC Ak Bars Detailed Game Recap
2004 U18 World Cup: Russia's Top Line Recap (Denis Istomin, Egor Zharkov, Ilya Zubov)
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #1
Rank 2: #1
Rank 3: #1 Ranking Comments:Zubov is finally fullfilling the hefty expectations we put on his shoulders as the top Russian. Playing very well against professionals in the High League (Russia 2), he racked up 7 (4+3) points in last 8 games, after just 1 in first 8 games.
Rank 4: #1
Talent Analysis:
Nov 2006 Update (U20 4 Nations Tournament – Czech Republic): A very good skater with good acceleration ... agile and creative player ... reliable in one-on-one situations ... good offensive instincts ... his hockey sense and vision make him very good playmaker ... reads the play well and has impressive stickhandling skills ... has a hard slap shot and very precise wrist shot ... likes to finish plays and score himself as well ... useful on power play ... not very useful defensively, though does put in an effort ... should mark his player better ... doesn’t play physical hockey, which is another area he needs to work on ... appeared to be a bit soft at this particular tournament, but otherwise was very effective at creating plays, though less effective point wise.
Main Scouting Report:Skating: A very good skater with an impressive technique...above average top speed...smooth on the ice...very good stride. Technical Ability: A very technical player with soft times tends to overhandle the puck...very effective stick handler without the puck, especially in defensive situations. Shot: Posesses a laser of a wrist shot with a quick release and good power...loves to shoot the puck top shelf and is very good at it...good, strong slapshot, but needs to work on it’s accuracy...can effectively shoot the puck with a backhand...likes to shoot the puck Hockey Sense: Sees the ice very well and effectively uses his teammates...overhandles the puck. Not because he doesn’t see his linemates, but because he loves to play with it...very mature for his age and proved to be quite capable at the pro level during the 2003-04 season. Defensive Play: Posesses a solid defensive awareness...still hasn’t fully grown to take on the physical play, but posesses solid positioning and has the appropriate attitude regarding his defensive responsibilities. Physical Play: Hasn’t yet fully grown, or filled in his frame, so tends to struggle with the physical aspect of the game...tries hard, but isn’t yet very effective at it. Mental Game: A very coachible player, who listens carefully and executes instructions well...fits very well into any locker room. Faceoffs: Needs to further improve this aspect of his game....doesn’t quite have the mass or technique yet to be effective at the faceoff circle.
Additional Scouting Reports (2004 U18 World Cup):
Scouting Evaluation 1: Ilya Zubov started the tournament off strong, but slowed down in the last few games, especially in the contest against Switzerland. He was able to showcase his solid skating and agility however. He also displayed very good puck handling, though the young center needs to learn not to over-handle the puck. Zubov has a great wrist shot, which brings his goal against Team USA to mind: he fired a laser beam of a wrist shot right under the crossbar. That tends to be one of his favorite shots – similarly to Alexei Kovalev; Zubov really likes to go high above the goalie with his shots. Defensively, the young forward was responsible and showed very good awareness. One of our scouts also added this about his ability on face-offs: " Average in the face-offs circle, and needs to further develop his face-off skills" . During the tournament, Zubov also suffered a bruised wrist, when an opposing player hit him hard with a stick on the hand. While the wrist was not broken, the bruised wrist may have hurt his effectiveness, especially his puck handling and shooting. Overall, Ilya Zubov was one of Russia’s top forwards, but finished the tournament a bit under our expectations. As a player who already had international experience on the ’86 squad last year and a center of Russia’s top line this year, Zubov needs to take on a more prominent position on the squad.
Scouting Evaluation 2: Zubov centered Russia's top line the entire tournament...scored a great goal against the Americans with a precise wrist shot under the cross bar...did not play all that well against the Swiss...started the tournament very hot, but cooled off in the last couple of games.
Scouting Evaluation 3: Zubov started the tournament very well. However, he slowed down towards the end of the tournament and did not show the activeness and aggressiveness he displayed early on. In the end Zubov was hampered by a hand injury. He was hit on the hand, but fortunately nothing was broken and he is fine now.
Back In Russia:
Ilya Zubov is from Chelyabinsk, Russia and has been raised in the Traktor hockey school 2006-07: Ilya Zubov was a victim of circumstances at the beginning of the 2006-07 season, as his club, HC Spartak collapsed financially and was forced to release all the players. As a result, Zubov ended up skating for HC Khimik, where he struggled to fit in under Petr Vorobiev’s defensive system. Half way through the season he was traded to HC Salavat Yulayev, where he fared much better. He finished the season strongly with an impressive playoff run and continued to be a consistent offensive contributor for his club team. His contract expired at the end of the 2006-07 season and he became a free agent. 2005-06: Ilya Zubov signed a two year deal with Spartak Moscow and while his salary was substantially lower than it could have been with a wealthier, bigger club, he enjoyed unprecedented success with Spartak due to his ice time and the club’s capable coaching staff. He also performed well for Russia’s U20 squad, earning silver medals there and being one of the squad’s scoring leaders. Additionally, he was one of the final cuts from Russia’s senior national team that competed at the 2006 World Championships. 2004-05: Ilya Zubov made his debut on the 87 born U18 squad, and currently centers the squad’s top line. The young forward continues to skate for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the High League (Russia 2). 2003-04: The young forward made his professional debut in Russia’s High League (Russia 2) during the 2003-04 season, when he became a regular in Traktor’s lineup. Zubov skated in most regular season games, enjoyed a lot of success and even led his club in +/-. An indicator of how important he was to his club was the large amount of ice time he received during the 2003-04 playoffs. During the semifinal playoff series against Molot, Zubov was trusted with a penalty shot, which he made, though his team still ended up losing the series. On the international arena, Ilya Zubov skated a couple of tournaments as the youngest member of the U18 ('86 born) Team Russia. In one tournament he replaced Evgeni Malkin, who skated for U20 Team Russia, as the center of the top line.
NHL Outlook:
Ilya Zubov was drafted by the Ottawa Senators 98th overall during the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The young forward was widely recognized for possessing first round potential, but was really a victim of the transfer agreement row between Russia and the NHL. The talented young center was one of the top forwards out of Russia eligible for the draft, and deservingly was the first one to be picked. He possesses an impressive package of skill, hockey sense, natural ability and attitude. projected Zubov to be a "safe" first round pick, as he had shown a great attitude and a lot of maturity and ability. We stand by this assessment when comparing to how well he fared next to most other 87 born players out of Russia and in general. Zubov has the hockey sense and pure skill to be successful at the NHL level if he can learn to thrive on the smaller ice surface.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2006-07 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) Super League (Playoffs)8 2 3 5 2 4
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 3 1 4 6 +2
2006-07 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) Super League (Reg.)25 4 6 10 4 3
2006-07 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)16 1 1 2 4 1
2005-06 U20 Team Russia (86) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 0
2005-06 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)3 2 2 4 0 1
2005-06 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)6 2 4 6 10 +3
2005-06 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC (Intl.)4 3 5 8 4 -1
2004-05 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) High League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 U18 Team Russia 5 Nations Tournament (Reg.)4 0 3 3 2 0
2004-05 U18 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 1 2 2 +2
2004-05 Traktor Chelyabinsk High League (Reg.)42 9 8 17 36 +6
2004-05 U18 Team Russia U18 World Cup (Intl.)5 2 2 4 6 -
2003-04 Traktor Chelyabinsk High League (Playoffs)8 2 1 3 2 +1
2003-04 Traktor Chelyabinsk High League (Reg.)33 7 7 14 16 +8
2003-04 Team Russia 86 5 Nations Tourn 4 0 0 0 0 -1
2003-04 Team Russia 86 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 3 3 2 3
2002-03 Team Russia 87 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 1 2 0 +1
2002-03 Traktor 2 1st League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Traktor Chelyabinsk High League (Reg.)1 0 0 0 2 0
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