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Name: Dmitri KosmachevColumbus Blue Jackets (#71/2003 NHL Draft)

Rating: 77
Height: 192cm/6'4"
Weight: 103kg/226.6 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Born: 1985-06-07
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2002-03 CSKA (Moscow) Away - Available
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08/09/2008 July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs
07/14/2008 Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Maxim Mayorov (Columbus Blue Jackets) in Columbus

Russian prospects Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Maxim Mayorov (Columbus Blue Jackets) have been invited for the annual rookie camp in Columbus, where Filatov was still missing since he is back home in Russia finalizing his departure. In the five-day camp the two players have seen significant action, but have been a bit shadowed by the great performances of Blue Jacket’s top prospect Jakub Voracek.

Maxim Mayorov’s skills have pleased the crowd attending the camp. Reported to have filled the papers to be out of obligations with his home club, Ak Bars Kazan, Mayorov was chosen in the last Import Draft by a WHL club, the Brandon Wheat Kings, so it’s likely that he will spend the next season in North America, in either the juniors or the AHL. During the training camp though, Mayorov had suffered a sore hand because of an on-ice collision, though that didn’t stop him from reporting and delivering some eye-grabbing moves. Mayorov will likely adapt well to the North American game also because of his good size and hockey sense. Other than being gifted with an accurate wristshot and good hands. It’s mandatory to say that he was also among the last players to left the ice after the practices, and Columbus’ coaches spent some additional amount of time talking to him. Still, he had some difficulties when the team approached defensive and physical drills, but in an interview with a local newspaper he confirmed his interest in learning and eventually playing in the NHL.

However, if Mayorov was expected overseas, the same can’t be said about Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets). His appearance on the training-camp roster as a surprise, but he gained crowd and coaches’ respect for his size and politeness of play. The 23 year old appeared to have an NHL body completed with a good point shot and interesting technique that made him naturally comparing with country mate Plekhanov – who made the jump last season to have a strong AHL campaign being now talked practically as a member of Jackets’ lineup for the 08/09 season – and the hope is to repeat what they managed to made with him, from a surprise signing to a potential NHL player. Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets) was there too for a little bit of time, serving as a translator for Kosmachev and Mayorov. Ironically, all the three Russian players missed their penalty-shot attempts in the shoot-out training.
07/12/2008 Russian 2008 draft review (Hockey's Future article)

In the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, only the following nine Russians were taken. Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) (6th overall, Columbus Blue Jackets) There is no surprise that this young player was picked this early. A lot of scouting services have voiced the opinion that Filatov was a top five selection talent. However, prior to the draft, the main concern was whether Filatov personally would be able to overcome the doubts of many NHL clubs regarding the willingness of Russians to move over to North America. Clearly, the young prospect was successful in this bid, demonstrating his strong fluency in English and his intention to move to North America right after the draft. In regards to the club that selected him, the Blue Jackets appear to be a very good match, with their strong recent history of drafting Russian-born players, Nikolai Zherdev (New York Rangers) (2003), Maxim Mayorov (Columbus Blue Jackets) (2007) Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) (2002), Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) (2003), and Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets) (2004). (Hockey's Future Article by Eugene Belashchenko) READ MORE
12/16/2007 New scouting report added to Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets)'s profile
10/06/2007 New photos added to multiple player profiles
07/01/2005 Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) signs with RSL’s Khimik
12/05/2004 Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) 2003-04 season recap added
11/09/2004 Dmitri Kosmachev (Columbus Blue Jackets) sent to High league
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
Scouting Evaluations:
Round 46 – Khimik Mytischi vs Ak Bars Kazan (10 prospects scouted)
Talent Analysis:
December 2007 Update: Big sized stay-at-home defenseman…very polished, is hardly punished and rarely goes to the penalty box…because of his disciplined play and his good stickhandling abilities, he is often iced during powerplay situations…has a very good defensive play even if he’s not aggressive…has the size, but doesn’t hit often…prefers to poke-check the puck away from the player…is effective along the boards, where uses his size to win the battles and his good balance to don’t get moved away from the puck…average top-speed…average acceleration…can be outskated by speedy opposition lines…his offensive play lies on his interesting stickhandling skills for a defensive defenseman and in his good vision of the game…can read the game and play out of risks…good passer, tries to be useful by serving quickly the forwards…his shot is hard to judge because he rarely uses it …can be worth a shot by his North American club, Columbus, if they decide to give him a chance
Size & Physical Play: At almost 6’3 and around 195 pounds, Dmitri already commands an imposing frame. He is not only big, but is also very solid. On the ice however, he prefers more to tie down opponents rather then aggressively hit them. He does not play dirty and you will rarely see him in the penalty box. Shot: Dmitri’s shot is an unknown quantity since he hardly ever uses it. Skating: Dmitri is very solid and coordinated on his skates, but he is not very fast, and doesn’t have great acceleration. Technical Skills: Dmitri sees the ice very well and plays a solid positional game. He is usually the first guy back on defense and in the right place whether he has the puck or not. Kosmachev is a solid puck handler for a defenseman. However, he will handle the puck in his own zone, but will rather make a pass to a forward in the neutral zone then bring it up himself. His passing is very strong. He is usually very collected and his passes reflect this state of mind. Mental Game: Dmitri is a an unassuming guy on the ice. He is very calm and is very tough to upset, never losing his composure on or off the ice. Off the ice he is shy and is it almost impossible to make him mad. For a 17 year old he is an experienced player, already entering his second full season on CSKA Moscow’s roster. Overall: Dmitri is a solid stay at home defenseman who gets an "A-" for his defensive and an "Incomplete" for his offensive abilities. His strengths lie in his size, hockey sense and passing ability. He needs to turn up his aggressiveness on the ice, lay down some hits and make an effort to improve his so far non-existent offensive game.
Back In Russia:
2005-08 Seasons: Once becoming a free agent, Dmitry Kosmchav signed a deal with HC Khimik, and he has been with the club for these three seasons. Consistently in the lineup, Kosmachev has been getting regular shifts, but only on the third defensive pairing. Thus, while he has become a capable Super Leauge defenseman, it is tough to say that he has grown significantly over these three seasons. Still, he did fill out his frame and has become a reliable Super League calibre blue liner.
2004-05 season: The young defenseman struggled to make the HC CSKA roster and as a result was loaned by the Super League club to the High League’s (Russia 2) Torpedo (Nizhni Novgorod). This was quite a step down for a defenseman who already had two Super League seasons under his belt. Still, Kosmachev performed well for Torpedo and after the season became a free agent. This was unfortunately Kosmachev’s last year of U20 eligibility and he did not get called up to represent Russia at the U20 World Junior Championships.
2003-04 season: The 2003-04 season was not disastrous for Kosmachev, but so much more was expected from the talented blue liner that his mediocre performance fell well short of expectations. Prior the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the young blueliner was known as a defensive defenseman, who makes few mistakes in his own zone. During the 2003-04 season, Kosmachev did not appear to fit that image any longer, failing to significantly develop his skills and not playing as smart as he has in the past. A big defenseman, he did not effectively use his frame in physical battles. The reasons for such a turn of events are unclear, but additional pressure from above may have had something to do with it, as the club’s aim was no longer to survive in the Super League, but to actually make the playoffs. Besides decision making, skating is another area where Kosmachev needs to further improve in order to keep his development on track. It was mostly sufficient to keep him in the play, but at times he struggled to recover from positional mistakes or get back into his own zone quickly in one-on-one situations. CSKA’s new young defenseman during the 2003-04 season was ’86 born Kiril Lyamin and while about the same size as Kosmachev, Lyamin’s decision making was significantly better than Kosmachev’s. After being given a chance to recover from his mediocre play during the first several months of the season, a mistake filled game against Nizhnekamsk’s Neftkhimik resulted in Kosmachev being sent down to CSKA’s junior farm club, where he spent most of December and January. The young defenseman made his February return to CSKA not because he significantly improve in the juniors, but because the club’s blue line suffered a lot of injuries and the management had hardly anyone else to turn to. Despite his struggles, Kosmachev was still one of the best ’85 born Russian defensemen, so accordingly he was called up to represent Russia at the U20 World Junior Championships, where he was reunited with his old defensive partner Denis Ezhov (Buffalo Sabres). The two players were the youngest defensemen on the mostly
2001-02 season:Dmitri had a busy 2001-02 season. He started off the season with HC CSKA’s junior affiliate CSKA 2, but shortly after the start of the season he was called up to join the main squad. He played 40 regular season contests for HC CSKA and skated in all nine postseason games, helping the team make their way back to the Super League. Dmitri has spent most of the first third of the 2002-03 season warming the bench for HC CSKA He has constantly practiced with the squad, but managed to play in only 10 contests on the team’s third defensive pairing. Dmitri’s prospects of playing for CSKA in the Super League this year are good, as he is probably the sixth or seventh defenseman in CSKA’s depth and will likely get called up once one of the guys above him gets injured. On the international level, Dmitri is one of the leading members of the’85 squad and was one of the few ’85 born players to represent Russia at the 2002 U18 World Junior Championships last spring.
NHL Outlook:
Dmitri Kosmachev was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (71st overall). The young defenseman was widely recognized as the second best eligible blue liner out of Russia, and he was actually the top Russian blue liner drafted. While his development has been slower and not without ups and downs, Kosmachev has great size and has also become a strong Super League blue liner. Whether he is capable of transferring his style of play to North America remains to be seen. His NHL upside is that of a fifth or sixth blue liner.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Ak Bars (Kazan) KHL (Reg.)28 0 3 3 39 3
2007-08 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 2 0
2007-08 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)56 0 6 6 34 3
2006-07 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Playoffs)9 0 0 0 2 -6
2006-07 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)32 0 0 0 18 2
2005-06 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Playoffs)9 0 0 0 4 2
2005-06 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)38 2 2 4 14 7
2004-05 Torpedo (Nizhni Novgorod) High League (Reg.)34 3 4 7 22 +9
2004-05 Torpedo (Nizhni Novgorod) High League (Playoffs)8 0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 2 0
2003-04 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC 6 0 0 0 2 -1
2003-04 CSKA-2 1st League (Juniors)3 0 1 1 0 -
2003-04 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 4 -
2003-04 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)34 0 2 2 12 -11
2003-04 CSKA (Moscow) Spartak (Preseason)5 0 1 1 2 -
2002-03 Team Russia 85 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 1 1 8 -1
2002-03 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)6 0 1 1 6 5
2002-03 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)27 0 0 0 2 -6
2001-02 HC CSKA Moscow 2 1st League (Juniors)6 1 0 1 2 -
2001-02 HC CSKA Moscow Upper League (Playoffs)9 0 0 0 4 -3
2001-02 HC CSKA Moscow Upper League (Reg.)40 0 1 1 8 -
2001-02 U17 Team Russia Vyzov Cup (Intl.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 Team Russia 85 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 2 3 2 3
2001-02 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC IIHF (Intl.)8 0 1 1 2 4
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