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Name: Denis IstominChicago Blackhawks (#117/2005 NHL Draft)

Rating: 82
Height: 188cm/6'2"
Weight: 90kg/198.0 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1987-01-12
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia

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12/25/2006 U20 Russian squad’s lineup related notes

U20 World Junior Championships -  As the Russian roster is finalized, a couple of interesting notes have leaked through from our observers. First, the 89 born Alexey Cherepanov, who was supposed to play a depth role on the Russian squad, has been skating on the top line throughout the preparations, with either Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) or Gennadi Churilov (undrafted) centering the second line, and Anisimov the third. The third unit has consistently been Alexander Vasyunov (New Jersey Devils), Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers) and Igor Makarov (Chicago Blackhawks). Kiryukhin centered Russia’s fifth line that was released. The young forward, who captained the squad that competed at the Canada Russia Challenge was retained as a
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Scouting Evaluations:
2004 U18 World Cup: Russia's Top Line Recap (Denis Istomin, Egor Zharkov, Ilya Zubov)
Draft Rankings and Comments:
2005 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 1: #7
Rank 2: #8
Rank 3: #6 Ranking Comments:Continues to play in Russia for the High League's (Russia 2) and is one of the club's most exciting players. This is welcome news after the so so performance at the World Cup in August.
Rank 4: #6
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: Skating: Not a really technical skater...above average acceleration and a quick first step...above average top speed...can move well laterally, but needs more balance, which he may learn as he gets use to his size...needs to improve his skating through traffic. Shot: Istomin’s primary weapon: a very dangerous and precise wrist shot...a very good overall array of shots, including a strong slap shot and back hand, but usually prefers the wrist shot Technical Ability: Possesses soft hands and is capable of moving the puck up the ice...puck handling is not on par with Malkin or Parshin, but is on the next level down...uses his stick well to fore-check opponents in defensive situation...effectively uses his size to protect the puck. Passing: Consistently makes accurate, on tape passes. Hockey Sense: Until the beginning of the 2004-05 season, it was tough to tell whether Istomin could see the ice well, since as one of our scouts puts it "he has tended to try to score himself since childhood" and hesitated to share the puck...skating for the '87 national team late in the 2003-04 season and early in the 2004-05 season has changed his game for the better, and Istomin now more effectively uses his line mates, making some creative plays. Defensive Play: Does not help in the defensive own zone...returns back into his own zone, but is ineffective and doesn’t appear to know exactly how to be effective. Physical Ability: Effectively uses his large frame effectively to protect the puck and gain better position in the offensive zone...does not play physical hockey...one of our scouts had this to say about Istomin’s physical play: "needs to be physically more assertive, he does not use his body to his full advantage". Intangibles: For a player know to be a finisher and a power forward, Istomin has been struggling to put the puck in the net.

Scout 2: A fast and technical player with good first step quickness and good lateral movement...a very good puck handler, who can make plays at top speed... good on the puck and reads plays well...possesses a very accurate wrist shot that he uses often...capable of making precise passes...doesn’t use his slap shot often...not very effectively defensively...not a physical player, despite his impressive size.

Scout 3: A smooth skater who utilizes on his fluid stride and good acceleration...plays with solid agility and first-step quickness...could use more balance...needs to be more stabile when battling in heavy traffic...possesses soft hands which handle the puck smoothly...is a deft passer with a good portion of vision...makes crisp, accurate passes on a regular basis...forecheckes aggresively and forces the opposing players to make mistakes...needs to be physically more assertive, he isn't using his body to his full advantage...has a solid variety of shots, but tends to use his wrister more than his slapper...has to upgrade in his defensive play as he is willing to return back, but isn't very effective on the backcheck.
Back In Russia:
Denis Istomin was raised in the Traktor Chelyabinsk hockey school. The young forward joined Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s hockey school during the summer prior to the 2002-03 season. Since then, he has developed into one of the club’s top '87-born forwards. 2004-05 Season: Metallurg’s management loaned Istomin back home to Chelyabinsk for the duration of the 2004-05 season. Essentially, this is a promotion for Istomin, who spent the 2003-04 season skating in the First League for Metallurg 2, but will now compete in the High League (Russia 2). So far this season, Istomin has been getting significant ice time and it has already shown in his overall play and level of confidence.
NHL Outlook:
Denis Istomin is eligible for the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The budding young power forward possesses a ton of potential. NHL teams will like his size and his drive towards the net, not to mention his array of shots, however, they may be concerned with his struggles on the national team, namely defensive lapses and the absence of a physical edge to his game. Still, the package of skill and size is definitely there, and Istomin will likely be gone by the end of the second round.
RP Projection: Middle to late second round.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Kapitan (Stupino) High League (Russia 2) (Reg.)1 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)6 0 1 1 6 -1
2005-06 Torpedo (Nizhni Novgorod) High League (Playoffs)3 2 1 3 0 1
2005-06 Vityaz (Chekhov) Super League (Reg.)23 3 1 4 4 -7
2004-05 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC (Intl.)2 0 1 1 0 -1
2004-05 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) High League (Playoffs)7 1 1 2 4 +1
2004-05 U18 Team Russia 5 Nations Tournament (Reg.)4 2 3 5 4 +1
2004-05 U18 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 3 3 2 +3
2004-05 Traktor Chelyabinsk High League (Reg.)44 11 5 16 24 +10
2004-05 U18 Team Russia U18 World Cup (Intl.)5 0 2 2 6 -
2003-04 Team Russia 87 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 3 3 6 4 +2
2003-04 Team Russia 87 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 4 5 2 +4
2003-04 Metallurg Mg. 87 Jr. League (Finals)6 3 2 5 6 -
2002-03 Team Ural 87 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 3 5 8 2 -
2002-03 Team Russia 87 4 Nations Tourn. 3 1 3 4 6 +1
2002-03 Metallurg Mg. 87 Jr. League (Finals)7 6 5 11 0 -
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