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Name: Dmitri BykovDetroit Red Wings (#258/2001 NHL Draft)

Rating: 81
Height: 177cm/5'10"
Weight: 91kg/200.2 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1977-05-05
Birthplace: Izhevsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Team Russia (EuroTour) Away - Sold
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Player News
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
02/01/2006 Kulyash (Nashville) and Korolyuk (San Jose) added to Olympic roster

IIHF Winter Olympics -  Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) and Alexander Korolyuk (San Jose) have been added to Russia’s Olympic roster. Kulyash will replace his Dynamo teammate and former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dmitri Bykov, who was sidelined indefinitely after re-injuring his knee. Korolyuk will replace injured Alexei Zhamnov, who went down with a shoulder injury last month. Korolyuk has been one of the top forwards in Russia, while skating for struggling Vityaz (Podolsk). He was instrumental in raising his club out of the High League (Russia 2) into the Super League (Russia 1) last season. Kulyash padded his candidacy just a few days ago when the young defenseman lead Dynamo with his blistering slap shot to a victory over Ak Bars by scoring a hattrick in the waning minutes of the contest.
06/27/2005 Dmitri Bykov (Detroit Red Wings) is moving to Moscow
12/14/2004 Five players leave Russia’s training camp prior to ROSNO tournament
03/17/2004 Russian Super League Playoffs Begin: Dynamo falls to Avangard, Ak Bars tops Metallurg Nk.
Talent Analysis:
Dmitri Bykov is a dependable, tough and consistent defenseman. At 5’11 and 201 pounds, he is capable of holding his own against the bigger opponents. Dmitri plays the opponents, not the puck and that makes him very dangerous in softer European hockey. He has a great move with the stick, where he pushes against the opponent with the stick and forces him where he wants him to go. It is a great move because it keeps Dmitri on his feet only seconds away from action while completely neutralizing the opponent. He is aggressive in the crease and if an opposing player is trying to stay close to the net, Dmitri usually makes their life very difficult by constantly harassing him. He sees the ice very well, making solid, reliable judgments. Even when he is heckling an opponent, he continuously keeps his head up looking for opportunities. Dmitri doesn’t usually leave the crease to get into the thick of things on defense, unless he has weighed that decision and the crease is covered by another player and is in no imminent danger. Dmitri’s skating is solid
Back In Russia:
Dmitri is a product of Izhstal Izhesk hockey school. He did not remain in Izhesk. In 1995 he moved on to Togliatti, which at that time were the strongest team in Russia. The deep roster blue line in Togliatti had little room for Dmitri and he was loaned to CSK VVS, a significantly weaker RHL team that was fighting for survival in Russia’s highest hockey league. He went on to play for Samara for the next 3 seasons, carving himself a reputation as a reliable blue liner. During the third season with CSK VVS, Dmitri did see ice time with Lada Togliatti, playing with them in the end of the regular season, but then he was again on loan, this time to Torpedo Yaroslavl. In 1998-99 season Dmitri finally got the promotion and spent the season and the playoffs with Lada. However, by that time, Dmitri’s contract with Lada has expired and he received much better terms from Ak Bars Kazan and moved on. While with Ak Bars, he established himself as one of the premier defensemen in Russia. That same year he became a regular on the Russian National team at the EuroTour tournaments. At just the age of 23, Dmitri was a five year veteran in the Super League. Dmitri continues to have a solid relationship with Kazan’s management. It is so solid that he inserted a clause in his contract with the Detroit Red Wings that states if he does not make the NHL team’s roster, he will return to Ak Bars.
NHL Outlook:
Dmitri Bykov’s rеputation of reliability and consistency generated some interest amongst NHL teams and the Red Wings drafted him 258th overall at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Unlike his former Ak Bars teammate, Pavel Datsyuk, he chose not to make the immediate jump to the NHL. It is not clear whether it was due to an inability to agree on a contract or for some other reason. The move may have been a wise one, as he continued to play well and was even invited to compete at the World Championships, where Russia earned the silver medals. Dmitri played well at the tournament and showed surprising offensive productivity, though it should be noted that it was against significantly weaker squads. This summer he came to an agreement with the Detroit Red Wings and he reported to the team’s training camp in August. Despite the visa problems, Dmitri made Detroit’s roster out of the training camp. Now it only remains to be seen if he can adapt to the different style of hockey, culture and language.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Atlant (Mytische) KHL (Reg.)54 7 14 21 54 5
2006-07 Team Russia LG Sweden Games (Reg.)3 1 0 1 6 0
2006-07 Khimik (Mytische) Super League (Reg.)46 11 6 17 48 5
2006-07 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (Euro Tour) (Intl.)3 1 1 2 0 -
2005-06 Team Russia IIHF World Championships (Intl.)6 2 1 3 4 +2
2005-06 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)2 0 0 0 4 -
2005-06 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 1 1 4 0
2006 Team Russia ROSNO Cup (EuroTour) (Intl.)1 0 1 1 0 -
2004-05 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2004-05 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)31 2 2 4 22 +1
2003-04 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)8 2 1 3 14 -
2003-04 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)55 5 11 16 42 -
2003-04 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (EuroTour)3 1 1 2 2 1
2003-04 Team Russia Karjala Cup (EuroTour)3 0 1 1 2 2
2002-03 Detroit Red Wings NHL (Reg.)4 0 0 0 0 -2
2002-03 Detroit Red Wings NHL (Reg.)71 2 10 12 43 1
2001-02 Ak Bars (Kazan) Spartak Cup (Preseason)5 0 2 2 2 -
2001-02 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)11 0 0 0 4 -
2001-02 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)50 1 1 2 36 -
2001-02 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (EuroTour)3 0 0 0 2 -
2001-02 Team Russia Karjala Cup (EuroTour)3 0 1 1 0 -
2001-02 Team Russia Baltica Cup (EuroTour)3 0 0 0 0 -
2001-02 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour)4 0 0 0 6 -
2001-02 Team Russia WC IIHF (Intl.)5 3 1 4 2 -
2000-01 Team Russia Baltica Cup (EuroTour)3 0 1 1 0 -
2000-01 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour)4 0 1 1 6 -
2000-01 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 1 1 4 -
2000-01 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)39 3 7 10 33 -
1999-00 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Playoffs)17 0 3 3 8 -
1999-00 Ak Bars (Kazan) Super League (Reg.)35 3 9 12 20 -
1998-99 CSK VVS Upper League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 0 -
1998-99 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)7 1 0 1 8 -
1998-99 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)39 0 6 6 24 -
1997-98 CSK VVS Upper League (Reg.)28 0 5 5 14 -
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