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Name: Anton Skorykh (#0/2005 NHL Draft)

Height: 192cm/6'4"
Weight: 84kg/184.8 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1987-02-23
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia

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06/18/2005 Anton Skorykh's (2005 NHL Entry Draft) profile has been added to the 2005 NHL Draft Section
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 4: #12
Rank 1: #22
Rank 2: #22
Rank 3: #30
Talent Analysis:
SCOUT 1: Skating: An above average top speed...a technical skater with large strides...good acceleration...Shot: Doesn't like to shoot the puck often...tends to over-puckhandle and pass too much when in scoring position. Technical Ability: Very good hands... a very good puckhandler, which makes him dangerous considering his size, speed and puckhandling ability. Passing Ability: Very soft hands and tends to make precise, creative passes. Hockey Sense: Sees the ice well and capable of creating scoring chances for his linemates...tends to look for the set up instead of shooting the puck himself. Physical Ability: One of the player's biggest downsides is his avoidance of traffic...tends to become less competitive when the pressure is on...capable of a lot more with his large frame, but needs to first mature mentally and be willing to take hits. Defensive Play: Average in his own a winger, would be able to contribute a lot more if he fought harder on the boards. Intangibles: Skorykh possesses a great set of skills, but he needs to continue to be motivated to stay serious about the sport. If he can further boost his motivation and become more serious about the sport, he would be one of Russia's top '87 born prospects.
SCOUT 2: A big revelation of the 5 Nations Tournament...blessed with towering size...possesses wonderfully soft hands...was arguably the tournament's top puckhandler, but also one of the softest players...totally avoided physical contact and didn't perform along the boards at all...solid skating skills for a big man...good offensive instincts...can find the open man well.
Back In Russia:
Anton Skorykh is the product of the Lada (Togliatti) hockey school...he debuted on Lada's junior farm club Lada 2 during the 2002-03 season, skating in seven games. His role with the farm club increased during the 2003-04 season, when he skated in 16 games with the squad at just 16 years of age. While his '87 born Lada 2 teammates Krysanov and Bumagin made their debuts with the big club, Skorykh did not get the opportunity during the 2004-05 season, remaining with Lada 2 for the entire season.
NHL Outlook:
Anton Skorykh is eligible for the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The young forward is a project for whatever club decides to select him. He possesses wonderful size and skill, but hasn't yet developed the aggressiveness and willingness to mix it up physically. One of the few true projects out of Russia, Skorykh teased the observers with his ability at the couple of U18 tournaments during the 2004-05 season. Considering how limited his exposure was during the season leading up to the draft, he really need to have impressed a scout to be selected high in the draft. We do not believe he was able to accomplish this, and the earliest he may hear his name called would be the fourth round.
RussianProspects Draft Projection: 4th or 5th round
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2004-05 Lada (Togliatti) 88 Jr. League (Finals)0 0 0 0 0 -
2004-05 Lada (Togliatti) 2 1st League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2004-05 U18 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 +1
2003-04 Lada (Togliatti) 2 1st League (Reg.)16 3 0 3 8 -
2002-03 Lada (Togliatti) 87 Jr. League (Finals)5 1 1 2 8 -
2002-03 Team Povolzhe 87 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 1 7 8 10 -
2002-03 Lada (Togliatti) 2 1st League (Reg.)7 1 1 2 8 +1
2002-03 Lada (Togliatti) 2 1st League (Reg.)7 1 1 2 8 +1
2004-05 U18 Team Russia 5 Nations Tournament (Reg.)4 0 0 0 2 0
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