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Name: Semen VarlamovColorado Avalanche (#23/2006 NHL Draft)

Rating: 90
Height: 186cm/6'1"
Weight: 79kg/173.8 lb
Position: Goalie
Shoots: Left
Born: 1988-04-27
Birthplace: Yaroslavl, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Away - Sold
Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) (Florida Panthers) (Florida Panthers): I have a chance to move on as Florida drafted me (11/23/2009)
Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals): It’s tough without a coach (11/20/2008)
July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs (08/09/2008)
Super League Playoff Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 3:0 (series 1:0) - Varlamov shines for Loko with shutout (04/05/2008)
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10/06/2009 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals): I still make mistakes

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) made his 2009-2010 Regular season debut for the Washington Capitals on home ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 6:4 win on October 3rd. For the first two periods he was outstanding and allowed just one goal on 25 shots. However, in the third period, when the score was already 6-1 in favor of the Caps, it looked like Washington let their foot off the table, allowing the Leafs to get back into the game with three third period goals. (Washington Capitals Examiner article by Dmitry Chesnokov) READ MORE
09/10/2009 Irbe on Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals): He must be ready

National Hockey League (NHL) -  There is a lot of talk around Washington about who will be the Washington Capitals' starter in goal come the first game of the season. A few weeks ago Bruce Boudreau told Tarik El-Bashir that "Jose [Theodore] is the No. 1 guy and the other two young men have got to come in and play the way they did last year and try to push him out." I visited the Kettler Iceplex yesterday where Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals), who is trying to take over as the Capitals' starter told the media: "I know that he's No. 1 and I'm No. 2 right now. What I need to do is play really well and earn that top spot during the preseason games. Bruce told me last year when the season was over that I would have to earn it, and I'm ready for it." (Washington Capitals Examiner article by Dmitry Chesnokov) READ MORE
04/30/2009 What to Call Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals)?

National Hockey League (NHL) -  A few minutes ago, a Swedish reporter asked Russian goalie Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) what he thinks about From Russia With Glove, his American-created nicknamed riffed off a British novel. "Is this my nickname now?" Varlamov said through an interpreter. "Ok, great, fine." (By Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post) READ MORE
04/24/2009 Capitals Put Their Trust in Little-Known Goaltender
03/27/2009 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) recalled by Washington
01/05/2009 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals): It’s tough without a coach
08/09/2008 July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs
05/02/2008 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) injured during practice
04/10/2008 Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 1:0 (series 2:2) - Varlmaov perfect
04/08/2008 Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 1:4 (series 1:2) - Lokomotiv on the brink
04/06/2008 Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 0:2 (series 1:1) - Salavat strikes back
04/01/2008 Semifinals - Lokomotiv vs. Metallurg 2:1 (series 3:0): Varlmaov is solid
03/25/2008 Semifinals - Lokomotiv vs. Metallurg 2:0 (series 1:0): Vasyunov and Varlamov shine, Lokomotiv skates past Metallurg
03/18/2008 Quarterfinals - Lokomotiv vs. SKA 2:1 (series 3:1) Yashin leads Loko forward
03/15/2008 Quarterfinals - Lokomotiv vs. SKA 5:1 (Series 1:1) Yashin shines for Loko
03/07/2008 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals): Irgl shoots penalty shots the best
02/04/2008 Round 47: Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) scores 30th goal
12/25/2007 Round 35: Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) leads CSKA in victory
12/09/2007 U20 Team Russia preliminary roster announced
12/08/2007 Web Site News: Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals): It's surprising that I wasn't called up
12/08/2007 Web Site News: Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals): It's surprising that I wasn't called up
11/06/2007 U20 Team Russia's squad announced
10/20/2007 Round 18: Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) collects another shutout
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
09/27/2007 Round 8: Glazachev (Nashville Predators) scores two in losing effort
09/26/2007 Round 7: Hattrick for Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues)!
09/23/2007 Round 4: Kirill Petrov impresses with three helpers (Box Score)
09/16/2007 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals)'s game worn HC Lokomotiv jersey added
08/29/2007 Super Series Russia - Canada game 1 recap
08/29/2007 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) blames the first loss on himself
08/08/2007 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals)'s profile updated, 2006-07 season recap added
07/14/2007 Anton Khudobin (Minnesota Wild) signs deal with the NHL club
07/13/2007 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) (Washington Capitals): I will spend another year in Yaroslavl
07/11/2007 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) signs NHL rookie deal
06/24/2007 Russia announces preliminary U20 roster 1972 anniversary tournament
04/24/2007 Team Russia boosted by NHL young guns
04/24/2007 Goalie Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) and two others cut from the Russian roster
03/22/2007 Quarterfinals - 2: Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers) lights it up again
03/13/2007 Web Site News: Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) profile has been opened to general viewers
03/09/2007 Round 57 - Goalie Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) wins again
02/27/2007 Round 54 - Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks) scores 16th
02/24/2007 Round 52 - Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) rips into HC Dynamo
02/20/2007 Round 51
02/17/2007 Round 50
02/05/2007 Russia’s starting job falls to Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues)
01/17/2007 Round 42 - Koshechkin (Tampa Bay) shuts down opponents again
01/02/2007 Semen Varlamov: My legs numbed in Canada.
01/01/2007 Semen Varlamov: I know that Bykov is watching me
12/26/2006 Semen Varlamov: A second place would be a good result.
10/24/2005 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) holds starting job
10/07/2006 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) makes Super League debut
05/16/2006 New scouting analysis added to Semen Varlamov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile!
05/13/2006 Team Russia Player Detailed Scouting Evaluations
05/10/2006 Our players lacked leadership (Interview with head coach Fedor Kanareykin)
03/30/2006 Russian Player Pefromance Evaluations Part 2: Alexander Ryabev, Alexander Vasyunov and Semen Varlamov
03/07/2006 PREMIUM: Semen Varlamov (2006 NHL Entry Draft): I’m a rising star? I’ve got long ways to go before I reach Medvedev’s level!
02/20/2006 Premium: 2nd scouting report added to Semen Varlamov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile
01/18/2006 Premium: Semen Varlamov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile has been added
Scouting Evaluations:
Round 46: Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) shines (Severstal - Lokomotiv detailed scouting analysis)
Kiril Petrov shift by shift detailed scouting report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game)
U18 Team Russia Player Detailed Scouting Evaluations
U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 2005) - Russian Player Pefromance Evaluations Part 2: Alexander Ryabev, Alexander Vasyunov and Semen Varlamov
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #4
Rank 2: #3 Ranking Comments:Russia's top goaltender. Showcased his potential at the 2006 U20 WJC and will again do so at the U18 WJC in April. Possesses great reaction and speed in the crease. Likely the future of Russia's goaltending and the best Russian netminder since Ilya Bryzgalov.
Rank 3: #2 Ranking Comments:Semen Varlamov is the brightest goaltender to come out of Russia definitely since Ilya Bryzgalov. He has already been Russia's U18 squad's starter for two seasons and will inherit the starting role on the U20 squad for the next two years. He has yet to earn any professional experience in the Super Leauge, but Varlamov has proven his worth on the international arena. One area for improvement for Varlamov is is positioning. He moves very quickly in the crease and possesses a quick butterfly. Additionally, he possesses a very strong work ethic. The biggest concern regarding Varlamov's development into a blue chip netminder is the lack of an estbalished hockey school in Yaroslavl and on the Russian national team. While his Yaroslavl counterpart Kasutin went to Finland to be schooled, Varlamov is completely "home grown" thus far.
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: A good sized netminder who plays smaller than he really is... plays more of a butterfly style...doesn't cover a big space of the net, but makes up for this drawback with quality reflexes and okay skater with a decent lateral movement in the crease...moves fast side-to-side...does precise splits to stop the puck which makes up a bit for his mediocre length of the legs...challenges the shooter and relies on his skating ability...adequate on the blocker side...a solid fast glove hand...handles most of the rebounds well thanks to a strong dexterity and flexibility...adequate anticipation of the developing plays...should particularly upgrade on his dealing with hard initial shots...tends to allow the odd soft goal through his five-hole...tends to play too deep in the net occasionally, thus being vulnerable to the initial shots...displays only average puckhandling ability and should work on his stickhandling ability.
Scout 2: A butterfly style goalie...moves well both in the butterfly and on his skates...weak in handling the puck outside the crease...improving with the control of the rebounds...takes up a lot of space the net
Back In Russia:
2006-07: Semen Varlamov was widely expected to spend the season backing up a Canadian goalie or long time Lokomotiv veteran Yegor Podomatsky while he gains enough experience to take over the reins. To everyone’s surprise, the team released their Canadian goaltender due to new taxes levied against foreign netminders. The starting job was then Yegor Podomatsky’s to lose, and he lost after just six games to the young Varlamov, who quickly proved himself to be more than capable to lead his club at the highest hockey level outside the NHL. While Lokomotiv struggled early on in the season, Varlamov was very solid in the net usually allowing no more than two goals. He finished the season with impressive statistics (2.12 GAA and a save percentage well above 90%). In addition to playing well in the Super League, was fairly solid for team Russia at the U20 World Championships, where he lead the team to the silver medals and only really faltered in the finals game against Canada. There were several attempts late in the season to play Varlamov for the senior national team, but in one key moment he became very sick with the flu and was quarantined away from the team, missing his chance to play. Varlamov was Russia’s third goalie at the 2007 World Championships, but his services were never required. Overall this was a fine rookie season for a very capable goalie with a bright future. During the summer of 2007, Varlamov signed a contract with the Washington Capitals, but the two sides agreed for him to remain in Russia of the 2007-08 season. Pre 2006 NHL Entry Draft: Semen Varlamov grew up and initially learned hockey in Samara, Russia hockey school. The young netminder moved to Yaroslavl in his early teens and quickly established himself as the club’s dominant 88 born goalie. During the 2004-05 season, Varlamov made his debut on Lokomotiv’s junior farm club, Lokomotiv 2, skating for the first time in the 1st League (Russia 3). Throughout that season he was second, backing up 87 born Ivan Kasutin. During the summer of 2005, Kasutin was loaned to Penza, opening the starting job for Varlamov. The young goaltender has not looked back, starting most of the games for Lokomotiv 2 during the 2005-06 season. Internationally, Varlamov is a long time member of the Russian 88 born national team. He also was a back up for the 87 born Russian squad at the unfortunately not terribly successful 2005 U18 World Junior Championships. Continuing to play with an older age group, Varlamov beat out his former teammate Ivan Kasutin for back up duties at the 2006 U20 World Junior Championships for a Russian squad that mostly consisted of 86 born players. Varlamov did not see much ice time, skating only in the contest against Latvia, where he did not particularly stand out despite allowing just a single goal. Varlamov is the netminder of Russian junior national team’s future and will be the starting netminder for Russia’s U18 squad at the 2006 World Junior Championships and the U20 squad for the 2007 and 2008 WJC tournaments.
NHL Outlook:
Semen Varlamov was the first Russian selected at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, being picked up by the Washington Capitals with the 23rd overall pick. It was a bit surprising to see Varlamov go so high considering that at the time he was a project goaltender and that there was no agreement between Russia and the NHL. Still, the Washington Capitals made the right choice when considering how he has developed. The young goalie is the best goaltending prospect potential wise to come out of Russia since Anaheim’s Ilya Bryzgalov. He has the size, raw skill and reflexes to make him into a strong NHL goalie. What he lacks is maturity, mobility and stick handling, all of which can be acquired through experience and training. He has gained a lot of this during his rookie Super League campaign, but needs to continue to develop his skills. Varlamov has also been the first Russian goalie since Andrei Medvedev to skate for Russia’s U18 and U20 squads before his last year of eligibility.
Season Club League GP W L T GAA GA min SV PIM
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) Canada Russia Super Series (Intl.) 2 0 2 0 3.00 6 120 NA 0
2007-08 Team Russia LG Games (EuroTour) (Intl.) 1 1 0 0 0 0 60 1.00 0
2007-08 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.) 44 27 15 0 5 106 2592 NA 4
2006-07 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.) 31 15 7 6 2.12 64 1810 0
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.) 6 5 1 0 1.51 9 358 0.934 0
2005-06 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 3 3 0 0 0.333 1 180 0.980 0
2005-06 U18 Team Russia (88) U18 WJC (Intl.) 2 1 1 0 4.06 8 118 0.907 0
2005-06 Team Russia 86 ADT Canada Challenge (Intl.) 3 0 2 0 - 12 - - 0
2005-06 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 2 - - 2.00 4 - - 0
2005-06 Lokomotiv 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.) 33 - - - - 60 1782 - -
2005-06 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.) 1 1 0 0 1.00 1 60 0.950 0
2005-06 U18 Team Russia U18 World Cup (Intl.) 2 2 0 0 2.50 5 120 0.909 0
2004-05 Team Russia (1988) Junior Olympics (Intl.) 3 2 1 0 2.33 7 180 NA 0
2004-05 Team Russia (1988) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 3 2 0 0 1.20 3 140 0
2004-05 Lokomotiv 88 Jr. League (Finals) 6 - - - - - - - 0
2004-05 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 3 - - - 1.00 3 180 - 0
2004-05 Team Russia 88 Junior Olympics (Intl.) 3 - - - - 7 - - 0
2004-05 Team Center 88 Regional Tourn. 5 - - - - 14 300 - 0
2004-05 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 3 - - - - 10 - - 0
2004-05 Lokomotiv 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.) 8 1.90 15 480 0
2004-05 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 3 0.00 0 180 1.00 0
2004-05 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC (Intl.) 2 2 0 0 3.52 5 85 0.884 0
2003-04 Lokomotiv 88 Jr. League (Finals) 6 2.00 12 360 0
2003-04 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 2 0
2003-04 Team Center 88 Regional Tourn. 5 1.60 8 300 0
2002-03 Lokomotiv 88 Jr. League (Finals) 6 7 1.2 360 - 0
2002-03 Team Center 88 Regional Tourn. (Intl.) 5 - - - 2.00 10 300 - 0
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