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Name: Dmitri UtkinBoston Bruins (#228/2002 NHL Draft)

Rating: 66
Height: 183cm/6'0"
Weight: 83kg/182.6 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1984-06-10
Birthplace: Yaroslavl, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2002-03 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Away - Sold
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07/23/2005 Dmitri Utkin (Boston Bruins) returns to Russia’s Super League
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Talent Analysis:
Skating: Has above average top acceleration...needs to improve his stride and improve his technique...slightly above average top speed. Shot: A strong slapshot...a precise, strong wrist shot – this is his primary weapon...does not have a very good backhand shot. Technical Ability: An average puckhandler...doesn’t have very soft hands and isn’t really creative with the puck, though is capable of carrying it up ice at a good speed and make things happen...tends to look down when skating with the puck. Pass: Can make a nice pass on occasion, but doesn’t have very soft hands, nor is passing a major feature in his arsenal. Hockey Sense: Reads the plays well in the offensive zone...knows where to be and can understand how plays develop...needs aggressive, fast linemates to take the heat off him, so he can get in position. Defensive Play: Somewhere between a defensive liability and a non factor...tends to float next to the blue line, waiting to break out...if forced to play defense, lacks the intensity to make a difference. Physical Play: Possesses an average sized frame of 6’0 and 185 pounds...doesn’t avoid traffic, but isn’t yet effective in such situations...not very effective against the boards, but it doesn’t stop him from trying, putting forth an effort to get the puck out - concentrates on the puck, not the opponent's body. Needs to show better intensity. Overall: While the picture painted above of Utkin is not pretty, a positive trend that can be derived from his talent analysis is that he is an overall average forward. He does not stand out in any particular facet of the game, except in a negative sense when the subject is his defensive play.
Back In Russia:
Dmitri Utkin is a product of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey system. Born in Yaroslavl, he spent most of his career with the club. The young forward rose through Lokomotiv’s farm system, and made his Super League debut with Lokomotiv during the 2002-03 season. The debut doesn’t merit a grade and is best left incomplete, as he played only four games for the Super League club. According to some accounts, the young forward was being pulled up in Lokomotiv’s system through political connections. This would not have been the first time such an occurrence took place in Russian hockey. 2003-04 season: During the summer of ’03, Utkin signed a contract with Upper League’s Spartak Moscow. While the expectations from the young forward were limited on a veteran filled Spartak Moscow club, he surprised many by making a significant impact during the preseason Spartak Cup tournament, where he was one Spartak’s top scorers against a list of club's that included Super League's CSKA Moscow. The Utkin-Semin- Gordiyuk line, an analog of Detroit’s “Two kids and a goat” line (Datsyuk, Zettenberg and Hull line of the 2002-03 season), was one of the club’s most effective.
NHL Outlook:
Dmitri Utkin was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 7th round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (228th overall). The young player is a project with a solid foundation of skill and speed, but is a long ways away from developing into a solid NHL prospect. In 2003-04, he is enjoying his first full season of hockey against professionals in Russia’s second league. If his development continues, Utkin may be ready for another look in three seasons. He is the type of a prospect, who would benefit greatly from developing in Russia and rising through the ranks to the Super League, similar to the cases of better known prospects like Anton But (Tampa Bay Lightning), and Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets).
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2006-07 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) Super League (Reg.)49 6 6 12 20 1
2005-06 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)2 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Spartak (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Spartak (Moscow) Upper League (Reg.)60 12 10 22 10 +30
2002-03 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)4 0 1 1 0 0
2001-02 Lokomotiv 84-85 Jr. League (Playoffs)7 4 9 13 0 -
2001-02 Lokomotiv Yar. 2 1st League (Juniors)32 15 7 22 33 -
2000-01 Torpedo Yaroslavl Jr. League (Playoffs)6 3 3 6 4 -
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