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Name: Yuri AlexandrovBoston Bruins (#37/2006 NHL Draft)

Rating: 84
Height: 185cm/6'1"
Weight: 81kg/178.2 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1988-06-24
Birthplace: Cherepovets, Russia

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05/30/2010 Yuri Alexandrov signs with the Bruins

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  After Evgeny Skachkov (St. Louis Blues), Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) and Sergei Bobrovsky, another player left Russia to sign in the NHL, Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins). The young offensive defenseman inked a two years deal with his NHL franchise and will most likely start the season with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. This year Alexandrov was a key player for his Severstal Cherepovets, having scored a career high 21 points in 56 regular season games. READ MORE
01/18/2010 Top 10 drafted defensemen in Russia

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  Despite the difficulties of late for Russia producting defensive prospects, the top-end is certainly interesting, with many players who might adapt well in the jump overseas. Recently it has been very tough to decipher who would report to the NHL and who would not, and the apparent drive towards North America played its role in these rankings.

Top 10 at a glance
1. Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes)
2. Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins)
3. Dmitri Orlov (Washington Capitals)
4. Pavel Valentenko (New York Rangers)
5. Mikhail Pashnin (New York Rangers)
6. Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers)
7. Denis Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers)
8. Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres)
9. Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)
10. Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators)
(Hockey's Future article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
08/29/2009 Web Site News: New content added to Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins)'s profile!

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  We added two photos to Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins)'s profile and updated his profile's career notes section. READ MORE
07/06/2009 Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) to report in the rookies camp
11/17/2008 Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) back on ice
09/01/2008 Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) heavily injured in preseason match
02/06/2008 Round 46: Viktor Tikhonov shines (Severstal - Lokomotiv scouting analysis)
01/17/2008 Russia tops Czech Republic and gets into the semi-finals
12/29/2007 Russia survives Kazakhstan scare (5:4 Recap)
11/19/2007 Round 23: Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks) leads Spartak to rare victory
11/09/2007 Alexei Cherepanov scores as Russia downs Sweden 4-1
11/06/2007 U20 Team Russia's squad announced
10/18/2007 Round 17: HC Ak Bars and Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) wake up
08/29/2007 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) blames the first loss on himself
08/27/2007 Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins)'s profile updated, new scouting report added
06/24/2007 Russia announces preliminary U20 roster 1972 anniversary tournament
01/09/2007 Yuri Alexandrov's (Boston Bruins) profile made public, new scouting report added!
05/13/2006 Team Russia Player Detailed Scouting Evaluations
03/26/2006 Player Reports Part 1: Alexandrov, Anuryev & Zharkov
01/16/2006 Web Site News: Premium: Yuri Alexandrov’s (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile has been added
Scouting Evaluations:
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Draft Rankings and Comments:
2006 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 1: #1
Rank 2: #1 Ranking Comments:Alexandrov is holding steady as the top eligible Russian by performing well at the Super League level. He is also the captain of the 88 born national team and is really developing into a power play quarterback there.
Rank 3: #1 Ranking Comments:Alexandrov delivered a strong performance for Team Russia and was hands down the squad's top defenseman. His experience in the Super League, combined with his international performance places him right at the top of the RussianProspects Final ratings. When comparing him to Russia's recent top defensive prospects, Alexandrov reminds of Volchenkov, but skates better and is more maneuverable than the latter. Alexandrov still needs to bulk up and learn to better play physical hockey to continue his development into a top defensive prospect.
Talent Analysis:
Nov 2006 Update (U20 4 Nations Tournament – Czech Republic): A good skater with impressive acceleration …adequate backwards and lateral movement … uses his speed well … good at his end but possesses solid offensive skills … possesses good vision which enables him make very good passes and speed up the play … has a very good outlet pass … solid stickhandler and very effective on a power play … moves the puck well … has a hard slap shot … decent positional play … stays with his man all the way … could be more physical but isn’t afraid to hit … was best Russian defenseman of the tournament.
Scout 1: a solid skater with a fluid stride and smooth acceleration... rarely gets beaten by speed...okay lateral movement and pivots...decent backwards speed, but could still be improved...makes use of his mobility in the defensive zone...stays back in his own end when asked to play defensively, but is frequently willing to jump into the play and support offensively...can move the puck out of his own end and make passes which fasten the pace of the game.. adequate stickhandling skills and hand-eye coordination...can distribute crisp accurate passes ...decent offensive vision .. occasionally tends to play with his head down...aware of the positioning of his linemates on the ice...a good asset to the power play units...impresses with a hard and accurate slap shot but should make use of it more often...when inspired likes to fire slap shots from the point and looks for a position to shoot...strong power play pointman...is progressing in his ability to quarterback a power play and is making more precise feeds on the offensive blue line ...decent positional play...stays with his man all the way and is tough to beat in one-on-one...needs to add some pounds to his frame...throws the occasional solid hit and shows decent toughness, but still could use more of a mean streak.\r\n\r\n
Scout 2: A dependable defenseman…shoots left…doesn’t have many weak spots…main area of improvement is his body mass and strength– he is very light…good top speed… skates well backwards …a technically sound skater…a strong leader (1988 born national team’s captain)...aggressive – likes to hit, likes the physical aspect of the game…a capable power play quarterback…dangerous as both a shooter and a passer…shot – not bad, good strong shot…solid first pass out of the zone…controls the puck well, modern two way defenseman…gets ice time in Cherepovets – not much, but consistently gets ice time.
Scout 3: This young defenseman is in a lot of ways better than Grebeshkov and Tyutin at the same age. He is somewhere at the level of Volchenkov, but skates better and is more maneuverable. His potential is that of the top defenseman, but he needs to add more mass (he as already started to improve in this area) and play physical hockey. Continues to be passive on the boards and in physical play, preferring to instead use his stick. Doesn’t like to be in close physical contact, but at times is capable of doing this well. Doesn’t hesitate to shoot at the net from the blue line. Joins in on the offensive only in certain situations and doesn’t hurt his team defensively by doing so.
Back In Russia:
Before 2006: Yuri Alexandrov was born in Cherpovets, Russia and is a product of the local Severstal hockey system. The young mobile defenseman has been a long time member of the North-West regional team that competed with junior squads from other Russian regions. He has also been a member of Russia’s 1988 born team since 2005. 2005-06: Alexandrov made his Super League debut during the 2005-06 season training camp, surprising many by earning a spot in the lineup and spending the rest of the season with the club. While not yet one of Severstal’s top blue liners, at just 17 Alexandrov has already become a Super League player.  The young defenseman was also one of Russia’s key leaders at the 2006 U18 World Junior Championships. While the final result of the tournament was far than a success for Russia, Alexandrov was fairly solid for the team and was one of the few bright spots on the blue line.    2006-07: Alexandrov continued to be reliable on Severstal’s blue line, again spending the entire season reliable as a top four defenseman for the Cherepovets based club.  He made a successful debut on Russia’s U20 squad, skating for the team during most of the season, including at the silver medal winning campaign at the U20 World Junior Championships.   The young defenseman largely played a utility, stay at home defenseman role on that team.  He has remained with Severstal for the 2007-08 season.  2008-09: After he got a severe shoulder injury in the season's start he returned back stronger than before as he had a break out season constantly playing in the top defensive pairs, scoring eight goals in 26 regular season matches. Unfortunately Severstal didn't conquer a playoffs spot. In July he took part to the annual Boston Bruins' development camp, but it looks like he'll be back in Russia for the 09-10 season.
NHL Outlook:
Yuri Alexandrov was selected by the Boston Bruins with the 37th overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The young prospect was projected to go in the late first round, but slipped to the second likely due to the lack of a transfer agreement between Russia and the NHL. He was the top eligible Russian prospect, but this did not make one bit of a difference in regards to his fortunes at the draft if the recent trend of not drafting Russian born players continued. Alexandrov has the potential to develop into a reliable defenseman, capable of quarterbacking the power play. Additionally, he already has extensive Super League experience, something that is usually possible to achieve for forwards, but is virtually impossible to accomplish for young blue liners in the Russian hockey system. Overall, he could develop into a reliable top four (likely second pairing) NHL defenseman.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Severstal (Cherepovets) KHL (Reg.)26 3 5 8 40 -8
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) Canada Russia Super Series (Intl.)4 0 0 0 2 -1
2007-08 Severstal (Cherepovets) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Severstal (Cherepovets) Super League (Reg.)45 5 4 9 32 -1
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 2 3 8 -
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) U20 World Junior Championships (Reg.)7 1 0 1 4 +4
2006-07 Severstal (Cherpovets) Super League (Playoffs)5 0 0 0 8 -1
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 0 0 0 4 +2
2006-07 Severstal (Cherpovets) Super League (Reg.)44 1 1 2 38 1
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) 4 Nations Tourn. (Sweden) (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 +2
2005-06 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 0 1 2 0
2005-06 U18 Team Russia (88) U18 WJC (Intl.)6 1 2 3 10 +7
2005-06 Severstal (Cherpovets) Super League (Playoffs)2 0 0 0 2
2005-06 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 -4
2005-06 Severstal (Cherpovets) Super League (Reg.)37 1 0 1 18 0
2005-06 U18 Team Russia U18 World Cup (Intl.)5 2 0 2 2 +2
2004-05 Severstal 88 Jr. League (Finals)4 1 1 2 14 -
2004-05 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 24 -1
2004-05 Team Russia 88 Jr. Olympics (Intl.)3 0 0 0 6 -
2004-05 Team Northwest 88 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 1 1 16 -
2004-05 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 1 1 0 -
2004-05 Severstal 2 1st League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2004-05 Team Russia 88 Jr. World Cup (Intl.)5 0 3 3 4 -
2003-04 Severstal 88 Jr. League (Finals)5 0 2 2 39 -
2003-04 Severstal 2 1st League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 0 -
2003-04 Team Northwest 88 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 0 0 4 -
2003-04 Severstal 2 1st League (Reg.)32 0 2 2 10 -
2002-03 Severstal 88 Jr. League (Finals)6 0 3 3 2 -
2002-03 Team Northwest 88 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 1 1 0 -
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