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Name: Andrei PopovPhiladelphia Flyers (#205/2006 NHL Draft)

Rating: 81
Height: 186cm/6'1"
Weight: 85kg/187.0 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1988-07-15
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia

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RELATED ARTICLES:
Ak Bars – Traktor: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andrei Popov (Philadelphia Flyers) evaluation (10/26/2009)
2006 NHL Entry Draft Russian Player Review - Part 2 (07/15/2006)
U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 2005) - Russian Player Performance Evaluations Part 7: Andrei Popov, Pavel Kurdyukov, and Maxim Mamin (05/10/2006)
U18 Team Russia Player Detailed Scouting Evaluations (04/28/2006)
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03/31/2008 Andrei Popov (Philadelphia Flyers)'s profile open to public view

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11/06/2007 U20 Team Russia's squad announced
06/24/2007 Russia announces preliminary U20 roster 1972 anniversary tournament

The Russian National Team coaching staff has announced the preliminary roster of Russia’s U20 national team that will compete in the eight matches of the Super Series against Canadian teams as part of the 35th anniversary celebrations since the 1972 Super Series between Soviet and NHL hockey stars.

GOALIES: Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) ("Lokomotiv"), Bobrovskiy Sergey ("Metallurg", Novokuznetsk), Vadim Zhelobnyuk ("Dinamo"). Nikita Davydov ("Salavat Yulaev"), Alexey Zhigarev ("Krylya Sovetov"), Galimov Stanislav ("Ak Bars").

DEFENSEMEN: Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) ("Severstal"), Igor Zubov ("Lokomotiv"), Pavel Doronin ("Salavat Yulaev"), Valery Zhukov ("Torpedo", Nizhniy Novgorod), Konstantin Alexeev ("Sibir"), Evgeniy Kurbatov ("Avangard"), Vyacheslav Voinov ("Traktor"), Alexey Grishin ("Vityaz", Chekhov), Maxim Chudinov ("Severstal"), Ivan Vishnevsky Kirill Tulupov (New Jersey Devils) (both Junior Leagues Quebece, Canada), Maximkin Ivan ("Lada"), Vasiliy Vinogradov ("Kapitan"), Alexey Ishmametev ("Metallurg", Magnitogorsk), Anton Danilov ("Lokomotiv"), Marat Kalimulin ("Lada").

FORWARDS: Alexander Vasyunov ("Lokomotiv"), Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers) ("Lokomotiv"), Alexander Ryabev ("Lokomotiv"), Andrei Popov (Philadelphia Flyers) ("Traktor"), Maxim Mamin ("Metallurg", Magnitogorsk), Anton Glovatsky ("Metallurg", Magnitogorsk), Sergei Zachupeiko ("Salavat Yulaev"), Mikhail Glukhov ("Khimik", Moskovskaya oblast), Ilya Kablukov (CSKA), Vyacheslav Solodukhin (SKA, Sankt-Peterburg), Alexey Cherepanov ("Avangard", Evgeni Bodrov ("Lada"), Egor Averin ("Avangard"), Sergei Korostin ("Dynamo"), Maxim Mayorov ("Ak Bars"), Nikita Filatov (CSKA), Evgeny Dadonov ("Traktor"), Kirill Petrov ("Ak Bars"), Vadim Golubtsov ("Lada"), Viktor Tikhonov ("Severstal"), Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils) (CSKA), Konstantin Kulikov ("Neftekhimik"), Pavel Fedulov (CSKA), Mikhail Milekhin (CSKA), Marat Fakhrutdinov ("Dinamo"), Sergey Ostapchuk ("Lokomotiv"), Igor Karpov ("Sibir"), Daniil Karpyuk ("Sibir").
07/15/2006 2006 NHL Entry Draft Russian Player Review - Part 2
05/29/2006 Third scouting report added to Andrei Popov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile
05/13/2006 Team Russia Player Detailed Scouting Evaluations
05/10/2006 Russian Player Performance Evaluations Part 7: Andrei Popov, Pavel Kurdyukov and Maxim Mamin
02/11/2006 Web Site News: 2nd scouting report added to Andrei Popov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile
01/17/2006 Premium Section: Andrei Popov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile added
Scouting Evaluations:
Ak Bars – Traktor: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andrei Popov (Philadelphia Flyers) evaluation
U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 2005) - Russian Player Performance Evaluations Part 7: Andrei Popov, Pavel Kurdyukov, and Maxim Mamin
U18 Team Russia Player Detailed Scouting Evaluations
Draft Rankings and Comments:
2006 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 1: #3
Rank 2: #2 Ranking Comments:Popov is widely considered the Russian with the most potential in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, but despite his success with Traktor, his lack of success at the recent U18 tournament and his general skating shortcomings have prevented him from taking over the top spot.
Rank 3: #3 Ranking Comments:Popov remains the forward with the most potential to come out of Russia in 2006. The young winger is already performing well at the professional adult level in the High League (Russia 2) with Traktor. While he did not enjoy a very successful showing at the U18 World Junior Championships, a lot of it had to do with not having a consistent line, with his center Mamin constantly being moved back to defense due to Russia's defensive vows. Popov possesses impressive size and skill to go along with a developed ability to play in traffic and use his size. However, to continue his development, Popov needs to use his line mates better and to become more aggressive.
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: a smooth skater with a fluid stride and solid acceleration...plays with above-average agility...possesses a decent balance, but still should strengthen his lower-body...should keep his feet moving more so than he does now...can be often caught flat-footed...boasts a soft pair of hands which control the puck smoothly...can surprise his opponents with quick moves...a solid player in one-on-one situations...doesn't play a physically intimidating style...lacks enough strength to be a quality traffic player...uses his stick instead of his body in tight spaces...a decent accurate passer but doesn't always read the plays well...an average forechecker...should show up in front of the opposing net more often and fire the puck more often...possesses a precise wrist shot...above average slap shot which could be more accurate...his intensity off the puck drops off...tends to be very passive and uninvolved in the game...doesn't show much commitment to the defensive play...too slow at marking his man...can be caught off position in the defensive end...immense talent, but needs to show more motivation on the ice.
Scout 2: Possesses a very good vision of the ice...controls and protects the puck well...possesses a precise wrist shot... above average passer...needs to improve his skating
Back In Russia:
Andrei Popov is the product of Chelyabnsk’s Traktor hockey school. The young forward has spent most of his career thus far in that city. He has also been a member of Russian regional team Ural for 88 born regional comeption since the squad’s inception. Popov’s value has been noticed on several occasions, as he has been borrowed by several stronger hockey schools including Metallurg (Magnitagorsk), to compete in the latter stages of the junior league playoffs when Traktor was eliminated. Popov made his High League (Russia 2) debut during the 2004-05 season, instantly making an impact with the club and earning significant playing time. Unless the High League club fulfills current plans to return to the Super League (Russia 1), this young forward will likely follow another Traktor Chelyabinsk product, Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals), to the Super League by leaving Chelyabinsk and signing with another club.
NHL Outlook:
Andrei Popov is eligible for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently one of the top eligible Russian prospect and has really come into his own his first professional season, competing against professional adult players in Russia’s second best hockey league. The young forward has the size and immense raw talent to become a force in the NHL. However, he also has plenty of areas to improve upon, most noticeably his motivation and aggressiveness on the ice. He will be drafted in the mid rounds without an NHL-Russia transfer agreement, but stands to go as high as mid to late first round if an agreement is signed.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) Super League (Playoffs)2 0 0 0 4
2007-08 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) Super League (Reg.)33 5 2 7 12 -3
2006-07 Traktor (Chelyabinsk) Super League (Reg.)43 2 10 12 36 1
2005-06 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 0 0 6 +1
2005-06 U18 Team Russia (88) U18 WJC (Intl.)6 3 2 5 8 +6
2005-06 Traktor (Chelyabinks) High League (Reg.)37 8 8 16 26 7
2005-06 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 U18 Team Russia U18 World Cup (Intl.)5 1 3 4 0 +3
2004-05 Traktor 88 Jr. League (Finals)6 1 2 3 6 -
2004-05 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 3 3 2 0
2004-05 Team Russia 88 Junior Olympics (Intl.)3 1 1 2 4 -
2004-05 Team Ural 88 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 1 2 3 8 -
2004-05 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 1 2 2 -
2004-05 Traktor 2 1st League (Reg.)17 7 1 8 4 -
2004-05 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 7 8 15 2 -
2003-04 Metallurg Mg. 88 Jr. League (Finals)6 3 2 5 0 -
2003-04 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 0 +1
2003-04 Team Ural 88 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 4 3 7 6 -
2003-04 Traktor 2 1st League (Reg.)6 3 0 3 4 -
2002-03 Salavat Yulayev 88 Jr. League (Finals)7 5 2 7 2 -
2002-03 Team Ural 88 Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 4 0 4 2 -
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