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Name: Vladimir ZharkovNew Jersey Devils (#77/2006 NHL Draft)

Rating: 80
Height: 187cm/6'2"
Weight: 83kg/182.6 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1988-01-10
Birthplace: Elektrostal, Russia

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2006 NHL Entry Draft Russian Player Review - Part 2 (07/15/2006)
U18 Team Russia Player Detailed Scouting Evaluations (04/28/2006)
U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 2005) - Russian Player Performance Evaluations Part 1: Yuri Alexandrov, Konstantin Anuryev and Vladimir Zharkov (03/26/2006)
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04/01/2008 Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils)'s profile open to public view

We have made Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils)'s profile open to the public view, taking out of the premium content section. READ MORE
10/29/2007 Round 19: Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils) shines for HC CSKA

Super League -  Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) scored his 11th goal of the season in a CSKA 8:0 trouncing of HC Torpedo. This game was a bit of a coming out party for Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils), who scored two goals, taking full advantage of the change to skate on the second line. Alexei Kaigorodov (Phoenix Coyotes) was instrumental in helping HC Metallurg beat HC Traktor, having a hand in both of his teamís goals. Interestingly the game was also a debut for young Traktor 90 born goalie Danila Alistratov, who deserved the top star honors of the game for carrying his game and backstopping it during very difficult situations. READ MORE
06/24/2007 Russia announces preliminary U20 roster 1972 anniversary tournament

The Russian National Team coaching staff has announced the preliminary roster of Russiaís 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").
04/07/2007 Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils)'s player profile is now available to everyone!
07/15/2006 2006 NHL Entry Draft Russian Player Review - Part 2
05/31/2006 2nd and 3rd scouting reports added to Vladimir Zharkov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile
05/13/2006 Team Russia Player Detailed Scouting Evaluations
03/26/2006 Player Reports Part 1: Alexandrov, Anuryev & Zharkov
01/24/2006 Premium: Vladimir Zharkov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile has been added
Scouting Evaluations:
U18 Team Russia Player Detailed Scouting Evaluations
U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 2005) - Russian Player Performance Evaluations Part 1: Yuri Alexandrov, Konstantin Anuryev and Vladimir Zharkov
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #19
Rank 2: #11 Ranking Comments:One of the up and coming 88 born forwards, who has not yet had much exposure on the international arena, but who has impressed at the recent U18 tournament in the Czech Republic and has also made his Super League debut with CSKA (Moscow).
Rank 3: #13 Ranking Comments:Vladimir Zharkov is a player with a lot of potential, but who is a bit of a wild card and a project pick, as were some other Russians in the years past, including Mikhail Yakubov, Alexander Perezhogin, and Alexander Polushin. The young player works hard in the corners and drives well to the net, but he is not a full fledged power forward. He has already proved his ability at the Super League level with CSKA. In some aspects of his game Zharkov reminds of Los Angeles Kings forward Alexander Frolov. However, Zharkov still needs to improve his decision making and his defensive work. Overall, we are a bit more hesitant to proclaim Zharkov as one of the top Russian prospects as were Alexander Naurov and Dmitri Chernykh over hyped a couple of years back and haven't been close to meeting the hefty expectations. We believe he is a very promising prospect who is a project selection for his club that could pay significant dividends.
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: a very good skater...utilizes his quick and powerful stride...possesses impressive acceleration...possesses good agility for a big man...shows an explosive first-step which enables him to outskate the opposition...solid top-end speed...a solid puckhandler who covers the puck well...can play the puck in traffic smoothly...uses the boards well when dancing with the puck around the blessed with solid understanding of the developing plays...emerges as a solid playmaker who doesn't panic with the puck...aware of his linemates...solid vision and hockey sense...decent in-close finishing skills...fires a quick wrist and snap shot...solid accurate slap shot but could be harder...handles heavy traffic adequately well and doesn't back down from physical challenges...returns back to the defensive zone but is raw in his defensive awareness...okay at closing the opposing passing lanes...should stay with his man more often in his own end.
Scout 2: A tough player to judge...seems to have everything, reminding of Frolov in his style of play...however, fails to consistently make reliable, smart decisions with the puck...drives well to the net through traffic and people, which is an impressive quality for a young player...fights hard in the corners and at his age already succeeds at the Super League, as well as the international level...still, despite his hard work, he is not a sniper and often fails to convert on good scoring chances created for him or that he creates for himself...does not play well defensively, though he does come back into his own zone, does not do his job in his zone all the way...more aggressive than Frolov and while he may have a comparable top speed, his shows more due to his directness and agresiveness...a wild card who has the potential and flashes, but hasnít converted his raw ability into production...could be a Frolov, or could be another Vladislav Evseev (Bostonís second round pick in 2002 who was projected to be a first rounder but has yet to blossom in Russia).
Scout 3: very good top hard...physically needs to get stronger, canít handle the physical play as well yet at the Super League level...quick, strong wrist shot, precise... aggressive, drives hard towards the net...playing without any fear and doesnít shy away from contact...controls the puck well (above average)...sees the ice fairly well and has the right instincts on the ice...doesnít hesitate to go body to body with hard hits...very active on the times has trouble handling a pass in motion...doesnít hesitate to fight next to the boards or drive to the crease...needs to gain bulk to be more effective in the physical confrontations...crafty puckhandler with some interesting dekes and moves... can take a pass at full stride...doesnít yet have the bulk to compete...does the little things, such as trying to harass the opponents goalie or staying in the offensive zone to force the defenseman to make a mistake...a good team player... uses his linemates well
Back In Russia:
Vladimir Zharkov was born near Moscow in Elektrostal and joined the CSKA hockey system after spending several years with Kristal (Elektrostal) hockey school. The young forward really came on as a member of the Russian 88 born national squad during the 2004-05 season and has been a steady presence ever since. Equally impressive has been his success at cracking the Super League lineup during the December absence of several of the clubís top U20 players who traveled for the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver Canada. At the time he grabbed the opportunity and used it to earn Super League ice time even after the older players returned from Canada.
NHL Outlook:
Vladimir Zharkov is eligible for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The young forward is one of the better 88 born Russian forward and has really come on strong during the 2005-06 season. He has the size, as well as the impressive skill level and skating ability to be an overall strong presence. If the Russian Super League and the NHL sign a transfer agreement, he will be a likely third round choice. However, if no agreement looms, he will likely follow Nikolai Lemtyugovís footsteps and be drafted in the sixth or seventh round.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 CSKA 2 1st League (Jr.) (Playoffs)10 7 6 13 8 -
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)30 5 2 7 6 8
2006-07 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)12 0 0 0 2 -1
2006-07 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)47 4 2 6 18 -1
2005-06 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 1 1 0 +1
2005-06 U18 Team Russia (88) U18 WJC (Intl.)6 1 2 3 6 +1
2005-06 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 0 -1
2005-06 CSKA 2 1st League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2005-06 CSKA (Moscow) Super Leauge (Reg.)4 0 1 1 4 2
2005-06 U18 Team Russia U18 World Cup (Intl.)5 2 1 3 6 +3
2004-05 CSKA 88 Jr. League (Finals)6 2 3 5 14 -1
2004-05 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 4 2 6 6 +4
2004-05 Team Russia 88 Jr. Olympics (Intl.)3 0 1 1 0 -
2004-05 Team Moscow 88 Regional Tourn. 5 2 0 2 4 -
2004-05 CSKA 2 1st League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2003-04 CSKA 88 Jr. League (Finals)4 1 1 2 0 -
2003-04 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. 3 1 1 2 0 +3
2003-04 Team Moscow 88 Regional Tourn. 5 3 2 5 2 -
2002-03 CSKA 88 Jr. League (Finals)7 3 2 5 10 -
2002-03 Team Moscow 88 Regional Tourn. 5 3 1 4 6 -
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