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Name: Alexander VasyunovNew Jersey Devils (#58/2006 NHL Draft)

Rating: 78
Height: 184cm/6'0"
Weight: 84kg/184.8 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1988-04-22
Birthplace: Yaroslavl, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Home - Sold
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03/26/2008 Semifinals Lokomotiv vs. Metallurg Mg. 3:2: Vasyunov does it again

Super League -  In the second game of the semifinals Alexander Vasyunov (New Jersey Devils) scored once again the game winner for his club, this time without the help of the opposing goalkeeper. With the match tied 2-2 after goals by Alexei Yashin and Ivan Tkachenko (Columbus Blue Jackets) for Lokomotiv, Evgeni Gladskikh and Jan Marek for Metallurg, the Devils’ prospect flashed into the slot to put the puck past Scott’s shoulders top-shelf, thus repeating his feat from game 1. “I’m very happy, but Metallurg isn’t finished yet. There will be some tough games in Yaroslavl” – has said to gazeta.ru
03/25/2008 Semifinals - Lokomotiv vs. Metallurg 2:0 (series 1:0): Vasyunov and Varlamov shine, Lokomotiv skates past Metallurg

Super League -  Alexander Vasyunov (New Jersey Devils) scored, Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) stopped all the shots and Lokomotiv took away the first game of of the semifinals series against Metallurg. Vasyunov, who replaced hurt Konstantin Rudenko (Philadelphia Flyers) on the second line with Ivan Tkachenko (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers), at the twenty-eight minute burned Metallurg defenseman Ivan Sidorov on the left flank and then released a smooth backhander that hit left pad of Travis Scott before going in the net. “I shot and the goalkeeper didn’t catch the puck. Bad for him, good for us”. In the last seconds of the game Metallurg replaced the goalie for a sixth skater, but Yashin added an empty-netter that ended the match. Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) has been really solid and won the battle against the best goalkeeper of the past season Travis Scott, getting his second shutout of these playoffs. “My Finn trainer Jussi Parkkila has convinced me to play butterfly, but I still have to master this different style” – Varlamov declared to Sport Day After Day in a post-game interview.
12/02/2007 Team Russia vs. Quebec Selects Detailed Scouting Report and Analysis

U20 ADT Canada Russia Challenge -  After the convincing win in the first game, Russia got a shootout loss in the second match against the Quebec Selects, who were led by Bernier, Marchant and Giroux, players who already dominated the September’s Super Series. This time the starting goaltender was Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) instead of Stanislav Galimov , who played quite well in the first game even if he let in four pucks. Detailed scouting analysis of the Russian players, including Vadim Golubtsov , Alexander Vasyunov (New Jersey Devils) and Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers). READ MORE
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09/24/2007 Alexander Vasyunov (New Jersey Devils)'s game worn Lokomotiv jersey added
03/20/2007 Alexander Vasyunov (New Jersey Devils)'s player profile is now available to everyone!
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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
03/18/2006 Premium: 2nd scouting report added to Alexander Vasyunov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile
02/08/2006 Alexander Vasyunov (2006 NHL Entry Draft): In My Youth, I Mowed Down My Dad in Net! (Interview)
Scouting Evaluations:
Team Russia vs. Quebec Selects Detailed Scouting Report and Analysis
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U18 Four Nations Tournament (Nov. 2005) - Russian Player Pefromance Evaluations Part 2: Alexander Ryabev, Alexander Vasyunov and Semen Varlamov
Draft Rankings and Comments:
2006 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Rank 1: #6
Rank 2: #7 Ranking Comments:A talented sniper, who continues to prove to be Russia's top 88 born scoring threat in the Russian junior leagues and internationally.
Rank 3: #7 Ranking Comments:Alexander Vasyunov was largely expected to move up in the rankings after the 2006 U18 WJC, but his disappointing performance there has kept the young prospect in seventh place. The Vasyunov- Anisimov combination was supposed to be Russia's most productive unit, but instead Vasyunov scored just two goals and those two came in the 8:0 trouncing of the lowly Belarus squad during Russia's first game of the tournament. Vasyunov is probably one of the top pure snipers available in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from anywhere in the world. He has dominated at the Russian junior hockey level with Lokomotiv 2, performing far above any of his counterparts. However, the widely accepted concern is how well will he be able to adapt to professional hockey and will he continue to develop and grow? Currently he reminds of a young Buffalo Sabres forward Maxim Afinogenov and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Alexander Suglobov. Like those players at the same age, he is very active on the ice, fighting hard against the boards and skating hard everywhere. Unfortunately, as was the case with Suglobov and Afinogenov, there isn't much thought behind his effort and often nothing comes of it.
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: a good skater for a big man...strong acceleration...solid agility and top-end speed...should get stronger in lower body in order to upgrade balance...solid drive on the net but doesn't run the opponents over... good stickhandling skills and hand-eye coordination...can maneuver well with the puck...progresses in his coverage of the puck...shoots the puck often, utilizing on his above-average array of shots...fires a quick accurate wrist shot...good slap shot with a solid accuracy...solid snap shot with a decent fast release...very patient on the scoring chances, waiting for the goaltender to make the first move...a decent passer who is effective on powerplay units...one-dimensional with a sub-par defensive play...refuses to get involved defensively...slow at marking his man and staying with him...tends to float and needs to show a way bigger intensity when playing off the puck...takes odd shifts off...a skinny frame, needs to gain more strength in order to be more effective when facing a physical opponent...shoots right.

Scout 2: a quick winger who is a promising sniper...does not possess very technical skating, but quick enough with an above average speed , but not overly impressive in this area...has strong overall puck handling skills, but is not stable with the puck
Back In Russia:
Alexander Vasyunov is a product of the Lokomotiv hockey school in Yaroslavl.
NHL Outlook:
Alexander Vasyunov is eligible for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The young forward reminds a bit of Konstantin Glazachev in his sniping success at the current level of competition, but a potentially limited upside. He has the tools to succeed at the Super League and even the NHL level, but has less raw potential than some of the other prospects. Vasyunov will continue to be one of Russia’s top snipers eligible for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and will accordingly be worth a late second or early third round pick if the transfer agreement between IIHF and the Russian Super League. If an agreement is not signed, he will be drafted later in the fourth or fifth round.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) KHL (Reg.)2 0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) Canada Russia Super Series (Intl.)4 0 1 1 0 -2
2007-08 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Playoffs)16 2 0 2 2 2
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 2 -
2007-08 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)22 4 0 4 4 -1
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 2 0 2 2 +4
2006-07 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)17 0 0 0 4 -4
2005-06 Lokomotiv 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)29 29 6 35 14 -
2005-06 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 3 0 3 4 +3
2005-06 U18 Team Russia (88) U18 WJC (Intl.)6 2 2 4 6 +1
2005-06 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 4 0 4 0 +6
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)2 0 0 0 2 +1
2005-06 U18 Team Russia U18 World Cup (Intl.)5 3 1 4 2 +7
2004-05 Lokomotiv 88 Jr. League (Finals)6 5 2 7 2 -
2004-05 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 1 2 25 +2
2004-05 Team Russia 88 Jr. Olympics (Intl.)3 2 0 2 27 -
2004-05 Team Center 88 Regional Tourn. 5 3 2 5 0 -
2004-05 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 2 2 4 4 -
2004-05 Lokomotiv 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)28 10 2 12 6 -2
2004-05 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 3 2 5 0 -
2003-04 Lokomotiv 88 Jr. League (Finals)6 6 0 6 4 -
2003-04 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 3 0 3 0 +2
2003-04 Team Center 88 Regional Tourn. 5 6 2 8 0 -
2002-03 Lokomotiv 88 Jr. League (Finals)7 3 1 4 0 -
2002-03 Team Center 88 Regional Tourn. 5 6 4 10 4 -
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