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Name: Viktor TikhonovPhoenix Coyotes (#28/2008 NHL Draft)

Rating: 86
Height: 188cm/6'2"
Weight: 82kg/180.4 lb
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1988-05-12
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Away - Available
Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes): now I work out 5-6 times a week (07/05/2009)
July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs (08/09/2008)
Anatoly Tenitsky: Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) (Phoenix Coyotes) wants to play in the NHL (07/06/2008)
Viktor Tikhonov: I want to play in the NHL as soon as possible (03/27/2008)
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12/08/2009 Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes): I will have to return to America next year

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes), loaned to Severstal Cherepovets of KHL by the Phoenix Coyotes of NHL, gave an interview to the official KHL site.
He talked about the reasons behind his decision to leave for Russia, his converstaions with Gretzky in Phoenix and the fact that he can spend only one year in Russia after which he will have to return to America. offers you a translation. ( article by Alexander Zaitsev) READ MORE
11/28/2009 Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) back to Russia

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  21-years old Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes), who spent most of the season with their AHL affiliates, the San Antonio Rampage, is back in Moscow, where he's thought to be join Filatov's CSKA. "My son has been sent to the KHL, he has already landed in Moscow and he's ready to play for CSKA" - said the father of the coach to the popular magazine Sovetsky Sport. (Russian Hockey Fans article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
07/06/2009 Russia 2009 draft review

National Hockey League (NHL) -  The number of Russian players drafted has gone down once again. In 2009 only six players coming out from Russia were picked up in the NHL entry draft (plus Dmitry Kulikov (Florida Panthers) who played in the QMJHL). This is down by three compared to 2008.
In 2008, Russia saw two players drafted in the first round, Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes). This year the first player out of Russia was Dmitri Orlov (Washington Capitals), whose name was called late in the second round with the 55th selection. (Hockey's Future article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
07/05/2009 Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes): now I work out 5-6 times a week
02/15/2009 Yotes lose, but Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) scores two, adds one assist
11/03/2008 Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) gets his wish and one more NHL chance with the Coyotes
08/18/2008 NHL Not Interested In Compensation Offers from KHL
08/09/2008 July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs
08/04/2008 Q&A with Maxim Trunev (Montreal Canadiens)
07/17/2008 IIHF Suspends Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators), Five Other Players Transfers
07/13/2008 Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) and Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) skate with Phoenix Coyotes
07/06/2008 Anatoly Tenitsky: Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) (Phoenix Coyotes) wants to play in the NHL
07/05/2008 Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) (2008 NHL Entry Draft) 's player profile now public
07/01/2008 Viktor Tikhonov signs with the Yotes
07/01/2008 Viktor Tikhonov 's CSKA Moscow preseason jersey has been added!
06/27/2008 Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) - From Russia, with love
06/23/2008 Nine Russians drafted at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
05/24/2008 Viktor Tikhonov (2008 NHL Entry Draft) 's player profile has been updated with new content
03/30/2008 Viktor Tikhonov : I want to play in the NHL as soon as possible (exclusive interview)
03/09/2008 Vadim Golubtsov detailed shift by shift scouting report
02/05/2008 2008 NHL Entry Draft RP Rankings Released!
11/06/2007 U20 Team Russia's squad announced
09/01/2007 Russia calls up Tulupov (New Jersey Devils), Ruslan Bashkirov (Ottawa Senators) and Tikhonov
06/24/2007 Russia announces preliminary U20 roster 1972 anniversary tournament
05/09/2006 Web Site News: New photo added to Viktor Tikhonov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile
03/19/2006 Premium: Viktor Tikhonov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile has been added
Scouting Evaluations:
Vadim Golubtsov shift by shift scouting analysis
Round 46: Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) shines (Severstal - Lokomotiv detailed scouting analysis)
Round 46: Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) shines (Severstal - Lokomotiv detailed scouting analysis)
Bronze Medal Game: Russia crashes USA and grabs the third place
Russia tops Czech Republic and gets into the semi-finals
2008 WJC: Russia tops Swiss in an opaque performance with a thrilling final
2008 WJC: Russia edges Finland 7-4 in WJC opener
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #36
Rank 2: #12 Ranking Comments:Grandson of legendary coach Tikhonov. Viktor Tikhonov enjoyed a significant growth spurt and now stands at 6'3, but hasn't quite filled in his frame. The young forward possesses a lot of potential and has been quite successful with HC Dmitrov in the High League (Russia 2). Very interesting forward, who is creative and sees the ice well.
Rank 3: #14 Ranking Comments:This is another project pick out of Russia. A bit less is known in the regular circles about this young player, who is the grandson of the legendary Russian hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov. Viktor is one of those players who if he just had that one extra element would be a top notch element. For him, this element is skating and he really needs to improve this area of his game to move up. However, despite his skating, Tikhonov has played very well on a weak team in the High League (Russia 2) against professionals. Furthermore, he may be appealing to NHL management because of the time he already spent in North America and his ability to speak English. His inability to gauge the interest of Russia's U18 national squad is a concern, but his achievements in the High League due impress.
Rank 1: #24
Rank 2: #29
Rank 3: #29
Rank 1: #5
Rank 2: #4
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: A left wing, who shoots from the right side…sees the ice well – has just a great head on his shoulders… great hands – has very impressive puck control…sees the ice well – sees plays develop and is a capable passer…skating – this is his main area of improvement, doesn’t quite have that yet…no speed, no power in his legs…a good team player…average shot, but scores quite often…clever with the puck…doesn’t hesitate to drive the net…solid defensively...not enough power physically – grew fast, but hasn’t filled in his frame yet…grew 4 centimeters during the 2006-07 season …now stands at 188cm.

Scout 2: An aggressive scoring winger who is capable of playing physical hockey and skate in traffic. Sees the ice well and has matured his vision over the past two seasons in the Super League and with U20 Team Russia. While a scorer, he can also set up his linemates and his passing is above average. An above average puck handler. Average in the defensive zone. Slightly above average skating with average acceleration, though has improved in this area in the past year.

Back In Russia:

The grandson of legendary coach Viktor Tikhonov, this Viktor accordingly started his career with his grandfather’s former club, CSKA. Interestingly, he is fluent in English and has spent a number of years in San Jose where his father was an assistant head coach in the mid 1990s. The young forward also skated for a local junior team in San Jose. Since returning to Russia, he has been raised in the CSKA Red Army hockey team, spending 3+ seasons with in the Russian Super League (Russia 1) club’s system. 2005-06 Season: Tikhonov’s career, however, really opened up when he joined HC Dmitrov during the 2005-06 season in the High League (Russia 2). There he received ample ice time and started to fill out his now 6’1 frame. The young forward finished the season on the third line but since in Russia many clubs play the top three lines equally, he received significant ice time . Towards the end of the season his performance did not go unnoticed as he was invited to join Russia’s U20 squad at the Big Prize tournament. While he held a marginal role at the tourney, the invitation in itself was a signal of Tikhonov’s rise. 2006-07 season: Prior to the 2006-07 season, Tikhonov signed with Super League HC Severstal. This was a good move, as Severstal was a young club that just lost some veterans, but was still strong. Thus, he would get a real chance to play. Tikhonov spent the season primarily skating for the junior farm club in the junior league (Russia 3), but still made his Super League, which was short but a step in the right direction. Additionally, he also got a couple of looks for Russia’s U20 squad, accompanying the team to Canada for the Canada – Russia Challenge. 2007-08 season: This was Tikhonov’s coming out party, as he established himself on Severstal’s roster and while his 7 goals may not seem as significant, the club struggled to put the puck in the net all season and he was one of the top contributors in the offensive end. But what really made him stand out was Tikhonov’s performance for Russia’s U20 squad, where he finally came into his own and surprised many at the World Championships, where he was one of Russia’s leaders along with Nikita Filatov, recording 5 goals and 7 points in 8 contests. This is what really put him on the NHL radar.

NHL Outlook:

Viktor Tikhonov is eligible for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has been draft eligible for the past two seasons, but the lack of exposure has led to him remain eligible. This is unlikely to happen after 2008, since the young forward shined at the U20 World Junior Championships and NHL clubs took notice. Tikhonov has a significant skill set and a strong frame to make him an attractive pick. He has improved his skating and filled out his frame over the past two seasons and it would be a surprise if he is still available after the third round.
RP Draft Projection: 2nd or 3rd round

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Severstal (Cherepovets) Super League (Playoffs)8 0 1 1 4 -2
2007-08 Severstal (Cherepovets) Super League (Reg.)43 7 5 12 43 -1
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 0 -
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) U20 World Junior Championships (Reg.)7 5 2 7 6 -1
2006-07 Severstal (Cherepovets) 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2006-07 Severstal (Cherepovets) Super League (Russia 1) (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Severstal (Cherepovets) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)4 0 0 0 0 -1
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) 4 Nations Tourn. (Sweden) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 +1
2005-06 U20 Team Russia (87) U20 Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 0 0 0 -1
2005-06 HC Dmitrov High League (Reg.)36 6 8 14 10 4
2004-05 CSKA (Moscow) 1988 Jr. League (Reg.)19 7 18 25 6 -
2003-04 CSKA (Moscow) 1988 Jr. League (Finals)4 0 2 2 8
2002-03 CSKA (Moscow) 1988 Jr. League (Finals)7 1 4 5 4
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