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Name: Marat Kalimulin (#0/2006 NHL Draft)

Height: 184cm/6'0"
Weight: 77kg/169.4 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1988-01-08
Birthplace: Togliatti, Russia

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2008 WJC: Russia edges Finland 7-4 in WJC opener (01/14/2008)
U20 Team Russia preliminary roster announced (12/09/2007)
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis (10/13/2007)
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10/14/2007 Round 12 Scouting Report: Avangard vs. Lada

Super League -  Scouting analysis of the Avangard vs. Lada contest that included the following NHL prospects: Sergei Andronov , Egor Averin , Denis Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers), Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers), Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres), Marat Kalimulin , Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes), Mikhail Lyubushin (Los Angeles Kings), Nikita Nikitin (St. Louis Blues), Grigory Panin , Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs). 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 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").
02/11/2006 Web Site News: 2nd scouting report added to Andrei Popov's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile
Scouting Evaluations:
2008 WJC: Russia edges Finland 7-4 in WJC opener
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis
Round 12 Lada vs. Avangard Scouting Analysis
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 2: #16 Ranking Comments:Has been thrust into the Super League and held his own at the new level of competition. A quick average sized defenseman, who makes up his lack of size with his aggressiveness. Opposing forwards usually have a very hard time shaking him.
Rank 3: #25
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: defensive defenseman...trusted short handed...reliable in his own end...average skating...not a very quick skater ...doesn’t hesitate to block shots ...a tenacious player who holds on to players and constantly shadows his opponents, giving them little room...reverts to holding and clinging due to his average size...hard to get rid of ...smaller, so can’t be as effective against the boards ...reliable defensively but not very imaginative and still doesn’t have confidence in his abilities...doesn’t yet see the ice as well...gets lots of ice time shorthanded with Lada, so learning how to handle responsibility at the Super League level...needs to gain more upper body strength to compete at the Super League level...doesn’t have much of an offensive upside and rarely shoots the puck...capable of making a well placed first pass out of the defensive zone.

Scout 2: defensive defenseman...tenacious player who clings onto players and is hard to get rid of...not very tall...sees the ice well and plays strong positionally...not very big...more defensive, as dictated by head coach Pavel Vorobiev’s hockey school...doesn’t shoot much...doesn’t stay far away from opponent
Back In Russia:
Marat Kalimulin is a product of the Lada hockey school in Togliatti, Russia. The young defenseman made his debut on Lada’s junior farm squad during the 2003-04 season, solidifying his spot on the squad the following year. Still, Kalimulin wasn’t on Russia’s 88 born national team’s radar until this season, when he was thrust into Russia’s Super League due to his club’s difficult financial situation and the resulting departure of the majority of the veteran players. Kalimulin was one of a number 87 and 88 born defensemen who joined the Super League team, but he stood out with his work ethic and mature play, securing a spot in the Super League and earning an invitation to Russia’s 88 born national team that competed at the 5 Nations tournament in Mytische, Russia.
NHL Outlook:
Marat Kalimulin is eligible for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. A lot of Kalimulin’s potential depends on his ability to take the chance given to him to skate in the Super League and use it to develop into a capable blue liner. He has the drive, maturity, work ethic, vision of the ice and skill necessary to succeed. Still, he lacks the size, skating and an offensive upside. A lot depends on this young defenseman’s ability to stand out on the international arena for 88 born team Russia and to continue working hard in the Super League. As with many other young players at his stage in development, if Kalimulin loses his drive and hunger, he will stagnate. If he continues to develop, Kalimulin’s upside rests at being a sixth defenseman in the NHL, who is reliable defensively and does the dirty work. We project Kalimulin to be a sixth or seventh round choice if the NHL and the Super League sign an agreement, or if he decides to play in the Canadian junior leagues. If no agreement is signed, Kalimulin will likely be on the bubble and not get selected at this year’s draft.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 0 0 2 2
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 6 +3
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 0 0 2 -
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) U20 World Junior Championships (Reg.)7 1 3 4 8 +2
2007-08 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)41 0 4 4 16 5
2005-06 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 0 0 6 0
2005-06 Lada (Togliatti) Super League (Reg.)11 1 0 1 8 2
2005-06 Lada (Togliatti) Continental Cup (Reg.)3 0 0 0 10 +1
2005-06 Lada 2 (Togliatti) 1st League (Reg.)24 2 5 7 0 -
2004-05 Team Volga Regional Tourn. 5 3 2 5 6 -
2003-04 Lada 2 (Togliatti) 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)9 0 1 1 6 -
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