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Name: Alexei Shvalev (#0/2006 NHL Draft)

Height: 190cm/6'3"
Weight: 90kg/198.0 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Born: 1987-05-25
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia

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Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 2: #20 Ranking Comments:Shvalev is quickly developing into one of the strongest 88 born Russian defensemen after Alexandrov and Vishnyakov. The young blue liner has great size, sees the ice well, possesses solid skating, and has already enjoyed several months of Super League (Russia 1) experience. Look out for this blue liner to rise even further in the rankings.
Rank 3: #18 Ranking Comments:Schvalev really came out of nowhere this season, beating out 87 born Anikienko for the U20 spot in Lokomotiv's main lineup. The young defenseman skates well and also possesses a pretty good shot from the blue line. He seems to understand the game well, but at times tries too much and instead of keeping things simple, aims for that low probability feed. Still, we believe it is better to see the plays developing, but learn to keep things simple, rather than not see things at all, so Schvalev definitely deserves the positive remarks regarding his vision on the ice. Overall, Schvalev does not particularly stand out in any category, but he is developing into a reliable defenseman and we believe is one of the top eligible Russian blueliners eligible for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Rank 1: #36
Rank 2: #41
Rank 3: #41
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: An above average skater with good acceleration and a slightly above average top speed...average skater backwards...needs to improve his positional game, as he sometimes loses his bearings...improved his one on one capability, but needs to improve it further
Back In Russia:
Alexei Shvalev was born in St. Petersburg and is the product of the SKA St. Petersburg hockey school. At a young age the young defenseman moved from St. Petersburg to the better known Lokomotiv hockey school in Yaroslavl, where he has been playing for the past four seasons. During his time with Lokomotiv he has been a marginal member of Russia’s 87 born national team, being invited to participate in tournaments from time to time, but never earning a consistent spot. After two full seasons with Lokomotiv’s junior farm club Lokomotiv 2, Shvalev enjoyed a breakthrough during the 2005-06 season when he earned a spot in the lineup in October after a poor performance by another 87 born defenseman, Ottawa Senators prospect Vitali Anikienko. The young prospect took advantage of his chance and slowly replaced Anikienko in the lineup as one of the two required U20 players. Overall he skated in 24 games, and spent the entire playoff run in the big club’s lineup, albeit in a further reduced role. The young prospect remains one of the top ten 87 born defenders in Russia and will likely skate for U20 team Russia during the 2006-07 season.
NHL Outlook:
Alexei Shvalev is eligible for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The young prospect was also eligible for the draft last year, but even if there was a transfer agreement signed between the NHL and the Russian Hockey Federation, he would have still likely been passed on as the young blue liner had really proven nothing during that season. This year Shvalev added a successful Super League campaign to his resume and showcased his skills in front of a lot of scouts. He is older and more mature than a lot of other blue liners available. Another attractive aspect of his game is the lack of completeness, as it indicates raw potential and room for growth. Still, despite all his achievements, Shavalev really needed to catch an eye of one of the NHL scouts to earn a late round selection, especially if no transfer agreement is reached bfore the draft.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) 4 Nations Tourn. (Sweden) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 2 0
2005-06 Lokomotiv 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)20 1 0 1 16 -
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)24 0 6 6 18 -1
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Playoffs)11 0 0 0 0 -1
2004-05 Lokomotiv 2 1st League (Reg.)26 0 5 5 12 -6
2004-05 Team Russia 87 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 0 0 0 4 +3
2004-05 Lokomotiv 88 Jr. League (Finals)3 0 1 1 0 -
2003-04 Lokomotiv 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)63 1 5 6 14 +14
2003-04 Team Russia 87 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 0 +1
2002-03 Team Center 87 Regional Tourn. 5 0 0 0 0 -
2002-03 Lokomotiv 87 Jr. League (Finals)7 0 0 0 2 -
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