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Name: Pavel ValentenkoNew York Rangers (#159/2006 NHL Draft)

Rating: 76
Height: 188cm/6'2"
Weight: 92kg/202.4 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1987-10-20
Birthplace: Nizhnekamsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
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RELATED ARTICLES:
Five reasons to consider Pavel Valentenko (Montreal Canadiens) a promising NHL prospect (07/31/2007)
2006 NHL Entry Draft Russian Player Review - Part 2 (07/15/2006)
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01/18/2010 Top 10 drafted defensemen in Russia

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  Despite the difficulties of late for Russia producting defensive prospects, the top-end is certainly interesting, with many players who might adapt well in the jump overseas. Recently it has been very tough to decipher who would report to the NHL and who would not, and the apparent drive towards North America played its role in these rankings.

Top 10 at a glance
1. Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes)
2. Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins)
3. Dmitri Orlov (Washington Capitals)
4. Pavel Valentenko (New York Rangers)
5. Mikhail Pashnin (New York Rangers)
6. Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers)
7. Denis Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers)
8. Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres)
9. Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)
10. Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators)
(Hockey's Future article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
10/06/2009 Dynamo Moscow trades for Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  As expected Andrei Plekhanov (Columbus Blue Jackets) returned in Russia after refusing to report to the AHL. Dynamo Moscow organized a trade with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk - the team who held his KHL rights - that sent forward Maxim Pestushko to Neftekhimik and Plekhanov to Moscow, in a similar way to the old Pavel Valentenko (New York Rangers)'s trade. Plekhanov's debut date isn't set yet.
09/21/2009 Valentenko to miss three months following shoulder surgery

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  New York Rangers prospect Pavel Valentenko (New York Rangers) is expected to miss three months after undergoing shoulder surgery last week. The 22-year old defenseman, acquired this summer as part of the deal that sent Scott Gomez to Montreal, suffered the injury while playing in a preseason game for KHL team Dynamo Moscow. (Beyond the Blue Shirts article) READ MORE
07/01/2009 Pavel Valentenko's rights traded to the New York Rangers
11/03/2008 Pavel Valentenko (Montreal Canadiens) returns to Russia, signs with HC Dynamo
07/31/2007 Alessandro's Picks: 5 reasons why Pavel Valentenko (Montreal Canadiens) is a promising NHL prospect
07/15/2006 2006 NHL Entry Draft Russian Player Review - Part 2
Talent Analysis:
A capable defensive defenseman...plays hard...can delivery big hits...dovers well the own zone...very good shot from the point, but he needs to use it more often...
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Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Dynamo (Moscow) KHL (Reg.)8 0 1 1 8 0
2006-07 U20 Team Russia (87) U20 IIHF WJC (Intl.)6 2 1 3 6 +3
2005-06 U18 Team Russia (88) U20 Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)5 2 2 4 2 +4
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