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Name: Maxim GoncharovPhoenix Coyotes (#123/2007 NHL Draft)

Rating: 83
Height: 186cm/6'1"
Weight: 85kg/187.0 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Born: 1989-06-15
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) and others (01/15/2010)
Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes): I want to play for Phoenix (08/08/2009)
Dmitry Kugryshev (Washington Capitals): My aim is to play in the NHL, this is why I left for America (06/08/2009) seasonal awards! (05/08/2009)
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05/04/2010 Maxim Goncharov signs with the Phoenix Coyotes

National Hockey League (NHL) -  20-years-old defenseman Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) has been signed to an ELC by his NHL team, as reported by Phoenix' official site. The offensive defenseman this year scored 14 points in 51 KHL games. Most likely Goncharov will start the 2010-11 season within the Coyotes' AHL affiliates, the San Antonio Rampage.
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
09/12/2009 Konstantin Barulin gets a new contract, posts a win in his first match of the season

Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) -  After the turbolences in the summer negotiations with CSKA Moscow, goalkeeper Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) got a new contract after he declared to be financially dissatisfied as we reported on August 27th. CSKA's president Vyacheslav Fetisov offered him a new contract, which terms weren't disclosed, and the goalie replied with a 22 saves win in the first CSKA match of the season against Dinamo Moscow, won in the overtime thanks to a doubly by Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche). Captain Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) was on roster too and he had an assist, just like Alexander Nikulin (Phoenix Coyotes), while Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) has been pointless.
08/08/2009 Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes): I want to play for Phoenix
05/08/2009 gives seasonal awards
04/13/2009 Second match in Austria, prospects shine
04/10/2009 Russia overcomes Austria in preparation match
02/06/2009 Bykov calls Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) to the National Team's roster
01/22/2009 Web Site News: Maxim Goncharov's profile updated and made public
01/06/2009 Russia tops Slovaks for bronze
12/31/2008 WJC 2009: Russia wins third consecutive match
08/09/2008 July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs
07/13/2008 Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) and Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) skate with Phoenix Coyotes
11/14/2007 Round 21: Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) shines for CSKA
06/27/2007 Draft shocker - only 9 Russians selected in 2007
04/25/2007 New scouting report added to Maxim Goncharov (2007 NHL Entry Draft)'s profile
04/06/2007 Russia's U18 roster announced - Cherepanov leads the way
Scouting Evaluations:
Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) and others
Shirokov and Parshin shine in CSKA's big victory against Atlant
Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) shines in 4-nations tournament
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #18
Rank 2: #8
Rank 3: #7
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: Possesses solid size, but has not filled in yet…an impressive skater…rarely sees any ice time with CSKA, generally skating a couple of shifts on the fourth pairing…possesses a very impressive top speed…technical skater with a smooth stride…gained a lot of confidence with his play when comparing to the beginning of the season…is not afraid to handle the puck and make sharper decisions with it…reliable in his own end…defensive defenseman…average puckhandling ability…above average outlet passing ability…not terribly creative in the offensive zone…a safe, reliable blueliner. 2008/09 update: One of the most improved prospects in the last couple of years, probably also because of his presence in a rookie camp in Phoenix...he was one of the top blueliners at the last WJC...has improved in all areas, most noticeably in technique and shoot...excellent skater, agile and fast...good defensive coverage...strong along the boards...can hit hard, but doesn't exaggerate and stays disciplined most of time...possesses a good size..likes to join the rush...gained a lot of confidence, even too much sometimes...a very good two-way defenseman who already demonstrated the ability to make it through against men, but is still a little bit raw...
Back In Russia:
Born and grown up in Moscow, Maxim is yet another product of HC CSKA Moscow hockey school. He started showcasing his skills in the 2005/06 season, where he earnt a spot in Russia-89 national team thanks to his performances in the Moscow Junior Championship. In the 2006/07 he seen his first RSL action with CSKA, but with limited ice time despite he skated in both regular season and playoffs. At the end of the season he has been picked up by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fifth round after a convincing performance in the U18 WC in Finland where Russia won the gold medal. The Yotes appreciated his good two way game and his already good size and physical play.
The following season, 2007/08 seen Maxim making further step forwards as he started playing regularly under Bykov in CSKA's main team, skating in 46 regular season games and in five playoffs contests. He was overlooked for the WJC, but he took his personal revenge in the 2008/09 campaign as he resulted team Russia's top blueliner and among the top defensemen of the entire tournament, thanks to five goals in seven matches and a great display too in the defensive zone. He scored a highlight reel goal against Canada in the tournament's semifinals. He's having a break out KHL season as well, as he already scored six goals in thirty-nine matches, playing constantly in the second or third line.
NHL Outlook:

Maxim Goncharov

is one of the hottest prospects still playing in Russia as his combination of skills, skating, size and two-way game is surely not easy to find in a lot of prospects. What he showed in the WJC and what he's displaying in the KHL this season tell that he has all the tools to crack Phoenix's top-4 defence after a couple of seasons in North America to further polish up his skills.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 U20 Team Russia (90) U20 WJC (Intl.)7 5 1 6 12 +8
2008-09 U20 Team Russia (90) 4 nations Tourn. (Reg.)3 1 2 3 18 +2
2008-09 CSKA (Moscow) KHL (Reg.)47 7 7 14 50 5
2007-08 CSKA 2 1st League (jr.) (Playoffs)2 0 0 0 0 -
2007-08 HC CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)6 0 1 1 0 2
2007-08 HC CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)47 3 2 5 38 9
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) 5 Nations Tourn. (Czech) (Intl.)4 1 1 2 10 +2
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) U18 Intl. Tourn. (Can.) (89) (Intl.)4 0 0 0 0 -
2006-07 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)5 0 0 0 8 -1
2006-07 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)18 0 0 0 10 -3
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) U18 WJC (Intl.)7 0 0 0 6 +1
2005-06 U17 Team Russia (89) U17 Four Nations 3 0 1 1 2 3
2005-06 CSKA Moscow 88 Moscow Juniors 26 4 12 16 63
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