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Name: Vadim Zhelobnyuk (#0/2009 NHL Draft)

Height: 182cm/6'0"
Weight: 84kg/184.8 lb
Position: Goalie
Shoots: Left
Born: 1989-04-22
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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WJC 2009: Russia gets to the semi-finals (01/03/2009)
WJC 2009: Russia wins third consecutive match (12/31/2008)
WJC Roster Announced! (12/26/2008)
2009 WJC: Team Russia preparation matches (12/25/2008)
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08/22/2008 U20 Russian squad loses Vitali Karamnov and Vadim Zhelobnyuk

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  U20 Team Russia has lost a couple of fairly important young players from the lineup for the upcoming U20 Four Nations Tournament. The squad lost forward Vitali Karamnov to a broken toe, and goalie Vadim Zhelobnyuk to a foot injury. While Zhelobnyuk is a capable netminder, his loss is not as significant as he was not Russia's starter and with the squad still having NHL prospects Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) and Alexander Pechursky (Pittsburgh Penguins) at its disposal in net.
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").
04/06/2007 Russia's U18 roster announced - Cherepanov leads the way

U18 World Junior Championships -  Russian U18 national team coaching staff announced the squad’s preliminary roster that will compete at the U18 World Junior Championships. The lineup will be finalized prior to April 12th. The roster included the following players:
GOALIES: Vadim Zhelobnyuk (Dynamo), Aleksandr Pechurskiy (Metallurg Mg);
DEFENSEMEN: Yakov Seleznev (Neftyanik Lng), Dmitriy Kulikov (Rus), Maxim Goncharov (CSKA), Vasiliy Tokranov (Neftyanik Alm), Mikhail Churlyaev (Metallurg Mg), Nikolay Lukyanchikov (Kapitan), Vyacheslav Voynov (Traktor), Maksim Chudinov (Severstal);
FORWARDS: Alexey Cherepanov (Avangard), Sergey Andronov (Lada), Vitaly Karamnov (Dynamo), Andrey Loktionov (Khimik MO), Dmitriy Kugryshev (CSKA), Egor Averin (Avangard), Sergei Korostin (Dynamo), Maxim Mayorov (Neftyanik Alm), Nikita Klyukin (Lokomotiv), Dmitriy Kagarlitskiy (Khimik MO), Evgeni Dadonov (Traktor), Nikita Filatov (CSKA), Kirill Petrov (Ak Bars).
02/08/2007 Premium: Scouting report added to Vadim Zhelobnyuk's (2007 NHL Entry Draft) profile!
Scouting Evaluations:
Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) shines in 4-nations tournament
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #5
Rank 2: #6
Rank 3: #8
Rank 1: #20
Rank 2: #24 Ranking Comments:another one of the overage goalies eligible for this draft, he has played fairly well at the last WJC, but he is yet to show a skill-level that could potentially be transferable to the NHL. While he shined when replacing injured Eremeev last year with HC Dynamo, he failed to take the next step this year, struggling when given a chance to skate in the KHL and subsequently being squeezed out of the netminder rotation. Still, the young netminder is raw and may potentially show his abilities, though that is unlikely to happen with Dynamo any time soon and he may need to take the High League route (Russia 2) travelled by Ivan Kasutin.
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: plays more of a butterfly style ... possesses decent reflexes which particularly enable him to make up for his lack of size ... okay dexterity and quickness ... a decent skater, but should still improve on his lateral movement in the crease ... should focus on upgrading of his foot speed ... decent when moving side-to-side, but still leaves some holes for the shooter to aim at ... okay resilience ... adequate anticipation of developing plays ... doesn't let in soft goals on the initial shot ... should upgrade on his five-hole ... goes down sometimes too early, which leaves the upper shelf uncovered ... decent rebound control but is vulnerable to allowing unnecessary rebounds ... adequate when handling traffic in front of him ... tends to flop around in the crease ... should develop better fundamentals and improve on his positional play in the crease ... solid glove hand ... decent in the upper half ... possesses a solid focus ... average stickhandling skills ... should move the puck more often.
Back In Russia:
NHL Outlook:
Season Club League GP W L T GAA GA min SV PIM
2008-09 U20 Team Russia (1989) U20 WJC (Intl.) 5 3 2 0 2.26 11 292 0.925 0
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) Canada Russia Super Series (Intl.) 1 0 1 0 3.00 3 60 NA 0
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 0 0 0 0 11 120 0 0
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) U18 WJC (Intl.) 7 6 1 0 3.26 19 350 0.899 0
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) Intl. Tourn. (Intl.) 4 2 1 0 1.75 7 220 - 0
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