Weight: 82kg/180.4 lb
Position: Left Wing
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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||Andrey Kuchin: The ‘Steel’ of the 2010 NHL Draft?|
Canadian Junior Leagues
- But for those who work in the industry, the most exciting (and often most challenging) part of the Draft is finding that diamond in the rough – that late-round selection that NHL teams will look back on and wonder “how did we not see that?” Who will be this year’s Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit’s 7th Round, 210th overall, pick in 1999? Only time will tell and there certainly are a number of talented players that are sure to be passed up on the first day of selections. But I’ll throw you the name of one player who certainly seems to fit the mold – Andrei Kuchin
. (Sportsagentblo article by Dan Furey) READ MORE
||Off the radar: Andrei Kuchin |
Canadian Junior Leagues
- Just three years ago, anyone who didn’t put Andrei Kuchin
on their 2009 draft top prospect list would have been thought of as a not well-informed.
Almost any hockey observer knew about a new great player coming from Russia, with great hands, excellent skating and an unchallenged ability to excite the crowd with his speed. Kuchin at the time of the 2005 Tretiak Cup, where he was the best player on ice, was playing for CSKA Moscow, the famous Red Army team. He also was one of the players to watch in the Bauer tournament in 2006, where he led the Bauer Selects with 14 points in eight games. Only Colorado's Matt Duchene scored more, with 17 points. (Hockey's Future article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
|Draft Rankings and Comments:|
|2009 NHL ENTRY DRAFT|
Rank 1: #13
Rank 2: #14 Ranking Comments:an immense talent who is now slipping down the rankings. Considered the legit #1 Russian prospect of his group, he dropped down for many reasons, including some rumoured character issues, and now he is also not being fielded by his Russian club – Vityaz – nor with the national team due to his apparent conflict with Russia – 91 head coach Plyuschev not being resolved. He will be the next draft’s dark horse. He can turn into superstar or into a big flop, it’s all up to him, but as a project player with a lot of potential, he may be worth a late round pick by a club looking for a home run.
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