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Name: Alexei MikhnovEdmonton Oilers (#17/2000 NHL Draft)

Rating: 84
Height: 196cm/6'5"
Weight: 91kg/200.2 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1982-08-31
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine

Game Worn Jerseys:
2000-01 Dynamo Moscow Away - Available
2002-03 Dynamo (Moscow) Home - Available
2001-02 Dynamo (Moscow) Away - Available
2005-06 Team Russia (EuroTour) Away - Available
2000-01 Dynamo (Moscow) Home - Sold
2002-03 Dynamo (Moscow) Away - Sold
Super League Playoff Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 3:0 (series 1:0) - Varlamov shines for Loko with shutout (04/05/2008)
Round 46: Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) shines (Severstal - Lokomotiv detailed scouting analysis) (02/06/2008)
Kiril Petrov shift by shift detailed scouting report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game) (10/20/2007)
NHL Transfer Agreement: Do Russians Have a Point? (09/19/2006)
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12/21/2008 Russia gets 6-2 victory over Sweden to take the Channel One Cup

Channel 1 EuroTour Cup -  MOSCOW — Russia routed Sweden 6-2 Sunday to win the Channel One Cup, the second event of the four-leg Euro Hockey Tour. Russia dominated from the start and scored three of its goals on power plays as it easily secured its fifth straight title in the tournament. In Sunday's other game, Finland beat the Czech Republic 5-2 to finish second. Sweden remained last. Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) put Russia ahead with a short-handed goal on a solo effort at 17:21, beating goalie Johan Backlund in the upper left corner. (The Canadian Press) READ MORE
11/08/2008 Russia destroys Finland 6:2 behind Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators)

Karjala Cup (EuroTour) -  Russia dominated the hosting Finland in the second game of the tournament, destroying the squad 6:2. Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) his second goal of the tournament, with Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) adding two more tallies. Both forwards have looked very strong throughout this tournament, as has center Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars). In the offensive zone, defenseman Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) has also been impressive, back to his old form of a couple of years ago since returning to CSKA.

FINLAND - RUSSIA - 2:6 (1:2, 0:1, 1:3)
Radulov - 1 (Saprykin), 12:26 (0:1). Nummelin - 2 (Pirnes, Kapanen), 13:36 (1:1). Mikhnov - 2 (Korneev, Eremenko), 15:13 (1:2). Kulyash - 1, 22:06 (1:3). Radulov - 2 (Gorovikov), 49:04 (1:4). Zinovjev - 1 (Zaripov, Morozov), 52:26 (1:5 - bol.). Khyutenen - 1 (Khyuvonen), 55:51 (2:5 - bol.). Tereschenko - 1 (Perezhogin, Mozyakin), 59:03 (2:6).
Finlyandiya: Vekhanen. Nummenlin - Lekhtonen, Kallio - Pirnes - Kapanen. Yokelya - Luoma, Khaatayya - Immonen - Khyutenen. Laamanen - Vyalivaara, Khyuvonen - Khal - Puoryala. Malmivaara - Myantyamaa, Petrell - Santala - Saylio.
RUSSIA: Eremenko. Nikulin - Proshkin, Morozov - Zinovev - Zaripov. Korneev - Atyushov, Mikhnov - Schastlivyy - But. Kulyash - Vishnevskiy, Radulov - Gorovikov - Saprykin. Zhitnik - Schadilov, Perezhogin - Tereschenko - Mozyakin.
PIM: 10 - 16.
11/08/2008 Web Site News: Russia wins opener against Sweden with a late goal by Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers)

Karjala Cup (EuroTour) -  Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) came up big late in the third period with just a few minutes left to play, helping his team win the contest 1:0. The game was fairly close throughout and everyone expected it to go to overtime, though the hulking winger with a dangerous wrist shot made sure that would not happen. Russian netminder Alexander Eremenko had an excellent game.
11/07/2008 Russian Hockey Federation anounces roster for Karjala Cup
04/01/2008 Semifinals - Lokomotiv vs. Metallurg 2:1 (series 3:0): Varlmaov is solid
03/25/2008 Semifinals - Lokomotiv vs. Metallurg 2:0 (series 1:0): Vasyunov and Varlamov shine, Lokomotiv skates past Metallurg
12/07/2007 Round 33: Vladislav Evseev (Boston Bruins) gets his revenge
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
10/12/2007 Statistics updated through Round 15
09/26/2007 Round 6: HC Lokomotiv continues to struggle despite Yashin
09/24/2007 Super League statistics updated through first 8 games
04/27/2007 Alexei Kaigorodov (Phoenix Coyotes), Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) and Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) are final cuts
02/17/2007 Round 50
02/09/2007 Round 49 - Mikhnov scores in return to Russia
10/23/2006 Alexei Mikhnov makes NHL debut with Oilers!
09/19/2006 NHL Transfer Agreement: Do Russians Have a Point? (Exclusive Analysis)
09/05/2006 Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) in Edmonton, close to signing
08/05/2006 Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) continues to be on track for NHL
07/14/2006 Oilers pursue Mikhnov (Slam! Sports Article)
06/06/2006 Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers): Who needs stats when our team lost?
05/17/2006 Alexei Mikhnov might be finally headed to Edmonton
04/21/2006 Web Site News: Action photo added to Alexei Mikhnov's (Edmonton Oilers) Dynamo game worn jersey!
03/23/2006 Playoffs Quarterfinals Games 1: Lada upsets Metallurg! (Box Score)
12/16/2005 Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers): Tell me how a stamp in a (marriage) passport can affect my hockey career?! (Ves Hokkei/Football Interview)
12/23/2004 No U20 WJC? No Problem! Alexander Naurov (Dallas Stars) pots a goal for Lokomotiv
12/10/2004 Rumor Central: Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) to Lokomotiv
11/01/2004 Round 23: Molot - Sibir & Avangard - Lada Game Notes
10/19/2004 Super League Tour 18: Avangard vs. Metallurg Nk. and Khimik vs. Sibir Game Notes
10/09/2004 Premium Content: 2003-04 Season Report for Alexei Mikhnov (St.Louis Blues #17/2000) added
04/16/2004 Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) sent home packing from national team
02/18/2004 Web Site News: NEW Interview w/Alexei Mikhnov: Edmonton's Russian Loch Ness Monster!!!
02/18/2004 Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) plays 100th game for Sibir, scores game winner
01/03/2004 Web Site News: Edmonton Oilers prospect Alexei Mikhnov's profile has been updated
12/07/2003 Edmonton Oilers prospect Alexei Mikhnov scored his 10th goal of the season this past Saturday.
Scouting Evaluations:
Round 46: Viktor Tikhonov (Phoenix Coyotes) shines (Severstal - Lokomotiv detailed scouting analysis)
Kiril Petrov shift by shift detailed scouting report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game)
2003-04 Season Recap (Premium Content):

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Talent Analysis:
Jan.'04 Talent Analysis Update:
Over the course of the first half of the 2003-04 season, Mikhnov has become even more comfortable with his size. He has become very effective against the boards and in the corners, and has been almost impossible for most defensemen to clear out of the crease. As Mikhnov has been gaining strength, he has maintained his skating and top speed at a very high level. He has also displayed very good puck control and surprisingly soft hands. Finally, Mikhnov’s wrist shot sets him apart from most other forwards
Back In Russia:
2001-02 Update:
Alexei started the season outside Dynamo Moscow’s roster. Dynamo Moscow acquired many veteran forwards over the off season, an action that little room to develop younger talent. Alexei split the beginning of the season between Dynamo’s junior team Dynamo 2 and Dynamo’s fourth line. His play was uninspired due to no ice time and his ice time was non existent due to his uninspired play. During the December break in the Super League season for International competition, Alexei attempted to join another team - Salavat Yulayev, but was unsuccessful in earning a roster spot, returning back to Dynamo Moscow. During December and January, a major restructuring occurred in Dynamo, which included the firings of both the head coach and the general manager of the team and the release of several high level veteran players. Former Dynamo coach Zinatulla Bilyaletdinov was hired as team’s new head coach. Being a coach famous for his ability to develop young talent, he opened the door to Dynamo’s main line up for players like youngsters Safonov, Ovechkin and Alexei Mikhnov. Alexei did not waste his chance and climbed out of the cellar and onto Dynamo’s third line. He has remained there for the rest of the regular season.

Alexei Mikhnov began his career in Kiev Ukraine in the system of then strong Sokol Kiev hockey club. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the deterioration of the hockey systems in Ukraine, Alexei went Eastward to Russia to continue his hockey career. There he joined Torpedo Yaroslavl, a hockey system known for inheriting many young players from other former Soviet Republics and completing their development. Alexei continued playing for Torpedo’s, now Lokomotiv’s junior team. When he was promoted to the team’s main lineup, he was in conflict with the head coach, Vladimir Vorobiev. According to him, he "He couldn't come to an understanding with the head coach." The conflict was never resolved, and Alexei started the next season in Dynamo Moscow system. Though he never got a serious opportunity to play with Dynamo Moscow in the Super League, it was still a step up in his career as Alexei moved from the Junior First League to the adult Upper League. There he played for Dynamo’s affiliate THK Tver and was also on loan to Vladimir Tikhonov’s HK Moscow for four games. Alexei Mikhnov started the 2001-02 season with Dynamo Moscow and is expected to remain in the team’s lineup this season.
NHL Outlook:
Jan.'04 NHL Section Update:
Overall, Mikhnov is one of the best young NHL prospects playing in Russia. His play has matured significantly over the past couple of seasons, while he skated with Super League’s Sibir Novosibirsk. However, the towering forward should be left alone in Russia for another season to further capitalize on his emerging role of a leader on a Super League club.

Alexei Mikhnov’s size and blooming abilities earned him a 8th ranking amongst European skaters. He was second among the strong generation of players to come out of the Torpedo Yaroslavl’s hockey system after Pavel Vorobiev. The Edmonton Oilers drafted Alexei with their first pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 17th overall in the first round. The Oilers organization has chosen to take its time with Alexei and bring him up slowly. However, they were tested last season when Alexei Mihnov’s development was slowed with the mishandling of him by Dynamo Moscow organization. Towards the end of the 2000-01 season he played well for Dynamo’s affiliate, THK Tver, and was called up to play for the main team on several occasions. It is unclear whether the Oilers have attempted to bring Alexei to North America this season, but he has began the 2001-02 preseason with Dynamo Moscow. Alexei Mikhnov has the potential to develop into a player like Nikolai Antropov and Dave Andreychuk. He is at least 2 seasons away from making a serious bid for a spot on the Edmonton Oilers. First he has to prove himself in the Russian Super League.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 Team Russia (Intl.)3 2 1 3 2 +1
2008-09 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) KHL (Reg.)52 16 19 35 57 25
2007-08 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Playoffs)16 3 5 8 14 2
2007-08 Team Russia LG Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 0 2 2 0 +2
2007-08 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)52 14 20 34 50 15
2005-06 Team Russia IIHF World Championships (Intl.)6 3 2 5 0 +1
2005-06 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 2 1 3 0 -
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Playoffs)11 4 4 8 4 -3
2005-06 Team Russia Karjala Cup (EuroTour) (Intl.)2 1 1 2 4 +1
2005-06 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)40 14 7 21 18 4
2004-05 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Playoffs)5 0 0 0 4 0
2004-05 Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) Super League (Reg.)18 0 9 9 4 +3
2004-05 Sibir Novosibirsk Super League (Reg.)26 2 3 5 12 0
2003-04 Sibir Novosibirsk Super League (Reg.)54 13 8 21 18 -
2002-03 Sibir Novosibirsk Super League (Reg.)51 7 9 16 12 -1
2001-02 Dynamo (Moscow) Lada Cup (Preseason)1 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)26 2 1 3 2 -
2001-02 Dynamo Moscow 2 1st League (Juniors)8 8 6 14 0
2001-02 Salavat Yulayev (Ufa) Super League (Reg.)1 0 0 0 0 -
2000-01 THK Tver Upper League (Reg.)22 5 11 16 6 -
2000-01 HC CSKA Moscow Upper League (Reg.)4 0 0 0 2 -
1999-00 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 1st League (Juniors)40 22 13 35 4
1999-00 Kristal Elektrostal 2 1st League (Juniors)26 4 7 11 10
1998-99 Torpedo Yaroslavl 2 1st League (Juniors)14 2 2 4 4
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