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Name: Mikhail PashninNew York Rangers (#200/2009 NHL Draft)

Rating: 73
Height: 179cm/5'10"
Weight: 85kg/187.0 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1989-05-11
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
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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)
Russian national team's training camp (03/28/2009)
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07/01/2009 Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) to skate in prospects camp

National Hockey League (NHL) -  New York Rangers' development camp has started on June 30th and Evgeni Grachev (New York Rangers) is skating with the team. Having him in the roster the next season is a long shot, but surely he raised his stock after his first excellent OHL season. The team's new Russian draftee, Mikhail Pashnin (New York Rangers), won't report for the camp. READ MORE
06/27/2009 2009 NHL Entry Draft: seven Russians picked

National Hockey League (NHL) -  In the 2009 NHL Entry Draft a total of seven players has been picked up by different NHL clubs. Here follows a list:

14. Florida Panthers - Dmitry Kulikov
55. Washington Capitals - Dmitri Orlov
76. Anaheim Ducks - Igor Bobkov
78. St. Louis Blues - Sergei Andronov
109. Montreal Canadiens - Alexander Avtsin
122. New York Islanders - Anton Klementyev
200. New York Rangers - Mikhail Pashnin

06/03/2009 KHL Draft recap

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  The first ever KHL Draft has been held in June 1st and many interesting players have been drafted by the KHL teams. The first overall pick has been Mikhail Pashnin , picked up by CSKA Moscow. Among them there are Evgeni Molotilov and Stefan Stepanov (Atlant Mytischi), Alexander Gogolev (Spartak Moscow). Goalie Dmitri Shikin landed in Khabarovsk while defender Nikita Zaitsev in Novosibirsk. The teams did draft some interesting foreigners like Victor Hedman, Zack Kassian, Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson. Some of the Belarussian promising talents, like Mikhail Stefanovich (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Kirill Gotovets have been drafted too. ( article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
Talent Analysis:
A reliable defenseman, who doesn't stand out in any particular cathegory, but also has no obvious holes...a capable skater, also backwards...good offensive instincts, plays a good two-way game without exaggerating in joining the rush...okay passing game, isn't overly creative in the offensive zone, but rarely makes glaring mistakes...has a hard low shot which should use (and perhaps train too) more often...average puckhandling, can bring up the puck if not pressured...can catch up with forwards thanks to his good skating...has to bulk up and to gain experience...
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NHL Outlook:
Pashnin is an interesting defenseman that broke out in the 08-09 season, where he played in the WJC and was the first overall pick in the first-in-history KHL draft. Despite these good premises he remains a long shot towards the NHL for two reasons. The first is his not big size, which can hurt him in the more demanding NA style, and the second is his overall level of play. Being not a specialist nor a special talent, he seems to lack that extra gear required to European players in order to have a successful NHL career. But a lot can change in the next 2-3 years.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 U20 Team Russia (1989) U20 WJC (Intl.)7 0 2 2 0 +6
2008-09 Krylya 2 1st League (Reg.)3 0 1 1 4 -
2008-09 Krylya Sovetov High League (Reg.)35 2 4 6 40 +7
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