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Name: Ivan KoltsovEdmonton Oilers (#106/2002 NHL Draft)

Rating: 67
Height: 196cm/6'5"
Weight: 88kg/193.6 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1984-03-07
Birthplace: Cherepovets, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2002-03 Team Russia Away - Sold
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Talent Analysis:
Size and Physical Game: Ivan Koltsov is a stay at home defenseman. At 6'5, he towers over people. However, despite his height, he weighs only 191 pounds and needs to bulk up to fulfill his potential of becoming a physical presence on the ice. He does not possess the natural tenacity you would like to see in your physical defenseman. Skating: Kiril is a surprisingly quick and maneuverable skater for his size. He reminds a bit of Dallas prospect Alexei Komarov in his skating style. He needs to work on his backwards skating, but overall he speed and coordination are very respectable. Shot: Kiril hardly ever uses his shot. He can wind up and let one rip, but rarely does it get through the screens and he is not often the designated shooter in the unit. Technical Skills: Kiril’s puck handling is only average. He doesn’t impress with his decisions while possessing the puck
Back In Russia:
2003-04: After a terrible 2002-03 season, look for Koltsov to catch on with Severstal, which just lost Schadilov, Turkovsky, Shefer and may also lose Petrochinin from it’s defensive corps. 2002-03: During the summer of 2002, Ivan Koltsov signed a deal with Dynamo Moscow, fully expecting to compete with the team in the Super League. His plans were rudely interrupted, when Severstal Cherpovets reminded the defenseman that he still had an active contract with them. The player returned to Severstal and was subsequently relegated to the club’s junior farm team, as Severstal was very deep on defense. After toiling in the juniors for two months, the young defenseman was loaned to Upper League’s Neftyannik Leninogorsk, where he spent the rest of the season. He primarily practices with the Upper League club, playing only a couple of games with them.
Born in Cherpovets, Russia, he has been part of the Severstal school for most of his career. Ivan spent the 2001-02 season playing for Severstal's 1st League farm team, Severstal 2. During the summer of 2002, Ivan got himself in quite a predicament. He signed a contract with Dynamo Moscow for the 2002-03 season, but prior to that also, apparently unknowingly, extended his contract with Severstal. He started practicing with Dynamo, but was soon contacted by Severstal's management and returned to Cherpovets. Thus far he has not made his debut in the Super League, spending the season with Severstal's junior affiliate, Severstal 2. During the transfer period of December '02, Severstal loaned Ivan to Neftyanik Leninogorsk, which competes in Russia's Upper League, the secondary professional adult league. He has yet to make a debut on the team, but it is a step in the right direction for his developement.
NHL Outlook:
The Edmonton Oilers selected Ivan in the fourth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 106th overall. Ivan can become a potential second pairing defensive defenseman in the NHL, but he may also develop into a 6th defenseman in it Russian Super League. It all depends on his development. Thus far, his development is not going as well as Edmonton’s management has hoped. The hopes of debuting on Dynamo’s lineup have been dashed with the preseason’s contract mishap. There is hardly any room in Severstal for Ivan to make his debut, since the team already has 8-10 capable defensemen on it’s roster. In December he was loaned to Neftyanik, and hopefully will use this chance to play professional hockey to his fullest. As was in the case of Vancouver’s Denis Grot, who was loaned by Lokomotiv to HK Lipetsk, a tour in the Upper League may be very helpful for Ivan to learn to play faster, more physical professional hockey against adults.
Statistics:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2005-06 Dizelist (Penza) High League (Playoffs)6 0 0 0 0 -3
2005-06 Dizelist (Penza) High League (Reg.)40 0 4 4 22 -3
2004-05 HC Lipetsk High League (Reg.)10 2 0 2 2 +2
2002-03 Neftyanik Leninogorsk Upper League (Reg.)1 0 1 1 2 1
2000-01 Severstal Cherpovets 2 1st League (Juniors)5 0 1 1 2 -
2000-01 Team Northwest Regional Tourn. (Juniors)5 1 1 2 2 -
2000-01 Team Russia 84 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)5 0 2 2 4 -
2000-01 Team Russia 84 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 0 0
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