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2008 Super League (Russia)
(09/01/2007-04/10/2008)
Regular Season/Playoff Coverage:  News and Articles | Box Scores | Standings
Regular Season Stats: Player/Goalie | Playoff Stats: Player/Goalie
Player Statistiscs
04/12/2008 Salavat Yulajev champion of Russia

In the tie breaker match Salavat Yulajev Ufa beats Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4-1 and conquers the title. Salavat chempion! – as were chanting the crowd after the victory in the deciding fifth match of the RSL finals. Hats off to a team that has been able to win the title playing always in attack and managing to rally past a defensive team like Lokomotiv. In a packed, sell-out Ufa Arena Salavat Yulajev has played his offensive style of hockey till the first shift, scoring the go-ahead goal after only two minutes and half. During a powerplay stretch Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) deflected into the back of the net a blue line slapshot by Andrei Kuteikin. (Eurohockey.net article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
04/10/2008 Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 1:0 (series 2:2) - Varlmaov perfect

Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) played a very strong game for Lokomotiv, stopping every shot he faced. Salavat captain Vladimir Antipov (Toronto Maple Leafs) had a couple of good chances early on, but he could not convert and break Varlamov. The game remains scoreless until the final minutes when Czech Irgl scores the game winning goal. Interestingly this happened after a toss up in lines when Gennadi Churilov was moved up from the fourth line to skate a shift with the first, between Alexei Yashin and Irgl. With the series tie, the finals now travel back to Ufa, where Lokomotiv and Salavat Yulayev will face off for the deciding fifth contest.
04/08/2008 Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 1:4 (series 1:2) - Lokomotiv on the brink

The game opened up with Sidyakin’s goal on the sixth shot of the game. Lokomotiv did not give up and tied the game towards the end of the first period, but the small victory was short lived as Lokomotiv was unable to stay out of the penalty box, allowing the next two goals shorthanded. Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) had no chance on the second goal, the third was a bit weak by Kuteikin, while the fourth was a laser by Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) with just over two minutes left in the game, destroying any doubt in the victor of the match. Now Salavat has a 2:1 lead, painting Lokomotiv in the corner and accomplishing the mission of having a match to spare and winning at least one contest in Yaroslavl.
04/07/2008 Alexander Nikulin and Ilya Zubov first to be called up

According to Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen, Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) and Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) are first in line to being called up to Ottawa for the playoffs. Here is what the newspaper had to say: Centre Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) figures to get the first call. The scouting reports indicate he's one of Binghamton's top players. Where Nikulin would figure in Ottawa's lines is a question, but Murray would ideally have to have him here for several days before the start of the playoffs to give him a chance to feel comfortable. If Binghamton's season ends without a playoff berth, several other players will be recalled, including centre Ilya Zubov (Ottawa Senators) and defenceman Lawrence Nycholat, who has just been named an AHL all-star. READ MORE
04/06/2008 Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 0:2 (series 1:1) - Salavat strikes back

This penalty filled contest was full of scoring chances, but Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) and Alexander Eremenko were both solid, especially the first. Varlamov stopped a couple of nice attempts, one by Vladimir Antipov (Toronto Maple Leafs) and the other by Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins), who had two shots at the puck right in front of the net. Eremenko on the other hand was a bit of a victim when he was hit in the helmet with a shot that was strong enough to unhinge his mask. Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings), who has been quiet thus far in the playoffs had a chance in the second period but failed to beat Varlamov. Lokomotiv was generally short handed more than Salavat, but the team held together well through the first two periods. In the third period Varlamov finally allowed his first goal of the final series, with Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) redirecting a nice feed from Kuteykin right between the goalie’s pads. Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) put in the second goal in the last minutes of the game when he received a feed back from Medvedev and took a hard slapshot against screened Varlamov. This was Volkov’s ninth goal of the playoffs! Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) had a strong game and continued to create great scoring chances for his team, even though he was unable to get on the score board. In the end, despite this loss, Lokomotiv leaves Ufa with one victory and has a chance to win the series if they are able to sweep Salavat at home. Salavat on the other hand leaves home ice with an important victory after the 0:3 drubbing the team received in the first round. It will be a tough road to the Championships and Ufa’s team should aim at taking at least one game in Yaroslavl to bring the finals back home for the deciding game 5.
04/05/2008 Finals - Lokomotiv vs. Salavat Yulayev 3:0 (series 1:0) - Varlamov downs Salavat

With three punches in the first two periods, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl downed Salavat Yulajev Ufa in the first game of the 2008 RSL finals. Great performance by Heikkila’s team, that didn’t leave any space for their opponents, exploiting all the chances they got. Salavat Yulajev will have tons to do to prepare for the next challenge, since they were never in control of the match. “We have created a lot of chances in attack, and also we haven't allowed the opponents to create anything in front of our crease” – said Loko’s Finn coach to Sport-express magazine. READ MORE
04/03/2008 Evgeni Kurbatov (2008 NHL Draft): A bad victory is better than a good defeat

RussianProspects.com correspondent Alessandro Seren Rosso had a chance to catch up with U20 Team Russia captain and one of the Russian defensive prospects eligible for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft - Evgeni Kurbatov . The young player shared his impressions of skating in the Russian Super League and regarding his NHL aspirations. READ MORE
04/01/2008 Semifinals - Ak Bars vs. Salavat Yulayev 4:3 (series 1:3) - Salavat advances

Ak Bars Kazan lost the fourth and deciding semifinals game to Salavat Yulayev, which advanced to the finals. Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) again scored an important goal for Salavat. Sadly, Kazan’s Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins)Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins)Danis Zaripov line remained quiet. Still, Kazan fought hard and forced overtime in this contest, though the extra period ended early when Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars) suddently threw a shot on net from the boards and Eshe was not able to handle it. Salavat advances to the finals to meet Lokomotiv.
04/01/2008 Semifinals - Lokomotiv vs. Metallurg 2:1 (series 3:0): Varlmaov is solid

Lokomotiv and Metallurg met for the third, and eventually final, match of the semifinals. Interestingly, the game was attended by Konstantin Rudenko (Philadelphia Flyers), who was seriously injured by Darius Kasparaitis (New York Rangers). The young player is still seriously injured but came out to support his squad. Metallurg had the first chance when Jan Marek broke to Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals), but the goalie calmly deflects the shot. Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers) scored the first goal after skating from behind the net and his shot/pass hits the skate of Metallurg’s defenseman Alexander Seluyanov (Detroit Red Wings) and goes into the net. Former NHL defenseman Martin Shtabak ties the game up 1:1. The game remained heated for the next 30 minutes but neither team was able to score, even though Alexei Yashin and Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators) had some great chances, but the game still went to overtime penalty shots. Goalie Ilya Proskuryakov did not save his team this time, letting in critical penalty shots while Varlamov denied everyone including Jan Marek. Lokomotiv will now face HC Salavat Yulayev in the finals.
03/31/2008 Semifinals - Ak Bars Kazan vs. Salavat Yulayev 2:4 (series 1:2)

Denis Arkhipov and Alexander Stepanov open the scoring on a nice two on one break, taking advantage of defenseman Vitali Proshkin ’s mistake. Oleg Tverdovsky (Los Angeles Kings) ties it up with a seemingly simple shot that Robert Eshe wasn’t able to handle. Alexei Shkotov (St. Louis Blues) scored an important goal on the break away, slipping by Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) and Vyacheslav Buravchikov (Buffalo Sabres) before beating Eshe. Kazan still manages to tie the game again. Highly effective Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) scored another playoff goal to put his team up 3:2 and then Oleg Tverdovsky (Los Angeles Kings) added his second goal to put his team up 4:2. Kazan came back with a late goal by the first line, but it is too little too late and Salavat Yulayev takes a lead in the series.
03/30/2008 Metallurg GM confirms Kulemin on his way to Toronto next season

MAGNITOGORSK – After Metallurg suffered the elimination against Lokomotiv in the semifinals, General Manager Gennadi Velichkin has declared to Soviet Sport magazine that Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) already has agreed to terms with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, thus going there for the next season. Velichkin has though added that the doors for him remain open in case of a change of mind. Metallurg’s GM has also confirmed the interest of the team in signing top scorer of Metallurg Novokuznetsk Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues), exciting winger from Kazakhstan who scored twenty goals with twenty assists on a mediocre team in the last season. Other than that, by Velichkin’s words Canadian goalkeeper Travis Scott, and Czech forwards Jan Marek and Jaroslav Kudrna, are all likely to be back next season, and that the team will be strengthened for the Victoria Cup hunt.
03/27/2008 Player and Goalie playoff statistics added!

Player and Goalie playoff statistics have been added with stats updated through the games played yesterday. Alexei Yashin leads the league in scoring, but it was good to see younger prospects like Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) and Ivan Nepriayev (Washington Capitals) to make the top 10 list. READ MORE
03/27/2008 Semifinals - Ak Bars Kazan vs. Salavat Yulayev 3:4 (series 1:2)

Oleg Tverdovsky (Los Angeles Kings) scored two goals, with Alexei Shkotov (St. Louis Blues) and Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) adding a tally each to help Salavat Yulayev past HC Ak Bars and take the lead in the series. Robert Esche did not have his best game for Kazan, allowing a soft goal on Tverdovsky’s shot early on in the game and then failing to stop a couple of critical shots, including the one by Igor Volkov (New York Islanders), who skated past Andrei Pervyshin (St. Louis Blues) to the slot. Kazan once again depended too much on the top Danis Zaripov Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins)Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) line and the team was unable to beat Ufa’s stacked lineup. If Salavat wins the next contest, it will advance to the finals for the first time in team history!
03/26/2008 Semifinals Lokomotiv vs. Metallurg Mg. 3:2: Vasyunov does it again

In the second game of the semifinals Alexander Vasyunov (New Jersey Devils) scored once again the game winner for his club, this time without the help of the opposing goalkeeper. With the match tied 2-2 after goals by Alexei Yashin and Ivan Tkachenko (Columbus Blue Jackets) for Lokomotiv, Evgeni Gladskikh and Jan Marek for Metallurg, the Devils’ prospect flashed into the slot to put the puck past Scott’s shoulders top-shelf, thus repeating his feat from game 1. “I’m very happy, but Metallurg isn’t finished yet. There will be some tough games in Yaroslavl” – has said to gazeta.ru
03/25/2008 Semifinals - Lokomotiv vs. Metallurg 2:0 (series 1:0): Vasyunov and Varlamov shine, Lokomotiv skates past Metallurg

Alexander Vasyunov (New Jersey Devils) scored, Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) stopped all the shots and Lokomotiv took away the first game of of the semifinals series against Metallurg. Vasyunov, who replaced hurt Konstantin Rudenko (Philadelphia Flyers) on the second line with Ivan Tkachenko (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers), at the twenty-eight minute burned Metallurg defenseman Ivan Sidorov on the left flank and then released a smooth backhander that hit left pad of Travis Scott before going in the net. “I shot and the goalkeeper didn’t catch the puck. Bad for him, good for us”. In the last seconds of the game Metallurg replaced the goalie for a sixth skater, but Yashin added an empty-netter that ended the match. Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) has been really solid and won the battle against the best goalkeeper of the past season Travis Scott, getting his second shutout of these playoffs. “My Finn trainer Jussi Parkkila has convinced me to play butterfly, but I still have to master this different style” – Varlamov declared to Sport Day After Day in a post-game interview.
03/25/2008 Khimik’s farm club wins 1st league gold medal with help of Barulin and 2008 eligible youngsters

MYTISCHI – After a hard-fought battle against CSKA – 2 lead by Nikita Filatov and Dmitry Kugryshev , won in 4 matches with a very good performance by 2008 eligibles Chernov and Lazarev, Khimik – 2 went to the first league’s finals against HK Lipetsk. The roster of the farm club has been strengthened with some of the main team’s players like Nesterov and Kulik, while goalkeeper Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) was already a player of the farm after some discussion with the staff.

In the first game Khimik has triumphed over Lipetsk in a sell-out Zvezdni Arena with a 2-9 score (6 goals in the second period), with a double by Nesterov and goals from Kagarlitsky, Pavel Chernov , Glukhov, Ruslan Bashkirov (Ottawa Senators), Voroshnin and Anton Lazarev .

The second match was more equilibrated, despite the fact that Khimik was leading 3 – 0 after 48 minutes thanks to the goals by Glukhov, Kagarlitsky and Ruslan Bashkirov (Ottawa Senators). In the last minutes Lipetsk rallied twice, but couldn’t score the tying goal.

Also the third match was a good battle. After the usual suspect Glukhov scored the first goal of the game, Lipetsk managed to score three goals to get a surprising 1 – 3 lead. The music changes in the third period: with four unanswered goals by Nesterov, Blokhin, Lazarev and Kulik, Khimik skates past Lipets 5 – 3, gaining thus the victory. The award for the Best player of the final match has been presented to Aleksandr Blokhin.

“Goalkeeper Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) has really helped us” – declared head coach Sergei Borisov to Soccer + Hockey journal. “In facts, he didn’t play for the main team since the New Year, it was better to play with us rather than sit on the bench”.
03/22/2008 Quarterfinals - Metallurg Mg. vs. Dynamo 5:0 (series 3:2) – Metallurg rallies

After being down 2-1 in the series, with a big-time performance Metallurg Magnitogorsk won the series with Dynamo Moscow with an impressive 5-0 victory, being able thus to win both decisive games they had to played so far. Still being without Czech forward Kudrna and young defender Rinat Ibragimov , the home team managed to beat Dynamo, who took part in this game without Vitaly Yachmenev (dislocated shoulder), Zabolotnev and others, plus having Fedor Fedorov (New York Rangers) and Troschinsky suffering injuries in the last two matches. Both teams as expected started goalkeepers Travis Scott and Vitaly Eremeev. Metallurg’s Canadian goalkeeper has now delivered 130 consecutive shut-out minutes.

The key of the game is the way Metallurg played in the first 15 minutes. First they pressured Dynamo in their own third with the third line and as a result they scored to get ahead with a scramble touch by Babenko. Then, at the fourteenth, after a good save by Scott on Fedor Fedorov (New York Rangers), the home team doubled the score as veteran Igor Korolev converted in with a soft backhander a rebound that came from a shot by Denis Platonov (Nashville Predators). Twenty seconds later a dart by Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) in the offensive zone brings Metallurg to the 3-0 lead. With a three goal advantage after the first twenty minutes the game was almost secured, but unfortunately a rough intervention by Giordano knocked out Vitaly Atyushov, and it’s still not clear the entity of his injury. The Canadian will be punished with a game misconduct.

After a rather quite second period, Metallurg stretches the advantage in the third period. After three minutes Bulin skates into the offensive zone and with a beautiful blue-line slapshot beats Eremeev in the top-right corner. Midway through the period young Anton Glovatsky skated past a defender helped by a great pick by Yuri Babenko , then with a really accurate wristshot has put the puck in Eremeev’s stick side for the 5-0 mark.

In the semifinals Metallurg Magnitogorsk will face Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, while regular season winners of Salavat Yulajev Ufa will challenge Ak Bars Kazan.
03/18/2008 Dynamo vs. Metallurg Mg. 0:1 (series 2:2) – Shootout expert wins

In this heated fourth contest between Dynamo and Metallurg Mg., the game remained scoreless through the overtime and had to be decided by game ending penalty shots. Both goalies were at the top of the game and actually former Dynamo and current Metallurg forward Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) had a chance to give his club the lead earlier on a breakaway, but unfortunately could not go around experienced Vitaly Eremeev. Interestingly, Metallurg has a shootout system, as it replaces the starter Travis Scott for the “specialized” 87 born backup Ilya Proskuryakov (pictured), who has been flawless in shootouts thus far. He was strong for his club once again, helping his team tie up the series and force a decisive fifth game in Magnitogorsk.
03/18/2008 Quarterfinals - Lokomotiv vs. SKA 2:1 (series 3:1) Yashin leads Loko forward

HC Lokomotiv defeated HC SKA in four games to be the third team to enter the semifinals, leaving HC Dynamo vs. HC Metallurg Mg. as the last remaining unresolved contest. Alexei Yashin was key in victory, scoring the first goal by collecting a loose puck in front of the net, and then assisting Czech forward Irgl on the game winner. Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) was very strong in the game, resolving any outstanding questions after his shaky start a few games back. He stopped a nice breakaway from Anton But (Tampa Bay Lightning) and well deserved the top star honors.
03/18/2008 Darius Kasparaitis seriously injures Konstantin Rudenko (Philadelphia Flyers)

Darius Kasparaitis (New York Rangers) seriously injured Lokomotiv forward Konstantin Rudenko (Philadelphia Flyers) during the third games of the Super League quarterfinals between HC SKA and Lokomotiv. The young forward collided with Kasparaitis, who appeared to have raised his shoulder to hit Rudenko in the head. The result was a broken jaw and a concussion for Rudenko, who needed help to be carried off the ice. He is out of hockey for at least 6 weeks and will not be able to talk until after the surgery, will should take place later this week.
03/17/2008 Quarterfinals - CSKA vs. Ak Bars 2:3 (Series 0:3)

While CSKA’s loss was not shocking, many projected this as being the year that this once famed and now resurrected club would win the whole thing in Russia. Unfortunately it was not meant to be as CSKA faced off against former champ HC Ak Bars in the quarterfinals. Ak Bars, which has significantly more playoff experience soundly defeated CSKA in three straight games. In this last contest CSKA appeared by the score to be closer than before, but not really by the club’s play as Ak Bars was once again very strong. Lowson did not perform that well once again, allowing a soft goal from Oleg Petrov to open the scoring. Defensive prospect Anton Belov was called for fighting towards the end of the first period which led to Kazan’s second goal as Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) skillfully fed Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) on the far side who then on-timed it past Lowson. Belov then made up for his error by scoring early in the second period with a slap shot from the blue line, but the damage was already done. Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) put the final nail in the coffin when Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) stripped Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) behind CSKA’s net and fed Zinovjev in front of the net. But CSKA did not give up, scoring just 20 seconds later on a strong shot by Grigori Misharin (Minnesota Wild) that then hits Evgeny Artyukhin (Tampa Bay Lightning) and floats into Kazan’s net. However, despite a heated battle towards the end of the third period, CSKA is never able to put in the game tying goal and loses 3:2.
03/17/2008 Quarterfinals - Dynamo Moscow vs. Metallurg Maginotogorsk 3:2 (Series 2:1)

Despite being carried off the ice unconscious in the last minutes of game 2, Fedor Fedorov (New York Rangers) was well and ready for game three just a couple of days later. Vitaly Yachmenev was not as lucky, suffering a badly bruised shoulder and his status is still unclear for the rest of the playoffs. Youngster Gennadi Stolyarov (Detroit Red Wings) got the nod to replace Yachmenev on the club’s top line and while his overall debut in the new role is still under question, he did manage to score goal early on in the first period after getting a nice feed from his Eric Landry. Yakov Rylov once again looked good for Dynamo, skating aggressively and also scoring the very important second tally for his club when he joined in on the offensive and skated the puck into Metallurg’s zone. Vitaly Atyushov did close the two goal gap for Metallurg, but there were only 20 some seconds left after that and his club could not capitalize on their chances in such a short period of time. Dynamo takes a surprising lead in this series. This has been a pleasant surprise especially after the club’s months of struggles late in the season and the arrival of a new head coach Vladimir Vujtek, who had trouble getting used to his new team.
03/17/2008 Nikita Alexeev (Chicago Blackhawks)’s playoffs ends early with injury

Former NHLer and Ak Bars forward Nikita Alexeev (Chicago Blackhawks) suffered a serious foot injury after taking a slap shot to his right foot and breaking it. The young forward has had a sub-par season with Ak Bars in a limited role, but did add a package of size and some skill to the club’s roster. Repotedly he will need at least two months to recover from the injury.
03/15/2008 Super League Quarterfinal box scores added

We have added the detailed box scores to the two quarterfinal rounds that have taken place thus far. CSKA and Severstal are on the brink of elimination, while Dynamo and Lokomotiv have rebounded from the initial losses to tie it up with HC SKA and from St. Petersburg and HC Metallurg from Magnitogorsk. READ MORE
03/15/2008 Quarterfinals - Metallurg Mg. vs. Dynamo 2:4 (series 1:1) - Dynamo wins, but loses key players

Metallurg Mg. vs. Dynamo 2:4 (series 1:1) – Dynamo Moscow rebounded from the first game loss to Metallurg with a victory in a tightly contested game that was not resolved until the last 5 minutes. Eric Landry scored Dynamo’s first two tallies early on before MEtallurg responded with goals from player coach Igor Korolev and Denis Platonov (Nashville Predators). Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) had a great breakaway scoring chance, but failed to make it happen. Fedor Fedorov (New York Rangers) suffered a concussion in the last seconds of the game when his own defenseman hit him with the puck in the head when trying to clear it out of his zone…the NHL prospect was carried off the ice unconscious. He suffered a mild concussion as a result, but may return in the playoffs. Unfortunately, former NHLer Vitaly Yachmenev was not as luck as he dislocated his shoulder and it is unclear when he will be back. Dynamo’s goalie was also injured, though he ended up just suffering a muscle sprain and will be back in action shortly.
03/15/2008 Quarterfinals - Lokomotiv vs. SKA 5:1 (Series 1:1) Yashin shines for Loko

Lokomotiv vs. SKA 5:1 (Series 1:1) – Czech forward Zbinek Irgl scored four goals for HC Lokomotiv, with Alexei Yashin and Ivan Nepriayev (Washington Capitals) assisting on three of Loko’s tallies. Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) bounced back quite nicely from his struggles in the first quarterfinals game, allowing three goals in the first period before being replaced.
03/15/2008 Quarterfinals - Salavat Yulayev vs. Severstal 2:1 (Series 2:0)

Salavat Yulayev vs. Severstal 2:1 (Series 2:0) – Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) scored his sixth playoff goal in six games in this heated battle. Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks) made his playoff debut this season, apparently missing the first four playoff games due to “something being wrong with his head” according to the HC Salavat Yulayev head coach Sergei Mikhalev. Koltsov did not impress early on in the game, committing a gross mistake in his own zone that led to Serverstal’s lone goal.
03/15/2008 Quarterfinals - CSKA vs. Ak Bars 5:6 (Series 0:2) - Suglobov nets a hattrick

CSKA vs. Ak Bars 5:6 (Series 0:2) - HC CSKA came back from a four goal deficit to tie the game 5:5, but failed to wrestle the victory away from Ak Bars, allowing a goal shorthanded with just over 5 minutes left in the game. Aleksander Suglobov (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored a hattrick and Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) added another tally for CSKA. NHL prospect and one of the top blueliners in Russian hockey Grigory Panin stood out with his physical defensive style and a fight against the author of the hattrick Suglobov, whom he soundly defeated.
03/14/2008 Quarterfinals - CSKA vs. Ak Bars 0:6 (Series 0:1)

CSKA vs. Ak Bars 0:6 (Series 0:1) – Ak Bars destroyed CSKA with a methodical attack and an impressive performance from the club’s top line (Alexei Morozov – Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins)Danis Zaripov ). CSKA’s starter Lowson did not perform well and while Kasutin ably defended CSKA’s net for the last two periods, he still allowed three third period goals, though two were so late in the game that it didn’t really matter that much any more. Robert Esche played very well for Ak Bars, stopping some hard shots, especially from the blue line where CSKA had lurking the owner of the hardest slap shot outside the NHL – Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators).
03/14/2008 Quarternfinals - Salavat Yulayev vs. Severstal 3:1 (Series 1:0)

Salavat Yulayev vs. Severstal 3:1 (Series 1:0) - Salavat opened the quarterfinals with a tight contest against HC Severstal. The club first went up 2:0 with goals from Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars) and Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) (who scored a beauty with a great wrist shot to the top). Yuri Trubachev (Calgary Flames) closed the gap however and the game remained tight until the last couple of minutes when Salavat finally put it away with empty netter.
03/14/2008 Quarterfinals - Metallurg Mg. vs. Dynamo 4:3 (series 1:0) - Mirnov gets revenge

Metallurg Mg. vs. Dynamo 4:3 (series 1:0) - Metallurg beat Dynamo on game deciding penalty shots, with Jan Marek and former Dynamo player Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) scoring on both of their tries while Evgeny Fedorov (Los Angeles Kings) and defenseman Yakov Rylov missed on their chances. For Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) this game was bittersweet, as he was skating against his former teammates and the only club he really has known until the disgruntled forward was traded by Dynamo to Metallurg earlier this season. Alexei Kaigorodov (Phoenix Coyotes) scored a rare tally, centering the line with the goal scoring sniper Jan Marek, who also had a goal in this game besides his deciding penalty shot.
03/12/2008 Oleg Kvasha released by Super League club

Former NHLer Oleg Kvasha has been released by HC Vityaz after the club’s horrendous season and a dead last finish despite having him and Alexander Korolyuk in the lineup. It is unclear where Kvasha will continue is career, but it’s not doubtful he will have a problem finding another club after a career season with 38 points (20+18) in 54 games.
03/12/2008 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) suspended for 2 games

Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) has been suspended for two playoff games for a hit from behind on defenseman Denis Grot (Vancouver Canucks) during Metallurg’s round of 16 playoff series against HC Neftkhimik. He has already returned to the lineup and will play for his club in the quarterfinals.
03/11/2008 Final regular season statistics have been posted!

Final regular season statistics have been posted. Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) is one of the more pleasant surprises in the top 10, capping off a strong season from a St. Louis Blues prospect. Long time Super League scoring leaders Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Maxim Sushinsky also finished strongly, with Mozyakin logging career high numbers while Sushinsky enjoying his first strong season in a couple of years. Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) continued his dominance of the Super Leauge, with him and his linemate Danis Zaripov finishing second and third in the league. READ MORE
03/11/2008 Russian Superleague playoffs first round summary

Reigning champions of Metallurg Magnitogorsk need a game 5 win to advance to quarterfinals The 2007/08 playoffs first round is now history as Monday three matches have been played. No major upsets were seen, but some interesting results are always part of the sport. (Eurohockey.net article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
03/09/2008 Vadim Golubtsov detailed shift by shift scouting report

Vadim Golubtsov is a 1988 born prospect who plays in the Superliga for far east team Amur Khabarovsk. He is eligible for 2008 draft and we ranked him as 24th Russian player. He is known to the audience since he was part of the first line of Russia in the last WJC, playing with other 2008 eligible forwards Viktor Tikhonov and Vadim Sayustov. Russianprospects.com has followed his game against Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, very important as Amur is hunting for the last playoffs spot. Vadim plays as left wing in the third line with center Alexander Gutov and right wing Alexander Krysanov. This is his first year in Khabarovsk as he spent the last two seasons in Togliatti skating in HC Lada’s system. So far in the season he has scored 9 points in forty matches, with six goals and three assists. READ MORE
03/08/2008 Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)'s team knocked out of the playoffs

With a 3 – 1 series score, Dinamo Moscow kicked out Avangard Omsk from 2007/08 playoffs first round. Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) was the last to abandon the ship as he managed to perform well in all the four games. He put his signature in the second game, with a great assist to Yakutsenya for the game winning goal in the overtime. But let’s see the games more in detail.

In the first game, won by Dynamo 4 – 3 in the overtime, Alexei opened the score only one minute and half after the first faceoff. He exploited a great ouverture by Titov from the defensive zone to go on a breakaway and put it in the top left corner. In the second game he decided the match as in the overtime he played a great puck in the right side of the rink, behind the red line, fooling a defenseman and then sending the puck back to rushing Yakutsenya who, with a beautiful one timer, won the game. Other Avangard prospect took a spot in the scoring sheet as Tertyshny deflected Kurbatov’s shot to tie it up at the 56th minute.

In the third match he was kept silent by Dynamo’s defense (and Kurbatov added another assist), but in the fourth match he scored again, making it 1 – 1 at the twenty-second. This goal was a beauty as he finalized with a great wrist shot a good pass by Popov from the left side.

This playoffs series has seen a very good Cherepanov, really improved from last season. He managed to carry his team on his shoulders like veterans of the calibre of Kalyuzhny and Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets), getting significant ice time skating for the second line.
03/07/2008 Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals): Irgl shoots penalty shots the best

Lokomotiv’s and Team Russia’s goalie Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) game the SportExpress correspondent an interview. The young goalie currently holds the best statistic in stopping penalty shots. READ MORE
02/26/2008 Round 52 – Ak Bars vs. Khimik - Clash of Champions Review

Russianprospects.com has taken a look to the last (regular season) clash between Metallurg and Ak Bars. The situation so far the score 1-1 between the two teams (with RP.com covering all the challenges so far) as Metallurg won the first contest after the penalty shooting relay, while Ak Bars won at home with a 2-1 score. Both teams appear to be in good shape lately and thus the game will be interesting. Both trainers decided to go with second-string goaltenders and the creases will be defended by Andrei Mezin for Metallurg and Mika Noronen for Ak Bars, a club that also has to play without Sergei Zinoviev, replaced in his line by Denis Arkhipov and in the lineup by Mikhail Zhukov (Edmonton Oilers). Metallurg instead has to deal with the injuries got by Czech stars Jan Marek, out with a hand injury, and Kudrna, with a knee injury. Both players won’t be back in the lineup until at least the start of March. (Alessandro Seren Rosso scouting report) READ MORE
02/23/2008 Player and Goalie statistics have updated through today

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02/19/2008 Round 52 – Alexander Bumagin (Edmonton Oilers) nets a hat trick

Podolsk – In the second match after his return in the line-up, because of a “heavy injury”, Alexander Bumagin (Edmonton Oilers) has scored his first RSL hat trick in the 9-5 victory of Khimik over Vityaz. Alexander has played the start of the match as the first line center, replacing Leschev, then he was put on the second line, with Boikov in the first, scoring the second, the sixth and the eight goal of the team. First he finalized with a nice wristshot a quick counterattack after Pronin’s assist from the center. Then he rushed quickly with Bulis to score another counterattack goal at the twenty-seventh. He completed his hat-trick in the third period with a spectacular one handed dive-deflection after Bulis’ shot. He also added one assist on Mozyakin’s unique goal, scored at the seventeenth minute. In this game also distinguished Poperechny, author of a double, and Bulis, with one goal and three assists. 2008 eligible Lazarev has skated for Khimik, without recording any point. This great performance will boost up Bumagin’s morale in view of the playoffs.
02/11/2008 Round 46 – Khimik Mytischi vs Ak Bars Kazan (Detailed Scouting Analysis)

Ten prospects, four of them are not yet drafted, have been iced in the forty-sixth round match of the RSL Khimik – Ak Bars. Like in many of the recent games, Alexander Bumagin (Edmonton Oilers) isn’t dressed for Khimik. The match is played in an almost full Arena Mytischi. Bilyaletdinov has decided to break up the ZZM line in order to equilibrate more the lines, thus Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) will play in the third line while Denis Arkhipov , in the first. READ MORE
02/11/2008 Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) to leave Ak Bars
02/07/2008 Russian Superliga update (EuroHockey.net article)

With an impressive total of thirty-seven victories in forty-nine games played, Salavat Yulajev Ufa is the first team in the standings, with 110 points. But not only the Bashkirian team is the leader, they also have the best attack in Russia, numbers in hands, with 166 markers good for almost 3,50 goals per game. For comparison’s sake the worse attacks, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Amur Khabarovsk, score just more than two. Such results were expected, as Mikhalev’s team has made the loudest transfer market since the lock-out season, securing players of the calibre of Oleg Tverdovsky (Carolina Hurricanes), Aleksandr Perezhogin, Kirill Koltsov Igor Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings), spending a huge amount of money. (EuroHockey.net article by Alessandro Rosso) READ MORE
02/06/2008 Round 46: Viktor Tikhonov shines (Severstal - Lokomotiv scouting analysis)

Viktor Tikhonov shined in this contest between HC Lokomotiv and HC Severstal, but his club still ended up losing to Lokomotiv, which got a needed boost from former NHL super star Alexei Yashin . This detailed scouting report of the game additionally includes evaluations of Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins), Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators), Dmitri Loktionov, and Sergei Gimayev (Ottawa Senators). READ MORE
01/28/2008 Round 46: Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) leads CSKA to victory

HC Dynamo lost again, struggling to find its way even under the Czech head coach Vladimir Vujtek. Interestingly, Igor Ignatuchkin (Washington Capitals) appears to be coming up strong for HC Amur, playing a strong role in that club’s victory over Dynamo. The Washington Capitals prospect is in his first full fledged Super League season. Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) delivered a very strong performance for HC CSKA, scoring two tallies in the club’s victory over HC Avangard. Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators) has been enjoying significant success since his recall back to HC Lokomotiv from HC Metallurg (Nk). The young blue liner has been skating on Loko’s second defensive pairing and notching his 3rd goal of the season in the club’s victory over Severstal. READ MORE
01/25/2008 Player and Goalie statistics have been updated through today
01/25/2008 Round 45: HC Traktor beats #1 team behind 1990 born goalie

Ak Bars overpowered Avangard in a battle of the wealthiest Super League clubs, largely behind first line of Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Co. Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) led HC Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) to 3:2 victory with his 13th tally of the season. Young 1990 born goalie Alistratov back stopped HC Traktor over the top club in the Super League, HC Salavat Yulayev with an impressive performance. HC Dynamo lost once again, this time to HC Khimik, which got two goals from former NHLer Echman, as well as a late tally from Ilya Krikunov (Vancouver Canucks), who is having an off season, scoring just his fifth goal thus far. It appears that Andrei Kovalenko ’s time with HC Severstal is coming to an end. The veteran forward skated most of the time on the third and fourth lines and did not stand out despite his team’s 2:1 victory over strong CSKA club. READ MORE
01/21/2008 Player and Goalie statistics have been updated through today
01/21/2008 Pavel Vorobiev scores two for Spartak

Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks) found his scoring touch again with HC Spartak, recording his 11th and 12th goals of the season in the 5:0 victory over Metallurg. Youngster Oleg Piganovich continues his career season, scoring his 16th goal of the season, which leads all Super Leauge defnesmen. Interestingly, he is also one of the top PIM getters in the league as well. The Alexei Perezhogin – Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars)Stanislav Chistov (Boston Bruins) line ran on all cylinders today with Perezhogin scoring two tallies for Salavat Yulayev. READ MORE
01/16/2008 Player and Goalie statistics have been updated through today

Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) remains Russia's top overall player, but Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) has a solid lead in goals. Over the past several seasons the young forward has been consistently a top scorer in the Super Leauge, but has never been as consistent as this season. Vitaliy Atyushov (Ottawa Senators) continues to be Russia's top defender in scoring with his impressive 26 assists. Another player with 26 assists is Alexei Kaigorodov (Phoenix Coyotes) who appears to have finally gotten over the funk of his NHL stint and returned to old form. READ MORE
12/26/2007 Round 36: Ivan Tkachenko (Columbus Blue Jackets) nets a pair for Lokomotiv

Ak Bars (Kazan) appears to be back on the hunt after a convincing victory against HC Traktor. Once struggling HC Metallurg found a new scoring line with newcomer Albert Vishnyakov (Tampa Bay Lightning) on one of the wings. The young prospect assisted on both goals, making it three points for him in last two games (all assists). Alexander Korolyuk delivered his best game of the season, scoring no goals…but assisting on four of his team’s five! Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) added his lucky #13 goal of the season, while Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars) struck in overtime to lead Salavat Yulayev past SKA. Ivan Tkachenko (Columbus Blue Jackets) seems to have reawakened recently, scoring two goals in this contest, making it three in last two games for a player who had just 4 tallies in first 33 games of the season. READ MORE
12/25/2007 Round 35: Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) leads CSKA in victory

Vladislav Evseev (Boston Bruins) continues to play strongly for his new club Vityaz, scoring his fourth goal of the season. However, this was Vityaz’s only goal and in part thanks to Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals)’s strong play, HC Lokomotiv came away with a 2:1 victory. Salavat Yulayev continued to run on all cylinders, getting goals three different lines (Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames), Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens) and Igor Volkov (New York Islanders)’s) in 3:1 victory over HC Khimik. HC Lada surprisingly did away with stronger HC SKA, with Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) scoring his ninth goal of the season. Oleg Sparykin piled on two tallies to lead CSKA past Avangard. READ MORE
12/18/2007 New scouting report added to Dmitri Megalinsky (Ottawa Senators)'s profile

We added a new scouting report added to Dmitri Megalinsky (Ottawa Senators)'s profile and updated his profile's career notes section.
12/18/2007 Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) transferred to Magnitogorsk

After struggling for most of the 2007-08 season, former HC Dynamo captain Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) has finally found a new home in Magnitogorsk with HC Metallurg. It was a trade of sorts, as Mirnov was traded to Dynamo for another national team caliber forward Emeleev. The Ottawa Senators second round selection was one of the Super League’s top snipers last year, but has struggled to find himself on the younger Dynamo team this year, being a healthy scratch in the last few contests prior to the December break in the season. He will likely have an opportunity to play many minutes with Metallurg, but will have to prove himself in the face of stiff competition.
12/09/2007 New scouting report added to Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators)'s profile

The profile of Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators) has been updated. We noticed there was a problem with the display of the scouting reports and corrected it. Additionally, we added new scouting and career updates. READ MORE
12/08/2007 Web Site News: Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals): It's surprising that I wasn't called up

Lokomotiv and U20 team Russia goalie Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) gave an exclusive interview to AllHockey.Ru after yesterday’s game against Metallurg Magnitogorsk (3:1). Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) discusses his thoughts about him not being called up to the U20 national team. (AllHockey.Ru Interview) READ MORE
12/02/2007 Round 32: Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) leads CSKA to victory

Alexander Buturlin (Montreal Canadiens) scored two goals for his new club HC MVD after struggling to earn ice time with HC Salavat. HC Ak Bars earns a rare victory, beating HC Khimik behind youngsters Mikhail Zhukov (Edmonton Oilers) and Kiril Petrov. Esche was solid in net for the Kazan based club. Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) shined in HC CSKA’s victory over Metallurg, scoring a key goal and assisting on Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators)’s eventual game winner. (Box Scores) READ MORE
11/28/2007 Player and Goalie statistics have been updated through today
11/24/2007 Player and Goalie statistics have been updated through today

Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) took over the overall points and goals leadership spot in the league with 20 goals and 13 assists. Oleg Kvasha has also been coming on strong lately. Vitaliy Atyushov (Ottawa Senators) continues to be the top rated defenseman and leads the league in assists. READ MORE
11/19/2007 Round 23: Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks) leads Spartak to rare victory

HC Spartak earned a rare victory behind a determined effort from Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks), who scored his 7th and 8th goals of the season. Alexander Seluyanov (Detroit Red Wings) finally scored his first of the season, but it was Ivan Kasutin who earned the victory in the CSKA – Metallurg contest, helping his team beat last year’s champions. Young defenseman Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) potted two tallies after being quiet for the first quarter of the season. The young defenseman is U20 Team Russia’s captain and will lead the squad at the U20 WJC. READ MORE
11/17/2007 Round 22: Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) and Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) keep on firing

HC CSKA earned a well deserved victory behind a strong performance from Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) and Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators). Evgeny Dadonov played well for HC Traktor, but it was defenseman Oleg Piganovich who again stole the show, recording his 9th goal of the season. Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes)’s cannon continues to fire well as of lately, as the young blue liner recorded his 5th of the season for the surging HC Avangard. READ MORE
11/14/2007 Round 21: Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) shines for CSKA

Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) scores his first Super League goal in HC CSKA’s overtime victory over HC Dynamo. Timofei Shishkanov (St. Louis Blues) was another stand out in that game for CSKA. HC Amur earned a rare victory, and an impressive one over the highly touted HC SKA, despite a monster effort from Maxim Sushinsky . Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) is back on track, scoring his 10th of the season, helping struggling HC Metallurg earn a victory. Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes)’s cannon of a shot helped HC Avangard earn another victory as the elite club has begun to steadily rise in the rankings. READ MORE
11/13/2007 Darius Kasparaitis (New York Rangers) Prepares for New Adventure

Veteran NHL defenseman looks to help young players and revive NHL dreams As the 11th season as the top farm team of New York Rangers, the Hartford Wolf Pack are an even younger squad than last season,but they have this year they have an NHL veteran of 863 games in their opening night lineup. There are three million reasons Darius Kasparaitis (New York Rangers) is still here--the NHL salary cap and his three million dollar price tag. (EuroHockey.net Article) READ MORE
11/13/2007 Iowa Stars lose another player to Russia

Iowa Stars right wing Konstantin Pushkarev (Dallas Stars) has left the American Hockey League team to return to playing in Russia — becoming the second Stars player in two weeks to do so. READ MORE
11/12/2007 Alexander Buturlin (Montreal Canadiens) traded to HC MVD

Veteran leader Alexander Buturlin (Montreal Canadiens) was traded from Salavat Yulayev to HC MVD. The 25 year old forward struggled to earn ice time with star filled Salavat and will likely hold a much more significant role with HC MVD.
11/10/2007 Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators) moves to Novokuznetsk

HC Metallurg Novokuznetsk has announced through their official website the signing of promising defenseman Vitali Anikienko (Ottawa Senators), 20, drafted by Ottawa in the third round of 2005. The stay-at-home defender had an average campaign thus far with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, scoring 1 point in 17 games with a +3 and 22 PIM. Anikienko will surely get more ice time and experience with a fringe team like Novokuznetsk, that for now lies in the last post of the standings despite having high quality players on the roster. Additionally, they also signed NY Islanders’ prospect Sergei Ogorodnikov (New York Islanders), who was recently released by CSKA Moscow.
11/09/2007 Day 1 Results - Russia beats Sweden 3:2 (Box Scores)
11/02/2007 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs): I can do even better!

Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) led his team to gold medals in the Russian championship last season by scoring 37 goals in 69 goals and setting a new club scoring record. In the summer, he was supposed to make his move to the National Hockey League, but continued his career in Russia as he decided that it’s too early to take over the NHL at the age of 21. The overseas debut of one of the most promising players in the country is not far away however, as the Toronto Maple Leafs are waiting for his arrival at the end of the season. “Novye Izvestia” talked to Kulemin and found out what influenced him to stay in Russia and that he doesn’t regret his decision. READ MORE
10/30/2007 Evgeny Artyukhin (Tampa Bay Lightning) released by HC Avangard

Evgeny Artyukhin (Tampa Bay Lightning) was released by HC Avangard yesterday. The young towering forward struggled to deliver this season for his new club, with just 3 goals and 2 assists in 19 games. The young forward’s high salary has reportedly prevented him from joining one of the clubs looking to employ his services.
10/29/2007 Round 19: Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils) shines for HC CSKA

Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) scored his 11th goal of the season in a CSKA 8:0 trouncing of HC Torpedo. This game was a bit of a coming out party for Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils), who scored two goals, taking full advantage of the change to skate on the second line. Alexei Kaigorodov (Phoenix Coyotes) was instrumental in helping HC Metallurg beat HC Traktor, having a hand in both of his team’s goals. Interestingly the game was also a debut for young Traktor 90 born goalie Danila Alistratov, who deserved the top star honors of the game for carrying his game and backstopping it during very difficult situations. READ MORE
10/28/2007 Round 19: Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) does it again

Spartak shocked many by earning a rare victory and against one of the strongest teams in the nation, HC Avangard. Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) has been impressive once again, scoring 2 goals for HC Salavat Yulayev. A problem of sorts is however that he was skating on the wing of the second line centered by Alexei Tereschenko (Dallas Stars). This move, while has give Taratukhin a larger role, has taken him away from his common center position. Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) scored his ninth goal of the season, continuing his impressive success thus far. Fedor Fedorov (New York Rangers) is back on track with another strong performance for HC Dynamo, scoring a goal and the game winning shootout attempt. READ MORE
10/27/2007 Round 15: Cherepanov shines; Detailed analysis Ak Bars vs. Avangard

For the fifteenth round of the 07/08 Super League Avangard hosts Ak Bars Kazan for a very interesting match up between the two new Meccas of Russian hockey. For the guests we will see the first RSL start of undrafted Stanislav Galimov , hunting for his first career victory. Bilyaletdinov honors the gala by icing the Danis Zaripov - Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) (Boston Bruins)- Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) (Pittsburgh Penguins) line, arguably the best unit in European hockey. About the hosts, Belousov keeps playing Alexander Popov on the first line instead with Pavel Rosa , icing with Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) and Anton Kuryanov on the second unit. READ MORE
10/26/2007 Darius Kasparaitis (New York Rangers) returns to Russia

Darius Kasparaitis (New York Rangers) has returned to Russia for at least the 2007-08 season. The NHL veteran struggled to earn ice time last year with the New York Rangers, reportedly due to a depression stemming from a divorce. He has now signed a one year deal with HC SKA (St. Petersburg) in Russia’s Super League.
10/25/2007 Denis Kazionov (Tampa Bay Lightning) trying out for HC Avangard
10/25/2007 NHL defenseman Daniil Markov returns to Russia
10/25/2007 Alexander Drozdetsky (Philadelphia Flyers) on the move

After struggling to get ice time under the new HC SKA head coach Barry Smith, Alexander Drozdetsky (Philadelphia Flyers) has transferred to HC Sibir, where he will start playing after the next transfer period in early November. The young prospect enjoyed a strong season last year, but has seen very limited ice time with the club this year, mainly playing for the junior farm club. The reasons are unclear, but he officially does not fit into the coach’s system.
10/20/2007 Kirill Petrov (2008 Draft) shift by shift report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game)

17 years old Kirill Petrov is one of the highest touted Russian players for the upcoming 2008 draft, along with Nikita Filatov of CSKA. Despite his Moscovite colleague, Petrov is a valuable member of Kazan’s main team. After team's recent crisis, Ak Bars' head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, former NHL coach, has decided to change the lines a bit in his attempt to shake things up, therefore Kirill plays with Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) and Dmitri Obukhov instead of Mikhail Zhukov (Edmonton Oilers) and Igor Musatov. Playing with Zinovjev is a good opportunity for him to progress and mature, as well as learn some tricks from an experienced and gifted player. READ MORE
10/20/2007 Round 18: Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) collects another shutout

Artem Ternavsky (Washington Capitals) scored the game winning goal with less than 10 minutes to play, upsetting HC Ak Bars. Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) was very strong in net, stopping 22 of the 24 shots he faced. Konstantin Volkov (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored his first goal of the season for HC Vityaz. Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) collected another shutout, stopping all 25 shots he faced against HC Spartak. READ MORE
10/19/2007 Player and Goalie statistics have been updated through today
10/18/2007 Roman Voloshenko (Minnesota Wild) begins to practice with Ak Bars

Roman Voloshenko (Minnesota Wild) started to practice with Ak Bars (Kazan) and will join the club during the next transfer period in November. The young forward received a lucrative offer from the wealthy club last month and decided to leave the AHL and return to Russia.
10/18/2007 Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) & Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) criticized

Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche)’s line remained quiet again during the 17th round, and the young forward was criticized by his coach for his performance in the previous two contests. Interestingly, Parshin was fined 500US, and the cause is unclear, though it seems to be a disciplinary measure. While Parshin did play in this round, Dynamo forward Igor Mirnov (Ottawa Senators) was a healthy scratch. “Igor has 4 points (2+2) in 15 games – that’s miserable for a team leader. Last year we fined him and he became our top sniper” commented Dynamo coach Ivan Krivonosov.
10/18/2007 Round 17: HC Ak Bars and Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) wake up

HC Ak Bars finally earned a resounding victory over HC Sibir with its top unit ( Alexei MorozovSergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins)Danis Zaripov ) having a hadn in five of the club’s six tallies. Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) potted two tallies and added an assist in Metallurg’s loss to Salavat Yulayev. Lada won its 6th game in a row behind a hattrick by Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes). Yuri Alexandrov (Boston Bruins) scored his first tally of the season for Severstal, but it was Trubachev who put in a beauty of a goal in overtime to lead the Cherepovets based club to victory. Sergei Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets) tied for the Super League scoring lead, scoring his 11th goal in a losing overtime effort against HC Vityaz. READ MORE
10/16/2007 Player and Goalie statistics updated through today!
10/16/2007 Goalie Robert Esche reportedly going to Russia

Goalie Robert Esche has reportedly signed a one year contract with HC Ak Bars (Kazan) from the Russian Super League. Esche has been a long time backup for the Philadelphia Flyers, but was the odd man out after the club acquired and signed Buffalo Sabres goaltender Martin Biron, moving Esche to compete for the third spot on the team with another former Flyers netminder Boucher. Kazan is currently experiencing a goalie crisis, as the club lacks two of its competitors for the starting job. Mikka Noronen has been out for two months with a broken collarbone and will be out for at least 2 more months. Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) has struggled to perform in net and meet the hefty expectations. Koshechkin has subsequently been released by the club.
10/15/2007 Round 16: Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) battles Darcy Verot & wins!

The top start of the 16th round is undoubtedly Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and not for his offensive or defensive capabilities, but for successfully standing up toe to toe with Canadian enforcer Darcy Verot, who joined HC Vityaz this past offseason. Vorobiev fought Verot twice and won the punching contests both times. Interestingly this was also the game reviewed by the Russian National Team selection coach Vladimir Vasiliev, who undoubtedly was happy with what he saw from Vorobiev as a player who could give Russia a physical edge it often lacks. Beyond Vorobiev, Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) unleashed his cannon against HC Neftkhimik, scoring his third of the season from the blue line. Yuri Dobryshkin (Atlanta Thrashers) added his league leading 11th goal in a losing effort against champions Metallurg. READ MORE
10/15/2007 Sergei Anshakov (Pittsburgh Penguins) resurfaces with HC Amur

Once highly touted and still promising 23 year old prospect Sergei Anshakov (Pittsburgh Penguins) resurfaced in Khabarovsk, reportedly about to sign with the local Super League hockey club Amur. The young forward started the 2006-07 season with HC CSKA, but left the club after a few months, moving to HC Sibir, where he had even less fortune. In an interview last year, Bykov stated that he had no problems with Anshakov’s effort, but that the young forward just could not produce despite the hard worth ethic. This comforting to hear since Anshakov struggled to find a consistent home for several seasons prior to that due to his reported off-ice issues.
10/14/2007 Round 12 Scouting Report: Avangard vs. Lada

Scouting analysis of the Avangard vs. Lada contest that included the following NHL prospects: Sergei Andronov , Egor Averin , Denis Bodrov (Philadelphia Flyers), Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers), Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres), Marat Kalimulin , Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes), Mikhail Lyubushin (Los Angeles Kings), Nikita Nikitin (St. Louis Blues), Grigory Panin , Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs). READ MORE
10/13/2007 Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets): I don't understand why refs pressure me

Avangard Omsk forward Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets) returned to Russia after several seasons in North America. Having an active contract with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, he still decided to return to the Super League. The return of the powerful 6’2 and 235lb forward did not go unnoticed by the coaching staff of the Russian national team. Svitov made it to the expanded training camp roster of the national squad prior to the first phase of the EuroTour – the Karjala Cup. A Noviye Izvestiya correspondent had a chance to chat with Svitov. READ MORE
10/12/2007 Goalie statistics section updated

We have updated the goalie stats for the young netminders in the Super League. The process of updating these statistics has been automated and they will updated as frequently as player statistics. READ MORE
10/12/2007 Statistics updated through Round 15
10/12/2007 Round 15: Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) continues strong

Ak Bars (Kazan) continues to struggle this season, losing to HC Avangard 2:4 despite reuniting the Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins)Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins)Danis Zaripov line. Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) scored his seventh goal of the season. Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) delivered another strong game for HC Salavat Yulayev, as did his teammate Kiril Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks), who made a great blind pass to Vladimir Vorobiev for the game winner over HC Vityaz. Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) continued his spectacular season, adding two more assists in Metallurg’s trouncing of HC SKA. READ MORE
10/10/2007 Round 14: Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) back in action

Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) had a strong outing with a goal and an assist for his Salavat Yulayev. Ruslan Zainullin (Calgary Flames) added his fifth goal of the season, which is nearing his career high total for an entire season. Igor Volkov (New York Islanders) recorded two tallies for Salavat Yulayev, putting together another solid season for HC Salavat Yulayev. He will be a free agent at the end of the season and may be looking to join the New York Islanders. Alexei Yashin scored his fourth of the season, but it wasn’t enough to save his struggling HC Lokomotiv, who fell to lowly HC Torpedo. READ MORE
10/07/2007 Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers): Hockey is for real men

Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) is one of the up and coming 89 born right wings who has at one point being compared to Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) in his understanding of the game and style of play. While Dadonov has a long way to achieve Datsyuk’s accomplishments, the young forward is on his way, already with more than a season of professional hockey under his belt with HC Traktor. Our correspondent Alessandro Seren Rosso had a chance to conduct the interview with Evgeny in collaboration with the HC Traktor press department, who have been very helpful and accommodating, deserving a lot of the praise for their assistance. READ MORE
10/06/2007 Super League statistics updated through first 16 games
10/04/2007 Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames): I wanted to remain in the NHL

One of those players who decided this summer to return from the NHL back to Russia was 24 year old forward Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames), who last season was unable to break through onto Calgary Flames main lineup. He shared the reasons for his decision in an interview with Radio program Mayak [lighthouse in English]. READ MORE
10/01/2007 Round 7: Interesting game - Metallurg Nk vs. Torpedo Scouting Report

Eight prospects participated in the Metallurg Nk - Torpedo Super League round 7 game. Unfortunately, Dmitry Sayustov was a healty scratch for Torpedo and Valery Zhukov was injured. Also for Metallurg Nk there was Sergei Bobrovsky in goal, replacing Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) (Florida Panthers). Other prospects covered include Konstantin Glazachev (Nashville Predators), Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues), Denis Stasyuk (Florida Panthers), Artem Ternavsky (Washington Capitals), and Egor Shastin (Calgary Flames). READ MORE
09/29/2007 Round 9: Shift-by-shift detailed scouting report on Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers)

Russianprospects' in depth scouting returns back to the Magnitogorsk Arena, this time to follow the game of another highly touted prospect, first rounder wing Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) (New York Rangers). The New York Rangers prospect is used by head coach Belousov on Avangard's second line on the right wing, with Anton Kuryanov at center and Alexander Popov at left wing. Alexei is back on ice after his concussion suffered during the second game of the Super Series and he is still yet to get his best shape. READ MORE
09/27/2007 Super League statistics updated through today
09/27/2007 Round 8: Glazachev (Nashville Predators) scores two in losing effort

Konstantin Glazachev (Nashville Predators) scored his second and third goals of the season in Metallurg’s losing effort against more skilled and aggressive HC CSKA. Glazachev’s goals and his consistent play in the Super League is a welcome sight for a player who struggled to make HC Lokomotiv’s lineup last season. Speaking of his former club, HC Lokomotiv struggled and lost to lowly HC Lada 4:5 with Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) struggling out of the gate, allowing three goals in the first period before being replaced by Podomatsky. READ MORE
09/26/2007 Round 7: Hattrick for Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues)!

Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) earned his first career hattrick, leading Metallurg Nk. over HC Torpedo. Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) potted his first goal of the season, and appears to have fully recovered from the light concussion he suffered during the Canada Russia Super Series. HC Lokomotiv finally broke through and trounced the highly touted Salavat Yulayev 7:1 behind strong play from Semen Varlamov (Washington Capitals) and Alexei Yashin . READ MORE
09/26/2007 Round 6: HC Lokomotiv continues to struggle despite Yashin

Last year’s break out player Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) finally scored his first goal of the season in CSKA’s losing effort against HC SKA. Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) continued a strong start with his third tally of the season in an important victory over the strong HC Avangard. HC Lokomotiv continued to struggle, losing 3:1 to lowly HC Traktor despite having a star studded lineup with Alexei Yashin and Alexei Mikhnov (Edmonton Oilers). Kulemin continued his scoring streak, adding his third goal in two games after going scoreless for the first four contests of the season. READ MORE
09/26/2007 Round 5: Salavat Yulayev on top of Kazan in battle of giants
09/25/2007 Round 6: Shift-by-shift scouting of Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)

For the sixth round of the Superleague we took a close look at promising Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) (Toronto Maple Leafs). We evaluated the power forward's game with a complete shift-by-shift log, a technique that permits to have a very deep report of his actual play. The young right wing is used by head coach Fedor Kanareikin on the first line, playing as with Czech players Jan Marek and Jaroslav Kudrna. This line was instrumental in last year's Metallurg triumph in the Russian Super League. Let’s see how he does against Severstal READ MORE
09/24/2007 Super League statistics updated through first 8 games
09/23/2007 Igor Makarov (Chicago Blackhawks): I'm not playing because of my father

Despite the tough competition for a spot on SKA’s roster, Igor Makarov (Chicago Blackhawks) (who on September 19th turned 20 years old) lately has entrenched himself in the club’s lineup. The team’s head coach Barry Smith regularly trusts the young player and Makarov has not disappointed. In the first game against CSKA Igor earned three points, and helped his team earn the victory. (Championat.ru Interview) READ MORE
09/23/2007 Round 4: Kirill Petrov impresses with three helpers (Box Score)
09/22/2007 Round 3: Alexei Yashin arrives in the Super League! (Box Scores)

Alexei Yashin has arrived in the Super League, scoring his first goal and assisting on two others for HC Lokomotiv. Grigori Shafigullin (Nashville Predators) scored his second of the season after replacing injured Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) on Ak Bars top line, skating with Alexei Morozov (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Danis Zaripov . Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) was impressive in Metallurg (Novokuznetsk)’s OT loss, saving his team on many occasions, but still not being able to stop the deciding shootout attempt from resurging Ruslan Zainullin (Calgary Flames), who earned his third tally of the season. READ MORE
09/21/2007 Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers): It's better to play for HC Metallurg

So far this season, Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) has been Metallurg Novokuznetsk’s top player and this is despite the fact that he is only eighteen years old and is just getting used to the Superleague. The “steelers” head coach Sergey Nikolaev has also been pleased with the team’s latest acquisition and has mentioned Gayduchenko’s play in all of his interviews. READ MORE
09/20/2007 Round 4: Torpedo (NN) vs. Spartak (Moscow) Detailed Scouting Analysis
09/18/2007 Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues): The told me they will rely on me

In Novokuznetsk, every move he makes is greeted with applause by fans. Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) pays the fans back with goals and assists. In a game against the Hawks, number twenty three from Novokuznetsk was the best player on the ice and was named his team’s most valuable player. READ MORE
09/17/2007 Round 3: Metallurg Mg. vs. Ak Bars (Kazan) Detailed Scouting Analysis

19 prospects (13 properties of NHL teams, 4 undrafted and 2 2008 elegible) were iced in the Ak Bars - Metallurg contest held in Kazan for the third round of the Superleague. The number could be even greater but injuries have kept Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) and Vladimir Malenkykh (Pittsburgh Penguins) off of the ice. Tampa Bay's Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning) (Tampa Bay Lightning) is Ak Bars' starter, as the club’s other goalie Mikka Noronen (former Buffalo and Vancouver backup goaltender) was out of action with a broken collar bone. Grigori Shafigulin was Bilyaletdinov's replacement for the injured Zinoviev on the famous ZZM (Zaripov – Zinovjev – Morozov) first line. READ MORE
09/16/2007 Round 2: Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) and Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) shine for Metallurg
09/15/2007 Round 1: Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks) delivers for Spartak

Former Penguin Konstantin Koltsov (Pittsburgh Penguins) opened the season up with two goals, outshining some of the new HC Salavat Yulayev acquisition with an inspired performance. Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) impressed in his Super League debut despite his team’s loss. The talented young goaltender looked composed and ready against HC Khimik. The first day of action also marked the return of HC Spartak into the Super League. Despite losing the contest against HC MVD, Spartak was in the game for the first half and the game made it clear why Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks), with his two goals, continues to be a strong NHL prospect. READ MORE
09/14/2007 2007-08 Super League statistics now available!

We have created the Super League player statistics section for the 2007-08 season. The statistics have been updated through the first 4 games of the regular season. Some players worth noting out of the gate are Ruslan Zainullin (Calgary Flames), Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) and Yegor Shastin (Calgary Flames), all of whom are enjoying a resurgence with their new clubs. READ MORE
09/11/2007 Round 2: Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) and Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) shine as Metallurg Novokuznetsk wins over Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

In the second round of the Super League Alexei Yashin 's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl went to Novokuznetsk to challenge local Metallurg. Two young NHL prospect shined in this game, Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) of St. Louis Blues and Sergei Gaiduchenko (Florida Panthers) of Florida Panthers. Gaiduchenko, who joined Metallurg Nk this August on loan from Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, has effectively backstopped his team shutting out Yashin and company for fifty-eight minutes, displaying all his talent. READ MORE
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