Rest of Red Wings prospects in Europe

By Zoran Manojlovic

This is the second part in my look back on Red Wings prospects in Europé.

1. Pavel Datsyuk

Position: Center
Team: AK Bars Kazan
Born: 1978
Height: 5.11
Weight: 190
Drafted: 6th round in the 1998 draft (171 overall)
Rating: 6.5 / 10
Last season: 40 games 9 goals 17 assists 26 points 6 pim

The now 23 -year old late rounder from Sverdlovsk in Russia has emerged
as one of the best prospects in the Red Wings organization during the
past season.

He has had a career season in Russia with 26 points (9 goals and 17
assists) in 40 games. Datsyuk has played an essential role in Kazan (one
of the best clubs in Russia), he is playing on powerplay, boxplay,
everything. He has played so good that he has been a regular all year
long on the National Team. In the first tournaments with the national
team he was center on the 3rd and 4th lines, but in the WC in Germany he
played so good that he become 1st line center between Valeri Karpov
(left) and Alexei Yashin (right). He maid a terrific tournament even
dough he didn`t register a goal, he had 4 helpers in 7 games , was +5
(best on team), won 58% of the face-offs (best on team). He played a
great two-way game, lots of great passes, moves in high speed, and very
good backchecks. He didn`t behave like Russians do, but he played a very
good Russian hockey. In my opinion he was the best player on the team.

During the year he played in 19 games with the national team and
registered 2 goals and 5 assists and 2 pim.

Datsyuk is a great talent that has developed into a very good all-round

player with NHL future ahead of him (it depends on him).
Datsyuk has got great speed, very good playmaking skills, incredible
hockey sense, and great willingness to stick handle through traffic in high
speed. During the last season he has grown a bit and started to play
more aggressively, and that is a good sign if he want`s to play in NHL.

Datsyuk has got an offer from Detroit, but he has decided to stay
another year in Russia. He could come over in 2002/2003 season.

2. Alexander Seluyanov

Position: Defence
Team: Salavat Yulaev UFA
Born: 1982
Height: 6.1
Weight: 180
Drafted: 4th round in the 2000 draft (128 overall)
Rating: 5.5 / 10
Last season: 32 games 0 goals 2 assists 2 points 12 pim

Last years 4th selection (128 overall), has had a terrible season both
in his club UFA and in the WJC for Russia. In UFA he has played a solid
game defensively, but has not been producing points like he is
expected, because in first hand he is an offensive defenceman. Also on
the WJC for Russia he struggled offensively and defensively and was
one of the worst defenceman on the team, he had only 2 helpers in 7

But Seluyanov is still only 19 years old and was the top powerplay
defenceman in the 2000 draft, so there is hope of him becoming a NHL-er.

He possesses great speed, very good Russian hockey sense, and is a threat
on the powerplay. The best for him would be to come over and play in the
juniors and adjust to the North American hockey.

3. Dimitri Semyenov

Position: Left Wing
Team: Dynamo Energiya
Born: 1982
Height: 5.10
Weight: 180
Drafted: 4th round in the 2000 draft (127 overall)
Rating: 5 / 10
Last season 24 games 0 goals 0 assists 18 pim

An unknown young prospect in the Russian Elite League. He started the
year by playing with Dynamo Moscow, but with the lack of offensive
production he was sent to the farm team Dynamo Energiya who plays in the
same league.

Semyenov is a long shot by the Red Wings and he is only 19 years old and
has a lot of time to develop.
He is a small speedy winger with good scoring touch and good playmaking
skills. Also the best for Semyenov would be to come over and play in the

4. Andrei Maximenko

Position: Left Wing
Team: Sovjet Wings
Born: 1981
Height: 6
Weight: 180
Drafted: 5th round in the 1999 draft (149 overall)
Rating: 4 / 10
Last season 24 games 2 goals 5 assists 7 points 12 pim

Maximenko has also had a bad season and was not in the lineup with the
Sovjet wings when they played in the playoffs and qualified for the
Russian Elite League. He didn`t produce offensively and struggled
overall. He is a speedy winger scoring winger, but he could be a lost

5. Tomek Valtonen

Position: Center
Team: Jokerit
Born: 1980
Height: 6.1
Weight: 210
Drafted: 2th round in the 1998 draft (56 overall)
Rating: 5 / 10
Last season: N/A

Tomek is a great checker who has nothing to do with the offence. He has
had a solid season for Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League. He is now
21-years old and should come over to AHL and adjust to North American
hockey if he wants to play in the NHL.

6. Jimmie Svensson

Position: Center / Left Wing
Team: Malmo IF J20
Born: 1982
Height: 6.1
Weight: 190
Drafted: 7th round in the 2000 draft (228 overall)
Rating: 4 / 10
Last season: N/A

A young prospect who could develop into a solid, hardworking grinder in
the NHL some day. He plays a lot with heart and has had a solid season
in the junior league in Sweden. He was dominating physically in the
league, and is a great hitter, with very good skating ability.

7. Johan Forsander

Position: Left Wing
Team: HV 71
Born: 1978
Height: 6.1
Weight: 195
Drafted: 4th round in the 1996 draft (108 overall)
Rating: 3.5 / 10
Last season: Didn`t play

Johan didn`t play because of a injury that forced him to miss the whole
year. His time is ticking away……