By: Alexander Shapiro
By: Eugene Belashchenko ( http://www.russianprospects.com)
Chistov: Russian Karya? That title does not intrigue me
the last month Avangard forward Stanislav Chistov moved into second place
amongst the most promising juniors of the world and now gives way to only Ilja
Kovalchuk. Yesterday Chistov was
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Stanislav, as it is known, despite the young age you already had a chance
to play across the ocean.
That is actually so.
I played two years in one of the junior leagues in California.
But not too long, because my parents were worried and I admit it was a
During your time in North America, you probably learned English well?
At first I had some
problems, but now I know English well.
Many foreign scouts christened you as a Russian Paul Karya.
How do you regard this?
To be honest I don’t care what
they call me. It seems that by the
manner of my game and by my size I remind the journalists of Karya.
What are you predictions on the upcoming draft?
In any case first will be Ilja
Kovalchuk. There is a lot of talk
about him right now in North America.
How the draft goes after that, no one knows.
And it does not depend on us hockey players.
Only in the spring you were at the end of the top 10 prospects, now you are
second only to Kovalchuk. Are you
surprised by such progress?
Not really – all
players aim to take a highest possible place in the draft.
Though, I did not put in front of me the goal of being second or for
example fifth. What will eventually happen, we will see, there isn’t much time
left to wait.
Have you conversed with the management of any of the NHL teams?
With 22 out of the 30.
I can’t be more specific – it is still a secret, and I do not want to
open it. I will note only this,
each GM of the NHL teams made a great impact on me.
Then tell us, which club do you sympathize?
I like the style of the game
in Colorado. This team, in my
opinion, rightfully captured the Stanley Cup.
So you are a fan of the Avalanche?
Actually I am a fan of
beautiful hockey. In the finals
Colorado and New Jersey showed just that.
Was the last season your last with Avangard?
It is hard to say. I think that I need to play another couple of years in Omsk,
gain experience and strength. However,
from another perspective, if the management of the team that drafts me will say
that I need to appear at the training camp this summer, then I will definitely
You participated in two World Championships – amongst players under 20
years of age in Moscow and under 18 in Finland.
What are your recollections?
It was great. In Moscow we simply did not have enough fortune and there
wasn’t really any team play. In
Finland we played great. We earned
first place with an excellent differential between the scored and allowed goals.
The coaches of the Super League named your teammate Kiril Koltsov as the Super
League’s Rookie of The Year. Were
No, Kiril played most
of the matches with the team and I only played half.
Besides that, Koltsov looked great in the playoffs.
What are your immediate plans?
A day after the draft I am
going to fly out of Florida to Omsk, where along with the rest of Avangard I
will begin to prepare for the next season.
Shapiro of SportExpress