Swedish 2003 Prospects: Misha Joukov

By pbadmin

Joukov is ranked no. 3 on the Swedish prospects list.
The ranking and the articles have been compiled by Johan Nilsson, Robert Blomdahl,
Zoran Manojlovic, Anders Östberg and Mikael Hermansson.

#3 MISHA JOUKOV

Birthdate: 03.01.85
Place of Birth: St Petersburg, Russia
Position: Center / Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-3
Weight: 198
Team: HV 71

History
Misha Joukov moved from St Petersburg, Russia, to Sweden with his parents at
the age of nine. Already when he was 15 and 16 Joukov was a regular with Mora IK’s
J20 team. Despite being four to five years younger than most of his opponents the young
Russian managed to put up very respectable 7 goals and 9 assists in 23 games.
The following season (2001-02) Joukov moved to Arboga and played his first season
in the 2nd-tier league. Overall he had a good rookie season playing on a rather
poor team.
This past season he had a breakthrough with Arboga posting 23 points during
the regular season and 3 goals and an assist in the playoff round.

Talent Analysis
A big kid with an enormous potential, Joukov has likely the largest upside of
all Swedish prospects this year, besides Robert Nilsson. The 18-year old Joukov
has great hockey sense and puckhandling. He is a pretty strong skater, especially
for his size, and accelerates to full speed quickly. Joukov has also a great
vision on the ice and reads the play very well. These aspects assist him when
his delivering his excellent passes. When it comes to scoring Joukov is not
really a sniper but he can still put the puck in the net. If he improves his
shot we can expect him to score even more goals in the future. Joukov has also
the ability to get himself and his teammates into scoring position quite often.
He can be spectacular at times with slick moves but at the same time he needs
to use his big frame to a greater extent. Being 6-3 and close to 200lb Joukov
has a big size advantage to most players and therefore needs to use his body
more effectively.

Draft Projection
Joukov hasn’t played for either the Russian team nor the Swedish U18 team
during the season and since he has spent the season in the Swedish second-tier
league he is not as well-scouted as most players. Having this in mind it is
not unlikely that he’ll drop some rounds and the team that drafts him
will get a big steal. But on the other hand it is known that Red Wings Swedish
scout, Håkan Andersson, is very high on young Joukov and therefore he
could probably get picked as early as in the second round (perhaps even in the
late first round), perhaps by the Red Wings.

Next Season
Joukov has now left Arboga and the second-tier league in order to play with HV
71 in the SEL. He is such a big talent that he’ll probably step in and
contribute right away. Joukov is also planning to become a Swedish citizen soon
and if the paper work will be done by December he’ll most definitely play
with the Swedish WJC-team.
A strong candidate for the rookie of the year award next season.

NHL Future
Joukov has all the talent in the world and looks like a future star in the SEL
as well as in the NHL. He has the potential and the skills to become a strong
first line player and with a lot of work and a good attitude he’ll get
there.

Statistics

SeasonTeamLeagueGPGATPPIM
2000-2001Mora J-20SuperElit 2379164
2001-2002ArbogaSEL2 37491312
2002-2003ArbogaSEL2 419142330