2004 Prospects: Kirill Lyamin

By Grigory Orekhovsky

Kirill Lyamin is the 18th ranked (fifth defenseman) 2004 eligible European skater by Central Scouting in their mid-term rankings. The 6’2” 198-pound rearguard is playing for CSKA MOSKOW of the Russian League this season. He played on the winning Russian team in the recent U-18 tournament in Minsk.

Hockey’s Future spoke with him briefly last week after the final game of the tournament.

HF: How would you describe your game at the U-18 World Championship?
KL: I played pretty good. I could play better but I think I was good enough.

HF: Do you have any expectations for yourself in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft?
KL: Before the World U-18 Championship people said that if we win this tournament we get the better draft position in the Entry Draft. We won the World Championship…

HF: How would you describe your game overall?
KL: I’m physical stay-at-home defenseman.

HF: What are your biggest strengths?
KL: I’m a good passer and can play very good physical game. But I need to improve on it.

HF: Do you have a favorite player?
KL: It’s not just one. I like such players as Darius Kasparaitis, Bryan Rafalski and Slava Fetisov.

HF: Have you heard people making comparisons of you and current NHL players?
KL: I never heard about it.

HF: Off the ice what a kind of guy you are?
KL: I’m a kind and sympathetic man.