Flames European prospects season review

By Jon Hagan





Victor Borbov 5

Viktor Borbov,
LW
– HC Dmitrov – Selected: 5th round (146th overall) in 2002

Team

League

GP

Gp>

A

P

PIM

+/-

HC Dmitrov

High
League (Russia 2)

55

8

10

18

22

6

 A prospect with third-line potential, Borbov, at 6’2, is a player with
decent height, but, at 176lbs, he’s a bit on the light side.  He has played
well for a weak High League club, and his development continues, but it has
slowed.  He prides
himself on his defensive play, and would make a fine second unit penalty
killer.  He will need to crack the Super League lineup somewhere for his
development to continue.  

Andrei Taratukhin, CLokomotiv – Selected: 2nd round
(41st overall) in 2001

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl)

Super
League

40

9

15

24

85

9

Taratukhin is one of the top two-way centers in Russia right now.  Moved
from Salavat Yulayev to Lokomotiv in the offseason, the young centerman doesn’t
shy away from physical contact.  Although the move to Lokomotiv was risky
due to ice time considerations, it has more than paid off.  Taratukhin took the place of injured Los
Angeles forward Alexander Frolov at
the Olympics in Turin this year and performed well. 

Yuri Trubachev,
C – Severstal (Cherpovets)
– 
Selected: 5th round (164th
overall) in 2001

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Severstal (Cherpovets)

Super
League

47

7

13

20

69

0

Trubachev is a player of small stature, but a natural leader.  He is
also a very competent skater who delivered another strong season with Severstal (beyond what statistics tell),
and he has all the tools.  Calgary may see him in camp.

Igor Shastin, RW Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk)
Selected: 4th round (124th overall) in 2001

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Neftkhimik (Nizhnekamsk)

Super
League

30

1

3

4

22

-8

Shastin keeps getting recalled and signed by Avangard because it’s his home
club and his father is one of the coaches and a local legend. He had a strong
season with Sibir a couple of years back, but has been unable to build on
it.  He is an undersized quick forward, who sees the ice well. Finished the
year on loan in the High League playoffs, where he proved he was clearly above
the High League level of play. He will continue to get chances in the Super
League, but needs to make an impact soon to keep developing.

Ruslan Zainullin,
RW
Spartak (Moscow)Selected: 2nd round (34th overall) in 2000

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Spartak (Moscow)

Super
League

40

7

3

10

22

-2

Without having played  day in the NHL, the right winger has part of the
plan for four different teams.  Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay
Lightning, Zainullin saw his rights traded to Phoenix as part of the Khabibulin
trade and then to Atlanta as part of a deal for Darcy Hordichuk and then,
finally, to Calgary as part of the Marc Savard trade.  Zainullin is a bit
of an enigma. At times he has shown flashes of brilliance, leading his team
in scoring at a preseason tournament, and then, going scoreless for a dozen
games, flashes of the ordinary. He has delivered several strong games down the
stretch, including a two-goal performance.   Has great size, but the
knock on him is his limited technical ability and skating.  He could be a
checking line forward, but he hasn’t put it all together and may never do so. 

Emanuel Peter, C
–  KlotenSelected: 5th round (142nd overall) in 2002

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Kloten

Swiss Elite

36

2

3

5

12

n/a

Even though he and fellow countryman Tim Ramholt did not make the cut for the
Swiss Olympic team which upset Canada in 2006, the 6’1, 213 lbs Swiss
center who dominates in the face circle should be turning heads soon. 
Peter’s game is not offense, but a tireless work ethic, and considering he has
spent the past five years learning his craft in Switzerland he would benefit
from the transition to the North American Game, and would no doubt flourish
playing in the AHL for a season or two before attempting to make the final cut
with the Calgary Flames.  

Tim Ramholt, D –  KlotenSelected:
2nd round (39th overall) in 2003

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Kloten

Swiss Elite

42

0

1

1

46

n/a

Another European with the mythic Sutter like work ethic, Ramholt, like
Emanuel Peter, represents the new breed of Swiss hockey player.  Ever since
Edmonton drafted Michael Reisen, the first Swiss player drafted in the first
round, Swiss players have been creeping closer and closer to becoming an
important player-producing nation.  Ramholt, nominated the outstanding defenseman in
the 2002 Mac’s Midget tournament, is a great skater and an effective open-ice
hitter.

Kristofer Persson, RW
Sundsvall Selected:
5th round (159th overall) in 2002

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Sundsvall

Sweden
2

38

0

2

2

8

n/a

Consistency and a questionable work ethic have plagued Persson
in the past, but it did not stop the Flames from taking a chance on this Swedish
right winger.  Only time will tell if the Flames saw something nobody else
up to that point did.

 Jiri Cetkovsky,
RW
Paradubice HC CzechSelected: 5th
round (141st overall) in 2002

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Paradubice

Extra
Liga (Cze)

34

0

1

1

30

-2

The native of Prostejov in the Czech Republic doesn’t bring offense to the
game, he brings size, and at 6’5, 220 lbs he brings lots of it. 
Cetkovsky played one year of junior hockey in 2002-03 with the Calgary Hitmen of
WHL before returning home to continue his development.  

Jyri Marttinen,
D
JYP HT JyvaskylaSelected: 8th round (238 overall) in 2002

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

JYP HT Jyvaskyla

SM-Liiga

50

11

8

19

126

+6

There are rumors that Marttinen, widely considered one of the better
defensemen on JYP, will be coming to Calgary in the fall to try and earn a spot
on the Flames’ blue line.  

Pierre Johnsson Mora
IK
Selected: 7th round (207th overall) in 2002

Team

League

GP

G

A

P

PIM

+/-

Mora IK

Swedish Select

35

0

1

1

20

-7

This Swedish defenseman has prided himself on always being able to make the
safe play, and this is in part due to his poor skating ability. 
Consequently, he compensates by moving the puck accurately and quickly using the
boards and quick outlet passes.

Andrei Medvedev Spartak
(Moscow)
Selected: 2nd round (56th overall) in 2001

Medvedev didn’t play a single game this season in the Super
League, and he is nowhere else to be found.  He
could make a decent Super League backup, but he just can’t get it
together.  He can show up and dazzle one day and be a complete non-factor
the next.  It is unclear where Medevedev will play next season.  He
got plenty of chances to get it right, but just hasn’t taken advantage of those
chances.  His Super League, let alone NHL, future is very much in doubt at
this point.  It is highly unlikely that the Flames will sign him.



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Evgeny Belashchenko contributed to this
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