Denis Stasyuk

Hometown:

Novokuznetsk Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1985-09-02

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2003

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (171st overall), 2003

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

Stasyuk has spent most of the past two seasons (2003 and 2004) playing for the junior Metallurg Novokuznetsk team. In 2003 he played eleven games with the senior team, scoring once. His play between the junior and senior Russian leagues impressed the Panthers enough to select him 171st overall in the 2003 Entry Draft.

He was pre-selected to play on the ’85 born Russian team but missed the cut to play on the team. In 2004 he played most of the season in the junior league, seeing action in only five senior league games and not factoring in on the scoresheet except for a minor penalty. 

2007-08: Skated in 33 games for Metallurg NK of the Russian Super League. Scored four goals and two assists.

 

Talent Analysis
Stasyuk is in many ways a prototypical, historically speaking, Russian player. He has decent speed and puck handling skills and has worked well in a team framework in his short career. His skills are unspectacular however, although he showed signs of improvement during the 2003-04 season. While standing in at 6’1”, there is some discrepancy about his weight, as some reports have him at paltry 165 lbs while others say he’s 180 lbs. Either way he needs to add weight to be effective at the North American game and his defensive responsibilities and overall skill will need to get better.
Future

Stasyuk can be expected to remain in Russia indefinitely.