Dmitri Kugryshev
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Dmitri Kugryshev

Hometown:

Balakovo Russia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-01-18

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

2nd round (58th overall), 2008

Weight:

183 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2005-06: Kugryshev established himself as one of the top scorers in Russian junior hockey with 34 goals and 35 assists in 23 games for CSKA Moscow’s 1990-born team. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists in seven playoff games. Playing for Team Moscow in a tournament for 1990-born players, he had 5 goals with 3 assists and was +11.

2006-07: Kugryshev spent time with the CSKA Moscow second team in Russia’s third division but played most of his hockey with the U-20 squad. He scored 18 goals with 16 assists and had 34 PIM in 13 games at the junior level. He appeared in seven games during the U-18 finals and had 2 goals with 2 assists and 12 PIM. He played for Team Russia at the WJC U-18 tournament and scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +4 with 4 PIM in seven games. Russia defeated the USA, 6-5, in the gold medal game.

2007-08: Kugryshev was one of the dominant offensive players in Russia’s third division as an 18-year-old. He scored 25 goals with 25 assists and had 60 PIM in 29 games during the regular season and added 5 goals with 6 assists and 6 PIM in seven playoff contests. Kugryshev played for Team Russia at both the U-18 and U-20 junior championships. In seven games with the bronze-medal Russian U-20 squad, he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +3 with 4 PIM. Kugryshev appeared in three games at the WJC U-18; suffering a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery. He finished the tournament with 2 goals and 1 assist and was +2 with 4 PIM. Russia advanced to the championship game before falling to Canada, 8-0. Kugryshev was selected in the first round (26th overall) by the Quebec Remparts in the 2008 CHL Import Draft.

2008-09: Kugryshev fit right in with the high-flying, free wheeling style of hockey played by the Patrick Roy-coached Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL. Kugryshev scored 12 of his 34 goals on the power play and had 40 assists to capture the league’s Michel Bergeron Trophy as the leading rookie scorer. He finished +21 for the first-place Remparts and had 38 PIM in 57 games. Kugryshev scored 6 goals with 14 assists and was +1 with 24 PIM in 17 playoff games as the Remparts defeated Baie-Comeau and Cape Breton before falling to Shawinigan in five games in the conference finals. He was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie team. Kugryshev played for Russia at the WJC U-20 tournament. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +2 with 6 PIM as Russia captured a bronze medal.

2009-10: Kugryshev was the fifth-leading scorer in the QMJHL as Quebec repeated as East division champions. Kugryshev scored 29 goals with 58 assists and was +19 with 52 PIM in 66 games to lead the Remparts. In the playoffs, Kugryshev scored 4 goals with 6 assists and 8 PIM but was a disappointing -3 as the Remparts defeated Acadie-Bathurst in the first round but were swept by sixth-seed Victoriaville in the conference semifinals. Kugryshev signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Capitals in March.

2010-11: Kugryshev saw limited ice time in his first pro season with AHL Hershey – and also appeared in three games with South Carolina in the ECHL. In 64 games with the Bears he scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was -7 with 10 PMs. Kugryshev had 1 assist and was -2 with 2 PMs in three ECHL games with South Carolina. Kugryshev signed a contract to play with CSKA Moscow in September 2011 and the Capitals terminated the two remaining years of his contract.
 

Talent Analysis

Kugryshev has been a consistent scorer since his early days of youth hockey in Russia. He is a solid winger who is effective along the boards. He does not have blazing speed, but is quick to change direction and is strong on his skates. He is not overly aggressive but does not shy away from the physical game and is strong enough to hold his own. He plays with strength and balance to win small area battles and work along the walls. Kugryshev plays a two-way game and works on the back check to regain possession. He is clever in the neutral zone and quick to generate the attack off the transition. He is not overly creative but relies on sound, crisp passes to generate offense. He has a quick release and an accurate shot though it's not overly powerful.

Future
Kugryshev will likely spend the 2011-12 season in the AHL, trying to find the consistency he’s lacked in the pros. He’s still pretty young, but he needs to find his scoring touch if he hopes to make it in the NHL. Otherwise, he’ll have to improve his two-way abilities and hope to make it to the NHL as a grinding forward.

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