Dmitri Megalinsky

Hometown:

Perm Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1985-04-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2003

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (186th overall), 2005

Weight:

212 lbs.

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History

2004-05: Megalinsky skated in two games for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the Russian Super League as a 19-year-old and was scoreless with 2 PMs. He played 30 games for Yaroslavl’s third division team and had 6 goals with 12 assists with 82 PMs. Megalinsky was ranked 128th of the 144 European Skaters in the European Scouting Service Final Rankings and was selected by Ottawa in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.

2005-06: Megalinsky skated in 20 games for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv had the Russian Super League’s third-best record and Megalinsky saw little ice time on a team with several veteran defensemen including Karel Rachunek (in Russia due to the NHL lockout). Megalinsky finished with 1 assist and 8 PMs. He skated in eight playoff games and was scoreless with 6 PMs. In 12 games with Yaroslavl’s third division club, he showed an offensive touch; scoring 4 goals with 10 assists.

2006-07: Megalinsky skated in 32 of 50 games for Khimik Voskresensk in the Russian second division. He scored 4 goals with 7 assists and had 34 PMs.

2007-08: Megalinsky was in and out of the lineup for Vityaz Chekhov in his first full Russian Super League season. In 25 games with Vityaz, which won just 22 games and was 18th in the 20-team league, he scored 2 goals with 7 assists and had 20 PMs.

2008-09: Megalinsky secured a full-time role with Vityaz Chekhov as a 23-year-old in his second season with the club. One of two players to skate in all 52 games for Vityaz, which had the KHL’s second-worst record and won just 13 games, Megalinsky was -12 with 72 PMs. Offensively he scored 2 goals with 5 assists.

2009-10: Megalinsky was the team captain for Vityaz Chekhov and his two-way defensive play was one of the few bright spots as the team finished last in the Tarasov Division Skating in all 52 games, Megalinsky was second on the team with 16 assists and scored 4 goals with 98 PMs on one of the KHL’s most penalized teams. His even plus/minus was among the best on a team that allowed 74 more goals than it scored.

2010-11: Megalinsky was limited to 27 games in his fourth season with Vityaz Chekhov – missing most of November and playing his last game in mid-February. He had 3 assists and was -13 with 18 PMs as Vityaz Chekhov once again finished last in the Tarasov Division. Megalinsky signed a contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk in June 2011.

Talent Analysis
Megalinsky is a hard-hitting physical player who uses his imposing frame to deliver bone-crushing open-ice hits. He fights very hard along the boards and is extremely responsible in his own end. Megalinsky is more disciplined than he was as a younger player. He has average skating ability and though he lacks speed and mobility, he does have good balance. Megalinsky has a terrific slap shot, great vision, and soft hands.
Future
Megalinsky, a long shot prospect when he was drafted in 2005, is now 26 and unlikely to play in North America. He signed with Metallurg Novokuznetsk in June 2011 after four years with Vityaz Chekhov. He has been a solid, physical defensive defenseman at the KHL level and could possibly fill a lower pairing role for a club in need of defensemen but those type of players are generally not signed out of Europe.