Korneev burst onto the international scene with an outstanding 2002 under-18 championship. He led all Russian defensemen in scoring (although he also played forward during the tournament), including highly touted 2002 prospects Anton Babchuk and Denis Grot.
Korneev saw the effects of the NHL lockout first hand in 2004-05, losing his roster spot with Ak Bars who signed a number of high profile NHLers. While it didn’t work out too well for the team, it also cost the young defenseman some development time. He has been a regular in the RSL for the past three years, an impressive feat for the smallish blueliner. Korneev had his lowest point total of his three-year RSL career, held to zero goals for the first time and only five points all season.
Korneev has great offensive instincts.
When the NHL comes back to action, he should see regular ice time in Russia again.