Was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 8th round (230th Overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, and three days later was selected in the 1st round of the CHL Import Draft (52nd Overall) by the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
A stay at home defenseman who played for the Podolsk Jr. team in a Russian Jr. league. A big, strong, physical player who has great defensive awareness and gets the job done in his own zone. If he develops his game over the next couple of seasons, he could turn into a good 5th or 6th defenseman in the NHL.
Zhvachin is not expected to put up big offensive numbers, but solid play in his own zone and a positive plus/minus rating should be expected.