Mikhail Stefanovich
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Mikhail Stefanovich

Hometown:

Minsk Belarus

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1989-11-27

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Trade with Toronto, 2011

Weight:

201 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • F

History

2007-08: Stefanovich’s first season in North American hockey. He appeared in 62 games for the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL), netting 32 goals and adding 34 assists. He added another eight points in 11 postseason games with the club. His 10 points (3+7) in seven games won him Rookie Player of the Month honors for the month of September. He was among those who won an RDS Rookie Excellence Award at mid-season and was invited to play in the 2008 Home Hardware CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game.  Chosen in the 4th Round, 98th Round, of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

2008-09: Stefanovich continued to light the lamp with the Quebec Ramparts(QMJHL), scoring 49 goals and adding 27 assists. He also scored 11 goals and 5 assists in 17 games. He represented Belarus both at the U20 level and as a member of the National Team. He was held pointless at the World Hockey Championship, but scored 1 goal and added 2 assists at the U20 level.

2009-10: Stefanovich’s offence took a dive, scoring just 25 goals in the offensively plentiful QMJHL. He finished with 68 points for the Quebec Ramparts(QMJHL). In the playoffs, Stefanovich scored 3 goals and added 9 helps in 8 games. At the World Championships Stefanovich scored 2 goals in 6 games with Belarus.

2010-11: Mikhail Stefanovich only gave the ECHL and AHL a very short trial (4 games and 2 games, respectively) before defecting (officially called a loan) back to the KHL to play for his home club – Dynamo Minsk.  In 21 games, Stefanovich only mustered a single goal.  He played four playoff games, he a goal and an assist.  In January, his rights were traded to Dallas for Fabian Brunnstrom, in large part to get Brunnstrom’s contract off the books.

 

Talent Analysis

On paper, Stefanovich looks to have all the tools that teams look for: a blend of scoring ability and size. Stefanovich’s sharpshooting abilities and offensive instincts are top notch, but his effort is inconsistent at best. Though he is willing to drive to the net, Stefanovich is a player who mainly fights through contact but doesn’t initiate physical play. His skating needs work, especially his acceleration, but his hockey sense and his ability to read to play softens the blow of this weakness.

 

Future

Stefanovich did not receive a qualifying offer and is no longer a prospect of the Dallas Stars.

2008 Draft bore little fruit for the Toronto Maple Leafs

by John-Eric Iannicello
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