Valeri Klimov
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Valeri Klimov

Hometown:

Moscow Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1986-07-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

9th round (282nd overall), 2004

Weight:

227 lbs.

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History

2004-05: Klimov managed to get into a few games last season with Spartak, and was held scoreless in eight games.

2005-06: Klimov was left off the Russian national team roster during his last year of eligibility, and did not appear at the U20 World Junior Championships. However, he did manage to not only crack, but also earn a regular spot with Spartak throughout the 2005-06 season, including the playoffs. He had one goal and four penalty minutes in 23 games played to go along with a –5 plus/minus. 

2006-07: Klimov cracked the RSL as an underage player in 2005-06, but he was unable to make the cut in 2006-07 and ended up playing in Khimik Voskresensk in the Vysshaya Liga, only suiting up in three games and posting one assist and a +2 rating. 

2007-08: Klimov had yet another rocky season. After an unsuccesful 06/07 campaign, in which he only suited up in three games in the Russian High League, the sized muscovite returned back to Moscow, participating at Spartak’s preseason, but he moved away and as a result, didn’t get a chance of breaking into the lineup.

Talent Analysis

Standing at 6'3, 227 lbs, Klimov is a physically imposing defensive defenseman who plays it safe and steady in his own end. He has a decent shot from the point, but is not to be confused as an offensive defenseman. He is sound positionally, but he needs to significantly improve his decision making with the puck, his overall speed, and provide more of a physical presence. Klimov stands out more with his overall play, though he does still need to improve his physical presence and skating.

Future

Klimov's career has gone downhill in the last couple of seasons, so it would be good for his development if he keeps on playing pro hockey, as right now an overseas move is out of the question.