A highly rated prospect in 2001, Evseev was expected to be a top 10 draft pick entering the 2001-02 season. Aside from a brief 15-game stint with HC CSKA Moscow in 2000-01, he excelled in the WU17, scoring 5 goals in 5 games, and also played for team Russia in the Junior Olympics. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury caused him to sit out the second half of the 2001-02 season, and though the injury was not serious, Evseev dropped to mid second round in the 2002 draft, and Boston traded up to St. Louis’ pick to acquire his rights.
In 2002-03 he played for 12 games for Dynamo 2 with a 10 point total (6 goals, 4 assists) before moving on to Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League. There he played 21 games, but managed only a 2 point total. The following seasons yielded similar time with Dynamo, a 5 games in 2003-04 and a 12 games in 2004-05. In May of 2005 he was traded to Salavat Yulayev of the Russian Super League.
2005-06: Evseev was able to stick to the Russian Super League for the 2005-06 season, where he played 30 games with the Severstal Cherepovets, and scored a total of three goals.
There are plenty of positives with Evseev. He has good size and plays an all-around game. He can skate and shoot the puck very well. There isn’t enough that could be said about his potential. The problem has been building upon that potential. Though extremely talented, he sometimes lacks focus and finishing skills, and has yet to make a major impact. His greatest obstacle? Injury. Evseev has lost significant ice time, and ultimately, valuable development time, which has prevented him from making the most of his talent.
The Bruins will likely leave Evseev in Russia for the next season or two. Evseev is young enough that past problems could amount to nothing more than minor setbacks, but the bottom line is he needs to stay healthy and focus on fine tuning his game. If this happens, his chances of an appearance in a Boston training camp will greatly increase.