Yuri Alexandrov was born in Cherpovets, Russia and is a product of the local Severstal hockey system. The young mobile defenseman has been a long time member of the North-West regional team that competed with junior squads from other Russian regions. He has also been a member of Russia’s 1988 born team since 2005. Alexandrov made his Super League debut during the 2005-06 season training camp, surprising many by earning a spot in the lineup and spending the rest of the season with the club. While not yet one of Severstal’s top blue liners, at just 17 Alexandrov has already become a Super League player.
2007-08: In his third season in the RSL, Alexandrov played a bigger role on the Severstal blue line. He captained Team Russia in the 2008 WJC, helping the team win the bronze medal.
2008-09: The young Russian defenseman with the powerful shot was expected to begin the season as one of the defensive leaders for Cherepovets. Instead, Alexandrov missed the first 23 games of the season after sustaining a shoulder injury during the preseason Memorial Belyayeva Tournament. Surgery on the shoulder kept him out until mid-November, but when he returned he brought with him the leadership preseason pundits had projected and expected. Over the final 26 regular season games he recorded three goals and five assists with a -10 rating. He accumulated 40 penalty minutes in those games, including a couple brawls. Considered one of the best prospects playing in Russia, his playing time proves he has become one of the top defensemen on Cherepovets. His blistering shot and command of the power play compliment his play in the defensive zone. Alexandrov was able to continue his development despite his injury and managed to thrive after a coaching change within the new system of acting head coach Andrew Pyatanov.
2009-10: Alexandrov bounced back fully from shoulder injury in 2008-09 and played a full season for Cherepovets Severstal of the KHL. In 56 games, he scored 6 goals and added 15 assists and was +2 with 56 PMs on a team that finished fifth in the six-team Tarasov Division. Alexandrov appeared in three playoff games for Almaz Cherepovets in the MHL (U-22 junior division) playoffs and had 1 assist with 2 PMs. Alexandrov signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Boston in May 2010.
2010-11: Alexandrov spent his first pro season in North America with Providence in the AHL. In 66 games, he scored 6 goals with 13 assists and was -6 with 44 PMs. Alexandrov was one of the players added to the Boston roster for the playoffs but did not appear in any games.
2011-12: Alexandrov returned to Russia – skating for Avangard Omsk and SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL. In 37 games between the two clubs he scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was plus-seven with 28 penalty minutes. In 11 playoff games for Avangard he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was plus-four with 4 penalty minutes. The New York Islanders obtained Alexandrov's NHL rights from Boston in March 2012 but he was not tendered a contract offer by the Islanders in June.
Alexandrov is a cerebral, puck-moving defenseman. He’s a smooth, fluid skater who moves well in all directions, but he lacks high-end speed and an explosive burst. His best asset is his passing game where he combines good vision with a soft touch. He can make short or long-range plays and has experience quarterbacking the power-play. On the down side, he has a fairly weak shot, lacks urgency in his game and is not a physical player. He also struggled mightily adapting to the North American pro game. Everything from fitness to systems play was a challenge for Alexandrov to pick up.
Alexandrov has returned to Russia, possibly for good as he has not been able to make any progress in North America. There are shades of Tomas Kaberle in Alexandrov’s game, the intelligence, the soft-touch, the calm disposition, but he hasn’t been able to put it together with any kind of consistency in North America.