In my search for information on some of the Buffalo Sabres’ European prospects, I sometimes make use of a language translation web site. In particular, this site features a Russian-to-English translation feature which, when translating the name of Buffalo’s 2000 1st pick Artem Kriukov, spits out the curious moniker “Artem Of Hooks”. Perhaps Artem’s ancestors envisioned future generations of Kriukov’s spending large blocks of time in the penalty box, but I’m sure the Sabres would rather see Artem’s name appearing amongst the NHL’s scoring leaders at some future time.
In spite of the available translation site, however, finding information on both Artem and Buffalo’s 2000 5th Round pick, D Denis Denisov, has been difficult. With regard to Kriukov, he is currently playing for SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Superleague (RHL), which is Russia’s equivalent to the NHL. Artem began the 2000-01 season playing for Yaroslavl of the RHL, where he appeared in just 2 games, registering no points. He also spent some time with Yaroslavl’s farm team, where he apparently registered 5 goals in 9 games. Prior to moving to St. Petersburg, Artem played for Russia in the Four Nations Cup Tournament which took place in Uddevalla, Sweden November 10-12. The Russian team finished the tournament 2-1, with Artem registering no points in the 3 games played.
Now that Artem is playing for St. Petersburg, he should receive more playing time than he would have received in Yaroslavl. The experience may not be the most pl Read more»
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youth first movement that seems to be effective, especially in the development of their
prize prospects. Four Thrasher prospects have been named to the Tryout camp roster of the
Canadian World Junior Hockey Championship Team. Thirty-four players recived invitations to
the camp. The four Thrashers selected are the most taken from any NHL stable.
Among the players selected for the tryouts:
Player POS WT. HT. BIRTHDAY CURRENT TEAM LEAGUE Rob Zepp G 185 6'0" 09-07-81 Plymouth (OHL) Garnet Exelby D 210 6'2" 08-16-81 Saskatoon (WHL) Luke Sellers D 204 6'1" 05-21-81 Ottawa (OHL) Dany Heatley F 204 6'2" 01-21-81 Wisconsin (WCHA)
the camp december 13th-18th at Beatrice Ice Garden in North York, Ontario. Twenty-two
players will make the final roster, and the trip to Russia for the Championships in russia
beginning on December 26th. Notable was the selection of Thrashers 1999 number one
overall pick Dany heatley, one of three non-Canadian Junior players selected for the