Alexander Pechurskiy


Magnitogorsk Russia

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5th round (150th overall), 2008


187 lbs.

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2007-08: Alexander Pechurskiy had a strong showing for Magnitogorsk posting a 2.07 GAA in 26 games. Additionally, the young goaltender helped team Russia to the silver medal in the 2008 U-18 WC tournament where he posted a 3.06 GAA and an .885 save percentage.

2009-10: Pechurskiy made his NHL debut with the Penguins in a cameo appearance in January after joining the WHL's Tri-City Americans in mid-season. The 19-year-old was signed to an amateur contract during a Penguins' west coast trip in January and stopped 12 of 13 shots in relief in a 5-2 loss to Vancouver. Pechurskiy joined Tri-City following the 2010 U20 World Junior Championship (he did not appear in any games for Russia) and appeared in 27 games as the Americans finished first in the U.S. Division. He had a record of 13-11 with 4 shutouts and had a 2.61 GAA and .912 save percentage. Pechurskiy appeared in seven playoff games during the Americans' run to the WHL finals as Drew Owsley handled the bulk of the action and was 1-2 with a 2.95 GAA and .909 save percentage. In Russia prior to coming to North America, Pechurskiy made his KHL debut, appearing in one game with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and played five games for Magnitogorsk's "Steel Foxes" in the MHL (U22 league).

2010-11: Pechurskiy spent his first pro season in North America with the Mississippi RiverKings in the CHL after beginning the year with WHL Tri-City. In 27 games with Mississippi he was 17-14-2 with 1 shutout and had a 3.04 GAA and .894 save percentage. Pechurskiy had a 2-1 record, a 3.60 GAA, and a .861 save percentage in three games before getting bumped off the Tri-City Americans roster because of the WHL's limits on over-agers and imports.

2011-12: Pechurskiy returned to Russia to play for the Metallurg Magnitogorsk club. In addition to playing five KHL games, he skated for Titan Klin in the Russian second league (VHL) and played for Metallurg's junior team Stalnie Lisi. He was 0-2 with a .914 save percentage and 2.55 goals against in his brief time with Metallurg. He was 7-2-2 in 12 games for Titan Klin posting a 2.32 goals against and .923 save percentage. Pechurskiy was 13-2-2 in 18 regular season games for Stalnie Lisi with 1 shutout and a 2.23 goals against and .922 save percentage. In the playoffs he was 7-4 in 11 games with one loss in overtime and had a 2.55 goals against and .919 save percentage.


Talent Analysis

A once highly thought of goaltender from Russia, Pechurskiy plays a hybrid style game that is reliant on his athleticism. His positioning, stick-handling, puck control, and rebound recovery are all things that need to be improved before the elastic legged netminder can take the next step. There are also legitimate concerns over whether or not he is ever interested in playing North American hockey.



Pechurskiy will play for the Metallurg Magnitogorsk organization in 2012-13.


Pittsburgh Penguins have little to show from 2008 draft

by Ian Altenbaugh

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Photo: Defenseman Nick D'Agostino (left) is one of only four selections the Pittsburgh Penguins made in the 2008 NHL Draft. (Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)

For as significant as the 2007-08 season was in Pittsburgh Penguins' history, the 2008 draft was fairly forgettable. The organization traded their first three picks in the 2008 draft in three separate trades. All three trades were vital in equipping the Penguins for back-to-back runs to the Stanley Cup Finals, but the most significant was the one which sent their 2008 first round pick, prospect Angelo Esposito, and forwards Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen to the Atlanta Thrashers for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.

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