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Entry Draft 2012

27.05.2012

On the 26th of May the Arena Traktor in Chelyabinsk hosted the Kontinental Hockey League Entry Draft. It was the fourth draft in the KHL’s short history, but it will be remembered as one of the most glittering events the League has staged. Around three thousand fans were in the stands to watch the draw for the rights to sign the most talented young hockey players, while the ceremony itself passed without a hitch, thanks to the meticulous organization of which the KHL is justifiably proud.

Players are only eligible to participate in the KHL Junior Draft 2012 if they belong to one of the two following categories:
1) graduates of hockey schools in Russia who are aged 17. Age is determined by calendar year, and not by day and month of birth.
2) hockey players aged 17-21, playing in competitions staged within the borders of the Russian Federation, and not currently contractually tied to any of the clubs in the KHL, VHL (lower league) or MHL (junior league), the rights to whom are not held by any clubs in the League’s structure.

Before the ceremony got underway the KHL Hockey Operations Vice-President Vladimir Shalaev conducted a draw for the right to choose first. The clubs taking part were the three which had occupied the lowest places in the 2011/2012 KHL Championship - Vityaz, Avtomobilist and Sibir, plus Lokomotiv, as part of the League’s plans to restore the club to its former glory.

First pick went to Sibir, followed by Lokomotiv, Vityaz and Avtomobilist. As it later became clear, before the start of the Draft there were negotiations between representatives of Sibir and SKA, as a result of which the Novosibirsk men received the sporting rights to defenseman Johan Fransson, who played by the banks of the Neva in the 2010-11 season, giving the Petersburg club the right of first pick in return. A while earlier, in similar fashion, Vityaz had given up its position to Ak Bars, and Avtomobilist to CSKA.

“We put some thought into the trade with SKA,” said Sibir general manager Kirill Fastovsky. “For a long time we had been seeking a strong defenseman and our search brought us to Fransson, the rights to whom belong to SKA. I hope our negotiations with the player will reach a successful conclusion and he will be able to strengthen our team. After this we can say we have assembled practically all of the roster for the coming season, and that – apart from getting to the play-offs – is our only target at Sibir.”

So at the start of the ceremony the voice at the microphone belonged to SKA sporting director Andrei Tochitsky, as he read out the name of the #1 pick of the KHL Entry Draft 2012. This was Russian defenseman Denis Alexandrov (17.01.1995), a graduate of Moscow’s Krylya Sovetov hockey school, who spent last season appearing in the Moscow open Championship.

“Of course I was hoping to be chosen in the first round, but I really didn’t expect to be the first overall pick in the Draft,” said Denis (left), who can now look forward to seeing his name adorn the headlines of many a news agency. “My entire career so far has been at Krylya Sovetov and we played really well last season, but inside I’m now ready for the move to Saint Petersburg. My parents introduced me to hockey. We lived not far from the arena in Setun, in west Moscow, and my father, who traveled with me to Chelyabinsk, was the first to congratulate me. The second was my mother. I’m happy.”

The #2 Draft pick was a player from Finnish club Tappara, forward Alexander Barkov - namesake and son of the former head coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk and one of the brightest young prospects in the game. He was picked by Lokomotiv. Barkov junior already made his mark in senior hockey on October 1, 2011 when he became the youngest player ever to score in the SM-liiga, with a goal against Ässät. At the tender age of 16 years, one month and two days.

The #3 pick, thanks to Ak Bars choosing a graduate of its own school, was forward Rinat Valiyev.

The player rated the number one Russian youngster by the KHL Scouting Bureau was Valery Nichushkin (right). The graduate of the Traktor Chelyabinsk hockey school was the 11th pick, and he was chosen by Dinamo Minsk. The host team, however, exercised its right of first choice for one of its own graduates, and so to loud cheers from the home crowd Nichushkin donned the jersey of the Chelyabinsk club, with his name already emblazoned on the back. Valery later admitted that he was not particularly saddened that the pre-draft predictions had not come true, and he was happy to stay with his home club.

The representatives from Barys Astana needed three attempts to snare a player in the first round of the Draft. Twice they chose graduates from the Avangard hockey school, and twice the Omsk men held on to their charges. As a result, the men from Kazakhstan settled for a graduate of their own school, Madiyar Ibraibekov.

CSKA kept up its tradition of selecting the youngsters from its own school, and used its right of protection on five more of its players, although the Army Men, represented in Chelyabinsk by Sergei Fedorov, chose Vladislav Boiko (left) of Krylya Sovetov in the first round. In stark contrast to the Barkovs, Vladislav is from a family of artists. His father is a painter; his mother is a ballerina. After the ceremony, Boiko’s father said he has not ruled out the possibility of painting a picture with a hockey theme sometime in the future.

“We liked this player in yesterday’s match between the youngsters,” said Sergei Fedorov. “I’m glad that no-one managed to sign Vladislav Boiko earlier. Overall we did quite well in the Draft, where the main thing for us was to keep hold of as many graduates of the CSKA system as possible. The owners have directed the club management to create a roster which is first and foremost built around players brought up in the club’s own school.”

There was a curious episode in the second round involving Spartak. The Moscow club’s representatives named Andrei Alexeyev, but Lokomotiv had already tried to draft the forward and been thwarted when Spartak’s Moscow rival Dynamo, named Alexeyev as one of its protected players. For this mistake Dmitry Kurbatov, in charge of the ceremony, revoked Spartak’s right of selection.

As Gagarin Cup winners, Dynamo’s pick came near the end of each round, but the KHL champions’ technical director Alexei Panfilov still managed to draft Vladimir Bryukvin – a graduate of the Blue-and-Whites’ own school and ranked fourth by the KHL Scouting Bureau.

The top ranked youngster in the list of North American players was Roman Graborenko, of Cape Breton in the Quebec junior league. The young forward has Belarusian citizenship, so it was no surprise when he was snapped up by Dinamo Minsk.

The highest rated European player, placed 7th in the KHL Scouting Bureau’s rankings, was Radek Faksa, a Czech center playing for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League, and he was picked by Neftekhimik. The Bureau has a short description for each player, and next to Radek’s name were these words: “…his style of play is reminiscent of Jagomir Jagr.”

Vladimir Samokhin in Chelyabinsk, special to khl.ru

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In all, the clubs chose166 players in five rounds of the draft

Round 1

No.

Club

Player

School/Club

Protection

1

SKA / Sibir

Alexandrov Denis

Krylya Sovetov

2

Lokomotiv

Barkov Aleksander

Tappara

3

Ak Bars / Vityaz

Valiyev Rinat

Ak Bars

4

CSKA / Avtomobilist

Zadorov Nikita

CSKA

5

Atlant / Spartak

Baldayev Viktor

Kristall

6

CSKA

Boiko Vladislav

Krylya Sovetov

7

Neftekhimik

Faksa Radek

Kitchener

8

Metallurg Nk

Goldobin Nikolai

Vityaz

9

Dinamo Riga

Bukarts Rihards

Kapitan

10

Yugra

Yudin Dmitry

Sputnik

11

Dinamo Minsk

Nichushkin Valery

Traktor

1/5

12

Dinamo Minsk

Graborenko Roman

Cape Breton

13

Amur

Ristolainen Rasmus

TPS

14

Severstal

Hertl Tomas

Slavia

15

Barys

Zinchenko Stanislav

Avangard

1/5

16

Barys

Fishchenko Ivan

Avangard

2/5

17

Barys

Ibraibekov Madiyar

Barys

18

CSKA / Atlant

Filonenko Andrei

CSKA

19

Salavat Yulaev

Gernat Martin

Edmonton

20

SKA / Torpedo

Stetsenko Sergei

CSKA

1/5

21

SKA / Torpedo

Tikhonov Mikhail

Rus

22

Ak Bars

Galeyev Ruzal

Ak Bars

23

Avangard

Pokka Ville

Karpat

24

Metallurg Mg

Bazanov Ruslan

CSKA

25

Metallurg Nk / Dynamo M

Buchnevich Pavel

Severstal

1/5

26

Metallurg Nk / Dynamo M

Ikonen Juuso

Espoo Blues

27

Torpedo / SKA

Kuleshov Artyom

Krylya Sovetov

28

CSKA / Traktor

Tolchinsky Sergei

CSKA

29

Donbass

Lysenko Vladislav

Atlant

1/5

30

Donbass

Lindholm Hampus

Rogle

31

Lev

Rachunek Tomas

Sparta

32

Slovan

Dano Marko

Trencin

Round 2

No.

Club

Player

School/Club

Protection

1

Lokomotiv

Barbashev Ivan

Dynamo M

1/5

2

Lokomotiv

Alexeyev Andrei

Dynamo M

2/5

3

Lokomotiv

Dikushin Grigory

CSKA

2/5

4

Lokomotiv

Serebryakov Nikita

Dynamo M

3/5

5

Lokomotiv

Gavrikov Vladislav

Lokomotiv

6

Ak Bars / Vityaz

Shakhvorostov Viktor

Ak Bars

7

Yugra / Avtomobilist

Zabavin Konstantin

Traktor

2/5

8

Yugra / Avtomobilist

Sharov Alexander

Traktor

3/5

9

Yugra / Avtomobilist

Baltisberger Phil

GCK Zurich

10

Sibir

Rakell Rickard

Plymouth

11

Spartak

Shestyorkin Igor

Krylya Sovetov

12

CSKA

Mamin Maxim

CSKA

13

Metallurg Mg / Neftekhimik

Zakarlyukin Alexei

Traktor

4/5

14

Metallurg Mg / Neftekhimik

Medvedev Pavel

Dynamo M

15

Metallurg Nk

Zharkov Daniil

Belleville Bulls

16

Dinamo Riga

Golovkovs Georgs

Metallurg Liepaja Jr.

17

Spartak / Yugra

Okulov Konstantin

Sibir

1/5

18

Spartak / Yugra

Zykov Valentin

CSKA

3/5

19

Spartak / Yugra

20

Metallurg Nk / Dinamo Minsk

Vorobev Kirill

CSKA

4/5

21

Metallurg Nk / Dinamo Minsk

Sharov Alexander

CSKA

5/5

22

Metallurg Nk / Dinamo Minsk

Tikkinen Niklas

Blues Jr.

23

Amur

Gustafsson Johan

Lulea

24

Severstal

Bystrom Ludvig

MODO

25

SKA / Barys

Lehkonen Artturi

KalPa Jr.

26

Atlant

Volkov Vyacheslav

CSKA

27

Salavat Yulaev

Dubinin Roman

Salavat Yulaev

28

Torpedo

Dyachenko Sergei

Rus

29

Ak Bars

Trubkin Ruslan

Ak Bars

30

Avangard

Glukhov Nikolai

Avangard

31

Metallurg Mg

Mazhuga Yegor

Avangard

3/5

32

Metallurg Mg

Zykov Pavel

CSKA

33

Dynamo M

Bryukvin Vladimir

Dynamo M

34

SKA

Aberg Pontus

Djurgarden

35

Traktor

Ionin Vladimir

Traktor

36

Donbass

Vainonen Mikko

HIFK

37

Lev

Mozik Vojtech

Mlada Boleslav

38

Slovan

Reway Martin

Sparta Praha Jr.

Round 3

No.

Club

Player

School/Club

Protection

1

Lokomotiv

Rafikov Rushan

Lokomotiv

2

Vityaz

Shatsky Nikita

Vityaz

3

Yugra / Avtomobilist

Tkachev Vladimir

Avangard

4/5

4

Yugra / Avtomobilist

Abrosimov Alexei

Avangard

5/5

5

Yugra / Avtomobilist

Khrishpents Vadim

Avangard

6

Spartak / Atlant / Sibir

Rachinsky Roman

Sibir

2/5

7

Spartak / Atlant / Sibir

Yudov Yegor

Krylya Sovetov

8

CSKA / Spartak

Makkaev Georgy

CSKA

9

CSKA

Koo Danila

Lada

10

Neftekhimik

Yastrebkov Vsevolod

Ak Bars

1/5

11

Neftekhimik

Pushkarsky Maxim

Ak Bars

2/5

12

Neftekhimik

Paigin Ziyat

Ak Bars

3/5

13

Neftekhimik

Lyzin Evgeny

Ak Bars

4/5

14

Neftekhimik

Kashtanov Dmitry

Ak Bars

5/5

15

Neftekhimik

Shakurov Rafael

Ak Bars

16

Metallurg Nk

Ivanov Ilya

Vityaz

17

Dinamo Riga

Merzlikins Elvis

Lugano U20

18

Ak Bars / Yugra

Mikheyev Artyom

Ak Bars

19

Dinamo Minsk

Dalidovich Denis

Minot

20

Amur

Hakanpaa Jani

Blues

21

Severstal

Baertschi Sven

Calgary

22

SKA / Barys

Andersson Calle

Farjestad Jr.

23

Neftekhimik / Atlant

Gritsikh Vladislav

Ak Bars

24

Salavat Yulaev

Jensen Nicklas

Oshawa

25

Torpedo

Filin Evgeny

Neftyanik

26

Ak Bars

27

Avangard

Teterin Ivan

Avtomobilist

1/5

28

Avangard

Nekryach Anton

Sibir

3/5

29

Avangard

Kubasov Evgeny

Sibir

30

Metallurg Mg

Alekseyev Andrei

Ak Bars

31

Dynamo M

Bocharov Ivan

Dynamo M

32

SKA

Burakowsky Andre

Malmo Jr.

33

Traktor

Penkovsky Artyom

Traktor

34

Donbass

Morozov Yegor

Lada

35

Lev

Zejdl Lukas

Slavia Praha

36

Slovan

Rehak Dominik

Zilina U18

Round 4

No.

Club

Player

School/Club

Protection

1

Lokomotiv

Mokshantsev Alexander

Lokomotiv

2

Ak Bars / Vityaz

Bilyalov Timur

Ak Bars

3

Avtomobilist

Khripunov Stepan

Salavat Yulaev

1/5

4

Avtomobilist

Voropayev Vladislav

Sputnik

5

Sibir

Orsava Jakub

Trinec

6

CSKA / Spartak

Prokhorov Artyom

Krylya Sovetov

7

Lokomotiv / CSKA

Cherepanov Nikita

Lokomotiv

8

Vityaz / Neftekhimik

MacKinnon Nathan

Halifax

9

Metallurg Nk

Antipov Kevin

CSKA

10

Spartak / Dinamo Riga

Boldin Igor

Spartak

11

Yugra

Popov Pavel

Traktor

12

Dinamo Minsk

Khenkel Kristian

Yunost-Minsk

13

Amur

Korpisalo Joonas

Jokerit Jr.

14

Severstal

Grigoriev Kirill

Rus

15

Barys

Mikhailis Nikita

Barys

16

Spartak / Atlant

Vorobyov Dmitry

Krylya Sovetov

17

Salavat Yulaev

Setdikov Nikita

Rus

18

Dynamo M / Torpedo

Yermoshenko Dmitry

Dynamo M

19

Severstal / Ak Bars

Claesson Fredrik

Djurgarden

20

Avangard

Kozlovsky Fyodor

Avangard

21

Sibir / Metallurg Mg

Orekhov Vadim

Sibir

22

Dynamo M

Mironov Andrei

Dynamo M

23

SKA

Nielsen Jonatan

Linkoping U20

24

Traktor

Yerofeyev Andrei

Traktor

25

Donbass

Ikonen Henri

KalPa

26

Lev

Kostalek Jan

Sparta

27

Slovan

Paulovic Matej

Farjestad Jr.

Round 5

No.

Club

Player

School/Club

Protection

1

Lokomotiv

Boichuk Dmitry

Dynamo M

4/5

2

Lokomotiv

Nikolayev Roman

Dynamo M

5/5

3

Lokomotiv

Gerashchenko Andrei

Dynamo M

4

Vityaz

Trocheck Vincent

Saginaw

5

Avtomobilist

Belopashentsev Maxim

Torpedo

1/5

6

Avtomobilist

Golyshev Anatoly

Avtomobilist

7

Metallurg Mg / Sibir

Westlund Wilhelm

Westlund Wilhelm

8

Vityaz / Spartak

Prince Shane

Ottawa

9

CSKA

Zakharov Viktor

Sokol Kiev

10

Neftekhimik

Korenev Ilya

Lokomotiv

11

Neftekhimik

Bryntsev Alexander

Avangard

12

Metallurg Nk

Husso Ville

HIFK U20

13

Dinamo Riga

Rinke Ralf

Timmendorfer Strand 06

14

Yugra

Arsenyuk Dmitry

Metallurg Mg

1/5

15

Yugra

Varfolomeyev Pavel

Metallurg Mg

16

Dinamo Minsk

Dyukov Roman

Yunost-Minsk

17

Sibir / Spartak / Amur

Maslikhin Vladislav

Sibir

18

Metallurg Nk / Severstal

Friberg Max

Timra

19

Barys

Stepanenko Ivan

Barys

20

Neftekhimik / Atlant

Lyapustin Denis

Neftekhimik

21

Salavat Yulaev

Moskalev Artyom

SKA

1/5

22

Salavat Yulaev

Beran Matej

P.E.I.

23

Torpedo

Ivanov Yegor

Traktor

5/5

24

Torpedo

Yakunin Dmitry

CSKA

25

Yugra / Ak Bars

Marchenkov Dmitry

Metallurg Mg

26

Avangard

Boldyrev Sergei

Metallurg Mg

2/5

27

Avangard

Bespalov Anton

HS S. Makarov

28

Metallurg Mg

Perekhodyuk Stanislav

CSKA

29

Dynamo M

Ilyin Savely

Dynamo M

30

Avangard / SKA

Luchevnikov Konstantin

Mechel

31

Traktor

Humphries Spencer

Calgary Hitmen

32

Donbass

Abashkin Vadim

Metallurg Mg

33

Lev

Will Roman

Moncton Wildcats

34

Slovan

Koys Patrik

Dukla Trencin U18