Pavel Valentenko

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  1. jordy

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    Was he the best defenceman in the last World Juniors?
     
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    That was Erik Johnson.

    One might be able to make a case for Valentenko sneaking into the top-10, however? (In terms of single-tournament performance, that is, not overall projection as a prospect or anything). He had a pretty good WJC.
     
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    I didnt' think he was even Russia's best defensemen. He was named player of the game for Russia at the gold medal game.
     
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    I agree Erik was No 1. However, Pavel may not have been Russia's best d in the whole tourney, however, what he showed in attitude, hitting, team player and offense in the last game made me think of only 1 player, Dion Phaneuf. While Pavel is unlikely to reach Dion's level (not many will), Montreal will get a premier D for a long time if they get him over.
     
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    Wow that some huge comment my friend! / could he become a anton volchenkov type player? (great stay at home Def, block shot, hit like a truck?) what you think?
     
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    Question will he come to north america next season go to the chl or minor pro?
     
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    Will play in the ahl next year if the habs signed him he's a late 87 born like fellow habs prospects mathieu carle
     
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    Gainey talked in his after-season press conference that they we're doing evreything possible to bring him over and are also working on Emelin, slowly but surely the Habs are getting a strong Dprospect core with Fisher, Carle, O'byrne and Valentenko. Now all they need is a premier stud who has n.1 defensmen potential
     
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    If I'm not wrong...EMELIN was the best defenceman at last year's WJC, no?
     
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    Who? :sarcasm:
     
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    The dude from The Big Lebowski ;)...

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    Best WJC Defencemen
    WJC 2007: E. Johnson
    WJC 2006: Emelin (Habs Russian D-Man prospect...might come to Montreal this season, but more chances for it happening in '08-09 season...).
     
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    He didn't play, too old. Year before that he led the tounry in D scoring though I do believe.
     
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    I dunno... I'm only basing it on that WJC cameo (don't remember him from the Remax tournament the year before at all, though he was there and I saw it)... I sort of got the impression Valentenko could project more as a scrappier, less-polished guy, maybe like an Igor Ulanov, not so much a Volchenkov (who has better abilities, balance, and instincts than sometimes he gets credit for IMHO). Valentenko would look for a hit and play abrasive, but I don't know if he's really good enough on his feet or ultimately smart enough to be a true elite shut-down guy. Although who knows, like I said, I'm going on vapour trails and intuition here more than anything else, and anyway, he's clearly a guy who is doing some "late blooming". :dunno:
     
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    Emelin is the one that remember me Volchenkov.
    Same hitting ability, same desire to punish the forwards in front of the net, almost the same size.
    I don't think emelin is like volchenkov in blocking shots but no other players are like him in that department !
     
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    how did Emelin playu the World Championships? i didnt get a chance to watch any games but i saw on The Score that he put up 1 assist and 1 goal in the bronze medal game.
     
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    I didn't hear anything about the later games, but I remember in the early-goings people were saying he was Russia's 7th D-man at best and did not look NHL ready. I don't know if that changed as the tournament wore on though.
     
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    Emelin was named player of the game in the Bronze medal game.
     
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    Saw all but 1 of Russia's games.

    Emelin started out slow.....him and Kondratiev were absolutely brutal early on. He really stepped it up later in the tourney though. IMO, in the medal round, he was Russia's 3rd-4th best d-man (behind Markov, Gonchar, Nikulin). Easily NHL level if he plays like he did the last 3 games.
     
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    Volchenkov is this year's JAY McKEE!!!! (loved him last year with the Sabres).

    Interesting Fact: Volchenkov was a goalie once, until...a coach told him "you will be a defenceman now..." (and the rest is as they say...history!!;) ).
     
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    About Emelin...

    I was referring to '06 WJC, NOT '07 WJC.

    Anyways...
     
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    Good to hear, many thanks.
     
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    Thanks for feedback...

    Can't wait to get Emelin in a HAB jersey!!

    (hopefully Markov spoke to him a bit about the positives of playing in Montreal;)).









    p.s.: was Valentenko on the team also (as #6 D-man, maybe #7...?)
     
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    He was supposed to be, but he got hurt either before training camp or during it.
     

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