Alexei Shkotov

Hometown:

Elektrostal Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1984-06-22

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2002

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Selected in 2nd round, 48th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft

Weight:

175 lbs.

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History

1999-00: At the age of 15, began playing for the Russian 1st League.

2001-02: Made Electrosal of the Russian Upper League, where he scored 17 goals and 26 points to lead the team as a 17-year-old.

2002: Named to Russian National Team for the 5 Nations Tournament where he scored 4 goals in 5 games and for the World U18 Championships where he totaled 6 points in 8 games.

2002: Selected 5th overall in the CHL Import draft by the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats.

2005-06: He spent the 2005-06 season with Khimik which relocated in November. Shkotov appeared in 31 regular season games scoring six goals and 10 assists for the total of 16 points. It could have been better had he not been bothered by injuries throughout the season. His first one came in September when he injured his hip and was forced to miss six games. He scored in his first game back and helped Khimik beat Lokomotiv 4-3. He suffered another, a more serious injury January. This time he broke his collar bone. He didn’t take too long to recover and was back in the line-up eight games later in early March. Shkotov was expected to play for team Russia at the 2006 World Championship in Riga, but could not be there because of problems with his foot.

Talent Analysis
Shkotov is an above average playmaker with very good speed and decent skating. He’s got tremendous puck and stickhandling skills but tends to take his time before releasing a shot or a pass. He emphasizes individual game and carries the puck around too much instead of moving it around and getting his teammates involved. His value is considerably undermined by the injuries and his small frame (5’9 165 lbs).
Future
Shkotov has the talent to be an impact player at the NHL level but doesn't seem to want to come to North America.

Shkotov can still be considered an above-average offensive prospect.

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