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Alexei Smirnov?

Postby westvandal » Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:11 pm

Troy Alexander sends in the following on the Canucks: "Noticed a couple of players listed on the Canucks roster that weren't reported anywhere. 1. Alexei Smirnov - 1st round pick of the Mighty Ducks in 2000 - last played in the NHL in 2003-04 - spent last season with Omsk in Russia. 2. Steve Gainey - 3 round pick of the Dallas Stars in 1997 - spent last season in with Phoenix / San Antonio after a year in France. Smirnov could be interesting as he was highly touted, going number 12 overall, but he never lived up to expectations...maybe a year in Russia straightened him out."



I got this here http://spectorshockey.tripod.com/default.html at spector's hockey. I heard about the Steve Gainey invite but Smirnov?? anybody know about this? I didn't see it on the training camp roster thread, is it BS?

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=00051168

His offense seems limited but I guess at one point he was highly regarded. At first, I had him mized up with Chistov so I was excited....aaah well. Couldn't hurt to give him a try.
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Postby tantalum » Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:58 am

He's on the prospects camp list so it's true.

That said this guy is the poster boy for first round bust.
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Postby jchockey » Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:24 am

tantalum wrote:He's on the prospects camp list so it's true.

That said this guy is the poster boy for first round bust.


No, I think Patrik Stefan still holds that title.
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Postby MarkMM » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:22 am

Nathan Smith! Nathan Smith!
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Postby tantalum » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:25 am

jchockey wrote:
tantalum wrote:He's on the prospects camp list so it's true.

That said this guy is the poster boy for first round bust.


No, I think Patrik Stefan still holds that title.


As a #1 pick maybe but he still has over 400 NHL games under his belt.

Smirnov has yet to score to score 10 goals or get more than 20 points in any pro hockey year. He's a 20 point AHLer. Stefan aas big a bust as he has been would probably light up the AHL. as he's a 30-40 point NHLer.
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Postby MarkMM » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:29 am

Hmm, that'd be a thread to do, worst draft pick ever, I'm sure the Canucks could make a decent showing... :?
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Postby tantalum » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:52 am

Really Anaheim has a potential back-to-back Russian first round busts in Smrinov and the following year Chistov (though did I hear Chistov was going to attend the Ducks camp this year?)
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Postby tantalum » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:53 am

wow a triple post somehow.
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Postby tantalum » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:55 am

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Postby jchockey » Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:40 am

Chistov re-upped with the Ducks this year.
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Postby tantalum » Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:46 am

jchockey wrote:Chistov re-upped with the Ducks this year.


Thought so. I'd imagine this is his last shot at North American hockey.

Great talent but so darn small. Perhaps the "new" NHL will suit him.
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Postby The_Pauser » Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:04 pm

Smirnov will either turn out to be a version of Vladmir Krutov (only instead of hot dogs he'll be on vodka), or he could turn out to be a serviceable NHL 2nd or 3rd liner. The jury is still out on him, but at 6'5" he's one mammoth of a hockey player. Give him some time to develop...this could pay off.
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Postby Jester » Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:11 pm

ooh, like the next Chara... Or Malik :D
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Postby The_Pauser » Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:22 pm

Jester wrote:ooh, like the next Chara... Or Malik :D


Except he's a forward
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