Better Know a Prospect: Dmitri Kugryshev

“Better Know a Prospect” will be a offseason/post season/summer series of posts profiling both the better known and lesser known Caps prospects in the various levels of the Capitals system

Name: Dmitri Kugryshev

Born: 1/18/1990 (Balakovo, Russia)

Height/Weight: 5′ 11″ and 183

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Left

Current team: Quebec Remparts (QJHML)

Drafted: ’08 (2nd round, 58th overall)

Strength/Weakness:

  • Signed by the Caps early this year to a three-year entry-level contract (I picked him to be the first of the latest Caps draft picks to be signed but Cody Eakin took that honor, much to Anna’s happiness seeing as she picked him as first to be signed)
  • Considered the Capitals 10th most valuable prospect
  • In 66 games played this season for the Remparts he had 87 points (29 goals and 58 assists)
  • Knows how to use teh internets
  • Had a blog but the website either refuses to work at the moment or has disappeared but here is a nice little excerpt (via On Frozen Blog):

“At 18 – I was drafted, as some of you know. Expected to go in the 3 round. And to my surprise ended up being picked in the 2nd. Of course, never did I imagine that Washington would pick me. I was extremely happy – to be picked at all, and to be picked by them. There are a lot of Russians on the team, and the team itself is really good. Went there for the training camp. Loved everything: the City, the Team. Honestly, everything was awesome.

“First night there, we went out to dinner, where I joined Ovechkin, his parents, Semin, [and] Fedorov. In the past, I could not even dream of something like that – sitting at the table with stars of that caliber. The guys ended up being completely normal, without any ‘I am a Star’ attitudes. None whatsoever.”

  • Stats:

  • Helped Team Russia capture the bronze medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships, playing in all seven games and posting four points (1-3-4). (via NHL.com)
  • Also won a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships, posting three points (2-1-3) in three games (via NHL.com)
  • Tuque de Bison!
  • Nicknamed “Kugy” coug-y (by us I don’t know if he has any “real” nicknames)

Dmitri Kugryshev is a classic skilled Russian winger. Why perhaps not as impressive as Ovechkin or Semin I have heard him compared to Datsyuk in style (I think that is a fair comparison from what I’ve seen.) He is described in a scouting report on NHL.com as;

Dmitri is a skilled winger with good vision and the ability to make plays under pressure. He needs to improve his physical presence and his overall speed, but his work ethic and balance on his skates still make him an effective winger

He led the Remparts in scoring and points for a good part of the season and was seventh in the league. His team the Remparts had a strong start to the season in the Quebec league but the end of the season did not go as well though reportedly not for the lack of effort from Kugryshev, who is well praised for his work ethic. His passing could use some improvement as well as speed. He is not an overly physical player but will not shy away from it or is prone to injury when engaged in the more physical play. Hockey’s Future rates him at a 6 which translates to a potential third line forward. He is overall a good player with a good attitude who should do well in the Caps system. We at the Chronicle’s really liked his play at Rookie and D-camp. He and Cody Eakin were our favorites out of there.

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One response to “Better Know a Prospect: Dmitri Kugryshev

  1. Looks good. But he’s not like the other Caps’ Russians… he can speak English and that’s not good, I love to listen to bad Russian English! But there’s still that Semin’s case… :D

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