2008-05-15

Projecting Perezhogin

He's still technically Montreal property.



His NHL numbers say '3rd liner,' which is about as much as you can expect from a #25 draft pick. His RSL numbers say 'sniper.' Last season at 24 he was the top scorer for Ufa. And get this: during the lockout year he put up 0.77ppg in Omsk as a 21 year old - compare that to 26yo Pavel Datsyuk's 0.74 with Moscow Dynamo in the same season.

A good chunk of the stats discrepancy is the quality minutes he gets in Russia - top line and PP time. That still doesn't explain how he can outscore Datsyuk. It's disturbing for sure. I suppose you have to take his NHL/AHL numbers at face value and assume he'd be a bottom six forward here. It's hard to argue with his decision - he gets triple the money and star status in his homeland.

Interesting that the Russian National team included Perezhogin's Ufa teammate Alexei Tereshenko but not Perogie.

2 Comments:

Anonymous olibou said...

Perezhogin is an interesting case. I doubt we will see him again here and it's a shame, because he does have intriguing potential.

At worst, he is a quality bottom 6 contributor, some kind of a more talented version of Jan Bulis. Nothing exciting, but still. What makes him intriguing is what you see on ice: strong, smooth skater, cannon of a wrist shot, slick puck handling, awful, awful decision-making... The guy was simply clueless in the offensive zone.

It would be fun to see him again, but as you said: triple money, star status, plays at home. There was a translated interview floating around where he was pretty explicitly talking about just feeling out of place in North America...

Oh well...

5/15/2008 2:20 PM  
Blogger Jeff J said...

Interestingly, Bulis' numbers in the RSL with Khimik were very close to Perezhogin's. Bulis wasn't invited to join the Czech WHC team either. Seems to be a trend emerging.

I predict that next year Grabovski will score 20g, 25a with Magnitogorsk then doesn't get asked to the WHCs.

5/16/2008 9:17 AM  

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