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.


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 p.m.  
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 a.m.  

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