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ALEXEY MARCHENKO
Alexey Marchenko
Position: Defense
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 6’2” / 212 lbs.
Birthdate: January 2, 1992
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Acquired: Detroit’s ninth choice (205th overall) in the 2011 draft
CSS Ranking: 25th European skater (2011)
Contract: 2016 (via CapGeek.com)
RWC Says: Two-Way Defenseman

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2013-14 AHL All-Star Game

HISTORY
2009-10
  • Put up great numbers in Russia’s top junior league with CSKA Moscow (43-11-23-34).
  • Also saw time in the Kontinental Hockey League with CSKA Moscow (10-0-0-0).
  • Ranked 12th among Europeans by Central Scouting for the 2010 draft.
  • Late-year health complications required him to have his spleen removed.
  • Health complications caused concern among scouts he might have to quit hockey.
  • Ended up missing the IIHF world under-18 championship and wasn’t drafted.
2010-11
  • Returned to Kontinental Hockey League’s CSKA Moscow as a regular (23-0-2-2).
  • Also had a minus-2 rating while averaging 13 minutes per game.
  • Put up terrific numbers in Russia’s top junior league with CSKA Moscow (36-5-33-38).
  • Selected by Red Wings in the seventh round (205th overall) in 2011 draft.
2011-12
  • Appeared in four KHL games with CSKA Moscow before suffering knee injury.
  • Opted not to have surgery spent more than four months rehabilitating.
  • Made initial comeback at Russia’s MHL level with CSKA Moscow (5-2-4-6).
  • Quickly returned to KHL with CSKA Moscow (6-0-0-0 regular season, 5-0-0-0 playoffs).
  • Finished post-season in MHL, helping CSKA Moscow to runner-up finish (19-4-14-18).
2012-13
  • Cracked CSKA Moscow’s KHL team and stayed healthy all season.
  • Logged third-pairing minutes, averaging 12:56 per game.
  • Finished fourth in team defense scoring (44-4-5-9, 46 SOG, minus-3).
  • Saw his ice time cut in post-season (6:31 per game, 7-0-0-0, 5 SOG minus-1).
  • Signed three-year entry-level contract with Red Wings in late May.
2013-14
  • Came to North America and appeared in one NHL pre-season game (1-0-0-0, -1, 18:50 TOI).
  • Demoted to Grand Rapids before opening day and suited up in AHL as a rookie.
  • Made a big impact with his defensive play and played in AHL All-Star Game in February.
  • Was among Griffins top four blueliners through February (49-3-15-18, plus-11, 34 shots).
  • Made his NHL debut on Jan. 4 against Dallas (no points, 13:21 TOI, plus-2).
  • Suffered a high-ankle sprain on Feb. 23 and missed the rest of the season.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s not very offensive but he’s smart moving the puck. I would say he’s a puck-moving defenseman. He can play the power play and in general he has good tools to play in the NHL one day.” — Red Wings scout Nikolai Vakourov (June 2011) … “He’s a bit like (Mattias Backman). He needs to fill out, but he’s good with the puck and he’s a right-hand shot. They both have potential to come in and do something with puck. They won’t just be 6-7 defensemen who bang it off the glass. I’m convinced he can be a very good defenseman for Grand Rapids next season and where he takes it from there, I don’t know.” — Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson (January 2013) … “He’s super smart, he moves the puck well, he doesn’t get into trouble, and defensively, he’s as safe as anybody out there … He’s a deceptively good skater. He doesn’t look like the most explosive guy on the ice but he never gets beat and he always plays good angles. He can really move the puck out of the zone by making a great first pass or skating it out to the blue line and making the first pass.” — Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer (December 2013) … “Every time I call down to Grand Rapids they say he’s their best guy.” — Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock (January 2014, Detroit Free Press) … “I thought he could really pass the puck, he knows how to play, he doesn’t get into trouble.” — Babcock (January 2014, Detroit News) … “He has a chance to be a top-four defenseman in the NHL. He’s big, he’s extremely smart, he’s very poised with the puck. He’s not just a big defender, he’s got a good stick defensively but yet he can make those little breakout passes … He has a real chance to be a real top-end guy.” — Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill (May 2014, foxsports.com) … “He’s smart, he doesn’t get beat, he makes a great outlet pass. Very safe. Very steady.” — Fischer (May 2014).

STRENGTHS
Safe, steady, reliable — in short, a coach’s dream … Smart defensive player who is air-tight in his own zone, safely angling opponents out of dangerous areas and breaking up plays with his quick stick … Won’t win any fastest-skater competitions but he is mobile and moves well in all directions … Won’t be a high-end point producer but is capable offensively and more than just a stay-at-homer … Poised and patient with the puck and can move it out of his own zone with a good outlet pass or by lugging it himself … A hard worker and a good leader … Good size and strength.

WEAKNESSES
Has struggled with injuries and health problems so far in his young career — suffering serious injuries in three of five seasons from 2009-10 to 2013-14 — and needs to avoid the injury bug … Doesn’t have a particularly hard shot nor does he use it particularly often … Sometimes get caught up in trying to make a perfect tic-tac-toe play instead of keeping it simple.

PROJECTION
Marchenko looks like another seventh-round steal for the Red Wings. At this stage, it isn’t if Marchenko will be a full-time NHLer, it’s when. He earned rave reviews in Grand Rapids as an AHL rookie in 2013-14, playing in the all-star game and making his NHL debut, but suffered a season-ending high-ankle sprain in February. Although injuries have been a recurring theme for Marchenko, he could be a top-four, 20-minute-a-night defenseman in the NHL as soon as 2014-15.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Russia U17 WHC-17 5 1 0 1 4 |          
 2008-2009 CSKA Moskva-2 Russia3 38 3 15 18 40 | Playoffs 14 2 3 5 31 
  Russia U17 WHC-17 5 0 3 3 10 |          
 2009-2010 CSKA Moskva KHL 10 0 0 0 0 |          
  Krasnaya Armiya Moskva MHL 43 11 23 34 59 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
 2010-2011 CSKA Moskva KHL 22 0 2 2 4 |          
  Krasnaya Armiya Moskva MHL 36 5 33 38 28 | Playoffs 15 3 8 11 31 
 2011-2012 CSKA Moskva KHL 6 0 0 0 2 |         1
  Krasnaya Armiya Moskva MHL 5 2 4 6 10 | Playoffs 19 4 14 18 18 
 2012-2013 CSKA Moskva KHL 44 4 5 9 6 | Playoffs 7 0 0 0
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 2 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 49 3 15 18 14 |          
 2014-2015 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL - - - - - |          

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