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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
None Listed

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.

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).

STRENGTHS
Skating fuels his game, as he moves well forward and backward … Gets the puck out of his zone effectively via a good first pass or lugging it himself … Won’t be a high-end point producer but is capable offensively and is more than just a stay-at-homer … Right-shooting defenseman are becoming more rare, which adds to Marchenko’s value … A hard worker and a good leader.

WEAKNESSES
Has struggled with injuries and health problems so far in his young career and needs to avoid the injury bug … Skinny and needs to add more strength … Doesn’t have a hard shot … So-called “Russian factor” is always a concern with trying to get players away from the KHL, although the Red Wings say he wants to come to North America and work toward an NHL job.

PROJECTION
Marchenko is an interesting final-round pick who could surprise people and turn into a player down the line. Injuries have plagued Marchenko through the years, but he put together a healthy 2012-13 campaign and has signed with the Red Wings to play in the AHL with Grand Rapids in 2013-14. He projects as a two-way puck-moving defenseman at the NHL level.

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 |          

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