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Columbia Gas Blue Jackets European Prospect Report (Feb. 16)

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
Here is a quick look at how the CBJ prospects playing in Europe have performed in this months's Columbus Gas European Hot Prospects Report.

Alexander Guskov (Omsk Avangard) - A 6-2, 202 lbs. defenseman, Guskov is playing in Russia with fellow CBJ prospect, Alexandr Svitov. Guskov, who was selected with Columbus' eighth pick, 200th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has posted 1-1-2 with two penalty minutes in 11 games over the last month. Overall, he has posted 4-3-7 with 50 penalty minutes in 43 games with Omsk Avangard this season. His four goals are tied for fourth amongst defensemen on his team.

Hannes Hyvonen (Jokerit Helsinki) - Claimed off of waivers from San Jose on Oct. 5, 2002, Hyvonen is currently playing in Finland. The right winger has posted 5-5-10 and 47 penalty minutes over the course of 13 games this past month. Overall, he has posted 15-11-26 in 28 games with 73 PIM, with his 15 points ranking second on his team. Originally drafted by the Sharks with their seventh pick, the 257th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Hyvonen appeared in 36 games with Columbus during the 2002-03 season, scoring 4-5-9.

Dmitry Kosmachev (Mytishi Khimik) - Columbus' third pick, 71st overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Kosmachev has appeared in 33 games with Mytishi Khimik in Russia. The 6-3, 209 lbs., defenseman has posted 2-2-4 with 10penalty minutes.

Jaroslav Kracik (Plzen HC) - Kracik has posted 0-6-6 over the last 12 games, bringing his season totals to 5-24-29 in 43 games this season. The right winger was selected with the 231st pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and has been playing for Plzen HC in the Czech league. He leads the team with 24 assists and 29 points.

Sergei Luchinkin (Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik) - Luchinkin, selected in the 2000 Expansion Draft from Dallas on June 23, 2000, has split the year between Tver Mvd HC and Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik, combining to post 7-5-12 with 34 PIM in 40 games this season. At 5-11, 172 pounds, the center was selected by Dallas with the 202nd overall pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Sergei Mozyakin (CSKA Moscow) - The left winger has scored 8-6-14 over the last 13 games, bringing his totals to 19-30-49 in 47 games this season for CSKA Moscow. Mozyakin was selected by Columbus with its 13th pick, 263rd overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. His 49 points ranks him second in the Russian Elite League, while his 30 assists lead the league in leading his team in goals, assists and points.

Andrej Nedorost (Karlovy Vary HC) - Nedorost, who has seen action in 28 games over parts of three seasons with the Blue Jackets, has been playing in the Czech league, scoring 7-11-18 in 36 games with Karlovy Vary HC. The 6-1, 198 lbs., center was selected by Columbus with the 286th pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, and has scored 2-3-5 for his NHL career.

Martin Paroulek (Trinec Ocelari HS) - Columbus' ninth pick, 278th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, LW Martin Paroulek has scored 1-2-3 in his last 10 games, after posting 2-5-7 in the first 30 games of the season for Trinec Ocelari HS of the Czech League.

Evgeny Petrochinin (Chekhov Vityaz) - The defenseman has posted 0-2-2 over his last eight games after scoring 0-1-1 in his first six games with Chekhov Vityaz in Russia. Obtained from Dallas on Sept. 8, 2001 in exchange for LW Kirk Muller, Petrochinin has posted 53-83-136 in 435 games for his Russian Elite League career.

Lennart Petrell (HIFK Helsinki) - Has appeared in 14 games over the last month, scoring 3-2-5 over that span, lifting his scoring totals to 8-7-15 in 43 games, with 53 PIM. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Petrell joined the Blue Jackets organization as the club's sixth pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Arsi Piispanen (JyP HT Jyvaskyla) - A forward playing for JyP HT Jyvaskyla in Finland, has scored 2-3-5 over the last 12 games to bring his season totals to 7-8-15 in 44 games. The 6-3, 163 lbs. Piispanen was selected by the Jackets with the club's sixth pick, 138th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His 15 points leads all team defensemen in scoring.

Andrei Plehanov (Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik) - Tabbed as the Blue Jackets' third pick, the 96th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Plehanov has appeared in 44 games with Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik in Russia, scoring 0-1-1 with 22 PIM.

Martin Spanhel (Sparta Praha) - Signed by Columbus on June 7, 2000, has been playing for Sparta Praha of the Czech League this season, seeing action in 47 games, posting 2-6-8 with 38 PIM. The 6-2, 206 lbs., left wing has seen action in 10 games with Columbus, scoring 2-0-2 with a -3 +/- rating over parts of two seasons.

Dmitry Subbotin (Ufa Salavat Yulayev/ Tver MVD HC) - Originally selected by the Blue Jackets during the 2000 Expansion Draft on June 23, 2000, has split the year between two clubs, Ufa Salavat Yulayev and Tver MVD HC in Russia, combining to tally 6-7-13 with 58 PIM in 29 games, including 4-3-7 over the last 12.

Alexandr Svitov (Omsk Avangard) - Svitov, who saw action in 40 games for Columbus during the 2003-04 campaign, scoring 2-9-11, has been playing this season for Omsk Avangard in Russia, scoring 3-6-9 in 23 games, including 0-1-1 in six games over the past month. Svitov was acquired from Tampa Bay along with a third-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Daryl Sydor and a fourth-round pick on Jan. 27, 2004. Svitov, a 6-2, 228-pound center, was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the third overall pick of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Ivan Tkachenko (Yaroslavl Lokomotiv) - Selected by CBJ with their fifth pick, 98th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, has seen action in 40 contests for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in Russia, scoring 9-18-27.

Stats were unavailable for Per Mars, Martin Streit and Artem Vostikov.

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