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Simeon Varlamov Profile

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Simeon Varlamov – Goaltender

Born: Apr. 27, 1988, Somora, Russia
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 183
Catches: Left

CSB: #2 among European goaltenders
International Scouting Services: #72
McKeen’s: #39
Red Line Report: #85
THN: #69
TSN: #20

When the Capitals tabbed netminder Simeon Varlamov with the 23rd overall choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, he joined Olie Kolzig (19th overall in 1989) as just the second goaltender even selected by Washington in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.

Varlamov was the third goaltender (of a total of 26) chosen in this year’s draft, and one of a record-tying four picked in the first round. He is the first Russian goaltender chosen in the first round of the Entry Draft since Boston selected Evgeni Ryabchikov with the 21st overall pick in the 1994 draft.

A butterfly goaltender whose stock improved as the 2005-06 season wore on, Varlamov has a quick glove and quick legs. He has performed well in some international tournaments, but has yet to play in the Russian Super League.

Expect Varlamov to spend a season or two in the RSL before he heads across the pond to start his North American pro career. He may also require some minor league seasoning, and is probably still several years away from manning the pipes in Washington.

What Others Are Saying:
Central Scouting Bureau
Has excellent reflexes … plays the butterfly … strong legs … extremely quick with his glove … a fine competitor who likes to communicate well with his defense … plays with intensity … needs to improve puckhandling outside the crease … improved a lot during the 2005-06 season … selected best goaltender at Under-18 Five Nations tournament in 2006.

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International Scouting Service
Scouting Report:
The best Russian goaltender prospect to come along in a long time. Varlamov was outstanding at the 5 Nations Tournament in Mytischi, Russia, where he was voted best goalkeeper and was also named to the all-star team. His rebound control has steadily improved and his overall play has us convinced he has the potential to be an NHL starter at some point. Quick legs. Hands in right spot. Stays in the blue. In position before the shot is taken. He has yet to earn any professional experience in the Super League, but Varlamov has proven his worth on the international arena.

Red Line Report:
Has good size and displays excellent natural athleticism. Quick legs/pads and very flexible. Butterfly style. Tough to beat down low. Moves very well post-to-post and anticipates on power play passes down low in the crease. Competitive; never gives up on a play even when seemingly down-and-out. Goes down-to-up and recovers from first shot quickly. Does good job with shoulders on shots up high. Has possibly the fastest glove hand of any netminder in this year’s draft and frequently makes spectacular-looking saves – bit of a showman. Easily defeats puckhandlers on breakaways, baiting them to shoot 5-hole, then taking it away. Is a bit too streaky for Red Line’s liking; when he’s hot, he’s unbeatable, but when he goes off the boil, it can get ugly.
Projection: Athletic back-up
Style compares to: Vesa Toskala

Year Team League GP W L T MIN GA GAA SA SV SV%
2005-06 Lokomotiv 2 1st League (RUS 3) (Reg.) 33 - - 1782 60 - - - -
2005-06 Team Russia 88 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 2 2 - - - 4 2.00 - - -
2005-06 U18 Team Russia U18 World Cup (Intl.) 2 0 0 - 120 5 2.50 - - 0.909
2005-06 Team Russia 86 ADT Canada Challenge (Intl.) 3 0 2 0 - 12 - - -
2005-06 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.) 1 1 0 0 60 1 1.00 - - 0.950
2005-06 U18 Team Russia (88) U18 WJC (Intl.) 2 1 1 0 118 8 4.06 - - 0.907
2005-06 Team Russia 88 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.) 3 3 0 0 180 1 .333 - - .980


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