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By The Numbers: Alexey Marchenko

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2015-16 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on defenseman Alexey Marchenko.

The Red WIngs are quite high on Alexey Marchenko, who has proven to be a smart and efficient puck-moving defenseman in a very short time in the NHL. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

It was a growing experience for Marchenko, who played in 75 total regular-season and playoff games with the Red Wings and their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids last season.

The 24-year-old Russian defenseman then returned home where he represented his country and won a bronze medal in the World Championship in May.

Marchenko was solid for the Russians, playing to his strengths, which are to be a steady influence in the defensive zone and transition pucks up to the forwards. Those strengths were definitely on display for Russia, which defeated the U.S. 7-2 in the bronze-medal game.

It’s expected that Marchenko will be on the opening-night roster when the Red Wings begin the 2016-17 NHL season. But like most players, he has things he still needs to work on to become a highly-skilled contributor – and he knows it.

“Quickness, you know, and be responsible on the defensive end and make a good breakout pass, just don’t turn over the puck, don’t play in our own zone,” he said last season. “You rarely get scored on if you’re not playing in your own zone you know.”

66 | Games played with the Red Wings during 2015-16. Also skated in four games with the Griffins before he was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids. His previous career high for games played was in 2014-15 when he logged 51 games with the Red Wings’ minor-league club.

2 | Set a career high in goals scored for a season, potting even-strength tallies in road losses at Los Angeles (Jan. 11) and Boston (Apr. 7). Now has three career NHL goals. His first came in Detroit’s 4-3 win at Nashville on Feb. 28, 2015.

100 | Was among two Red Wings’ defensemen to record 100 or more blocked shots. Danny DeKeyser (107) was the other. Marchenko established a single game career best with five blocks in a 3-2 win over the Kings (Nov. 20). He hit the mark again in Detroit’s 3-2 win at Toronto (Apr. 2). Marchenko also posted 32 blocks on the penalty kill, which led all team defensemen.

7 | In 80 career NHL games, Marchenko has been sent to the penalty box just seven times – that’s once every 11.4 games. He was called for five minor infractions in 2015-16, three for tripping. The other two were for holding and interference. None of his penalties resulted in power-play goals for the opposition.

1 | Marchenko was the only Red Wings’ defenseman to pick up a shorthanded point last season. He assisted on Riley Sheahan’s second-period goal in Detroit’s 2-1 shootout win against Columbus (Feb. 23).

40 | Recorded the fewest shots on goal of any regular Wings defensemen to log more than 60 games in a single season since Brian Lashoff had 38 SOG in 75 games during 2013-14.

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