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Red Wings sign Alexei Marchenko to three-year deal

Given that the Red Wings have signed defensemen Nick Jensen and will be bringing Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet into the organization next fall, I'm not sure where Alexei Marchenko will fit on a Grand Rapids Griffins' blueline that will include Adam Almquist, Max Nicastro, probably Chad Billins and possibly an AHL veteran or two [edit/update: and, lest I forget, definitely Richard Nedomlel], but the Wings believe that Mattias Backman (who the team signed recently but will allow him to remain with Linkopings HC of the Swedish Eliteserien) and Marchenko, who played for CSKA Moscow, are two of their brightest defensive prospects, and as such, the Wings signed Marchenko today, and they plan on bringing him over to North America to turn pro next season:


... 2011 Seventh-Round Draft Pick Played Last Four Seasons in Russia …

Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defenseman Alexei Marchenko has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the club.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Marchenko, 21, was Detroit’s seventh-round selection (205th overall) in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  The Moscow, Russia, native has spent parts of the past four seasons with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League, including the 2012-13 season as a teammate of Red Wings forward and assistant captain Pavel Datsyuk (31GP, 11G-25A-36P for CSKA) and under the tutelage of former Red Wings great and current CSKA general manager, Sergei Fedorov.  In 82 career KHL games, the 6-2, 183-lb. blue liner has posted 11 points (4G-7A-11P), 12 PIM and a -9 rating.

Alexei Marchenko, Defense

Born Jan 2 1992  -- Moscow, Russia

Height 6-2, Weight 183 lbs.

Selected by Detroit in the seventh round (#205 overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM


2009-10  CSKA Moscow                 KHL    10    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  CSKA Moscow                 KHL    22    0    2    2    4  --  --  --  --  --

2011-12  CSKA Moscow                 KHL     6    0    0    0    2

2012-13  CSKA Moscow                 KHL    44    4    5    9    6   7   0   0   0   0

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MoreShoot's avatar

Well, he skates well (per scouting), he shoots right, and he’s Russian.  Those are three good reasons to start with.  He’s been playing in a pro league, so he should be able to compete pretty fast.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/30/13 at 03:42 PM ET

Crater's avatar

Is he one of those sing him just incase deals, or do they project an actual future with him?

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 05/30/13 at 03:45 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Is he one of those sing him just incase deals, or do they project an actual future with him?

it sounds like he was a bit of a reclamation project.  Was it RWC that said he was a potential first round pick before serious illness derailed him for a year?

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/30/13 at 03:48 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Maybe they are looking to move some assets for a pick or something.  I see Billins being a good 5/6 D-man on a weak team - maybe they’ll move him.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/30/13 at 03:58 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

He projects to be an NHL player.

Red Wings Central Scouting Report

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 05/30/13 at 09:16 PM ET

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