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Rinat Valiyev

Date of Birth May 11, 1995
Height 6' 2
Weight 198
Country Russia
Position Defense
Shoots Left
Amateur Team Indiana Ice
Draft History
Projected to be drafted in 2014 NHL Draft: 6th Round, 151st Overall Pick by Buffalo Buffalo
Additional Information Mobile defender with emerging defensive abilities and good up ice instincts. Good soft hands. His long term potential was on a huge upswing until he decided after the Five Nations Tourney, to return home to mother Russia without warning to his Indy teammates and staff. He is being reported as out indefinitely "due to injury", and that injury might have be North American culture overdose. He wasn't attempting to learn English and it also caused issue to him being coachable. You have to wonder if this player who at one point potential first rounder has dropped his stock completely out of the draft, but now has resurfaced on the Kootenay squad with new commitment.

--Bill Placzek--

Scouting Profile

Great player on both sides of the puck.

on 02/07/13 2:09 pm (ET)

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