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October 15, 2015

Vladimir Chebaturkin

Vladimir Chebaturkin was an intriguing 1993 third round NHL draft pick.

A big, mobile defenseman out of Tyumen, Russia, Chebaturkin was drafted 66th overall by the New York Islanders. The big, stay-at-home defenseman was noted for his solid physical game and good mobility.

Chebaturkin took some time adjusting to the North American game and lifestyle, He arrived in 1996 and began establishing himself as a solid if unspectacular AHL defenseman over the next four seasons. He was also given 27 games at the NHL level with the Islanders spread out over three seasons. He even scored a goal - something he rarely did.

Chebaturkin signed with the St. Louis Blues in 2000. He played 22 games with the Blues, scoring another goal and two assists, but he would finish the year back in the minor leagues.

He resurfaced in Chicago the following year for 13 more games. By 2003-04 he had headed back to Russia where he continued to play before becoming a coach.

Vladimir Chebaturkin played 62 NHL games, scoring 2 goals and 7 assists.

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