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Prospect Profile: Anton Zlobin Junior Hockey News

Published: Sunday, 9 Sep 2012  
By: Michael Gosnell

The Pittsburgh Penguins are nothing short of a great team when it comes to drafting prospects. This was the case in this year's National Hockey League Entry Draft as the Penguins had two selections in the first round, where they solidified their defense by selecting Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta. However, the Penguins could very well have hit a "home run" with their 173rd overall pick.

In the sixth round of the draft, Ray Shero selected Russian forward Anton Zlobin from the Memorial Cup champion Shawinigan Cataractes.

The Moscow native tallied 63 goals in 125 games with Shawinigan prior to being traded this pas offseason to the Val- d'Or Foreurs, where he is expected to compete for the 2012-2013 season

Zlobin has been compared to an Alexander Semin type of player and is considered to be the quintessential high risk or high reward draft pick. Scouts have been raving about his laser of a wrist shot and his innate goal scoring ability.

Currently, Zlobin has scored three goals and added one assist in six preseason games for the Foreurs and should continue that pace this season. Also, the Foreurs coaching staff should look to improve his physicality and defensive awareness. 

If Anton Zlobin can continue scoring goals at the same pace, improve his defensive zone play and add toughness to his game, then we could be seeing him in the NHL playing alongside Evgeni Malkin.

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