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2008 NHL Draft: Viktor Tikhonov

Friday, 06.13.2008 / 4:46 PM ET / 2008 NHL Draft
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2008 NHL Draft: Viktor Tikhonov
Leading up to the 2008 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?

Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.

2008 NHL Entry Draft Site

    Viktor Tikhonov
    Rank: No. 7 (European)
    Position: Right Wing
    Height/Weight: 6-2, 187 pounds
    D.O.B: May 12, 1988

Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Cherepovets Russia 43 7 5 12 43


Grandfather is former Soviet coaching legend, Viktor Tikhonov and father was assistant coach with San Jose Sharks. Viktor Jr. holds both American and Russian passport. Won bronze medal with Russia at 2008 World Junior Championships and was named as Best Forward and to All-Star team after scoring five goals (5-2) in seven games.


Was one of the most improved young players in the Russian League in 2007-08. Shows high level of competitiveness and is dedicated team player. Shows keen ability to read and react to the play and is projected to be second line player in the NHL. Needs to continue to improve overall skating and speed.


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