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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Hershey signs Dmitri Orlov to a pro tryout contract

By Katie Carrera

The AHL's Hershey Bears have signed Washington defensive prospect Dmitri Orlov, who was a standout at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, to a professional tryout contract.

This is a significant step forward in Orlov's development, but keep in mind that this contract only allows him to train and play in Hershey. When the 19-year-old defenseman will be ready to play in the NHL is uncertain and likely still several months -- if not even a year or so -- down the road. Orlov would also need to sign an NHL entry-level deal before he would be eligible to play in Washington.

Orlov was a second-round pick in the 2009 draft and impressed both the Capitals' scouting staff and those from around the league for his part in Russia winning the gold medal at this year's championship. Orlov was able to start his professional career by joining the Bears this past weekend after his KHL team, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Yesterday, RMNB posted a translation of Orlov's final interview in Russia before he made the journey to Hershey. You can check out the full translation here and a brief excerpt is below.

Question - Do you have any concerns before your departure for Hershey?
Dmitri Orlov - Of course, I am worried. I am sure it's not going to be easy. I don't even know where I am going to live. I have to make the line-up, prove everything all over again. Hershey is a leader in the AHL, with grownups playing. It won't be easy.

By Katie Carrera  | February 22, 2011; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  Dmitri Orlov, Hershey Bears  
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Comments

"...with grownups playing." I like him already!

Posted by: 106T | February 22, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Grown-ups...love it. Here's hoping he's more interested in learning English than Semin...

Posted by: jakopz | February 22, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

@ jakopz

Why don't you and everyone else drop it!!! Semin speaks pretty good English just dosen't do it when interviewed. Can you blame him the way sports writers can twist things said. If any one takes the time to speak with him when given the chance he speaks english the same as OV but I don't see you guys on here bashing OV for his English

Posted by: bqts | February 22, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Down to no centers...GMGM said he was going to wait until the roadtrip was over to make trades. Now is the time!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 22, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

' Here's hoping he's more interested in learning English than Semin..."

If you knew Semin you will know that he speaks English, but dislikes the American media. As a neighbor and friend of one of the Capitals I can tell you that I am told Semin is well liked by the other players.

Posted by: hock1 | February 22, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"Here's hoping he's more interested in learning English than Semin..."

Because Semin no speak English, him only speak in grunts and gestures...mmm mmm vodka....ungggga puck...mmm mmm Rocky sucks, Na zdorovye Ivan Drago.

What is that intoxicating aroma you're wearing? Oh that must be that new cologne...Ignorance, by Calvin Klein.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 22, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Orlov in the World Juniors led all defensemen in assists and was tied among all players with a +10 in the tournament. So he showed he can play both ways in big games.

Posted by: dull | February 22, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Ok, let me rephrase it. Here's hoping he's more interested in applying his lingustic skills IN the american media so Caps fan get an opportunity their players. Never questioned if Semin is well liked. I'm speak to MaJo now and again (we grew up in the same town) and he always has good things to say about the Semin & Ovie.

Posted by: jakopz | February 22, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Ok, let me rephrase it. Here's hoping he's more interested in applying his lingustic skills IN the american media so Caps fan have an opportunity to get to know their players. Never questioned if Semin is well liked. I'm speak to MaJo now and again (we grew up in the same town) and he always has good things to say about the Semin & Ovie.

Posted by: jakopz | February 22, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about the double post...Time Warner is giving me about 1MB an hour...

Posted by: jakopz | February 22, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

@dull

he did perform well in the WJ. The only problem I had with him is sometimes he looked like he was playing RW instead of D, and i mean jumping up into the play way too much. I know its just bc he felt like a man amongst boys out there so he felt he could get away with it. Hopefully he realizes he cant do that here. Or at the very least we know he could be a good RW, haha.

Posted by: ThePat | February 22, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

@bqts - thank you! thank you! Semin's issues are social. Can someone like that play pro sports? I think he can; quite a few people think no.

No wonder Backstrom threw that haymaker at Letang! It was out of character for him. Another big time cheap shot was the run McCulluch (?) made at Semin. He should get a fine just for the attempt because it was a clear attempt to hit the head.

About trades: meh. Prices are too high right now. MaJo looks like he can do the job in any event; he's gotten stronger each game.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | February 22, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I hope things work out for Orlov and this stint in the AHL really helps his development.

Concerning last night's game: I basically agreed with some of Mike Milbury's comments concerning the Caps. I think that's a first.

Yeah they won the game, but the turnovers in the defensive zone and entering the Pens zone were frustrating me. Milbury was right to point out those deficiencies.

Fortunately Neuvy had a good game.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 22, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

When Varly first came to Hershey, the team hired someone to give him English lessons. I'm sure they'll do the same for Orlov.

Posted by: tess2201 | February 22, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

If Orlov was jumping into the play a little too much at the WJC - and it couldn't have been too bad, and he was on Russia's top d-pairing, and played well enough make the all-tournament team, passing some much more highly-touted players along the way - it may have had something to do with the fact that Russia was coming from behind in many of the games.

Part of playing D at that level is knowing when to pick your spots, and I'm confident that will come with development. Heck, maybe down the road he can even show Mike Green a thing or two about when to jump up.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | February 22, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

About trades: meh. Prices are too high right now. MaJo looks like he can do the job in any event; he's gotten stronger each game.


Posted by: RedLitYogi

majo has looked better, but if backstrom is out 4-6 weeks (usually the time to heal a broken thumb) we need another 1st or 2nd line center....16 points from majo on the season isn't going to bridge the gap

Posted by: _stevo | February 22, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Concerning last night's game: I basically agreed with some of Mike Milbury's comments concerning the Caps. I think that's a first.
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A first for me, as well. I thought Neuvirth was unbelievable. Hate to be a downer but man did we still give up some glorious chances. And #55 struggled mightily against Brett Sterling [two posts and many chances], another small, quick, powerful forward. I'm starting to sense a pattern.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | February 22, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

About trades: meh. Prices are too high right now. MaJo looks like he can do the job in any event; he's gotten stronger each game.


Posted by: RedLitYogi

Insane comment. Where's our big move?

Posted by: underpants2 | February 22, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Neuvy played pretty good/almost great, but he also lost the puck quite a bit and was saved on a couple of occasions by D/O men. I saw one play where if Semin wasnt there to chip the puck away, it was a tap in. There were a couple like this where the puck was cleared away as it trickled through. Semin also got back to pester Staal on his breakaway, although I do think Neuvy looked nice and composed on that. Dont get me wrong, Im not dissing Neuvy (ala BB style), Im just saying there is still parts of his game that need work. So saying he played "unbelievable" is a bit of a stretch in my eyes.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 22, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I have maintained that Jeff Schultz is not now and has never been a top 4 defenseman.

His play against the Rangers in Game 1 of the playoffs in 2009 was atrocious and lead to his benching.

This year with the club scoring down you can get a better idea of where Schultz is.

His plus/minus last year was not indicative of his true performance on D.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 22, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I like him already!!!!

As for throwing stones at Semin. Let face facts, the media does stink and I don't blame him for not trying to speak english to them.

Posted by: CaptainJack3 | February 22, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"with grownups playing"....sounds like he realizes he has a lot of work to do! Like this kid already!!! As for Semin, I watched him the entire game against the Pens...he looked like a figure skater out there doing figure eights and never once hit anybody.....time to go.

Posted by: bogey69 | February 22, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

bqts - Way to go! It's about time someone stands up to all the people in reference to Semin - I'm with you! Of course he speaks English! These are probably the same people who call B/B names. They need to grow up!

Posted by: allforSemin | February 22, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see him play for the Bears and then hopefully the CAPS!

Go CAPS!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | February 22, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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