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29 января 2011 года. 
Panthers' Dadonov has All-Star skills // Tribune Business News 

For just the second time in franchise history the Panthers won't be represented in the annual All-Star game.

And no one is making claims of any snubs. However, Panthers rookie forward Evgeny Dadonov will participate in Saturday night's All-Star Superskills (7 p.m., Versus TV) competition in the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C., home of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Dadonov, 22, is confident that he will someday be playing in the real game on Sunday, but for now the Russian native is thrilled to still be with the Panthers since his Dec. 6 call-up after just one-plus season in the AHL.

"Of course I'm excited [to go]. Probably, right now [it's the] worst time of the season," Dadonov said in broken English. "The first 30 games were hard but actually a good experience of this time staying in the NHL. I have to push myself to stay."

Like many young players Dadonov started strong, notching eight points, including two goals, in his first eight games. But the grueling schedule and physical grind of the NHL has taken its toll as he's had just three points over his last 14 games.

"I don't want to rush him," Assistant GM Mike Santos said of the Panthers' third-round pick in 2007. "Young players are going to take time. Maybe he can maintain this level and stay here the rest of the year. Maybe he goes back to Rochester at some point. It's a process."

Dadonov, who has four goals and seven assists, hopes to show off the offensive skills -- stickhandling, skating speed and a powerful wrist shot -- needed on a more consistent basis for the Panthers.

Dadonov, along with Mike Santorelli, whose 13 goals rank second on the team in his first full NHL season, give Santos hope that the Panthers won't be left off future All-Star rosters.

"It's a tremendous honor for him," Santos said. "He's a very skillful player, so he belongs in the competition." 

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