NHL Draft: Russia Forwards


  • HF Boards had a list of players for this years draft.


Player League PPG DOB H S
German Rubtsov (C) MHL 0.93 6/27/1998 6′ L
Yegor Korshkov (RW) KHL 0.29 7/10/1996 6’3 R
Artur Kayumov (LW) MHL 0.79 2/14/1998 5’10 L
Igor Shvyryov (C) MHL 0.86 7/10/1998 6′ L
Andrei Svetlakov (C) KHL 0.33 4/6/1996 6′ L
Mikhail Maltsev (LW) MHL 0.79 3/12/1998 6’3 L
Artur Lauta (RW/LW) KHL 0.15 2/14/1996 6′ R
Andrei Kuzmenko (LW/RW) KHL 0.20 2/4/1996 5’11 R
Alexander Polunin (LW) KHL 0.48 5/25/1997 5’8 R
Vasili Glotov (F) MHL 1.31 9/4/1997 5’11 L
Yevgeni Mityakin (F) KHL 0.00 12/24/1997 6’3 L
Denis Alexeyev (C) MHL 0.80 10/1/1997 6′ R
Roman Krikunenko (C/W) MHL 0.91 12/27/1997 5’10 L
Ivan Kosorenkov (RW) MHL 0.91 1/22/1998 6′ L
Mikhail Belyayev (LW/RW) MHL 0.25 1/17/1998 6’1 L
Artyom Ivanyuzhenkov (LW) MHL 0.50 3/24/1998 6’2 L
Andrei Altybarmakyan (F) MHL 0.71 8/4/1998 5’10 L

German Rubtsov (C) (15 – 30)

  • Rubtsov has been projected as a mid-first round pick.  He’s got a strong two way game been described as a coaches dream.  He has performed well in International tournaments.  He is also young not turning 18 until a couple of days after the draft.
  • The Hockey Writers:  Rubtsov has the potential to become a highly intelligent two-way center who is a pain to play against. He has the smarts, skills and work ethic to be an efficient player in all three zones. Even if he might never become as good as Datsyuk in handling the puck, the smartness, decision making and stickwork reminds me a lot of the “magic man”.

Yegor Korshkov (RW) (100 – 150)

  • Korshkov is a big 6’3 forward who is entering his final draft eligible season.  He had a strong World Juniors.  Last year he averaged over a point per game in the MHL.  This year he is playing predominately in the KHL.  He is signed for two more seasons in the KHL.   He could be worth a third round selection if you think he will come over.
  • Hockey Prospectus:  Jason Lewis : “Quietly had a good tournament. Passed over in 2015, but really looked strong in this WJC. Hulk-ing player.” Dennis Schellenberg: “Good size, long reach, produces a lot of chances, always trying to do something.”

Artur Kayumov (LW) (50 – 100)

  • Kayumov is a slick winger with a slender build.  There were a couple of places I’ve read that he’s small and likely a long shot to play in the NHL.  That said people such as Craig Button & Steve Kournianos have him rated as late second or third round on his board.
  • Hockey’s Future: A small, technically sound player, Artur Kayumov is a gifted player with a good nose for the net and excellent skating ability. He is not big, but he can overcome this problem with his soft hands and fast skating. Kayumov can both score and help other players to score and is a constant threat in the offensive zone. He is very smart and is doing very well with the U18 national team in the MHL, and he was one of the best players for Team Russia this summer at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. His lack of size may cause Kayumov to be considered a long shot to make it to the NHL, but he has all the tools to succeed.

Igor Shvyryov (C) (50 – 100)

  • Shvyryov has a lot of v’s and y’s in his name, besides that he might be the best offensive first year eligible player in Russia.  He is a late birthday (July) and his points per game are close to Rubtsov.  He is projected to go in the 3rd round or later.
  • The Draft Analyst:  Shvyryov is an exceptional stickhandler and passer, and can do both while moving at a high rate of speed. He’s a pure finesse pivot who will lend immediate assistance to any power play, where he likes to position himself along the half wall in order to dissect passing lanes with pinpoint precision. Shvyryov is able to maintain balance on his skates and control of the puck as he bombs down the wing with his head up. He compliments a superior understanding of the offensive side of the game with a team-first attitude.

Andrei Svetlakov (C) (150 – 200)

  • Svetlakov is an overager this is his final draft eligible year and had a decent season in the KHL 10 points (7 goals) in 30 games.  He could be worth a late round pick
  • HF Boards user Caser: Svetlakov is a gritty and hard working two-way center, one of those guys who will really make opponents hate to play against. Not a huge offensive potential here (although he is not useless there), but it is his defensive and dirty area work that is valuable. Svetlakov is only 6’0″, but plays much bigger than this size, also he is a good faceoff specialist.

Mikhail Maltsev (LW) (100 – 150)

  • Bill Placzek @ Draft Site:  Big Russian centre who has returned from a back injury that put him on the shelf last season. He displays speed, size, skill,soft hands, a strong stride, acceleration, and top gears. Hasn’t shown elite creativity, strong decision making or on-ice vision, but that might develop. Wins the puck and is strong when he has it. He moves well laterally and shield the puck well. You can count on him to plant himself in front the net and using his big body to get opportunities.

Alexander Polunin (LW)

  • The Hockey Writers: Smallish forward Alexander Polunin impressed me with his speed, puckhandling skills and ability to create scoring chances. Most of all impressed me his defensive game though. He always hustled back to eliminate odd-man rushes and showed a good backchecking. He used his stick to interrupt passes and displayed an energetic style of game not only in the offensive zone but also in his own zone. He didn’t take a shift off and I liked his overall performance as well.

Vasili Glotov (F) (150 – 200)

  • Glotov is in his second draft year, he was born Sept 4th so he would have been young last year.  He is small and has good hands and a excellent skater.  He doesn’t appear to be on the radar so he might be a late round steal.

Yevgeni Mityakin (F) (150 – 200)

  • First year draft eligible (late 97 birthday) had no points in 16 KHL games.  He did average .90 PPG in the MHL.
  • The Draft Analyst:  Goal-scoring power winger with a blistering shot who played a quarter of the season in the KHL in preparation for a full-time role in 2017. Mityakin is a big kid (6’3, 210) who is patient with the puck and knows how to create his own shot while opening up the lane for himself. He’s deceptively fast, meaning he covers ground and can change gears despite owning a somewhat plodding skating style. What he does best is protect the puck using a wide stance and long wingspan. At times, it’s somewhat comical watching opponents try to steal the puck from him with half-hearted swipes when the puck is a good three or four feet away from them. He’s not much of a looker in the defensive zone, but his wingspan comes in handy on the penalty kill.

Ivan Kosorenkov (RW)

  • Hockey Prospectus:  A great raw talent with some holes in his game in the defensive side. He also tends to overplay the puck at times, as he still plays too much in a junior hockey style, while he should be focusing a bit more in passing the puck and getting back. That being said, he has great hands and excellent skating abilities, and put in the right situation he can produce on a regular way in any team.

Artyom Ivanyuzhenkov (LW)

  • Adam French @ Hockey Buzz: The height and weight listed are real, or at least believable when you watch him play, he’s a wrecking ball. In the MHL it’s a defensive league built for long passes and quick odd-man rushes. It’s why so many sniper style players succeed in it, as well as across Europe. Ivanyuzhenkov is built for North American hockey. He dumps and chases and punishes players that get in his way. While the Russians had a disappointing end to the tournament after such an amazing first round this included beating the USA. Ivanyuzhenkov was a constant presence. He was one of the toughest players in the MHL at only 16 (a league that goes up to 21) and was easily the most impressive of the power forwards in this tournament. True power forwards, not highly skilled “power” players that get “power” in their name because they’re 6’2+. My worries are his recklessness and if he has enough offensive abilities to get past the whole Russian thing. He ended the tournament with 2 goals and 3 points and 18PIM.

Andrei Altybarmakyan (F) (150 -200)

  • The Draft Analyst: A great example of a player earning his way to more minutes, Altybarmakyan is a speedy winger with a soft touch who is on a fast track to notoriety if he continues to play as he did in Rauma. He displayed not only hard work, but an ability to make quick set-ups during scrums. His passes were accurate, and on several occasions he feathered perfect backhanders to teammates in stride. A skill forward with excellent vision and awareness, Altybarmakyan began the competition on the fourth line but found his way on Rubtsov’s flank and the top power play unit, where he displayed a quick release and timely shots through clogged lanes.

Long Shot/Late Round:

  • Artur Lauta (RW/LW) in his final year of draft eligibility I think that he’s a long shot to get drafted.  Was rated 43rd in European NHL Central Scouting.
  • Andrei Kuzmenko (LW/RW) final year of draft eligilibity with decent offense in the KHL ranked 47th in Europeans in the NHL central scouting.
  • Denis Alexeyev (C) Russian center is a late birthday (Oct 1) and put up good point totals and was +20 on his team.  Might be worth a late round pick.
  • Roman Krikunenko (C/W) a small player with dynamic offense another ’97 birthday.
  • Mikhail Belyayev (LW/RW) is a big forward ranked 71st by Central Scouting.  Doesn’t have enough offense.




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