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NHL Draft 2017 – Overage Defense

Here’s a list of potential defenseman that are overage that may get drafted in this June’s draft.

Dylan Coghlan RHD 2/19/1998 6’2 WHL 0.75
Kristians Rubins LHD 12/11/1997 6’5 WHL 0.49
Thomas Grégoire RHD 7/15/1998 5’11 QMJHL 0.97
Matt Brassard RHD 8/8/1998 6’2 OHL 0.52
Matthew Timms LHD 5/12/1998 5’10 OHL 0.93

Dylan Coghlan

  • Coghlan has good size (6’3), he’s a right hand shot defenseman, plays a physical game, and good two-way game.  I had him as a potential late round pick last year and he improved his offensive game this past season.  I think he should be selected as  a mid-round pick.

Kristians Rubins

  • Big Latvian defender, he could play with a little more edge to his game.  He has good puck skills and willing to play a physical game.  He’s raw and will take time to develop.

Thomas Grégoire

  • Smooth skating right hand shot offensive defenseman with excellent vision.  There will be concerns about size and defensive awareness.  Brings enough offense to be considered with a late round pick.

Matt Brassard

  • Has good size and plays a heavy game.  Has good mobility, and put up decent offensive totals and was a late birthday for last years draft.

Matt Timms

  • Small, smart puckmoving defenseman with excellent offensive instincts & vision.  His major concerns will be size and he’s a below average skater.

 

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  1. Ilya Karpukhin (VHL)-  He’s a smart defender has good size and postitionally sound.
  2. Matthew Hellickson (USHL) – Smart mobile defenseman with solid puck moving ability.
  3. Benjamin Gleason (OHL) – Smooth skating puckmoving defenseman with excllent vision.  Has good size needs to improve defensive side of his game.
  4. Kevin Davis (WHL) Little undersized but excellent offense on an Everett team that doesn’t score much.  Most of his points came with the man advantage.
  5. Mark Yanchevsky  (MHL)  He’s a big defender (6’6) that’s put up solid point totals in the MHL this past season.
  6. Brandon Crawley (OHL)   He’s likely to be a shudown defender, loves to play physical style of game.  Works hard, not an offensive defender but can make smart decisions with the puck.
  7. Brennan Menell  (WHL)  Offensively he’s a guy that could make the jump to the next level. He was the 3rd most effective defenseman in his age group behind Ethan Bear & Connor Hobbs (both drafted in the NHL).   So, offensively he’s solid and he has excellent vision.  The concerns are going to be size and commitment.
  8. Kristaps Zile (KHL)    Split the year between KHL & MHL (14 points in 19 games).  He’s 6’1 but a thin frame.  Has good offensive instincts but needs to work on the defensive side of the game
  9. Justin Murray  (OHL) –   Smart defender plays positionally strong and a physical game.  Not a strong skater and won’t be a point producer.
  10. Tory Dello (NCAA – Hockey East)  He’s in his final year of eligibility.  He’s a good leader works hard, plays physical and is likely a defensive defender.
  11. Dmitri Alexeyev  (VHL)   He’s a smooth skating defenseman, two-way defender and excellent hockey IQ.
  12. Owen Headrick  (NCAA)  Small right hand shot, puck moving defenseman.  He’s plays a calm game and is solid positionally.
  13. Leonid Lavrinenko  (MHL)  There’s not much details on the player but those are excellent point totals for his age in the MHL.
  14. Luke McInnis    (NCAA) Son of former NHLer (Marty) he’s a smaller puck moving defenseman with good vision.
  15. Alex Stevens (USHL)   Defenseman with decent size, final year of draft eligibilty.  Heading to Penn State.
  16. Brendan De Jong (WHL)   Good size, solid mobility and he can move the puck.  Plays a two-way game, but you’d like to see him be more physically engaged.
  17. Scott Perunovich  (USHL) Small puck moving defenseman with excellent vision.  Compared to Joey Laleggia.
  18. Jacob Bryson (NCAA)   He’s a small mobile puck-moving defenseman that put up solid numbers for Providence.
  19. Dawson Davidson (WHL) – I was a big Dawson Davidson fan last year.  But he regressed this year.  He’s a smart puck moving defenseman that is undersized.
  20. Yegor Zaitsev – (VHL) – Split the year between VHL & KHL as a young 98 born player.  His numbers at the VHL level are impressive for his age.

NHL Draft (2017): Defense Overagers

Here’s a list of potential defenseman that are overage that may get drafted in this June’s draft.  I think that the first 5 should be drafted this season.

Dylan Coghlan RHD 2/19/1998 6’2 WHL 0.75
Kristians Rubins LHD 12/11/1997 6’5 WHL 0.49
Thomas Grégoire RHD 7/15/1998 5’11 QMJHL 0.97
Matt Brassard RHD 8/8/1998 6’2 OHL 0.52
Matthew Timms LHD 5/12/1998 5’10 OHL 0.93

Dylan Coghlan

  • Coghlan has good size (6’3), he’s a right hand shot defenseman, plays a physical game, and good two-way game.  I had him as a potential late round pick last year and he improved his offensive game this past season.  I think he should be selected as  a mid-round pick.

Kristians Rubins

  • Big Latvian defender, he could play with a little more edge to his game.  He has good puck skills and willing to play a physical game.  He’s raw and will take time to develop.

Thomas Grégoire

  • Smooth skating right hand shot offensive defenseman with excellent vision.  There will be concerns about size and defensive awareness.  Brings enough offense to be considered with a late round pick.

Matt Brassard

  • Has good size and plays a heavy game.  Has good mobility, and put up decent offensive totals and was a late birthday for last years draft.

Matt Timms

  • Small, smart puckmoving defenseman with excellent offensive instincts & vision.  His major concerns will be size and he’s a below average skater.

Here is another 20 defenseman that should be considered for the NHL entry draft.

  1. Ilya Karpukhin (VHL)-  He’s a smart defender has good size and postitionally sound.
  2. Matthew Hellickson (USHL) – Smart mobile defenseman with solid puck moving ability.
  3. Benjamin Gleason (OHL) – Smooth skating puckmoving defenseman with excllent vision.  Has good size needs to improve defensive side of his game.
  4. Kevin Davis (WHL) Little undersized but excellent offense on an Everett team that doesn’t score much.  Most of his points came with the man advantage.
  5. Mark Yanchevsky  (MHL)  He’s a big defender (6’6) that’s put up solid point totals in the MHL this past season.
  6. Brandon Crawley (OHL)   He’s likely to be a shudown defender, loves to play physical style of game.  Works hard, not an offensive defender but can make smart decisions with the puck.
  7. Brennan Menell  (WHL)  Offensively he’s a guy that could make the jump to the next level. He was the 3rd most effective defenseman in his age group behind Ethan Bear & Connor Hobbs (both drafted in the NHL).   So, offensively he’s solid and he has excellent vision.  The concerns are going to be size and commitment.
  8. Kristaps Zile (KHL)    Split the year between KHL & MHL (14 points in 19 games).  He’s 6’1 but a thin frame.  Has good offensive instincts but needs to work on the defensive side of the game
  9. Justin Murray  (OHL) –   Smart defender plays positionally strong and a physical game.  Not a strong skater and won’t be a point producer.
  10. Tory Dello (NCAA – Hockey East)  He’s in his final year of eligibility.  He’s a good leader works hard, plays physical and is likely a defensive defender.
  11. Dmitri Alexeyev  (VHL)   He’s a smooth skating defenseman, two-way defender and excellent hockey IQ.
  12. Owen Headrick  (NCAA)  Small right hand shot, puck moving defenseman.  He’s plays a calm game and is solid positionally.
  13. Leonid Lavrinenko  (MHL)  There’s not much details on the player but those are excellent point totals for his age in the MHL.
  14. Luke McInnis    (NCAA) Son of former NHLer (Marty) he’s a smaller puck moving defenseman with good vision.
  15. Alex Stevens (USHL)   Defenseman with decent size, final year of draft eligibilty.  Heading to Penn State.
  16. Brendan De Jong (WHL)   Good size, solid mobility and he can move the puck.  Plays a two-way game, but you’d like to see him be more physically engaged.
  17. Scott Perunovich  (USHL) Small puck moving defenseman with excellent vision.  Compared to Joey Laleggia.
  18. Jacob Bryson (NCAA)   He’s a small mobile puck-moving defenseman that put up solid numbers for Providence.
  19. Dawson Davidson (WHL) – I was a big Dawson Davidson fan last year.  But he regressed this year.  He’s a smart puck moving defenseman that is undersized.
  20. Yegor Zaitsev – (VHL) – Split the year between VHL & KHL as a young 98 born player.  His numbers at the VHL level are impressive for his age.

European Top Nine Forwards – 2017 NHL Draft

Elias Pettersson (5 – 15)

  • DOB: 1998-11-12 / H: 6’2 / POS: C/LW / Nation: Sweden / League:  Allsvenskan
  • Smart player, plays a complete game needs to put some muscle on his 6’2 frame.  Doesn’t have elite skating but is a good offensive weapon.
  • Elite Prospects: A crafty and agile two-way forward, Pettersson is consistently productive in all three zones. As he gets stronger, he’ll become even more physical and aggressive than he is now, and his creativity could definitely elevate his game to dominant levels. He can be described as a tenacious, jack-of-all-trades kind of player; he is well versed in all the important aspects of his own game. His speed and top-end acceleration continue to improve game by game, and his hard-nosedness shows through in his dogged pursuit of puck control. Elias Pettersson is a complete hockey player that brings intellect and youthful exuberance to a game that feeds on his kind of exciting athleticism.

Lias Andersson  (10 – 25)

  • DOB: 1998-10-13 / POS: C/LW / H: 5’11 / Nation: Sweden / League: SHL
  • His offensive numbers are good compared to recent players drafted out of the SHL (Zibanejad, Fiala, Eriksson-Ek & Vranaa), he also plays a good two-way game.  He might not have high-end upside but he projects as a safe two-way player.  The two concerns are size and his also a late birthday.
  • TSN: He’s quick, fast, determined and skilled and can play all three positions up front. A Swiss (or Swedish) Army knife-type player who’s very adaptable and coaches will love.

Martin Necas (10-25)

  • DOB: 1999-01-15 / H: 6’1 / S: R / POS: C / Nation: Czech / League: Czech-Elite
  • Necas plays a complete game he’s a fast, skilled right-handed center with decent size (6’1) and not afraid to go to the hard areas of the ice.  He’s playing in the Czech pro league against men and putting up .37 PPG.  There’s not too many Czech league forwards selected in the first round in the past 10 years but his numbers are ahead of Michael Frolik & Jiri Tlusty who were drafted back in 06.
  • Necas impressed scouts with both his effort and ability to get involved in everything. This guy gets after it. Not the biggest player on the ice, but makes up for it with his creativity and hard work. –Jeff Marek, Wyshynski and Marek Podcast

Klim Kostin (10 – 25)

  • DOB: 1999-05-05 / POS: RW / H: 6’3 / Nation: Russian / League: KHL
  • Big, skilled winger that entered the year as a potential top 5 pick.  Hasn’t had a successful year in KHL/VHL with only 1 goal in 17 games.  But the fact that he has been playing in the KHL and he’s a late birthday is a positive.  I think skill-wise and size he’s in the range with Guryanov, but behind Nichushkin or Tarasenko.
  • Last Word On Sports:  Kostin has the strength and size to play a powerful game, as he is strong on the puck; effective in maintaining possession down low; and difficult to contain when he drives the net. His skating shows excellent speed, balance and power. He is also highly skilled, with soft hands and excellent stickhandling ability; a fantastic wrist shot and release; along with good vision and passing skills. Kostin plays a gritty game, not afraid to get to the front of the net, or battle for loose pucks at both ends of the ice. He could stand to be a little more selfish, and shoot the puck more as he often looks to make a pass.

Marcus Davidsson (25 – 45)

  • DOB: 1998-11-18 / H: 6′ / POS: C/W / S: L / Nation: Sweden / League: SHL
  • Had 10 points in 9 games in the Swedish SuperElite league.  Models his game after Landeskog.  Button had him ranked 3rd entering the season.
  • Craig Button TSN:   Determined centre who gets involved in all of the critical areas of the game. Very good skater with power and he uses it to his advantage with and without the puck. Excellent sense and awareness and makes plays that threaten opponents and creates opportunities. Plays with confidence and has the ability to utilize the skills and talents of those around him.

Kristian Vesalainen (25 – 45)

  • DOB: 1999-06-01 / POS: LW/RW / H: 6’3 / S: L / NATION: Finland / League: SHL
  • Vesalainen entered the year as a potential top 10 pick, now there’s a chance he slips outside the first round.  He has good size but needs to play a smarter game.  He has been playing in against men in the SHL.  However, his numbers in International tournaments and the Swedish junior league (4 points in 10 games) aren’t overly impressive.
  • Finn Prospects:  Vesalainen is hard worker, plays solid passing game, forechecks well, doesn’t shy away in physical battles and is impressive at the defensive zone for a player of his age. His offensive talent most likely prevents him to become elite player but he should have bright future ahead in two-way role.

Lucas Elvenes  (30 – 60)

  • DOB: 1999-08-18 / H: 6′ / POS: RW / S: L / NATION: Sweden / League: SuperElit
  • High end offensive ability.  Solid offensive numbers inthe SuperElite league.  On the small side.  Late birthday.  Rated 51st by McKenzie in his mid-season rankings.  Excellent puck skills.  Above average hockey IQ.
  • The Draft Analyst: A jack-of-all-trades kind of forward, Elvenes played in every situation, to include manning the point on the power play. He’s a key figure for Rogle’s J20 squad (Superelit), and his two-way play was certainly on display. He showed patience off of defensive-zone draw wins, calmly waiting for things in front of him to properly align. When he didn’t see something he liked, he peeled back and re-engaged with a successful breakout. On several occasions, Elvenes made world-class set-ups, including one occasion when he dished a sweet behind-the-back feed from below the goal line while cutting against the grain in a 3-1 win against Russia. Elvenes uses excellent footwork to skate himself into an area with open lanes to attack, and he’s consistent with pass accuracy whether dishing it hard or soft. He plays with his head up, and the timing on passes are excellent.

Alex Lipanov (30 – 60)

  • DOB: 1999-08-17 / H: 6′ / POS: C / S: L / Nation: Russia / League: VHL
  • Put up solid numbers at international tournaments but didn’t produce much during the regular season.  Fast playmaking center that is responsible in his own end.  He has a late birthday August 17th.
  • The Hockey News – Ryan Kennedy:  I haven’t had a chance to write about Lipanov since the World Jr. A Challenge happened in Alberta, but he was awesome there. Not only did he center a potent line with 2018 draft titan Andrei Svechnikov, but Lipanov was also a dogged penalty-killer and all-details player for Russia.

Ostap Safin (45-75)

  • DOB: 1999-02-11 / H: 6’4 / POS: F / S: L / NATION: Czech / League: CzechU20
  • He has solid potential.  He’s a big player that seemed to regressed a little this season, but is having a good playoffs.  He’s got a good shot and could be a goal scorer.  He’s a little behind where players like Frolik, Hertl were when they were drafted.  Right now he’s maybe a late second or early third round pick.
  • EliteProspect: A competitive, 200-foot player that can fit in a power or finesse role. Skates very well, with balance and noteworthy speed, and handles the puck with ease and control at top speeds. Displays a dangerously accurate shot that he is never hesitant to use; always a threat in the offensive zone. Uses his frame well, to protect the puck, as well as to impose physically upon the opposition. Defensively stable and actively cuts off passing and shooting lanes. Could be more creative, but is more of a straight-line player. Potential is that of a top six forward that can complement similarly high-caliber players. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

 

Russian D-Man (Draft Year)

In the past 10 years 25 defenseman from Russia were selected in the NHL Entry Draft.  I am going to look at how the players drd during their 1st draft eligible year.  That does not mean that they were selected in their first year players such as Yegor Rykov who was drafted this past year was in his second year of eligibility.

# Team Player H DOB
7 Philadelphia Flyers  Ivan Provorov (D) 6’1 1/13/1997
9 Montréal Canadiens  Mikhail Sergachyov (D) 6’4 6/25/1998
14 Florida Panthers  Dmitri Kulikov (D) 6′ 10/29/1990
16 Buffalo Sabres  Nikita Zadorov (D) 6’5 4/16/1995
32 Los Angeles Kings  Vyacheslav Voynov (D) 6′ 1/15/1990
55 Washington Capitals  Dmitri Orlov (D) 5’11 7/23/1991
63 New York Islanders  Andrey Pedan (D) 6’5 7/3/1993
66 Vancouver Canucks  Nikita Tryamkin (D) 6’8 8/30/1994
68 Toronto Maple Leafs  Rinat Valiyev (D) 6’2 5/11/1995
79 New York Rangers  Sergei Zborovsky (D) 6’5 2/21/1997
101 Colorado Avalanche  Andrei Mironov (D) 6’2 7/29/1994
122 New York Islanders  Anton Klementyev (D) 6′ 3/25/1990
132 New Jersey Devils  Yegor Rykov (D) 6’2 4/14/1997
148 Tampa Bay Lightning  Nikita Nesterov (D) 5’11 3/28/1993
159 Columbus Blue Jackets  Vladislav Gavrikov (D) 6’3 11/21/1995
161 Colorado Avalanche  Sergei Boikov (D) 6’2 1/24/1996
178 Tampa Bay Lightning  Oleg Sosunov (D) 6’8 4/13/1998
183 Dallas Stars  Dmitri Sinitsyn (D) 6’2 6/17/1994
187 Calgary Flames  Rushan Rafikov (D) 6’2 5/15/1995
195 Boston Bruins  Maxim Chudinov (D) 5’11 3/25/1990
200 New York Rangers  Mikhail Pashnin (D) 6’1 5/11/1989
201 Philadelphia Flyers  Valeri Vasilyev (D) 6’1 5/31/1994
205 Detroit Red Wings  Alexei Marchenko (D) 6’2 1/2/1992
207 Washington Capitals  Dmitri Zaitsev (D) 6’1 1/18/1998
209 Edmonton Oilers  Ziyat Paigin (D) 6’6 2/8/1995

Canadian Major Junior

  • CHL is consisted of QMJHL, OHL & WHL.
  • Seven players played their 17 year-old draft season in Canadian Major Junior hockey.
  • Six of the seven players were selected inside the first 80 selections.  In fact seven of the first 10 Russian players selected played in the CHL.

17 Year-Old Season

Player PPG League
 Ivan Provorov (D) 1.02 WHL
 Mikhail Sergachyov (D) 0.85 OHL
 Dmitri Kulikov (D) 1.09 QMJHL
 Nikita Zadorov (D) 0.24 OHL
 Andrey Pedan (D) 0.24 OHL
 Sergei Zborovsky (D) 0.27 WHL
Sergei Boikov 0.18 QMJHL
  • The average PPG is .56
  • There will be more context after I have a chance to look at CHL numbers but Provorov, Sergachyov & Kulikov produced good-to-excellent offensive numbers.
  • Zadorov, Pedan and Zborovsky are big players both over 6’5 and produced low offensive numbers.
  • Boikov was drafted as an overage player.

 

Russia – KHL & Russia SuperLeague

Player League Pts/G GP PTS
 Vyacheslav Voynov (D) Russia-SL 0.11 36 4
 Dmitri Orlov (D) KHL 0.07 15 1
 Maxim Chudinov (D) Russia 0.00 18 0

 

There were only three players selected in the NHL that played the majority of their first draft eligible season in the KHL/Russian SuperLeague.  The Russian SuperLeague was the KHL before the KHL.

If a prospect is playing at this level they should strongly be considered a draft prospect.  Both Orlov and Voynov were early selections (both second round picks), whereas Chudinov was a 7th round pick.

  • Voynov, legal issues aside, was a legit top four defenseman.
  • Orlov has 60 points in 200 NHL games.  He plays predominately 3rd pairing minutes with the Capitals.
  • Chudinov likely has enough talent to play in the NHL.  He is one of the top defenseman in the KHL and, I believe, he is signed for two more seasons.

There’s very little data to make any judgement on.  Other than to say that if a 17 year-old is playing in the KHL, regardless of their PPG, there is a good chance that he will have a shot in the NHL.  Draft the kid.

MHL

Player League Pts/G GP PTS
 Alexei Marchenko (D) MHL 0.79 43 34
 Yegor Rykov (D) MHL 0.50 42 21
 Nikita Nesterov (D) MHL 0.41 46 19
 Vladislav Gavrikov (D) MHL 0.27 45 12
 Anton Klementyev (D) Russia-3 0.26 68 18
 Nikita Tryamkin (D) MHL 0.20 60 12
 Rushan Rafikov (D) MHL 0.19 53 10
 Andrei Mironov (D) MHL 0.15 59 9
 Valeri Vasilyev (D) MHL 0.11 18 2
  • MHL is the top Junior league within Russia.  Unlike the CHL the teams may have an affiliation with a KHL team.  Here is a HF boards thread which discusses the MHL.
  • The average Pts/G is .32
  • Both Marchenko, Nesterov & the colossal (6’8) Trymakin have played in the NHL.
  • Outside of  Nikita Tryamkin all the players that averaged under .4 PPG do not appear to be on target to be NHL players.  All of the > .4 PPG prospects, with the exception of Tryamkin, are between 6′ – 6’3 and were born in 1990 – 1991.
  • So by quick glance, if you are  drafting out of the MHL they should be above .25 PPG.

MHL B

Player League Pts/G GP PTS
 Ziyat Paigin (D) MHL B 0.51 35 18
 Oleg Sosunov (D) MHL B 0.31 39 12
 Dmitri Sinitsyn (D) MHL B 0.00 7 0
  • There were only three players selected in the MHL-B division.  Each player has his own story.
  • Ziyat Piagin is a big defender that went undrafted in his first two years of eligibility.
  • Oleg Sosunov was drafted this past season, he is another giant defender (6’8), with a nasty side (66 PIMs in 39 games) and was ranked 25th by NHL Central Scouting amongst European skaters.
  • Dmitry Sinitsyn took a weird detour in his hockey career.  His 16 year old season he played with the Dallas Stars U18 midget team.  He was drafted to play with Green Bay in the USHL.  Had a visa issue where he then returned home to play 7 games in the MHL.  He then returned to North America in December and practiced with U of Mass-Lowell but was redshirted, meaning – didn’t play in any games so that he could keep his four years of NCAA eligibility.  Also, he was drafted by the Dallas Stars so with him playing his 15 & 16 year old seasons they likely had some inside information.

Randomness

Player League Pts/G GP PTS
 Rinat Valiyev (D) USHL 0.36 36 13
 Dmitri Zaitsev (D) NAHL 0.42 53 22
 Mikhail Pashnin (D) Russia2 0.05 42 2
  • Three players were drafted in three separate leagues.
  • Valiyev was drafted as an overager.  He had a decent season in the USHL and could have been considered a late round pick.
  • Zaitsev was drafted out of the NAHL, which is a United States junior league.
  • Pashnin was drafted out of Russia2 which is a Russia (minor league) similar to the VHL.

Thoughts

  • I think that the Russian factor hasn’t had an effect on impact Canadian junior prospects (Zadorov, Kulikov, Provorov)
  • If a 17 year-old defenseman is playing in the KHL there’s a good chance he’s a quality prospect.
  • The MHL has been a mixed bag but players that are putting up decent offensive totals (.4+ PPG) are worth a mid-round pick.
  • The NHL like’s drafting big defenseman and the Russian’s have produced some big men.  Six of the twenty-five defenseman were between 6’5 – 6’8 in height!  The average Russian defenseman that was drafted was over 6’2 (74.4 inches).
  • Continuing with height 13 defensemen were between 6’1 – 6’4 and six defenseman were between 5’11 – 6′
  • My fav picks are Chudinov & Marchenko both performed excellent comparably to tother prospects and were chosen in the 7th round.

Russian Goalies

For this part I am going to look at the development path of the Russian goalies.

There were 11 Goalies drafted.  Vasilevsky at 19th overall was the earliest.  Ilya Samsonov was the only other first round pick.  By round here is the number of selections 2nd (0), 3rd (2), 4th & 5th (1), 6th (3) & 7th (2).

The average height of the goalies drafted was 6’2 1/2”.  Four of the goalies drafted were overagers.

I’ll take a look at the players progression in various leagues  from their draft year up until the age 23.  The goal is to identify which statistical variables too look for when drafting a goalie from Russia.  I will circle around and update some of the variables when I look at other European goalies (Czech, Slovakia, ect) that have played in Russian programs.

Here are some of the quick observations;

  • In the first year all goalies were drafted directly out of the top Russian junior league (MHL) the MHL has only been operating for 8 seasons so we don’t have much data on it yet.
  • A goalie should have a minimum SV% of .910 in his draft year in the MHL and should be close to .920.
  • International Tournaments Matter.  Seven of the eleven goalies drafted played in the U18 prior to being drafted.  The average SV% was .927.
  • Only three prospects played in the U20 – Vasilevsky, Samsonov & Bobkov as an 18 year-old.
  • Seven of the nine eligible prospects played in their final year of eligibility.
  • Andrei Vasilevsky is the gold standard.  He  played U20 during his 17 year old season and had a .953 SV%.  He played U17 in his 16 year old season compiled .936 SV%.  He played WC in his 19 year-old season and had a .985 SV%.  Vasilevsky is arguably the  best goalie prospect since Carey Price.
  • Ilya Samsonov had an superb second season compiling a .956 in World Juniors & .925 KHL Save Percentages this past season.  This year he is tracking ahed of Vasilevsky at the same age.
  • Outside of the two first round picks; Igor Shestyorkin (New York Rangers – 4th Rounder) & Ilya Sorokin (3rd Round New York Islanders Pick) are two prospects that are tracking well and worth keeping an eye on.
  • For first year overage goalie prospects they should be providing .920+ SV% in the MHL or playing in a pro league VHL (.915+ SV%) or KHL (.905+ SV%).
  • For two year overage they should be playing in a pro league VHL (.925 SV%)  or KHL (.910+ SV%)

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Russian Draft (10 Year Look Back)

In the last 10 years there were 100 Russian’s selected in the NHL entry draft.  The average team has selected just over 3 Russians.  The Oiler’s surprisingly, have selected more Russians than your averaged team.

  • NHL averages 10 Russians per draft in various leagues.  By eye it looks like an even split between the MHL, KHL & CHL.  I will have a deeper look later on.
  • There has been an increase in Russian drafted players the last three years: 2014 (13 Russians drafted), 2015 (18) & 2016 (17).
  • There were 11 goalies, 25 defenseman & 64 Russian players selected.
  • The breakdown by teams; Capitals (7 Russians selected), Kings, Islanders, Flyers & Lightning (6), Oilers, Rangers, Leafs (5), Panthers, Canadiens, Blues, Thrashers/Jets (4), Sabres, Hawks, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Predators, Penguins, Sharks, Stars (3), Bruins, Flames, Avalanche, Wild, Devils, Canucks (2), Ducks, Coyotes (1) & Hurricanes & Senators (0)
  • The ‘Russian factor’ hasn’t impacted first round selections.  There have been 20 Russians selected in the first 30 selections.  Russians are also more likely to be selected in the final 30 picks in the NHL entry draft.

Here is a list of the Russian drafted players, the team that drafted them and their draft number.

# Team Player
76 Anaheim Ducks  Igor Bobkov (G)
28 Arizona Coyotes  Viktor Tikhonov (W/C)
8 Atlanta Thrashers  Alexander Burmistrov (C/W)
101 Atlanta Thrashers  Ivan Telegin (W/C)
40 Boston Bruins  Alexander Khokhlachev (C/W)
195 Boston Bruins  Maxim Chudinov (D)
12 Buffalo Sabres  Mikhail Grigorenko (C/W)
16 Buffalo Sabres  Nikita Zadorov (D)
190 Buffalo Sabres  Vasili Glotov (LW)
136 Calgary Flames  Pavel Karnaukhov (LW/C)
187 Calgary Flames  Rushan Rafikov (D)
50 Chicago Blackhawks  Artur Kayumov (LW)
109 Chicago Blackhawks  Maxim Shalunov (RW/C)
179 Chicago Blackhawks  Ivan Nalimov (G)
101 Colorado Avalanche  Andrei Mironov (D)
161 Colorado Avalanche  Sergei Boikov (D)
6 Columbus Blue Jackets  Nikita Filatov (LW/RW)
65 Columbus Blue Jackets  Vitali Abramov (RW/LW)
159 Columbus Blue Jackets  Vladislav Gavrikov (D)
10 Dallas Stars  Valeri Nichushkin (RW/LW)
12 Dallas Stars  Denis Guryanov (RW/LW)
183 Dallas Stars  Dmitri Sinitsyn (D)
19 Detroit Red Wings  Yevgeni Svechnikov (LW/RW)
201 Detroit Red Wings  Alexander Kadeykin (C
205 Detroit Red Wings  Alexei Marchenko (D)
1 Edmonton Oilers  Nail Yakupov (RW/LW)
83 Edmonton Oilers  Bogdan Yakimov (C)
88 Edmonton Oilers  Anton Slepyshev (LW/RW)
91 Edmonton Oilers  Daniil Zharkov (LW)
209 Edmonton Oilers  Ziyat Paigin (D)
14 Florida Panthers  Dmitri Kulikov (D)
114 Florida Panthers  Alexander Delnov (LW/RW)
124 Florida Panthers  Yaroslav Kosov (LW/RW)
175 Florida Panthers  Maxim Mamin (LW/RW)
32 Los Angeles Kings  Vyacheslav Voynov (D)
37 Los Angeles Kings  Valentin Zykov (LW/RW)
74 Los Angeles Kings  Alexander Dergachyov (C/RW)
121 Los Angeles Kings  Nikolai Prokhorkin (LW/C)
123 Los Angeles Kings  Andrei Loktionov (C)
158 Los Angeles Kings  Maxim Kitsyn (LW)
135 Minnesota Wild  Kirill Kaprizov (LW/RW)
196 Minnesota Wild  Dmitri Sokolov (C/W)
9 Montréal Canadiens  Mikhail Sergachyov (D)
26 Montréal Canadiens  Nikita Scherbak (RW/LW)
109 Montréal Canadiens  Alexander Avtsin (RW)
138 Montréal Canadiens  Maxim Trunyov (RW/LW)
42 Nashville Predators  Vladislav Kamenev (C/LW)
55 Nashville Predators  Yakov Trenin (C/LW)
168 Nashville Predators  Konstantin Volkov (G)
102 New Jersey Devils  Mikhail Maltsev (LW)
132 New Jersey Devils  Yegor Rykov (D)
63 New York Islanders  Andrey Pedan (D)
65 New York Islanders  Kirill Kabanov (RW/LW)
73 New York Islanders  Kirill Petrov (RW/LW)
78 New York Islanders  Ilya Sorokin (G)
95 New York Islanders  Anatoli Golyshev (LW/RW)
122 New York Islanders  Anton Klementyev (D)
75 New York Rangers  Pavel Buchnevich (W/C)
75 New York Rangers  Yevgeni Grachyov (C/W)
79 New York Rangers  Sergei Zborovsky (D)
118 New York Rangers  Igor Shestyorkin (G)
200 New York Rangers  Mikhail Pashnin (D)
7 Philadelphia Flyers  Ivan Provorov (D)
22 Philadelphia Flyers  German Rubtsov (C)
104 Philadelphia Flyers  Mikhail Vorobyov (C)
168 Philadelphia Flyers  Radel Fazleyev (C/W)
188 Philadelphia Flyers  Ivan Fedotov (G)
201 Philadelphia Flyers  Valeri Vasilyev (D)
150 Pittsburgh Penguins  Alexander Pechursky (G)
173 Pittsburgh Penguins  Anton Zlobin (RW/LW)
197 Pittsburgh Penguins  Nikita Pavlychev (C)
27 San Jose Sharks  Nikolai Goldobin (LW/RW)
166 San Jose Sharks  Daniil Sobchenko (C)
207 San Jose Sharks  Emil Galimov (RW)
16 St. Louis Blues  Vladimir Tarasenko (RW)
33 St. Louis Blues  Ivan Barbashyov (C/LW)
52 St. Louis Blues  Maxim Letunov (C)
78 St. Louis Blues  Sergei Andronov (W/C)
19 Tampa Bay Lightning  Andrei Vasilevsky (G)
27 Tampa Bay Lightning  Vladislav Namestnikov (C/LW)
58 Tampa Bay Lightning  Nikita Kucherov (RW)
148 Tampa Bay Lightning  Nikita Nesterov (D)
178 Tampa Bay Lightning  Oleg Sosunov (D)
202 Tampa Bay Lightning  Nikita Gusev (LW)
31 Toronto Maple Leafs  Yegor Korshkov (RW)
68 Toronto Maple Leafs  Rinat Valiyev (D)
122 Toronto Maple Leafs  Vladimir Bobylyov (W/C)
182 Toronto Maple Leafs  Nikolai Chebykin (RW/LW)
185 Toronto Maple Leafs  Nikita Korostelev (RW/LW)
66 Vancouver Canucks  Nikita Tryamkin (D)
114 Vancouver Canucks  Dmitri Zhukenov (C)
22 Washington Capitals  Ilya Samsonov (G)
26 Washington Capitals  Yevgeni Kuznetsov (C)
55 Washington Capitals  Dmitri Orlov (D)
58 Washington Capitals  Dmitri Kugryshev (RW/LW)
86 Washington Capitals  Stanislav Galiev (RW/LW)
203 Washington Capitals  Sergei Kostenko (G)
207 Washington Capitals  Dmitri Zaitsev (D)
157 Winnipeg Jets  Mikhail Berdin (G)
164 Winnipeg Jets  Pavel Kraskovsky (C)

Here are the number of players selected from 1st – 7th round.  Please note that based on whethre there was a compensation picks or not there might been selections in later rounds.

Draft # # of Selections
1 – 30 20
31 – 60 12
61 – 90 16
91 – 120 11
121 – 150 11
151 – 180 12
181 + 18

There were 11 goalies; Igor Bobkov (G), Ivan Nalimov (G), Konstantin Volkov (G), Ilya Sorokin (G), Ivan Fedotov (G), Igor Shestyorkin (G), Alexander Pechursky (G), Andrei Vasilevsky (G), Ilya Samsonov (G), Sergei Kostenko (G) & Mikhail Berdin (G).

There are 25 defenseman – Maxim Chudinov (D), Nikita Zadorov (D), Rushan Rafikov (D), Andrei Mironov (D),  Sergei Boikov (D), Vladislav Gavrikov (D), Dmitri Sinitsyn (D), Alexei Marchenko (D), Ziyat Paigin (D), Dmitri Kulikov (D),  Vyacheslav Voynov (D), Mikhail Sergachyov (D), Yegor Rykov (D), Andrey Pedan (D), Anton Klementyev (D), Sergei Zborovsky (D), Mikhail Pashnin (D), Ivan Provorov (D), Valeri Vasilyev (D), Nikita Nesterov (D), Oleg Sosunov (D), Rinat Valiyev (D), Dmitri Orlov (D), Dmitri Zaitsev (D) & Nikita Tryamkin (D)

There were 64 forwards selected in the last ten drafts;  Nail Yakupov (RW/LW),  Nikita Filatov (LW/RW),  Alexander Burmistrov (C/W),  Valeri Nichushkin (RW/LW),  Mikhail Grigorenko (C/W),  Denis Guryanov (RW/LW),  Vladimir Tarasenko (RW),  Yevgeni Svechnikov (LW/RW),  German Rubtsov (C),  Nikita Scherbak (RW/LW),  Yevgeni Kuznetsov (C)
Nikolai Goldobin (LW/RW),  Vladislav Namestnikov (C/LW),  Viktor Tikhonov (W/C),  Yegor Korshkov (RW),  Ivan Barbashyov (C/LW),  Valentin Zykov (LW/RW),  Alexander Khokhlachev (C/W),  Vladislav Kamenev (C/LW),  Artur Kayumov (LW),  Maxim Letunov (C)
Yakov Trenin (C/LW),  Nikita Kucherov (RW),  Dmitri Kugryshev (RW/LW),  Vitali Abramov (RW/LW),  Kirill Kabanov (RW/LW),  Kirill Petrov (RW/LW),  Alexander Dergachyov (C/RW)
Pavel Buchnevich (W/C),  Yevgeni Grachyov (C/W),  Sergei Andronov (W/C),  Bogdan Yakimov (C)
Stanislav Galiev (RW/LW),  Anton Slepyshev (LW/RW),  Daniil Zharkov (LW),  Anatoli Golyshev (LW/RW),  Ivan Telegin (W/C),  Mikhail Maltsev (LW),  Mikhail Vorobyov (C),  Maxim Shalunov (RW/C),  Alexander Avtsin (RW),  Alexander Delnov (LW/RW),  Dmitri Zhukenov (C)
Nikolai Prokhorkin (LW/C),  Vladimir Bobylyov (W/C),  Andrei Loktionov (C),  Yaroslav Kosov (LW/RW),  Kirill Kaprizov (LW/RW),  Pavel Karnaukhov (LW/C),  Maxim Trunyov (RW/LW)
Maxim Kitsyn (LW),  Pavel Kraskovsky (C),  Daniil Sobchenko (C),  Radel Fazleyev (C/W),  Anton Zlobin (RW/LW),  Maxim Mamin (LW/RW),  Nikolai Chebykin (RW/LW),  Nikita Korostelev (RW/LW)
Vasili Glotov (LW),  Dmitri Sokolov (C/W),  Nikita Pavlychev (C),  Alexander Kadeykin (C),  Nikita Gusev (LW),  Emil Galimov (RW)

Next, I will look at the goalies, defenseman and forwards separately and find out how they scored in their draft years and compared them to the draft years.

NHL Draft: Top 130 Forwards

Here is my list of 130 Forwards for this seasons draft.  Each link has details on the scouting reports and numbers based on my rankings.

Canadian Junior A Forwards

USHL Forwards

US High School

QMJHL Forwards

WHL Forwards

OHL Forwards

OHL Overagers

Finland

Sweden Forwards

Czech Forwards

Russian Forwards

European Forwards

 

 

Rank Player League PPG
1 Auston Matthews (C) NLA 1.28
2 Patrik Laine (LW/RW) Liiga 0.72
3 Pierre-Luc Dubois (C/W) QMJHL 1.60
4 Jesse Puljujärvi (RW) Liiga 0.56
5 Clayton Keller (C) USDP 1.73
6 Matthew Tkachuk (LW) OHL 1.88
7 Tyson Jost (C/LW) BCHL 2.17
8 Logan Brown (C) OHL 1.25
9 Alexander Nylander (RW/LW) OHL 1.32
10 Michael McLeod (C) OHL 1.07
11 German Rubtsov (C) MHL 0.93
12 Luke Kunin (C) NCAA 0.94
13 Alex DeBrincat (C) OHL 1.68
14 Kieffer Bellows (C/LW) USDP 1.31
15 Max Jones (LW) OHL 0.83
16 Vitali Abramov (LW/RW) QMJHL 1.48
17 Pascal Laberge (C/RW) QMJHL 1.21
18 Riley Tufte (LW) USHS 3.12
19 William Bitten (C) OHL 0.97
20 Rasmus Asplund (C/LW) SHL 0.26
21 Taylor Raddysh (RW) OHL 1.09
22 Sam Steel (C) WHL 0.97
23 Julien Gauthier (RW) QMJHL 1.06
24 Adam Mascherin (C/LW) OHL 1.25
25 Tyler Benson (LW) WHL 0.93
26 Cameron Morrison (C/LW) USHL 1.10
27 Dillon Dubé (C) WHL 1.02
28 Brett Howden (C) WHL 0.94
29 Noah Gregor (C) WHL 1.01
30 Nathan Bastian (RW/C) OHL 0.92
31 Jonathan Dahlén (C/LW) Allsvenskan 0.57
32 Tage Thompson (C/RW) NCAA 0.89
33 Carl Grundström (LW) SHL 0.33
34 Mitchell Mattson (C) USHS 1.84
35 Boris Katchouk (LW) OHL 0.81
36 Jordan Kyrou (RW/C) OHL 0.78
37 Givani Smith (LW) OHL 0.65
38 Janne Kuokkanen (C/LW) Jr. A SM-liiga 1.13
39 Tim Gettinger (LW/RW) OHL 0.65
40 Dmitri Sokolov (C/W) OHL 0.76
41 Oskar Steen (C/RW) SuperElit 0.97
42 Kyle Maksimovich (LW) OHL 1.04
43 Jesper Bratt (LW/RW) Allsvenskan 0.35
44 Aapeli Räsänen (C) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.76
45 Vladimir Kuznetsov (LW/RW) QMJHL 0.85
46 Joey Anderson (RW) USDP 0.89
47 Wade Allison (RW) USHL 0.84
48 Matthew Phillips (C) WHL 1.06
49 Trent Frederic (C) USDP 0.66
50 Wade Allison (RW) USHL 0.84
51 Nicholas Caamano (RW) OHL 0.58
52 Igor Shvyryov (C) MHL 0.86
53 Cliff Pu (C/RW) OHL 0.49
54 Matthew Phillips (C) WHL 1.06
55 Dylan Gambrell (C) NCAA 1.15
56 Maxime Fortier (RW/C) QMJHL 1.13
57 Otto Mäkinen (C) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.64
58 Artur Kayumov (LW) MHL 0.79
59 Simon Stransky (LW) WHL 1.00
60 Linus Lindström (C) SuperElit 1.10
61 Kasper Björkqvist (LW) Jr. A SM-liiga 1.47
62 Adam Brooks (C) WHL 1.67
63 Rem Pitlick (C) USHL 1.59
64 Matt Filipe (C/LW) USHL 0.64
65 Brandon Gignac (C) QMJHL 0.91
66 Jack Kopacka (LW) OHL 0.64
67 Jonathan Ang (C/RW) OHL 0.72
68 Nolan Stevens (C) NCAA 1.02
69 Jordy Stallard (C) WHL 0.72
70 Tanner Laczynski (C) USHL 1.21
71 Alan Lyszczarczyk (C) OHL 0.75
72 Otto Somppi (C) QMJHL 0.78
73 Brayden Burke (C/LW) WHL 1.51
74 Eetu Tuulola (RW) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.48
75 Otto Koivula (LW/RW) Jr. A SM-liiga 1.18
76 Pius Suter (C/LW) NLA 0.53
77 Markus Nurmi (RW/LW) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.73
78 Travis Barron (LW) OHL 0.62
79 Cameron Hebig (C) WHL 1.17
80 Brandon Hagel (LW) WHL 0.65
81 Matt Luff (RW) OHL 0.93
82 Tim Wahlgren (C) SuperElit 1.15
83 Matthew Boucher (LW) QMJHL 1.02
84 Tobias Eder (C) Germany3 0.85
85 Connor Bunnaman (C/LW) OHL 0.56
86 Logan DeNoble (C/LW) OHL 0.67
87 Dante Salituro (C) OHL 1.28
88 Yegor Korshkov (RW) KHL 0.29
89 Mikhail Maltsev (LW) MHL 0.79
90 Ty Ronning (RW) WHL 0.88
91 Filip Suchý (F) Czech U20 1.47
92 Tye Felhaber (C/LW) OHL 0.59
93 Jamie Armstrong (LW) USHS 1.89
94 Joona Koppanen (C) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.65
95 Domenic Commisso (C) OHL 0.64
96 Samuel Solenský (C/RW) Czech U20 1.19
97 Tyler Soy (C) WHL 1.18
98 Brett Murray (LW) CCHL 0.96
99 Kristian Reichel (C) Czech U20 0.86
100 Yevgeni Mityakin (F) KHL 0.00
101 Daniel Kurovský (LW) Czech U20 1.24
102 Grant Jozefek (RW) USHL 0.95
103 Alex Dostie (C) QMJHL 1.35
104 Hudson Elynuik (LW/C) WHL 0.79
105 Nathan Noel (C) QMJHL 0.93
106 Vasili Glotov (F) MHL 1.31
107 Max Zimmer (LW) USHL 0.67
108 Jakob Stukel (LW) WHL 0.98
109 Tyler Steenbergen (C) WHL 0.69
110 Walker Duehr (F) USHL 0.61
111 William Lockwood (RW) USDP 0.56
112 Garrett Pilon (C) WHL 0.66
113 Reid Gardiner (RW/C) WHL 1.30
114 Alexander Polunin (LW) KHL 0.48
115 Brett McKenzie  OHL 0.80
116 Carsen Twarynski (LW/D) WHL 0.67
117 Matt Gosiewski (C) USHL 0.33
118 James McEwan (C) OHL 0.76
119 Axel Jonsson Fjällby (LW) SuperElit 0.74
120 Jonathan Davidsson (RW) SuperElit 1.37
121 Tanner Kaspick (C/LW) WHL 0.58
122 Collin Adams (LW) USHL 1.03
123 William Knierim (RW) USHL 0.51
124 Alexis D’Aoust (RW) QMJHL 1.44
125 Hayden Verbeek (C) OHL 0.54
126 Dominik Lakatos (C/LW) Czech 0.31
127 Jordan Topping (LW) WHL 0.92
128 Mathias From (RW/LW) SuperElit 0.58
129 Trent Fox (LW/C) OHL 0.75
130 Cameron Askew (C) QMJHL 0.98