Born May 19, 1992 – Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height 5.11 – Weight 170 – Shoots L
Drafted: Washington Capitals, 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Round: Selected #26 overall (1st Round)
Currently Plays For: Chelyabinsk Traktor (KHL)
He’s an elusive player with very good hands and a good shot, but also has tremendous hockey sense. He’s a threat anytime he has the puck, and is definitely a player that has the creative ability to manufacture offense.
The Scouting Report
Very dynamic skill level. Extremely quick, soft hands. Controls the puck like he’s got it on a string and holds onto it that extra split second, giving linemates time to cut to open ice for his decisive feeds. Superb patience around the net – outwaits goalies and always forces them to make the first move. Tremendous natural sniper who buries his chances. Can score in a variety of ways – off the rush, with a great shot off the wing, or with slick moves in tight. Also has an explosive first step and top end gear with excellent east-west moves. Capable of making flashy, highlight reel plays and can kick in the afterburners to leave d-men in his dust.
The RedLine Report