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2015 NHL Draft Russian Prospect Rankings




Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June, 21, 2015 Following Our monthly 2015 NHL Mock Draft


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  1. Ivan Provorov, D, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Projected Round Top 10 Pick Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap In 60 games Provorov recorded 15 goals, 46 assists, and 61 points. His 6-foot-0 and 201-pound size works in his favor.


    Ivan Provorov may have more potential than any defenseman in the 2015 NHL Draft. At the same time he's the most inexperienced defenseman in this years draft.



    Before 2014

    Ivan Provorov is born in Russia. He played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in 2013-2014. Provorov will play for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League in 2014-2015.





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  2. Evgeny Svechnikov, LW, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) Projected Round 1st Rond Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap Evgeny Svechinkov was a second-round pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft. Svechnikov was also drafted second overall by Ak Bars Kazan in the 2013 KHL Draft.


    In his first season with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Svechnikov has 5 goals, 13 assists, and 18 points in 13 games. He is playing well for a top 10 pick and is making a case to be the sixth or seventh best overall prospect.


    Most expected Evgeny Svechnikov to need seasoning in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League until 2017-2018. He is playing ahead of schedule with his brilliant play so far in 2014-2015, and looks like a player that will make a jump to the NHL in 2016-2017. Saying he will make it in 2015-2016 right away is starting to look like a legit possibility. Staying in Cape Breton for one more season after getting drafted would probably be in his best interest.


    Svechnikov was a pure left winger heading into the QMJHL this season. His versatility and skating has improved greatly and now he looks like a guy that could adapt to the right wing role if necessary.


    Svechnikov needs one more year to develop in the juniors. One thing I will say is that his 32 goals, 46 assists, and 78 points in 55 games during the regular season was beyond impressive. Give Svechnikov one more year in the juniors and you are looking at an NHL ready talent.



    Before 2014

    Evgeny Svechnikov displayed Alex Ovechkin like ability in his first Russian tournament back in 2011-2012. He tallied 8 points in his first Russian tournament at the age of 15. In this tournament, you saw him deke and execute wrist shots with more power and precision than Happy Gilmore. You saw a guy that could skate faster than Nail Yakupov. Following the tournament, many speculated the possibility of him being the second overall pick behind Connor McDavid at the mere age of 16 before the emergence of Jack Eichel.


    A year later, he joined Bars Kazan a minor league team to Ak Bars Kazan in the KHL. At Bars Kazan, Svechnikov scored 9 points and 9 assists. Evgeny earned a spot on the Russia Under 17 team with his hard work at Bars Kazan. His coaches instructed him to focus on playing physical defense rather than be the offensive winger he was with Bars Kazan. Instead of questioning his head coach, he displayed immense maturity by embracing this role showing NHL scouts he has potential to be a defensive forward by blocking shots, stealing the puck, and being an effective penalty killer. This guy can learn on the fly with guidance and instruction.


    His impressive play intrigued Bars Kazan’s pro Russian team Ak Bars Kazan who held the second pick in the 2013 KHL Draft. The 6-foot-3 and 205-pound Russian skater was the second overall pick in the 2013 KHL Draft. Days later, Svechnikov was drafted by the Cape Brenton Screaming Eagles in the second round of the 2013 CHL Import Draft. There are 60 CHL teams with 20 in the OHL, 18 in the QMJHL, and 22 in the WHL. Svechnikov was drafted 63rd overall making him an early second round pick.


    Ak Bars Kazan played him for 3 games. After watching him fail to be the line 1 left winger, the team came away disappointed and sent him back to the MHL for more seasoning. He improved at Bars Kazan by registering 27 points which was nine more than his first year with Bars Kazan. In 2013-2014, he played for the Russia Under 18 team and displayed impressive defensive tools again. Despite failing to win in the tournament, Svechnikov was named a top 3 player on the team without even scoring a point from a goal or assist.


    In 2014-2015, Svechnikov will play for the Cape Brenton Screaming Eagles. The 17-year-old turns 18 in October. He can play for an additonal two more seasons with the Cape Brenton Screaming Eagles to develop after an NHL team drafts him in the 2015 NHL Draft.


    Why draft this guy in the first round? Worst case scenario, this is a line 1 guy on an AHL team. Best case scenario you got the next Alexander Ovechkin. His ceiling is that high even though he is a boom or bust project that has yet to take the ice in the Canadian Hockey League.



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  3. Denis Guryanov, RW, Lada Togillati (KHL) Projected Round 1st Round Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap In 23 games on the Lada Togillati MHL team, Denis Guryanov had 10 goals, 15 assists, and 25 points in 23 games. In 8 KHL games Denis Guryanov only posted a single point.



    Before 2014

    In 2012-2013, Denis Guryanov posted 16 points in the MHL. He needs to step up and show NHL Scouts he's good enough to play on Lada Togillati's KHL team.



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  4. Ilya Samsonov, G, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) Projected Round 2nd Round Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap The 6-foot-3 and 201-pound Ilya Samsonov posted a 5.50 GAA and a .500 save percentage in 1 KHL game. Despite this, Samsonov is still considered the best goalie in the eyes of some NHL teams. It will be interesting to see whether Russia's prolific goalie or MacKenzie Blackwood ends up being the top goalie drafted.



    Before 2014

    Ilya Samsonov had no experience in 2013-2014. He entres his first year as a starter on Metallurg Magnitogorsk's MHL Team. He's expected to start on the KHL team by midseason making him a solid third round pick.



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  5. Yakov Trenin, LW, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) Projected Round 2nd Round Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap Yakov Trenin posted 18 goals, 49 assists, and 67 points in 2014-2015 with the Gatineau Olympiques. Trenin will be NHL ready in a few years. He needs two more seasons in the CHL and at least one season in the AHL before making the jump to the NHL.



    Before 2014

    Yakov Trenin was a first round pick in the 2014 KHL Draft and the 2014 CHL Import Draft. Trenin lacks any experience and needs a huge year to go in the first two rounds of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.



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  6. Nikita Korostelev, RW, Sarnia Sting (OHL) Projected Round 2nd Round Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap The 6-foot-1 and 196-pound Nikita Korostelev posted 53 points in 54 games. His 24 goals and 29 assists stood out since he displayed more production than his teammate Pavel Zacha.



    Before 2014

    Nikita Korostelev played 60 games for the Sarnia Sting in 2013-2014. He posted 17 goals, 21 assists, and 38 points in those 60 games. As long as Korostelev can improve on that he will be a top 100 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.



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  7. Alexander Dergachev, C, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL) Projected Round 3rd Round Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap The 6-foot-4 and 201-pound center can play center, left wing, or right wing. He has the versatility that you look for in a skater.


    He may take longer to make the transition to the NHL because he plays in the MHL rather than the KHL. Dergachev has 11 points in 13 games for SKA Saint Petersburg.


    Dergachev finished his season with 10 goals, 29 assists, and 39 points in 45 games. His played next to former New Jersey Devil Ilya Kovalchuk helped SKA Saint Petersburg win the Championship in the KHL.



    Before 2014

    Dergachev posted 21 points last season in 46 games. Tallying 12 goals and 9 assists showed NHL Scouts he can be a playmaker or a sniper. Has the shooting power when executing wrist shots and slap shots. You also have to admire his shooting accuracy on wrist shots and slap shots. His best quality may be his awareness on both ends displays exceptional offensive and defensive awareness.


    Dergachev needs to do this on the KHL squad rather than the MHL squad. Improving on face offs is also something he could work on since he only wins 45 percent of his face offs.



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  8. Sergei Zborovsky, D, Regina Pats (WHL) Projected Round 5th Round Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap The 6-foot-4 and 190-pound defenseman posted 19 points in 2014-2015. Outside of Ivan Provorov he's the top defenseman from Russia in the Western Hockey League..



    Before 2014

    Sergei Zborovsky has no experience in the WHL yet. Zborovsky will have a long time to develop. He looks like a line 1 defenseman on an AHL team at best.


    Dergachyov needs to do this on the KHL squad rather than the MHL squad. Improving on face offs is also something he could work on since he only wins 45 percent of his face offs.



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  9. Nikita Pavlychev, C, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) Projected Round 6th Round Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap In 42 games Nikita Pavlychev posted 6 goals, 10 assists, and 16 points. His one issue is penalty minutes. He takes too many of them. In 2014-2015, Pavlychev had 80 penalty minutes.



    Before 2014

    Nikita Pavlychev posted 1 assist in 2013-2014. He needs to do a lot more if he has any remote chance of getting drafted in 2014-2015.



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  10. Kirill Pilipenko, RW, UHC Dynamo Moscow (KHL) Projected Round 7th Round Projected Team

    2014 Season Recap Kirill Pilipenko has yet to play in the KHL. He will be lucky if he gets drafted.



    Before 2014

    Kirill Pilipenko has yet to make the transition from the MHL to the KHL. You are likely looking at a KHL player with this pick.





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