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German Rubstov: The Top KHL Prospect In The 2016 NHL Draft

Posted By: Victor Ringhamton on 5/27/2016

My name is Victor Ringhamton and I'll be covering KHL content in Russian Hockey for the NHL Draft at Draft Utopia. Every month you'll hear my unique insight on something in the Kontinental Hockey League.

This month we will discuss German Rubstov. Rubstov has yet to see time on Vityaz Chekov's main roster in the KHL. Despite this Rubstov had 12 goals, 14 assists, and 26 points on Russia's Under 18 Team. Rubstov put on a strong showing at the IIHF as well as the World Junior Championships for Russia.

Rubstov may be a B grade prospect rather than an A grade prospect. He's a B grade prospect that will sneak into the first round just like Vitali Abramov, a Russian skater that plays on the Gatineau Olympiques in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Five NHL scouting services have Rubstov listed as a first round pick and all five scouting services have him in the top 25. NHL Central Scouting called Rubstov the fifth best European Skater. They ranked Auston Matthews an American born skater playing in Switzerland first followed by Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi, and Rasmus Asplund ahead of Rubstov. Every scouting service except for NHL Central Scouting has Rubstov ahead of Asplund so Rubsov should be a first round pick.

Rubstov could go as early as fifteenth overall to the Minnesota Wild, but he could also fall as late as twenty fifth overall to the Dallas Stars. Washington will take Rubsov in a heartbeat if he falls out of the top 25 given that the Capitals love Russian prospects.

One team that has sent their scouts to Russia to check out German Rubstov is the Detroit Red Wings at 16. The Red Wings came away impressed with Rubstov. Detroit believes Rubstov could be a cornerstone player, but they are also looking at Jake Bean and Riley Tufte with their sixteenth pick. Nashville believes Rubstov is a top 5 prospect and they pick at 17. Philadelphia is in the market for a center and they pick at 18. I could see the New York Islanders taking this guy at 19 too. Arizona could take Rubstov for depth at 20 if they address defense with their seventh pick.

Rubstov is ranked 15th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 5th on the five major NHL Scouting Outlets. Remember Rubstov is fifth on NHL Central Scouting for European prospects which is what I have already mentioned. Chris called Rubstov a top 25 prospect that falls to the second round because he's a B grade prospect. Rubstov is a B grade prospect who gets pushed into the first round who goes in the 16-20 range in the early back half of the first round.

I may have more updates on Vityaz Chekhov players at some point in the near future. For now German Rubstov has to be the top prospect from the Vityaz Chekhov as we enter the home stretch for assessing players in the 2016 NHL Draft.

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