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#57 10-26-2012 12:28 PM

LW Valentin Zykov - Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL (2013, 37th overall, Los Angeles)
 
Yet another 2013 prospect performing well in the Q. 76th overall in the CHL Import draft and he has taken the Q by storm this season.

We're talking about a pretty complete player that has constantly been the Drakkar's best player since the start of the year. 6'1 210lbs, great skater, always putting his nose in the dirty areas.

13 GP 9-6-15

Zykov thrives by being an intense player with a decent pair of hands and great wheels. He just goes in at full speed, crashes the net and looks for rebounds. He isn't afraid to go along the boards to dig out pucks and can make a number of different plays in the offensive zone. He will also backcheck hard in order to help out his defenders.

If he keeps progressing, I can see a team taking a flyer on him in the 3rd or 4th round. As I said, he's a pretty complete guy that has a lot of interesting tools. Offensive russian with great size, sweet hands and a willingness to go into traffic.

insider 10-26-2012 12:37 PM

He's a guy I don't feel comfortable projecting just yet. 3rd or 4th round might be conservative, actually. Central Scouting upgraded him to an A prospect, which means top-45ish. Plays such a NA game for someone who only has 12-13 games on this continent.

If he keeps it up, who knows how high he can rise.

IHaveNoCreativity 10-26-2012 01:32 PM

Potential steal ?

shello 10-26-2012 04:15 PM

Find it funny how the only times he ever scores its hat tricks

IHaveNoCreativity 10-26-2012 05:34 PM

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Originally Posted by shello (Post 55303517)
Find it funny how the only times he ever scores its hat tricks

So he's good for a win when he scores ? Lol

Flynn84 11-03-2012 01:41 AM

Another great game for Zykov, 2+1 vs Chicoutumi and totally 11+9 in 16 games.

Sticks and Pucks 11-20-2012 02:42 PM

Just saw that Zykov is ranked third amongst draft eligible QMJHL prospects. How does his skillset compare to guys like Erne, Duclair, Gauthier, etc? He is currently ranked ahead of those guys.

SergeConstantin74 11-20-2012 02:49 PM

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Originally Posted by FirstOverallLine (Post 55910373)
Just saw that Zykov is ranked third amongst draft eligible QMJHL prospects. How does his skillset compare to guys like Erne, Duclair, Gauthier, etc? He is currently ranked ahead of those guys.

He shouldn't be ranked higher than Erne, Carrier, Gauthier, Mantha and Duclair but he's a really good prospect.

bsmith14 11-20-2012 03:59 PM

The Russian crop seems good this year. Zykov, Nichushkin, Buchnevich, Zadorov and Tolchinsky all have top 60 potential

Dgill 11-20-2012 06:38 PM

Seeing him play tomorrow, excited to see what he can bring.

reffree 11-21-2012 12:41 AM

His board works is excellent!! I really liked what I saw from him. Not sure about his overall offensive upside at the next level, but seems to be a warrior, he has great drive.

He remind me a little of Martins Karsums, well, a little bigger, and with a little more hands. Does anybody see this too?

WildcatMapleLeafs28 11-21-2012 08:53 AM

23gp - 16g -9a - 25pts

Flynn84 01-12-2013 06:52 PM

Wow, 1+5 tonight.

hab 4ever 01-12-2013 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Flynn84 (Post 57492147)
Wow, 1+5 tonight.

17 points in 6 games in January since coach Veilleux put him on a line with F. Girard (passed over in 2012 draft but Baie-Comeau captain since he was 17 years old) and Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau (2013 draft eligible. Zykov has been an unstoppable force lately.

JeromeHP 01-12-2013 10:50 PM

Video: 6pts night for Valentin Zykov

DuklaNation 01-27-2013 11:46 PM

Not much talk about this kid but he is lighting it up lately, 26 pts in last 12 games. Looks like he has a well rounded game overall. What is holding him back in the rankings? Does his offense translate to the pros?

Kevin Forbes 01-28-2013 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by DuklaNation (Post 58507583)
Not much talk about this kid but he is lighting it up lately, 26 pts in last 12 games. Looks like he has a well rounded game overall. What is holding him back in the rankings? Does his offense translate to the pros?

Needs to improve his skating, plays in a market where not a lot of people see him, not a lot of hype for him. He's well deserving of the ranking he got from Central Scouting (8th among North American skaters) and ISS (16th overall). Not sure what you mean by what's holding him back in the rankings.

He plays a very North American friendly game which is part of what attracted him to come to Canada for his draft year and also had a lot to do with his ability to adjust quickly and start contributing right away. Uses his frame well to fight through traffic and get to the spots needed to make plays.

KlattNazty 03-25-2013 12:47 PM

Reminds me of kulemin. even the skating which is awkwardly effective.

malkinfan 03-26-2013 01:11 AM

poor mans ovechkin

Kevin Forbes 03-26-2013 08:45 AM

I had a scout describe his play from the hashmarks to the net is a good as any 2013 prospect in the QMJHL.

seafoam 03-27-2013 11:48 PM

Has his skating improved as the season has progressed?

Slashers98 04-03-2013 12:35 PM

Valentin Zykov The Next Ones: NHL 2013 Draft Prospect Profile:
http://thehockeywriters.com/valentin...spect-profile/

His profile for the 2013 draft!

DKQ 04-03-2013 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Slashers98 (Post 63135005)
Valentin Zykov The Next Ones: NHL 2013 Draft Prospect Profile:
http://thehockeywriters.com/valentin...spect-profile/

His profile for the 2013 draft!

You list one of his strengths as "remarkable skating" but then say he needs to work on his skating

Zoombie 04-03-2013 01:38 PM

This guy has Feaster's 3rd overall pick written all over

TheJuxtaposer 04-03-2013 05:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DKQ (Post 63138941)
You list one of his strengths as "remarkable skating" but then say he needs to work on his skating

Yeah, I'm really confused on that. If he is a "remarkable skater", then I'm all over this guy. If not, not as excited.


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