Molodezhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga (MHL) - Part II
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10-24-2012, 08:29 PM
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A scouting report by an OHL scout on Korostelev :
(RS) LW Nikita Korostelev | Jr. Canadiens
There’s not very many minor hockey leagues around North America where you’ll find players from Russia, but if there’s one that shouldn’t be a surprise, it’s the GTHL. Korostelev bursted onto the scene during the second half of 2011-12 where he saw time with a strong Vaughan Kings lineup. This year, Korostelev has gained some more size and is one of the more dynamic players in the crop.
Korostelev has an impressive presence on the ice and really commands the puck on a shift-by-shift basis. He has an explosive stride and strong puck possession which allows him to drive the shooting lane and utilize his heavy shot. Korostelev has a great release and an impressive shot which allows him to find the back of the twine consistently. One concern with this, however, is that Korostelev requires a high volume of shots to score. His shot selection needs to improve and his finish is an area to monitor as he will not have the same quantity of shots he gets at the MM level.
The real kicker with Korostelev at this point is whether or not he’ll even be eligible for the Priority Selection. As an import, he’ll need to establish residency requirements with the league but at this point it appears that should be a formality if the OHL is where he wants to play. If that’s the case, expect to hear his name called in Round 1.
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