the Hopeless Love Me Tender Habs select Kirill Koltsov
Talent Analysis 8.0D
Koltsov has the necessary skills to be an offensive defenseman as his stickhandling and passing is above average. His speed and skating ability allow him to weave through traffic and carry the puck through the neutral zone with a fair amount of ease. While Koltsov sees the ice very well, he needs to continue to improve, especially in the defensive zone, in order to have success in the NHL.
He plays a very aggressive style of game for a defenseman of his slight stature and has an impressive mean streak that helps him play on an edge. This style of his has a history of getting Koltsov in trouble as he has been known for taking retaliatory penalties and getting himself out of position trying make a big hit. The combination of his small stature and the reckless abandon he plays with, could cause Koltsov to wear down very easily over the long haul of a NHL season.