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Nikita Tryamkin

Scouting Report

From one of the smallest players in the draft class to one of the biggest.

He was 4th among regular defensemen on his team in ice time, with 16:30 per game on Yekaterinburg at just 19.

Despite his size he can actually move pretty well. He's not afraid to play the body at all and has a cannon for a slapshot.

As with any defender at this age he still needs refinement in his positioning and decision making, but he has a really high upside. Played internationally for the first time ever at WJC and was the Russian's second best defender after former first rounder Nikita Zadorov.

Tryamkin said he wants to be "the next big Russian in Vancouver." He's got two years left on his KHL contract. #NHLDraft

First Russian selected by Vancouver since Ilya Kablukov in 2007.

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6'7" 230lbs :shock:

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2010-11: Nikita Tryamkin skated for the Automobolist 1994-born team in the Ural region of Russia. He scored 6 goals with 3 assists and had 155 penalty minutes in 34 games. Tryamkin was selected by the club's KHL team in the third round (66tH overall) of the 2011 KHL Draft.

2011-12: Tryamkin played for Auto Yekaterinburg's U22 team in the MHL as a 17-year-old and skated for Russia's U18 team in the 2011 Sergei Zholtok Memorial tournament. He scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was -7 with 82 penalty minutes in 60 MHL games during the regular season and was +3 with no points and 8 penalty minutes in nine games during the MHL play-out series. He had 1 assist in three games at the Sergei Zholtok tournament.

2012-13: Tryamkin skated in 32 KHL games for Avtomobilist — splitting the season between the KHL and MHL — and represented Russia in a pair of Four Nations tournaments at the U20 and U19 levels. He scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was -4 with 12 penalty minutes as Yekaterinburg finished last in the Kharlamov Division; winning a league fewest eight games. In nine relegation games he was +3 with no points and 8 penalty minutes. Tryamkin scored 8 goals with 10 assists and was +9 with 58 penalty minutes in 28 regular season MHL games for Auto and added 1 goal with 2 assists, finishing -5 with 40 penalty minutes, in eight playoff games. He was +1 with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in three games with the Russia U20 team and was +3 with 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes in three games for the U19 squad. Tryamkin was ranked 123rd amongst International skaters in his second year of eligibility for the NHL Draft but was not selected.

2013-14: Tryamkin returned to Automobilist for his second KHL season and played for Russia's U20 team in the 2014 World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +5 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games at the World Junior Championship. Russia defeated Canada, 2-1, to win the bronze medal. Tryamkin was ranked 25th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting's mid-season rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

A huge defender with a cannon of a shot, Tryamkin is an intriguing prospect who has been oddly overlooked during two NHL Drafts. His size and puck skills are certainly interesting even for North American teams, who may have gleaned some good indications on his game during the recent WJC, where he was an important player on the Russian blue line. Tryamkin should work on his skating and positional play, but has some good intangibles.

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Gawwwwk, nice scouting pick

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6'6 230 and had 9 points in the Khl last year :towel::towel::towel:

Though Benning didn't like Russians, there goes that theory.

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Bob says he's already played in the KHL and is a more NHL ready pick.

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Saw him at last years in the World Junior. Skates very well for his size, can move the puck, and can play an all around game. (From what I saw)

Its an Interesting pick, I would have preferred Point or Mayo, but he's a big guy, an older guy, could be closer to playing in the league. So thats good.

Maybe he comes over the AHL next year, I think we took him a bit soon, but I do like him as a prospect, its an interesting project for sure. Hopefully he's in Utica to star the year.

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Nice, that pick looks solid. Over 16 minutes a game and moves good at that size, likes to play the body and has a cannon shot!

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He's under contract for 2 more years in the KHL.

So he's 20 years old and we won't seem him till he's 22.

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He's signed in the KHL for 2 more years. I have to believe he stays over there, then has to adapt to the NA ice. Nice to have a monster prospect on the blueline though.

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He's already played in the KHL, and has two more years to develop. Not a bad choice, but he'll probably take his good time to adjust to NA hockey when he arrives...

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