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WOOOHOOOO , Great pick, cant wait to see this kid play in 2 years...so stoked

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wow this guy is going to ride shotgun with Bo soon

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Not a bad draft, kinda wish we woulda moved up, but this kid has so much bite and fiestyness , he not like most russians, he kinda like tryamkin but in a forward position and not as big, but he protects his teamates

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Absolutely love this pick! High risk and high reward, can't wait to see him over here in a few years!

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https://thehockeywriters.com/vasili-podkolzin-2019-nhl-draft-prospect-profile/

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Vasili Podkolzin is without a doubt one of the most polarizing prospects of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The 17-year-old’s raw skill is clear as day — that’s not up for debate. He can stickhandle in a phone booth, complete difficult plays at high speed and he has a dangerous shot. His speed is good, but not great, however, due to an engine that doesn’t quit, his compete level and physicality are not up for debate either. These reasons — combined with his frame and how he excelled at international tournaments this season — are what make him an enticing top-five, or even a potential top-three selection this June.

Podkolzin tallied eight goals and 11 points in just five games at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup last summer (the U-18s) while captaining Russia to a bronze medal finish. He also co-led the World Junior A Challenge in scoring in December with eight points in six games and helped his country win a silver medal. Most impressively, the winger surprisingly made the cut for Russia’s World Junior Championships squad, tallying three assists in seven games for a coach (Valeri Bragin) who usually shies away from using younger players at all.

Vasily Podkolzin of SKA St. Petersburg Vasily Podkolzin of SKA St. Petersburg (photo courtesy SKA)

There are two reasons some scouts are lower on Podkolzin: his underwhelming point totals with his club teams and a tendency to sometimes let his emotions get the best of him.

Over the course of the 2018-19 season, Podkolzin has played in three different leagues in Russia, none for more than 21 games.

He began in the highest junior league in Russia in September, the MHL, where he posted five goals and seven points in 10 games. He has since played two more games in the MHL (in January), bringing his total to eight points in 12 games, which is not very impressive for a potential top-five pick. Podkolzin also went pointless in three games in the KHL, playing once in November and twice in January, but received a grand total of 10:31 in the three games combined.

That’s why he has spent the majority of the season in Russia’s second-tier men’s league, the VHL, where he averaged 12:18 in 14 games in the regular season and most recently just 7:48 in seven playoff games. In those 21 combined games, Podkolzin has recorded three goals and three assists. While his lack of production can at least somewhat be attributed to playing on so many teams in such a brief time period, at the end of the day it doesn’t help his stock.

The second knock on Podkolzin is that he can get carried away at times when he is frustrated and tries to do too much. This can also lead to ill-advised penalties. Yes, he’s still very young, but when he tries to make it a one-man show and doesn’t use his teammates properly, it can lead to turnovers and goals against. With maturity and good coaching, this can certainly be easily fixed.

 

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BPA. All we need to do is wait 2 years. And its not like we were gonna win a cup within the next two years. Once he comes over he will be ready

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Pardon the CAPS:

 

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• PODKOLZIN FINISHED THE SEASON PLAYING FOR NEVA ST. PETERSBURG IN RUSSIA’S SECOND LEAGUE, RECORDING 2-3—5 IN 14 GAMES. 

• HE CAPTAINED TEAM RUSSIA TO A BRONZE MEDAL AT THE 2018 HLINKA GRETZKY CUP WITH 8-3—11 IN FIVE GAMES, WHERE HE LED THE TOURNAMENT IN GOALS. HE AGAIN WORE THE “C” FOR HIS COUNTRY AT THE 2019 UNDER-18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WHERE HE POSTED 1-3—4 IN SEVEN GAMES TO HELP RUSSIA EARN A SILVER MEDAL. 

• A VETERAN ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE, PODKOLZIN HAS ALSO REPRESENTED TEAM RUSSIA AT THE 2019 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP (0-3—3 IN 7 GP), 2018 WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE (3- 5—8 IN 6 GP), 2018 UNDER-18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (2-2—4 IN 4 GP) AND 2017 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE (1-5—6 IN 5 GP). 

• PODKOLZIN MADE HISTORY ON NOV. 12, 2018 WHEN HE DEBUTED IN THE KHL WITH SKA ST. PETERSBURG AND BECAME THE FIRST PLAYER BORN IN THE 2000S TO EVER PLAY IN THE LEAGUE. HE DID SO WHILE SKATING ON A LINE WITH RUSSIAN HOCKEY LEGEND PAVEL DATSYUK AND GOLDEN KNIGHTS PROSPECT NIKITA GUSEV. 

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?cat=2&dpid=116877&sort=finalRank&year=2019&sf104490528=1

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5 minutes ago, Brock Botanen said:

Tryamkin is loving this :)

IMHO....just guaranteed Tryamkin's return at the end of next season!!! RW and a returning defenseman....two birds with one stone! :emot-parrot:

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