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4 hours ago, johngould21 said:

Maybe the Canucks should hire Daniel's wife to teach VP and his new bride English? I believe she was volunteering to teach Syrian refugees English a few years back. This kid is going to be special in so many ways. The Podkolzin's may never leave Vancouver.


Especially with initials like VP. 

Once his career winds down, and Ring of Honour ceremonies are done, will we see VPVP joining the front office? ;) 

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19 hours ago, 48MPHSlapShot said:

I think people are looking at his style of game and thinking that, if he eventually can be a top six player, that he could be a nice complimentary player to Petey, in a similar vein to what Burrows brought to the Sedin line.

Exactly 6'3 or whatever 200+ Lbs and play dog on a bone game... what's not to get excited about?

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18 hours ago, ChuckNORRIS4Cup said:

Definitely more promising by the looks of it in the playoffs so that's good, I'll acknowledge that, would almost be nice to see him play their 1 more year to see if the numbers would improve this upcoming year, by the sounds of how he played in the playoffs from you and others I would expect them to improve but it would be good to see tbh, but sounds like he will be here so I guess will have to see here.


Just for the record guys who got hyped here and didn't work, before everyone starts jumping on me for being skeptical first, like I said Canucks fans have a record of this.


Cody Hodgson

Zack Kassian

Jake Virtanen

KHL (and the SHL to some extent) can be really hard to judge offensive production for young players. It can be somewhat like the CHL, where undrafted 20-21 year olds are having huge offensive overage seasons, but are far worse than the 17-18 years-olds being drafted. Alex Oveckin only had 13 goals in 37 games for Moscow as a 19 year old (during the 2004-2005 lockout) then had a monster 52 goal, 106 point rookie year in the NHL the following year.


Obviously Podkolzin isn't Ovi, but it's not unusual for young players to score at 1x - 1.2x their previous years points per game in the SHL/KHL when they reach the NHL. I don't think we should expect Boeser/Pettersson levels of immediate production, but a 35 point rookie year with lots of energy (like Hoglander but with size) isn't unrealistic. 

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A good read on him here:


Canucks top 10 prospects: Vasily Podkolzin reaches the top

"The bullish drives. The shot. The excellent vision. The defensive habits. He’s a pro who should step into a middle six role next season and more than keep his head above water." — Elite Prospects' director of film scouting Cam Robinson on Vasily Podkolzkin

Author of the article:
Patrick Johnston
Publishing date:
Jul 18, 2021  •  1 day ago  •  4 minute read  • 

Vancouver Canucks' top prospect Vasily Podkolzin signed his first NHL contract in May.Vancouver Canucks' top prospect Vasily Podkolzin signed his first NHL contract in May. PHOTO BY RVS.MEDIA/BASILE BARBEY /PNG

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When Vasily Podkolzin was drafted 10th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 2019, the chatter was that he could probably step right into an NHL lineup right then and there.

Of course, that couldn’t happen since he was under contract with the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg for two more seasons.

Young players being stuck in the KHL can be worrying, since Russian hockey sticks harder than just anywhere else in the hockey world to the notion that young players should earn their playing time and just sit and learn in the mean time.

But with Podkolzin, that’s never been a problem. When he’s been handed ice time, especially in the 2020-21 season, he’s almost always seized that opportunity.

And it’s why we’re rating him again as the Canucks’ No. 1 prospect.

It’s been almost nothing but steps forward for the 20-year-old since he was drafted. And when he makes his NHL debut this fall, one should expect a player that may not be ready to dominate but will certainly be ready to contribute.

“He’s amplified every aspect that made him a lottery-level pick in 2019,” Elite Prospects’ director of film scouting Cam Robinson told Postmedia.

“The bullish drives. The shot. The excellent vision. The defensive habits. He’s a pro who should step into a middle six role next season and more than keep his head above water,” he added. “Don’t expect instant production but it could come through pure will and effort. (Travis) Green should feed him 15 minutes a night and let him feel it out.”


SKA St Petersburg’s Vasily Podkolzin scores a goal past Dynamo Moscow’s Alexander Yeryomenko in Leg 3 of their 2020/21 KHL Western Conference semifinal playoff tie at VTB Arena.SKA St Petersburg’s Vasily Podkolzin scores a goal past Dynamo Moscow’s Alexander Yeryomenko in Leg 3 of their 2020/21 KHL Western Conference semifinal playoff tie at VTB Arena. PHOTO BY YURI KUZMIN /PNG

If the rumour mill is to be believed, Podkolzin has grown three inches since his draft year. Certainly he’s added strength to his long frame.

In his draft year, scouts oozed over his powerful approach to the game, which he coupled with crafty skills, making him a new style of power forward.

He’s never been afraid to get messy or to use his body to gain an advantage in a puck battle, dominating his opponents in tight quarter before making a skill play to create a scoring chance for himself or his linemates.

He’s also a leader, captaining the Russian junior team at the World Juniors. The Igor Larionov-coached team underwhelmed on the whole but Podkolzin didn’t, as he did everything he could for his team, even despite being occasionally miscast in his role by the coaching staff.

After returning from the World Juniors, he had a slow start to the second half of the KHL season for SKA. But as the season got closer to the finish, his ice time increased and once the Gagarin Cup playoffs began, there was little doubt how much the coaching staff thought of him.

There were still nights where he didn’t play much, but for the most part he was playing third line, sometimes even second line, minutes. He scored six goals and added five assists in the playoffs, a tidy haul for a young player playing in crunch time.

His 11 points in 16 games in the playoffs also matched the total he posted in 35 regular season games, a notable sign in how his role grew as the season moved forward.


Now 20, he’s clearly ready to step up from the second best league in the world to the best.

His strong two-way playing style suggests an initial fit with Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson, a line that has long been leaned on to be a strong two-way unit. And putting Podkolzin on the Horvat line would also allow for Nils Höglander to slide down to the third line, giving the Canucks a hint of depth up front.


(Prospect No. 1 in daily countdown.)

Age: 20.

Height: 6-4. Weight: 203 pounds.

Catches: Left. Position: Winger.

Draft year: 2019, first round.

Current team: SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).

Outlook: Top-line power forward


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It is funny, Podz is like an urban myth - "I swear he was 7 feet tall!"  


Excited to have him wear the jersey, and I remember they were saying when he was drafted (2 years ago) that he could step into the NHL right away!  He's had two extra years to develop further, so I think he's more than ready to play in the NHL. He's exactly what the Canucks need in their Top 6 - Horvat's wing.

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