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2019-20 Team: MHK Dynamo Moskva
Date of Birth: Feb. 15, 2002
Place of Birth: Voronezh, Russia
Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 181 pounds
Shoots: Left
Position: C
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible

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Dmitri Zlodeyev is a player who gives it his all on every shift. While he may not be as well-known as some other prospects coming out of the MHL, he still impressed this past season playing for MHK Dynamo Moskva. In 42 games played, he managed to score 12 goals and added 16 assists for 28 points to go along with 45 minutes in penalties.

While looking at his stats, some people may expect Zlodeyev to be a physical player but he does not use his body like some scouts wish he would. While he has decent size, Zlodeyev does not do well along the boards and is usually outmuscled in a one on one situation. If he can learn to use his body to his advantage, it will certainly become a positive in his game but at this point, it takes away from his overall game down low.

Related: THW’s 2020 NHL Draft Guide

Where Zlodeyev shines though is in the offensive zone. Blessed with great vision, he is able to spot teammates in the slot and creates high end scoring chances with ease. Pair that with a deceptive shot and he is a weapon to be reckoned with. Zlodeyev is also a great skater. He is able to quickly get to top speed and is able to cut back on a dime when pressured by an opposing defenseman. When the puck transitions the other way, he makes sure to get back and can be relied upon to help out his defenders and goalie when needed.

Dmitri Zlodeyev Team Russia Dmitri Zlodeyev of Team Russia (Russia Hockey/FHR.ru)

While Zlodeyev will need more time to develop, he has the tools needed to make an impact at the next level. Whenever he steps out on the ice, he plays a solid two-way game that coaches love to see. He is certainly an interesting prospect and could benefit a team down the road.

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Quotables

“Zlodeyev had a stellar 2019-20 season for both club and country. He is a very strong two-way player who is quick on his feet, but lacks some aggression. Despite playing a soft game for the most part, he uses that speed to terrorize the opposition in the defensive zone. He tends to shy away from board battles and stands in positions that allow the opponents to easily get the puck when it moves away from the boards.” – Dylan Griffing/DobberProspects

“Zlodeyev is as complete a two-way center as you’ll find. He’s a quick, upright skater with timely bursts into open ice, but there’s a significant level of violence to the way he moves; almost like a tiger increasing its rate of speed as it locks in on its prey.” – Steve Kournianos/The Draft Analyst

Dmitri Zlodeyev – 2020 NHL Draft Projection

With Zlodeyev being ranked 32nd amongst European skaters by NHL Central Scouting, I predict he goes a little after where they have him ranked. He has great offensive potential and has the ability to change the game with his playmaking ability but I don’t see him being a second or third-round pick. If I had to choose I see him going in the fourth round on draft day.

Strengths

  • Vision
  • Deceptive shot
  • Defensive awareness

Under Construction – Improvements to Make

  • Not being afraid to battle against bigger opponents

NHL Potential

Zlodeyev possesses tools that some people simply cannot teach. His effort on the ice is something that never ceases and he is always looking to make a play at both ends of the ice. In the future, if he develops properly, I could see him becoming a solid middle-six center who sees some time one the power play. Although some centers make the transition to the wing when they make the NHL, I see Zlodeyev being able to stay in the middle as he is really valuable in the offensive zone.

 

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Seem to be going to the MHL a fair bit recently with drafting Manukyan from there last year as well. 

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Vancouver uses Larionov as a scout, no? He was 5’9 160 soaking wet, one of the best two way centres of his era. Maybe he can help with this kid’s defensive play. Larionov rarely hit anyone, but he neutralized Lindros in his prime with great positioning.

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Not sure about Larionov, but we have Sergei Chibisov who was used to pick Podkolzin.

 

Just now, Ray_Cathode said:

Vancouver uses Larionov as a scout, no? He was 5’9 160 soaking wet, one of the best two way centres of his era. Maybe he can help with this kid’s defensive play. Larionov rarely hit anyone, but he neutralized Lindros in his prime with great positioning.

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Interesting pick. Sounds like has good upside if he puts everything together.

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Lots of good there, just needs to be a bit more on top of the puck at times it seems. Good late round talent that hopefully we see pan out.

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They're all dart throws at this stage.  Benning knows more then us, so I trust him.

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definitely a dart throw but i like that button had him ranked 50.  He works hard and can maybe develop skill probly would have went higher in the draft if not for the russian factor.  this could be a steal but still unlikley he makes much of an impact. 

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1 hour ago, naslundfan921 said:

sounds like Canucks legend Artem Chubarov. 

Benning will offer up Chubarov's car as a signing bonus.

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One of these Dmitri's will pan out eventually.

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I really like this pick. He sounds like the type of player the Canucks have targeted that plays hard, hasn't scored a ton, but has some skill, and they have turned out well. See Madden, Gaudette, McDonough, and Podkolzin to some extent. 

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3 hours ago, naslundfan921 said:

sounds like Canucks legend Artem Chubarov. 

Pretty much my thought as well. I mean that as a compliment as Chubarov was a pretty good player for the Canucks. The lock out messed that up though.

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