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2021-22 Team: Soo Greyhounds (OHL)
Date of Birth: Feb 5, 2004
Place of Birth: Yaroslavl, Russia
Height: 5-foot-11, Weight: 185 pounds
Shoots: Left
Position: Defense
NHL Draft Eligibility: First Year Eligible


Kirill Kudryavtsev is a two-way defender with tons of skill. He played his first season of North American hockey this season as a member of the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Soo Greyhounds, where he scored an impressive 39 points in 68 games. In 2020-21, Kudryavtsev found moderate success in the top Russian junior league (MHL), but his decision to move to a new continent was likely the best choice he could have made to improve his draft stock.

Kirill Kudryavtsev Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds Kirill Kudryavtsev, Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

At this point, it seems likely that many Russian prospects will slide down the draft boards through no fault of their own. Kudryavtsev will surely be one of them. He has not received all that much attention in the lead-up to July 7, but another great season in the OHL in 2022-23 would make a lot of teams regret passing on him. 

Related: 2022 NHL Draft Guide

Kudryavtsev has the patience and maturity to let the game come to him rather than trying to force his will on it too often. One common criticism about him, similar to what Shane Wright receives, is that he is good at everything but exceptional at nothing. Kudryavtsev is reliable defensively with an advanced ability to block shots, and he is also a consistent presence offensively, where he makes safe, smart passes with accuracy.


He also provides good support on both the power play and the penalty kill, a level of versatility that makes him a workhorse defender who plays a ton of minutes. He has a good shot from the point, with serious power on both his wrist shot and slap shot, though his accuracy could use some work.

Kudryavtsev is also a good but not great skater. He is smooth with a respectable top speed that allows him to participate in plays off the rush and also to retreat to his own end to make a defensive stop. 

Kirill Kudryavtsev – NHL Draft Projection

He may have been in the shadow of another Russian defender playing in the OHL, Pavel Mintyukov, but Kudryavtsev is a solid defensive prospect in his own right. Though the NHL’s Central Scouting has him ranked quite low (108th NA Skater likely predicts the fifth round or later), I anticipate that he will be drafted in the fourth round of the 2022 Draft, roughly around pick 100. 


“Kudryavstev is a smooth-skating blueliner who shows flashes of promising offensive skill and has the speed to jump into the offense without giving up too much on the defensive side. A well-rounded defender, he shows some confidence carrying the puck out of his own end and making efficient plays out of pressure situations.” – Joseph Aleong, FCHockey

“He’s a player that has an impact on all areas of the ice, whether defending or creating offence, and his decision-making and skating ability allow him to make a difference on each shift.” – Kyle Raftis, Soo Greyhounds General Manager 


  • Smooth skating
  • Powerful shot
  • Smart playmaking
  • Special teams

Under Construction (Improvements to Make)

  • No exceptional skills
  • Shot accuracy

NHL Potential

If he can show a bit more of his offensive potential over the next season or two in the OHL, I believe that Kudryavtsev could be a low-end top-four defender in the NHL who plays on the second power-play unit. If the offense doesn’t improve, then he will likely be a depth defender who is excellent in the AHL but not quite skilled enough for a full-time NHL role.

Risk-Reward Potential

Risk – 3/5, Reward 3.5/5

Fantasy Hockey Potential

Offense – 7/10. Defense – 7/10


  • 2021-22 Hlinka Gretzky Cup Gold Medal


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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 22: #20 Kirill Kudryavtsev and #19 Matvei Michkov of Russian Federation celebrates their victory after Men's 6-Team Tournament Gold Medal Game between Russia and United States of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympics on January 22, 2021 in Lausanne, Switzerland.




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Interesting that two Canucks D picks in Elias Pettersson and Kirill Kud-ryav-cev have identical statistics in the last 2021 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup: 1G in 5 games. The only difference in penalty minutes: Kirill got 4 and Elias 8...


21. RUS.png  RUS 5 Kirill KUDRIAVTSEV O 5 1 0 1 4  
22. SWE.png  SWE 2 Elias PETTERSSON O 5 1 0 1 8  
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1 hour ago, 250Integra said:

Love this pick. I have a good feeling he'll turn out to be a solid NHL player. Kind of flew under the radar and was 3rd in OHL Rookie D scoring.

Have a feeling he's going to turn into a valuable trade chip for us

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The number of players ranked 3rd/4th round who end up falling to the 7th, or even out of the draft, is always a little surprising.


(Although TBH, it’s such a regular occurrence that I’m no longer surprised really.)


But it definitely makes me a fan of trading middle round picks for volume in the later rounds. Seems like you get a similar odds of success on the picks, but more arrows in the quiver.


A little disappointed we didn’t find a way to add a couple extra late round picks.


(But happy with the players drafted in the spots we took them.)

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