Draft Prospect Profile: Grigori Denisenko

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    Eric Andrews

    Each day over the next month leading up to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, held on June 22 in Dallas, we will be taking a look at the top 31 prospects avail
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    Here’s my evaluation on him from DraftSite.com:Russian playmaking winger with excellent on-ice vision, high end hands and stick. Was the best player at the World Junior A Challenge. Projects as a high end scorer, but will need to be less generous with the puck on the attack, to actually turn into a big time scorer. Is such a good precise passer and his stop/starts, are so clean he gains time to quickly diagnose which teammate to be the recipient of his pinpoint pass. He has high end dangle and deception skills, and seems to be able to take games over or at very least, looks to me a cut above everyone else on the ice sheet. And this isn’t a Vladimir Tarasenko, ready and willing to work are on the back end, not quit when the tide is running strong against him. He isn’t a 100% each shift guy and can sour you by what seems to be disinterest at times. He has got that same Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde you saw in Alexander Semin, so there is lots to consider with this prospect. The real key when selecting Russians who aren’t already over in North America, is they may not want to make the jump while still under the rookie salary cap constraints, when they can make plenty of money while staying at home and waiting until the teams that draft them are no longer subject to the entry-level contract rules. So sometimes these Russian players slip into the later parts of the selection process not guaranteed that their name being called unless they plan to come now and stay, no matter if they make the parent clubs right away.

    –Bill Placzek–


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