#5 – Valeri Nichushkin, LW – Chelyabinsk, KHL

TSN – #6
Central Scouting – #2 ES
ISS – #4
Craig Button – #5
McKeens – #6
THN – #5

This player’s skill level is through the roof and there is going to be a team out there that gets a very gifted player. There is some thought he might slide down though depending on how teams feel on ‘the russian factor’ but he has stated he wants to play in the NHL. It would probably be a really good thing if the team that drafts him already has some Russian players as part of their core to ease his transition to North America. I think he’s NHL ready and should make an impact as early as next season. He’s kind of a mix between Patrick Berglund and Evgeni Malkin, I see him realizing his potential somewhere in between.

NHL COMPARABLE: Patrick Berglund+ / or Evgeni Malkin Lite

UPSIDE: Top Line Winger

REFERENCE via WAY BACK MACHINE

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