#22 – Vitaly Abramov, RW – Gatineau, QMJHL

TSN – #51
Central Scouting – #29 NAS
ISS – #33
Craig Button – #23
McKeens – #52
THN – #29

NHL COMPARABLE : Gustav Nyquist
POTENTIAL : Top-6 Scoring Forward
FLOOR: AHL Call-up / KHL Star

I really like Vitali Abramov despite him being much smaller than most of the guys in my top-50. His vision and ability to find seams and make passes is what sets him apart for me and I’ll always have a lot of time for those types of players. He’s just a fantastic playmaker, a really strong skater and a guy you’ll notice every time he’s on the ice. With this kind of player, it’s always a bit of a boom or bust situation where if he doesn’t make it as a top-6 guy, he has other options in Europe. When you start talking about this part of the draft past #15 there just are not many guys left that have as much skill as he does…so you have to make a choice. I think he’s underrated and could end up being a really good NHL player.


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