#54 – Pavel Koltygin, C – Drummondville, QMJHL

Central Scouting – #83 NAS
ISS – #98
Future Considerations – #87
McKeens – N/A
Craig Button – #72
Hockey Prospect – #78


COMPARABLE : Valtteri Filppula
UPSIDE : Top-6 Offensive Forward
FLOOR : KHL Regular


In this draft, if there was ever a poster boy for ‘boom or bust’ prospect, I think Pavel Koltygin would take the cake. When I first got a look at this player, I was immediately impressed. He’s extremely smooth out there in the way he skates and controls the puck…he’s almost reminiscent of Alex Kovalev in that way….so he’s a guy with high-end skill to be sure. He’s a very good skater with lots of ‘dangle’ and an excellent playmaker as well. He had a solid first year playing in North American in the Q for Drummondville. I really like him but I find that he’s a bit inconsistent. It’s certainly not unheard of to have a young player play with some degree of inconsistency but what teams are looking for is consistency with ‘effort’ and ‘compete’ and he may have a little ways to go in that regard. Now, I know that reading that is probably going to make some people cringe but the upside with this player is certainly there. We’d probably be looking at a first round pick otherwise.

My comparable for him is Valtteri Filpulla and I think that’s a good one. I think if a team is able to snag him with a late 2nd/early 3rd round pick, I think that’s probably good value but I expect this player to probably be selected later on in the draft.

Could be a sleeper pick.



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