Andrei Mironov

by Hayden Soboleski on October 20, 2017

 

Andrei Mironov, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-02

Weight: 198

Born: 1994-07-29

Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia

Drafted: 101st overall 2015 (4th round) by Colorado Avalanche

 

 

 

Observations: 

October 2017 - Mironov has been sent to the AHL for a conditioning stint. He has spent most of the season so far in the press box for educational purposes, but the organization clearly wants him to at least be on the ice. His minimal fantasy relevance this season has disappeared now that Bigras, Lindholm, and Nemeth seem to be the coach's preferred options. He still has potential as a big-minute player, just needs time to adjust to North America. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2017 - Mironov has made the NHL squad out of training camp, but is expected to be rotating in and out of the press box as he fights to secure a full-time gig. He shows maturity at times, but poor decision-making too often. His poor fluency in English has become somewhat of a note, as Russian teammates are always required to translate for him in practice, and he is unable to cmomunicate well out on the ice. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2017 - Mironov has officially signed a two-year contract with the Avalanche. He is only worth a fantasy pick-up if you're looking for hits or in a deep league where any NHLer is valuable. Hayden Soboleski

April 2017 - All signs are pointing to Mironov coming to North America for 2017-18. He has been scouted by the Avs while playing in the KHL, and switched to an agent with more history in North America. He still lacks fantasy value outside of hits, but could provide a stable prescence for the Avs. He hasnèt signed any contract yet, as Colorado management may be taking some time to rethink their current plan. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2016 - Mironov remained in the KHL for another season with Dynamo Moskva. His un-noteworthy offensive output is unchanged from last season, but his ice time has gone up - he is now the team's second-most-used defender. This is mildly promising, however given the amount of similar prospects already playing in North America, there is no real motivation by either the player or the Avalanche to bring another stay-at-home d-man into the mix. Hayden Soboleski

 

April 2016 - Mironov played in 40 KHL games this season, where he set a career-high in points with 13 (three goals, ten assists). Fortunately, offence is not why Colorado believes he shows promise - the big defender is a crushing force as a shut-down specialist. He has representd Team Russia in U20 and U19 World Junior Championships, and given his expiring contract with Dynamo he may have the option to make the move to North America sooner rather than later. The Avalanche have a wealth of defenseman close to making the jump to pro, so Mironov is no sure-thing to be seen in the NHL soon. When he does earn a shot, he may become of fringe value in leagues counting hits and blocks, yet surprisingly does not accumulate many penalty minutes. 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

A physical shut-down defenseman who's offensive upside likely only becomes noteworthy if he become a big minute-muncher. 

 

 

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