Vitali Abramov

by Kevin Wickersham on December 12, 2017

Vitali Abramov, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-9

Weight: 170

Born: 1998-05-08

Hometown:  Chelyabinsk, RUS

Drafted: Columbus, 65th overall 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 - Since his arrival in a big late-November deal to Victoriaville, Abramov's scoring pace has slowed a little, but you can hardly call his four goals and eleven assists in eleven contests disappointing. After his insanely hot start with Gatineau (12 G, 14 A in 16 games) he's still fourth in the QMJHL scoring race registering 16 goals and 25 assists in 27 contests. With again huge numbers he's pushing hard for top prospect status among CBJ's current crop. Kevin Wickersham

October 2017 - Following a strong preseason amid talk he might crack CBJ's opening night roster, Abramov is again tearing up the QMJHL with four goals and eight assists in just seven contests. Gatineau must be overjoyed that last year's league MVP opted to remain an Olympique rather than take a rumored pro gig in Europe. Kevin Wickersham

September 2017 - Many eyes will be on one of the Blue Jackets' biggest names at the upcoming Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament as Abramov seeks to comtinue his profilic points output and garner NHL consideration in 2017-18. With some uncertainty on Columbus' bottom six, last year's QMJHL MVP might find opportunity sooner than orginally expected. Kevin Wickersham

June 2017 - What a great second year for Abramov. While playing his sophomore season with Gatineau of the QMJHL he put up 46 goals and104 points in 66 games played. Adding to his offensive game, he scored at a point-per-game pace in the postseason, scoring seven points in seven games for the Olympiques.  At the end of his junior season, Abramov was called up to Cleveland (AHL) and, again, scored a point-per-game. In four games, Abramov notched one goal and four points.

The sky is the limit for the young Russian winger. His home town of Chelyabinsk was hit by a meteor in 2013; Abramov is being referred to as "The Meteor Man." I would put chips on Abramov making it to the NHL sooner than later, and he will blaze a trail through the league, much like that piece of space rock blazed through the night sky a few years back. Mark Hinrich

June 2016 – In a clear choice of skill over size, the Blue Jackets took this dynamic Smurf in the third round. He thrived in his rookie QMJHL season, oozing talent and displaying feistiness. The only thing he has to prove is whether he can keep racking up points against bigger, stronger players. Mark Allan

February 2016 – Abramov is having a breakout season in his first year in North America after being selected 13th overall in the CHL Import draft by the Gatineau Olympiques. Abramov leads all rookies in scoring and currently sits tied for third overall with 87 points in 59 games. Abramov has proven to be a consistent scorer and offensive threat. He has only had one game without a shot, has not gone more than two games without a point or three games without a goal and has had four different point streaks of six or more games. A strong showing at the CHL Top Prospects game also helped serve notice that the relatively unknown prospect heading into the 2016 draft year is a first round pick. While Abramov is small by pro standards, his high-end skill set and skating ability will allow him to be an effective player at higher levels. Peter Harling

Fantasy Outlook: B+

A dynamic offensive player who possesses excellent vision and offensive creativity. Has a wide array of moves, dekes and toe-drags with explosive acceleration and a high-end top gear.

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