Yegor Rykov

by Kevin Wickersham on December 28, 2016

Yegor Rykov - photo courtesy: u18worlds2015.iihf.com

Yegor Rykov, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-02

Weight: 216

Born: 1997-04-14

Hometown: Vidnoe, RUS

Drafted: 2016 by New Jersey Devils, 132nd overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2016 – As an alternate captain for Russia’s 2017 U20 WJC team, and captain at the 2015 U18 World Championship, Rykov has garnered a respectable amount of international hockey leadership experience at just 19 years of age. At 6-2, 216 pounds, Rykov profiles as a solid and cerebral two-way defenseman with a large frame that handles the puck well, who has improving defensive skills. He is adept at causing opponent turnovers, and while his positioning on the ice might benefit from some refining, he displays grit and heart by aggressively slowing down opponents any way he can. As his contract with the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg expires by May of next year, it will be interesting to see if he decides to play in North America and where he might land in the Devils’ system, one that has a budding list of talented young defensemen. Still growing, and possessing a hard left-handed shot in addition to impressive skating and passing skills that generate scoring opportunities, he may meet with swift success. – Kevin Wickersham

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Promising, sizable blueliner with leadership qualities and a good two-way game that needs some seasoning.

 

 

Footage:

Yegor Rykov highlights from Finland vs. Russia World Juniors 2016 buzzer-beater goal to tie the game:

 

 

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