2017 NHL Entry Draft

Dmitri Samorukov

DMITRI SAMORUKOVRussia

EDMONTON • ROUND: 3 OVERALL: 84

 

Previous Team: Guelph Storm (OHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 84

Vital Statistics

Position: D • Height: 6-2 • Weight: 180 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: June 16, 1999 • Hometown: Volgograd, Russia

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: CSKA (Russia U16/U17); Moscow Red Army (MHL)
CHL Import Draft: 2016 by Guelph (Round 1, No. 2 Overall)
OHL Debut: Sept. 23, 2016 (Guelph vs. Saginaw)
First OHL Goal: Nov. 2, 2016 (Guelph at Erie)

IN THE NEWS:
Projects as Second or Third-Pair D-man
Impressive Start to Major-Junior Career
Played in Annual Hlinka Tourney in 2016

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "Big, left-shooting, two-way defenseman. Beat in transition a few times and lacks quickness. Joins the rush at times. Good slap shot on the PP Holds the defensive blue line well with good gap. Average puck skills. Not physical enough in front of his net. Good size but needs to get stronger. Overall inconsistent from game to game. Has NHL upside." (Matt Manners, ISS Scout)

• "He can grab your attention, and then he does things. He doesn’t come across as a very smart player at times. He’s got the skill level; he’ll make a great play, and then all of a sudden he goes brain dead. He needs to be more consistent. ...  I think most scouts feel 'I like him but there’s something missing.'" (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "I loved his game in Grand Forks last April (2016 World Under-18) and was shocked at how bad he was early this season in Guelph. I tend to give Euros , especially D-men, the first two months to adjust to their new surroundings. He took longer than two months and still never reached the level of play I saw in Grand Forks. He got better, especially when wearing a Russia jersey, but he still needs to put it all together. I haven’t totally given up on him yet." (Mark Edwards, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Calm and patient with the puck and hits outlets with long, crisp passes through the neutral zone. Finds the right play with the puck even under forechecking pressure. ... A major factor on the power play, where he outwaits shot-blockers and cuts down off the point. Moves up into the offensive flow regularly and handles the puck quite a bit." (Red Line Report)