• PROSPECT-UPDATE ARCHIVE
Very few 2018 draft prospects saw any action on Monday. Not enough to put together a list of top performances.
One Monday game had a very notable moment, as red-hot Russian defenseman Danila Zhuravlyov scored his first VHL goal for Kazan, following a call-up from the club's U20 team. In the VHL, the second-highest Russian league behind the KHL, Zhuravlyov is already showing that he can compete against men.
Zhuravlyov, who had played in four VHL games earlier this season, got a chance to shine in Kazan's 3-2 shootout loss to Beijing on Monday. He scored his first VHL goal and point at 12:15 of the second period to put Kazan up 2-0 -- not bad for a guy who won't turn 18 until April.
A special player in a deep draft pool, Zhuravlyov has remarkable instincts as a power-play quarterback, along with a seeing-eye shot that puts goalies to shame. Most of his goals come from long range, and he really knows how to pick his spots as far as pinching or finding a better shooting lane.
The video below shows all eight of Zhuravlyov's MHL goals this season. Only two MHL defenseman have more goals than Zhuravlyov in 2017-18, and both are at least two years older. It's obvious that Zhuravlyov has a ton of NHL potential. Watch this video, and you'll see why: