The more I read about Ziyat Paigin, the more interesting he becomes. As an Oilers fan who remembers the promise of Vayzmikin, it’s been a long long time waiting for Russia to bless us with her most gifted children. Which is kind of a surprise, because the weather is so very similar.
OILERS DRAFTING RUSSIANS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
- L Igor Vyazmikin, 252nd overall in 1987 (4 NHL games)
- D Vladimir Zubkov, 208nd overall in 1988
- C Anatoli Semenov, 120th overall in 1989 (362 NHL games, he was a real player)
- C Sergei Yashin, 141st overall in 1989
- G Evgeny Belosheiken, 232nd overall in 1991
- L Alexander Kerch, 60th overall in 1993 (5 NHL games)
- F Oleg Maltsev, 241st overall in 1993
- D Ilya Byakin, 267th overall in 1993 (57 NHL games, talented)
- R Dimitrius Shulga, 162nd in 1994
- D Sergei Yerkovich, 68th overall in 1997
- G Alex Fomitchev, 231st overall in 1997
- L Oleg Smirnov, 144th overall in 1998
- R Maxim Spiridonov, 241st overall in 1998
- D Alexei Semenov, 36th overall in 1999 (211 NHL games)
- L Alexei Mikhnov, 17th overall in 2000 (2 NHL games, first-round pick)
- D Alexander Ljubimov, 83rd overall in 2000
- F Evgeny Muratov, 274th overall in 2000
- D Ivan Koltsov, 106th overall in 2002
- F Mikhail Youkov, 72nd overall in 2003
- D Roman Tesliuk, 44th overall in 2004
- L Slava Trukhno, 120th overall in 2005
- F Alex Bumagin, 170th overall in 2006
- R Nail Yakupov, 1st overall in 2012 (192 NHL games, No. 1 overall)
- L Daniil Zharkov, 91st overall in 2012
- C Bogdan Yakimov, 83rd overall in 2013 (1 NHL game)
- L Anton Slepyshev, 88th overall in 2013
- D Ziyat Paigin, 209th overall in 2015
Since 1979, Edmonton has chosen 27 Russian men out of 358 total selections (7.5%), but they didn’t start the process until 1987 and this century has seen 13 picks (major uptick). Since Nail Yakupov was taken No. 1 overall in 2012, Edmonton is averaging over one Russian per draft, and that’s good news since the NHL has decided to undervalue them in recent years.
- Alessandro Seren Rosso: Paigin is a very interesting prospect with great size (6’6”, 210 lbs.), good mobility, and an interesting overall package. Source
- Alex Thomas, Oilers Rig: Slated to play for Ak Bars Kazan next season. He’s 6’6” and 210 lbs.
- NHLE: 82GP, 2-2-4
- 7GP, 1-2-3 at World Juniors
- The Black Book: His play at the tournament has confimed his upside as well as the need for further development. He is still a bit of a project, on some games he shows flashes of good puck moving ability for such a tall defenseman, in others he struggles with easy plays.He may still be able to improve on some things training with pro, like on the accuracy of his
powerful slap shot, but his game needs to evolve rather than a finishing touch.
- ISS: “Like this player. Stay at home d-men that keeps his game simple and boxes out well. PK work was strong all tournament, willing to block shots. Big bodied physical defender with a long reach and good skating ability. Knows his limitations and doesn’t try to do too much. Strong performance at WJC helped move him into our rankings for 2015 NHL draft”.
Based on the scouting reports and some visual (he drives to the net against Robert Hagg here) this is a useful player. How far he develops is an open question and based on draft number we should be prepared to see him in the KHL for years to come. That said, it’s a pretty cool pick that could be a big plus if things turn out. You’d rather make that bet than a safe one at No. 209 overall.