BELLEVILLE AT SAULT STE MARIE

When I was in school, this girl moved to our town from Belleville. Oh my. I’ve never met anyone from SS Marie, so clearly Belleville is the better city and team.

Daniil Zharkov scored 23 goals in 50 OHL games as a 17-year old. That’s a damn good league, and if the big Russian winger (6.04, 212) can deliver more this season–say 30 to 35 goals–then I think we’re looking at a helluva prospect.

So far this season, Zharkov is 9, 2-2-4; he’s on track for an 11-goal season. Having said that, it is early and I think he was a wonderful draft bet. In fact, if the Oilers had taken him 32nd overall and Moroz in Zharkov’s spot it would have made more sense based on the pre-draft numbers. I digress. Here are the CHL scoring numbers for Oiler prospects at this time:

  • Tobias Rieder (OHL) 8, 2-5-7
  • David Musil (WHL) 9, 2-5-7
  • Mitch Moroz (WHL) 11, 1-4-5
  • Daniil Zharkov (OHL) 9, 2-2-4
  • Travis Ewanyk (WHL) 11, 1-2-3

I don’t think anyone is ripping it up, although Musil’s numbers are solid for his style of play.

Zharkov plays tonight against the high scoring and generous Greyhounds. Perhaps he’ll score three.

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4 Responses to "BELLEVILLE AT SAULT STE MARIE"

  1. BlacqueJacque says:

    I’m excited that we have Zharkov, but think he was fairly rated a 3rd rounder by other teams as well.

    We knock Ebs for having a high shooting percentage, and that’s over an entire season.

    Zharkov had a high shooting percentage for half a season, then dropped off the map completely.

    Nice to see Musil put up some good numbers.

  2. copperblueandwhite says:

    Zharkov scored a great goal in the third period Sunday night against Oshawa…a wicked shot from the off wing…the replay is on the Bull’s site.
    http://www.bellevillebulls.com/

  3. jp says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    I’m excited that we have Zharkov, but think he was fairly rated a 3rd rounder by other teams as well.

    We knock Ebs for having a high shooting percentage, and that’s over an entire season.

    Zharkov had a high shooting percentage for half a season, then dropped off the map completely.

    Nice to see Musil put up some good numbers.

    They’re not the same player, but we’re not too high on Cornet after half a season with a high shooting percentage are we? I like Zharkov’s potentail/tools too, but he’s not doing much (and hasn’t gotten much in the way of results last season or the year before for that matter). We’re positive on him still with a slow start even though at this point Moroz has more points, and there’s not a lot of love for that guy. There’s a pretty big difference in their draft spots, so it’s fair to expect more from Moroz, but at least he brings legitimate toughness to the table. Yesterdays comparables review suggests a decent chance of a 4th line NHL player in Moroz (still not a great return for a #32 pick). Zharkov does have top 6 upside, but the chances of him realizing that are really very slim (and just like for Moroz, the early season scoring numbers are not a good arrow).

    And yes, great to see some some decent offense from Musil. Projecting the 25-32 point WHL seasons he’s had so far to a reasonable NHL player is possible, but not so inspiring (no matter how good his defense is). A 40-50 point season to cap off his Jr career would go a long way towards making me believe the guy will be part of the Oil blue in a few years (not that anyone has/will ask me).

  4. Bank Shot says:

    For a guy that appears to have all the skills and physical tools to be a player, the lack of production is pretty concerning.

    It probably means this guy has a ten cent brain, which is not something that coaches can really work with as far as I know. I’m not sure I would consider a player like this a good bet. I think I’d rather have a player with good skills that skates a little slow.

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