Daniil Zharkov’s scouting report and 23 goals in the OHL as a 17-year old are extremely positive arrows. His performance so far as an 18-year is less impressive, but he’s a scoring winger with a nice range of skills.
Zharkov on the draft: “I think it matters when you get drafted but you also have to take into consideration that every team has its needs. It’s a huge business. Players shouldn’t think of this too much. We just have to play. I had a week when I was really focused on it. I checked the rankings, try to find my name in them… And they it dawned on me – what am I? A fool? What’s the use of looking at the screen all the time? Just play! Have fun!” Enjoy!”
Last season, Zharkov showed wild inconsistency month to month:
- November: 9, 7-4-11
- December 9, 8-0-8
- January 11, 0-3-3
- February 13, 5-5-10
- March 8, 3-1-4
This season, its much the same but there’s too much January:
- September: 4, 0-2-2
- October: 9, 4-0-4
- November: 14, 3-1-4
- December: 3, 1-0-1
Summer 2012: #10
Winter 2012: #20
ISS: 33; Craig Button Ranking: 58; Bob McKenzie: 48
- Redline:Excellent natural tools and terrific puck skills with great hands and a wicked shot. He’s kind of a one-trick pony, but it’s the best trick of all: he puts the puck in the net. Has a knack for sliding to open ice just at teh right moment and buries his chances. Has long reach and prtects puck well. Excellent shooter who hides release point well. Has a long, smooth stride and good acceleration, but only skates hard when there’s a scoring opportunity involved. His compete level is poor and completely unacceptable. Resorts to horrific diving and histrionics whenever he gets hit. Some games spends more time on his [backside] than on his skates – a feather could knock him off his feet. Also a perimetre guy with mediocre hockey sense who rarely passes the puck. Still, might be one of the five best pure snipers in a draft starved for offense.
- Pronman:Zharkov had a pretty impressive first OHL season despite somewhat underwhelming counting numbers. He’s a good skater who hits a desirable top speed, with good first step quickness, showing very good agility and ability to evade defenders. That last part is also due to his puck skills, which are plus, as he can really dangle and has a lot of individual ability. His goal to assist ratio may give the indication of a poor passer or a puck hog, and while he’ll occasionally look like the latter, he does show many instances of being a fine puck distributor. Zharkov is much better, though, at making moves and getting into shooting position where he displays high-end finishing ability. He shows a fine physical game, as while he still needs to put on strength, he has a projectable frame and will work hard on the forecheck and when he has to battle along the boards. Zharkov doesn’t show that same effort in the other end, and will have to address his defensive game significantly going forward. While he still has some holes in his game, he has great upside and is worth the risk.
- Craig Button: Daniil is a scorer who needs but one chance to make good on it. He has an excellent release and he doesn’t tip his hand to the goaltender when he’s shooting and that creates problems for a goaltender. He is a very good skater with speed and agility and has the ability to shoot off a move or in stride. Given open ice, he is very dangerous and defenders have to be very cognizant of him on the ice because when he breaks open, it is often too late. His 1-1 skills have improved and the next step for him is to make his skating an advantage in beating defensemen 1-1 with the puck and putting them back on their heels and not relying solely on getting behind them. He is smart and recognizes the offensive opportunities that may be unfolding and is quick to act on them. His size is good and with more strength and confidence, he could be a very difficult player to deal with and combined with his skill, could make him a very prolific scorer.
- Zharkov on Zharkov: “I’m a physical player. I actually call myself not Russian but more of a Canadian player. And I think that I’m really physical in the way that I skate and shoot the puck.”
I’ve checked online and can’t really see what’s happened to Zharkov’s situation in Belleville. He’s certainly not scoring on the PP and the even numbers suggest he’s not delivering at the same pace:
- Overall: 50, 23-13-36 .720
- Evens: 50, 14-8-22 .440
- PP: 50, 9-5-14 .280
- PK: 50, 0-0-0
- Overall: 30, 8-3-11 .367
- Evens: 30, 7-2-9 .300
- PP: 30, 1-1-2 .067
- PK: 30, 0-0-0
#20 ranked prospects on December lists:
- December 2004: C Mike Bishai
- December 2005: L Geoff Paukovich
- December 2006: D Cody Wild
- December 2007: C Ryan O’Marra
- December 2008: C Milan Kytnar
- December 2009: L Slava Trukhno
- December 2010: G Tyler Bunz
- December 2011: C Ryan Martindale
- December 2012: L Daniil Zharkov
I like Zharkov’s scouting report, the fact that he’s a first shot scorer, his size and style of play. I also like his personality–he’s a very interesting kid.
I’m not sure what to make of Zharkov’s season. He scored 9 of his 23 goals last season on the powerplay, and has 1 of 8 on the man advantage this season. Has he moved down the depth chart? Is so, why? Can’t find it online. Zharkov has been invited to the Russian WJ camp, it’ll be interesting to see if he makes it. Zharkov plays a North American style, which may make him unique among the Russian forwards.