#6 PROSPECT: BOGDAN YAKIMOV

Bogdan Yakimov plays less than 10 minutes a night, has been moved to the wing and has 10 points in 27 KHL games—these are good signs. It’s early, but Yakimov might be the first Russian trained Oiler NHLer since Anatoli Semenov.

PREVIOUSLY NUMBER SIX ON THE WINTER LIST

  • December 2004: R Colin McDonald
  • December 2005: D Matt Greene
  • December 2006: D Tom Gilbert
  • December 2007: C Kyle Brodziak
  • December 2008: L Liam Reddox
  • December 2009: L Linus Omark
  • December 2010: L Curtis Hamilton
  • December 2011: G Tyler Bunz
  • December 2012: D Martin Gernat

This has been very productive spot over the decade, with Gilbert, Brodziak and Greene established NHLers and Colin McDonald on his way to being one (a decade after he was drafted in 2003). Later years have been mostly miss, but there story has yet to be written on some of these players and as McDonald shows it can take time. It’s interesting to note that the players who succeed from here are not the first round selections, but rather college men and slow developing juniors.

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WHAT THEY SAID ON DRAFT DAY

  •  Pronman: Yakimov had a decent season playing in the second-tier Russian pro league, and he was a final cut from the Russian World Junior squad. He is a big center, measuring in at about 6’5″. He may not have the top-end tools of a typical top Russian prospect, but he is talented and he plays a good power game. His hands are above average, and while he can certainly make some moves and carry the puck into the opposing zone, he is not an overly creative forward. He also has pretty good hockey sense, as he makes quick decisions, sees the ice well, and positions himself effectively. As mentioned, he is a big body player, but he could use some more muscle to fill out and make the most of his frame. Still, he is effective when protecting the puck on the boards, and he will drive the net, making use of his physical assets. His main issue is his skating, as it is below average. His top speed and his first few steps are subpar, and while has shown some improvement, he must continue to progress in that area.
  • Bogdan Yakimov: “I’m extremely happy, because I’ve been waiting to be selected. I was already at the edge of my nerves, so this was a huge relief to be selected by anybody, particularly by the Edmonton Oilers.”

 POINTS BY DISCIPLINE, 2013-14

PLAYER EV PP PK TOTAL
YAKIMOV 2013-14 KHL
27, 5-5-10 27, 0-0-0 27, 0-0-0 27, 5-5-5
YAKIMOV 2013-14 NHLE 82, 12-12-24 82, 12-12-24

Yakimov’s KHL numbers come via 9:32 TOI and from the looks of things there’s no powerplay time involved (we could probably gather that from the description above). A year ago, Nail Yakupov went 22, 9-9-18 in the same league with 6 goals at evens and 3 on the power play (can’t find assists by discipline) and 14:24 TOI. We know Yakimov isn’t close to Yakupov as an offensive player, but 10 points in 27 games with 9:32 TOI looks good—especially considering he’s 6.05 and over 200 pounds at 19 years old.

PREVIOUS TOP 20 RANKING

  • Summer 2013: 8
  • Winter 2013: 6

 WHAT THEY’RE SAYING THIS SEASON

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  • Bruce McCurdy at prospects camp: Huge centre from Yakupov’s home territory of Nizhnekamsk. He was often seen in close proximity to Daniil Zharkov, the other Russian speaker at camp (Sergei Slepyshev was unable to attend due to work visa issues). Yakimov has plenty of work to do on skating and related mobility issues, but was at his most impressive any time he had a puck on his stick. Unfortunately he and Zharkov both missed the final day so we got little chance to see them in a scrimmage situation
  • Corey Pronman: Edmonton’s Bogdan Yakimov and Anton Slepyshev will not make the trip (for the Subway Series), but very likely will be at the WJC.

ETA YAKIMOV

When discussing the possible arrival of a Russian player, there are more than the usual number of factors. The KHL is likely to be more attractive financially for Yakimov, as he’s unlikely to emerge as an impact player. His chances of being a top 6F for the Oilers in the next three seasons (through 2017 summer) are not high, and that may impact his arrival in North America (likely to play in Oklahoma City). There are two things in his favor. Yakimov’s size is a strong area of need throughout the organization, and the fact that he plays center (at least some of the time) also makes him a player of interest.

In ranking Yakimov #6 overall, I’m putting a player with less range (he’s not a creative forward with high skills) ahead of a number of prospects who have more to offer. Yakimov’s position, size and early returns from the KHL (he’s posting offense, suggesting he can handle a top 9 role) put him ahead of an impressive group of amateur forwards.

He’ll need to continue posting offensive numbers consistently, but this appears to be a quality NHL prospect.

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48 Responses to "#6 PROSPECT: BOGDAN YAKIMOV"

  1. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I think a lot of us fell in love with him during that post draft interview when he talked so excitedly about Yakupov and EDM.

    I’d love for him to grow over there this year and next, put a year in at OKC and arrive ready to go for the 16-17 season.

  2. Logan91 says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    I loved when he said with a big smile that his favorite team (along with his whole home town) was the Oilers, because that’s where Yak plays.

  3. sliderule says:

    A familiar theme in Alberta .

    Please give us one more chance at a Jason Arnott.

    We promise we won’t piss him away this time

  4. cabbiesmacker says:

    100% off topic but I happened to be standing in line at the local convenience store this afternoon and couldn’t help but notice the cover of the latest Maxim mag.

    My, but they grow up quickly don’t they?

    http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/11/07/paulina-gretzky-maxim-december-cover-pics/

    Here’s to you Gord.

  5. David says:

    Maybe he should have spent one more season in the div 2? I agree he should spend next year in the K and then OKC time. And lots of work on skating. The thing I hate the most is poor skating. It kills players with good talent.

  6. iHockeyWpg says:

    LT:

    Any chance we see Yakimov and Slepyshev suit up for Russia at the World Juniors?

  7. Manitoba Oilers says:

    iHockeyWpg:
    LT:

    Any chance we see Yakimov and Slepyshev suit up for Russia at the World Juniors?

    More than likley they will play as well Zharkov will probably play

  8. Manitoba Oilers says:

    LT isn’t Yakimovs contract in the KHL over this year

  9. Lowetide says:

    Lander (Omark, Ryan Hamilton) 2-1 Cleveland

  10. Lowetide says:

    hunt (Marincin) now 2-2

  11. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I dunno… I was cheering Ovi throwing Gionta down. Not smart, but fuck that guy.

  12. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Nurse, One Assist +2 on the night.

  13. Lowetide says:

    Lander (Klefbom, Omark)

  14. thejonrmcleod says:

    Pronman thinks Yakimov could be Russia’s #1 C in the WJC.

  15. thejonrmcleod says:

    So Lander is finally starting to score.

  16. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide:
    Lander (Klefbom, Omark)

    How do you feel about starting Brossoit back to back like that? esp. after such a heavy work load yesterday?

    I see Eager mixed it up again and SMac didn’t dress (do we know if he’s reported yet?)

  17. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    thejonrmcleod:
    So Lander is finally starting to score.

    Yea. It’s great to see. He’s been getting a lot of PP time down there too (first goal tonight was on the PP). That’s a great sign. His natural defensive acumen will simply continue to develop, but if he can start to put up MacT’s “minimal threat to score” he’ll find a home as an Oiler.

  18. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    What is it the Q is tracking here with this “DS/S” deal? shots?

    http://theqmjhl.ca/schedule/show/game/64906

  19. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    What is it the Q is tracking here with this “DS/S” deal? shots?

    http://theqmjhl.ca/schedule/show/game/64906

    Dangerous shots. Q is miles ahead of the other two leagues.

    I’m fine with giving Brossoit the games, the Oilers need to find out who he is, and he’s a kid—not like he’s played so much this season he’s exhausted

  20. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide: Dangerous shots. Q is miles ahead of the other two leagues.

    I’m fine with giving Brossoit the games, the Oilers need to find out who he is, and he’s a kid—not like he’s played so much this season he’s exhausted

    Ah… So is it “dangerous shots/everyday shots”? that is certainly very interesting.

    I hear you on Brossoit. It’s highly possible I’m pulling the old hindsight 20/20 deal considering he didn’t play very well. I wonder if MacT sent LaBarbs down with a note saying in effect “I don’t play unless we’re getting blown out.” development/more direction from above.

    ———
    Anyone else watching this experiment of splitting the Sedins up?

  21. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Well, it looks like the Sedins are already back together.

    And, score a goal.

  22. Caramel Obvious says:

    The Oilers should sign Marcel Goc in the offseason. I think I’ve mentioned before how you can adjust for context (zone starts, competion, etc.), points scored, shots for and against, in order to produce a comprehensive +/- rating. Goc always scores well. He’s exactly the kind of player that is always undervalued and underpaid but makes you win.

  23. justDOit says:

    And the Panthers tie it up. Excellent.

  24. justDOit says:

    Caramel Obvious:
    The Oilers should sign Marcel Goc in the offseason.I think I’ve mentioned before how you can adjust for context (zone starts, competion, etc.), points scored, shots for and against, in order to produce a comprehensive +/- rating.Goc always scores well.He’s exactly the kind of player that is always undervalued and underpaid but makes you win.

    I’ve noticed him in the little of this Panthers/Flames game I’ve watched. A good utility player, and you can’t have too many of those.

    I hope they stay away from Fleischmann though – he has to be the softest player in the league, by a wide margarine.

  25. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Shots in this VAN-CBJ game 25-7 VAN.

    CBJ’s not having a good time of it. I recognize the signs of terrible and dejection.

  26. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Houck with 2 assists, +2 so far.

  27. Caramel Obvious says:

    Goc has a 51% Fenwick ratio while getting 41% zone starts, on a bad team. That’s gold.

    The points aren’t there so he won’t get paid and I don’t really hear him talked about much. He should be acquisition target number one in the offseason. There is almost no way to overpay him.

  28. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    As much as I can’t stand the SN panels for the Oiler games…

    Jesus Gord! This SN Pacific panel is 3 wet blankets trying to out dampen one another. It’s like watching an argument between oatmeal and cream of wheat.

  29. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    As much as I can’t stand the SN panels for the Oiler games…

    Jesus Gord! This SN Pacific panel is 3 wet blankets trying to out dampen one another. It’s like watching an argument between oatmeal and cream of wheat.

    Well, that’s just a great line right there.

  30. godot10 says:

    thejonrmcleod:
    So Lander is finally starting to score.

    Lander has always scored playing with skill at the AHL level.

    His first season he was stuck in the NHL with Petrell and Eager. 2nd year, the wonder kids plus Paajarvi, Arcobello, and Hartikainen were getting the offensive push, and Lander got a flu bug early and then was stuck with Pitlick. Once he got playing with Paajarvi and Hartikainen, his offense began returning. As soon as the NHL season started, he got hurt, and when he returned he began lighting it up with Hartikainen and Rajala.

    He is NOT going to drive the bus, but he can play with skill. See Boyd Gordon. A defensive guy most of his career, but stick him with Perron or Hemsky, and he has the ability to contribute.

  31. Pouzar says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    As much as I can’t stand the SN panels for the Oiler games…

    Jesus Gord! This SN Pacific panel is 3 wet blankets trying to out dampen one another. It’s like watching an argument between oatmeal and cream of wheat.

    This why I come here and will never leave. Awesome!

  32. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Houck with a Goal, Now 1-2-3 +2 on the night (ten mins. left in the 3rd)

  33. Numenius says:

    godot10: Lander has always scored playing with skill at the AHL level.

    His first season he was stuck in the NHL with Petrell and Eager. 2nd year, the wonder kids plus Paajarvi, Arcobello, and Hartikainen were getting the offensive push, and Lander got aflu bug early and then was stuck with Pitlick. Once he got playing with Paajarvi and Hartikainen, his offense began returning.As soon as the NHL season started, he got hurt, and when he returned he began lighting it up with Hartikainen and Rajala.

    He is NOT going to drive the bus, but he can play with skill.See Boyd Gordon.A defensive guy most of his career, but stick him with Perron or Hemsky, and he has the ability to contribute.

    This is a nice observation.

  34. Hammers says:

    Yak #2 will probably stay in the KHL a couple of years . My understanding is he won’t come until ready for the NHL . KHL pays more than AHL and will develop him just as well .2-3 years he could be our Belov at center . Good Luck .

  35. VOR says:

    I can’t help being struck by the juxtaposition of LT’s top prospects into a time when the Oilers are bottom dwelling and beating up on their fellow dungeon mates. Florida and Columbus, like the Oilers, look poised to be bad for a long time to come, though also like the Oilers they feature a lot of great young players in their system and on the ice.

    All of which lead me to wonder is this 1989-1990 repeating itself? Yes, the Oilers won the Stanley Cup but I am not thinking about them.

    I am thinking about the three sad sack teams that lost touch with the rest of the NHL that year. It is hard to find a glimmer of hope in their records that year or their rosters for that matter. Yet in retrospect we know at the end of 1989-1990 two of the teams are just two years away from leading their division. The other is three years away from going from outhouse to penthouse. In fact for all three teams, key pieces of the puzzle are already in place, others are in the system. For the bottom dwelling teams of 1989-90 the sun is rising even as the night appears darkest.

    Vancouver had Trevor Linden and in the system was Pavel Bure, Quebec had Joe Sakic and in the system was Mats Sundin, and Detroit had Steve Yzerman and in the system Nik Lidstrom.

    To me I find it easy to look at the Oilers, Florida, and Columbus and think maybe we are seeing Detroit, Vancouver, and Quebec circa 1989-90 or even 1990-1991.

  36. jp says:

    thejonrmcleod:
    Pronman thinks Yakimov could be Russia’s #1 C in the WJC.

    Wow, that’s cool.

    I have to say when I saw Yakimov ranked 6th I was skeptical. I thought his offense was weak and his KHL numbers were a mirage (he did have a hot start and has cooled down considerably). Plus Bruce’s development camp review about him (not the part posted) where he had trouble even completing the skating drills (never mind doing them well) had my expectations pretty low.

    A bit closer look at his boxcars has got me very optimistic though. He turned 19 last month (so old for his draft year). He split last season between the MHL (Russian Jr league) and the VHL (Russian 2nd pro league – ie AHL equivalent).
    MHL 11-6-7-13 (presumably before being called up)
    VHL 37-8-14-22
    A small sample size for sure, but a full MHL season at that pace is 64-35-41-76. That would have put him 4th in both goals and points, and the youngest player in the top 10 scorers.
    The VHL looks like a decent league and appears to be super low scoring. In 12-13 only 2 players were a PPG. Yakimov split his VHL season between 2 teams. His 22 points would have placed him 4th on Dizel Penza and 2nd on Izhstal Izhevsk. The kid had a really solid year.

    Some more context. # 10 pick and current NHLer Valeri Nichushkin (who is 5 months younger) last season:
    MHL 9-4-4-8
    VHL 15-8-2-10
    KHL 43-10-5-15 (including playoffs)
    Obviously a strong finish in the KHL sets him apart, but the other numbers are very similar.

    More from Yakimov/Nichushkin.
    W U18 championships
    Yakimov 10-11 (age 16.5) 7-1-1-2
    Yakimov 11-12 (age 17.5) 6-4-3-7

    Nichushkin 11-12 (age 16.11) 6-2-0-2
    Nichushkin 12-13 (age 17.11) 6-4-3-7
    Nichushkin also made the WJr (U20) team in 12-13 though.

    Not trying to claim Yakimov is Nichushkin here, but you could barely tell from the numbers. Skating can be a real killer, but the kid some size and skill and is doing well on the big ice. It will be fun to watch him at the WJrs this year, and he definitely could be a player down the line.

  37. slopitch says:

    Lander is starting to press the issue. Could he anchor an actual 4th Line?

  38. Doomoil says:

    The oilkings played what might be there worst game since year one tonight. Holy crap was that awful.

    Teeth absolutely kicked in by a basement team that they out talent by a country mile.

  39. DeadmanWaking says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: It’s like watching an argument between oatmeal and cream of wheat.

    Oatmeal: No, I’m the perfect breakfast substrate for a ten hour day out in the frosty field performing the concrete slump test!

    Such a thing exists. Check out the lively prose by the slump-guru Wikipedian:

    It is a term which describes the state of fresh concrete. It refers to the ease with which the concrete flows. It is used to indicate the degree of wetness.

    This test is performed by snatching away the cones of silage. The resulting ratio of width to height locates your measurement on the slump curve. Unit is the Madonna and ranges from 15 to 99, though there’s a long-standing discordance between the mealitary proper and the creaming contractors over which end is perky and which end is pat.

    Cream of Wheat: Oh, yeah? You’re just one teaspoon of tapioca flour and a chance sunbeam away from actually being the cones of silage.

    Oatmeal: Look who’s talking, Cram of wheat.

    Cream of Wheat: Better cream of the cram than a millet mullet shedding shaggy dollops.

    Oatmeal: Says the runny consistency of crack feculence.

    Cream of Wheat: You leave my mother out of this!

    The very first pieing was apparently in the silent film Mr. Flip, about which an illustrious Wikipedian writes:

    As the films climax he enters a restaurant and gets a pie in the face by the waitress.

    He couldn’t decide between “as the film climaxes” and “as the film’s climax” so he split the difference.

    I’m just guessing here that both Wikipedians were young males who have not yet discovered the Breakfast of Champions.

  40. delooper says:

    Lowetide:
    This has been very productive spot over the decade

    Indeed! Your ranking mechanism would probably be a better indicator of future success if you swapped whatever mechanism you use to rank positions 5 and 6. :)

    Spot 5 seems to be reserved for the prospect the Oilers hope the player can be, and 6 is for the quality prospect the Oilers *DO* have.

  41. DeadmanWaking says:

    It the insults toggle between too wet and too dry, this explains it: Barbara Feldon remembers Don Adams.

    She was simultaneously perky and pat, depending on the lens distance. That’s kind of a drag for an actress who’s no slouch. Couldn’t they have fitted Adams with some Bowie boosters or clogs of KISS?

    Agent 99: What’s with the boots, Max?

    Smart: Five bars.

    Agent 99: Huh?

    Smart: [Shrugs] Edna Mode tells me I’ll thank her later.

    Agent 99: Edna?

    Smart: Children’s department.

    Agent 99: Oh. We have a children’s department?

    Smart: You see? That’s why you never get the best toys.

    Agent 99: Oh, but Max, I’ve got my own boots.

    Sulky Santa remakes Anne Hathaway

    Not seen–an omission I’ll soon correct, plot be damned.

    Ring. Max and the Chief both look down.

    Chief: It’s not mine.

    Ring. Ring.

    Chief: Well … answer your phone, Max. It could be a vital call.

    Smart: Have you got a tire iron?

    Chief: That’s kind of personal, Max. Just answer your phone.

  42. DeadmanWaking says:

    Still stuck in his inflexible thigh boots, having now pursued KAOS to Tokyo, Smart emerges from a Japanese water closet: Missed it by that much.

  43. Lowetide says:

    delooper: Indeed! Your ranking mechanism would probably be a better indicator of future success if you swapped whatever mechanism you use to rank positions 5 and 6. :)

    Spot 5 seems to be reserved for the prospect the Oilers hope the player can be, and 6 is for the quality prospect the Oilers *DO* have.

    Alas, bias. It gets us all. Well, me. -)

  44. Ryan says:

    Is it just me or is there a discord between where LT’s projecting this guy and where Yak#2 dreams of playing in the NHL?

    From his interviews, he doesn’t sound like he’s eyeballing the Horcov/Gordon role and I’m pretty sure he’s not dreaming of the Acton slot either.

    If he’s not a fit in the top six, what are the odds he wants to playing on a checking line or 4rth line in the NHL?

  45. Lowetide says:

    Ryan:
    Is it just me or is there a discord between where LT’s projecting this guy and where Yak#2 dreams of playing in the NHL?

    From his interviews, he doesn’t sound like he’s eyeballing the Horcov/Gordon role and I’m pretty sure he’s not dreaming of the Acton slot either.

    If he’s not a fit in the top six, what are the odds he wants to playing on a checking line or 4rth line in the NHL?

    That’s the problem with Russians now, though. If it’s a role player, chances are he’ll be a Canadian or an American, or even a Swede. Checkers are getting strong money in the KHL if their passport says USSR.

  46. gcw_rocks says:

    Yakimov moving to the wing is not a positive when you look at the Oilers depth at wing. Yikes. Hopefully he plays himself back to centre.

  47. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    DeadmanWaking,

    As always, a treat to read.

    Need to get a few units of Madonna for the pantry as it happens.

  48. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    DeadmanWaking: his inflexible thigh boots

    New Boot Goofin?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myC4WUwF4eA

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