Bogdan Yakimov’s timing may be perfect. Drafted by Craig MacTavish in 2013 when size was a priority, it is even more in focus under Peter Chiarelli. The young Russian had a good training camp, but has struggled in Bakersfield. Injury issues (knee) have also been a part of his early 2015-16 story.
PREVIOUSLY NO. 11 ON THE WINTER LIST
- December 2004: L Tony Salmelainen (70) (GM: Glen Sather)
- December 2005: D Bryan Young (17) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2006: G Jeff Deslauriers (62) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2007: D Theo Peckham (160) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2008: D Taylor Chorney (83) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2009: D Johan Motin (1) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2010: G Devan Dubnyk (253) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2011: D Colten Teubert (24) (Trade by Tambellini)
- December 2012: C Anton Lander (157) (GM: Steve Tambellini)
- December 2013: L Mitchell Moroz (0) (GM: Craig MacTavish)
- December 2014: C Marco Roy (0) (GM: Craig MacTavish)
Six years after he was drafted, Devan Dubnyk was still a prospect (but would play his first 19 games in 2009-10). Theo Peckham had a good early career, seemed on track until the lockout and he didn’t stay in shape, assuming the season would be lost (or that was the story). Anton Lander was drafted in 2009, so he is beyond the Dubnyk outer marker at this point (although Lander is no longer a prospect).
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.”
- COREY PRONMAN: NO. 73
- RED LINE REPORT: NO. 148
- FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS: NO. 102
PREVIOUS TOP 20 RANKINGS
- Summer 2013: No. 8
- Winter 2013: No. 6
- Summer 2014: No. 6
- Winter 2014: No. 4
- Summer 2015: No. 5
- Winter 2015: No. 11
AHL 2014-15 YAKIMOV
- Evens: 57GP, 9-14-23
- Power Play: 57GP, 3-2-5
- Overall: 57GP, 12-16-28
I look for two things in prospects, range of skills and unique skills. Well, you can’t coach 6.05, 232 and the Oilers don’t have ten miles of puck protection forwards. Also, Yakimov’s offense is sufficient for him to clear other young players (basically Khaira) who may in time apply for the same NHL job. Source
- Lowetide, Nov. 1 Big man getting left behind a little by the Draisaitl’s presence and the progress of others, but we should remember how little of the schedule has been played. CHL Stats estimated 1.14/60 and if we’re honest there is more rumbling about Khaira so far this year. May not see the big lights, big city this season. Source
Head Coach of Bakersfield Gerry Fleming tells us that Bogdan Yakimov hurt himself in practice today.
— Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer (@OilersNow) November 16, 2015
— Scott Zerr (@scottmaxfight) December 4, 2015
— Eric Rodgers (@ericrsports) December 5, 2015
- David Staples, Cult of Hockey: As for Yakimov, he started slowly this year but is now becoming more of a force in games. At 6-feet, 5-inches, 230-pounds, he’s massive and a difficult load for any defender to budge. He’s also got some skill, though like many huge players, it often looks like he’s loafing on the ice. But Big Yak looks like he’s loafing both when he’s playing poorly and well. He can chip in five or six chances and a game and still look like he’s not going all-out, even as he dominates. Source
Yakimov has been in two games this weekend and posted points in both, at the time of this writing is 14GP, 3-4-7 on the season. He is a big man (6.05, 232) with some offensive ability and he is a reasonable skill forward (but will be a complementary player without a major upside if he makes it in the NHL). I have him here because the offense appears to be more substantial than the other men who are trying to find their way to the Oilers. The injury this fall allowed Jujhar Khaira an opportunity and Yakimov may have to wait a year for another one.
THE 2013 DRAFT
- Darnell Nurse, No. 7 overall. A quality prospect who has delivered in the early days of his pro career. Has a range of skills and is attempting to make the NHL grade at 20. No. 3 prospect, Winter 2015.
- Marco Roy, No. 59 overall. Didn’t earn an NHL deal, signed to a minor league contract and played early days in the ECHL. Recalled to the AHL, showing well.
- Bogdan Yakimov, No. 83 overall. Mammoth Russian progressing, although he’s a little shy offensively this season in the AHL so far. No. 11 prospect, Winter 2015.
- Anton Slepyshev, No. 88 overall. Slick Russian winger impressed in camp and won an NHL job. Currently in the minors, but he’s bona fide. No. 4 prospect, Winter 2015.
- Jackson Houck, No. 94 overall. Unsigned, playing in junior. No longer in the organization.
- Kyle Platzer, No. 96 overall. New pro playing well in Bakersfield, good results. A candidate for the Winter top 20.
- Aidan Muir, No. 113 overall. College winger, not scoring. A candidate for the Winter top 20.
- Evan Campbell, No. 128 overall. College winger with decent results so far this year. A candidate for the Winter top 20.
- Ben Betker, No. 158 overall. First year pro in the ECHL currently. Big, strong and good speed. A project. A candidate for the Winter top 20.
- Greg Chase, No. 188 overall. Turned pro but was sent to the ECHL. Performed well there and was recently called to the AHL. Showing well. A candidate for the Winter top 20.