OILERS NO. 11 PROSPECT (winter 2015): BOGDAN YAKIMOV

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).

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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.”

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PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS

  • COREY PRONMAN: NO. 73
  • RED LINE REPORT: NO. 148
  • FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS: NO. 102

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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

2015-16

  • 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

  • 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

THE FUTURE

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.

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34 Responses to "OILERS NO. 11 PROSPECT (winter 2015): BOGDAN YAKIMOV"

  1. RexLibris says:

    I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for Yakimov with his injury history.

    There’s skill and size and a player in there.

    Remains to be seen if he can rise above his current level of competition to show that he can make it to the NHL.

    Playing for Fleming alleviates some of my concerns that he’ll get good coaching and learn the finer details of the game.

  2. JDï™ says:

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 3h3 hours ago

    #Oilers recall Ryan Hamilton from @Condors on emergency basis, place Benoit Pouliot & Andrew Ference on IR.

  3. G Money says:

    More test visualizations:

    Game flow for Sekera/Nurse yesterday.

    http://i.imgur.com/LOYTpjV.png

    The chart suggests they were actually having a pretty good game until the wheels fell off in the third.

  4. G Money says:

    Test Viz 3: Hall / Drai / Khaira

    Suggests they mostly held their own, except for that one disastrous shift that got Fayne benched.

    http://i.imgur.com/FvfTJuN.png

  5. G Money says:

    Geez, I plugged the new game flow viz into my main data generation program with the intent of adding it just for the 6 D men, but I didn’t filter it properly. So it generated a chart for every player, every pair, and every forward line combo. 60 or so charts on top of the ones already being generated. Oh well, good test, right?

  6. geowal says:

    I can’t wait for the explanation of how Ference “hurt” himself

  7. Woodguy says:

    Ference going on IR (they can retro it back until Nov 28 as he last played Nov 27th) speaks to creating some cap cushion.

    I wonder if Chia has something in the hopper?

  8. EternalFrost says:

    Scrivens got lit up again this afternoon. He’s now 0-4 with a 5.15GAA and .827SV% in 5 starts for the Condors this year. Ugly. Nikitin is actually looking not too bad right now. 9 points in 14 games. He’s -7, but -5 of that is thanks to Scrivens not being able to stop a beach ball.

  9. dustrock says:

    Couple of questions:

    (1) Is the Hamilton call-up somewhat surprising? How has he played for Baskervilles?

    (2) Ference on IR? Didn’t know he was hurt/is this a cap relief mood?

  10. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy:
    Ference going on IR (they can retro it back until Nov 28 as he last played Nov 27th) speaks to creating some cap cushion.

    I wonder if Chia has something in the hopper?

    I wonder about either a Tikhonov waiver claim or a Bickell trade tomorrow.

  11. LMHF#1 says:

    What does the recall being on an emergency basis mean again?

    Does that have something to do with why it is Hamilton?

  12. marty62 says:

    Lowetide,

    Bickell certainly has the size, will he ever get his A game back though….. What shitty contract can we send back to them? Ference? Nikitin?

  13. stush18 says:

    EternalFrost:
    Scrivens got lit up again this afternoon. He’s now 0-4 with a 5.15GAA and .827SV% in 5 starts for the Condors this year. Ugly. Nikitin is actually looking not too bad right now. 9 points in 14 games. He’s -7, but -5 of that is thanks to Scrivens not being able to stop a beach ball.

    Part of me wonders how much scrivens struggles are from playing a less structured game in the minors. He obviously doesn’t care to be down there either. His skill didn’t just completely leave him.

  14. lynn says:

    Yakimov, maybe, if he can stay healthy.

    Yakimov is more of a distant bell than Khaira, at this point. Khaira understands the North American game. Yakimov has size, but he uses it in a KHL style.

    Hopefully Yakimov and Khaira help the Oilers while they play in the new arena.

  15. LMHF#1 says:

    Scrivens is a head case. Some figure it out and some can’t even hit the backstop ever again.

  16. stush18 says:

    marty62:
    Lowetide,

    Bickell certainly has the size, will he ever get his A game back though…..What shitty contract can we send back to them?Ference? Nikitin?

    He’s over a point per game in the AHL. His game translates well to the playoffs. It also does not play into his strengths playing chicagos speed game.

    I’d do a defence for Bickel deal. Maybe even fayne

  17. Younger Oil says:

    Lowetide: I wonder about either a Tikhonov waiver claim or a Bickell trade tomorrow.

    That`s a good point, didn`t think of Ference being put on the IR could be done to make some cap space to bring in a larger contract.

    Hope it doesn`t happen though, unless it`s something crazy like Bickell and a 2nd for a 7th.

  18. godot10 says:

    Long term IR won’t kick in for Ference for a long time yet.

  19. JDï™ says:

    I am not a fan of the anthems in Vancouver.

  20. LOObird says:

    JDï™:
    I am not a fan of the anthems in Vancouver.

    Agreed.

    I am a fan of the score though.

  21. JDï™ says:

    LOObird,

    Sure, but after that fiasco in Calgary, I’m not counting anything yet.

    Would like to see a few more Rinaldo/Dorsett fights though.

  22. Genjutsu says:

    This draft is looking like it may well provide some of the 6s 7s and 9s that have long been talked about.

    There still be a real opportunity for some of these gents to step up in the coming years and provide the Oilers with the cheap in house depth vital to any sustained run in the NHL.

    Only Houck looks dead.

  23. AsiaOil says:

    Scrivens was put into a situation way above his skill and experience and was murdered behind an awful team with terrible coaching. Backward looking stats can’t tell you anything when you get destroyed like that. He didn’t lose his physical talents – his confidence and focus is shattered – and every goalie will tell you that those are everything at the NHL level. Some teams are goalie factories – others like the Oilers are goalie glue factories. Going back to Salo – Lowe and the crew destroyed many a goalie – and the only ones that survived the chaos were the grizzled vets who didn’t give a damn what they said or did. It’s a testament to Dubnyk’s character that he got his career back together after leave that hot mess.

  24. böök¡je says:

    This was in the Journal

    “The advance-stats nerds are going to say that we don’t deserve two points and we shouldn’t even come to practice today, but it’s the score at the end of the game,” said winger Taylor Hall.

    OMG – Taylor Hall knows you guys exist!!!

  25. dangilitis says:

    Colorado, Vancouver, and San Jose all to lose tonight, with San Jose L3, Arizona L3, Vancouver L5.

    If there was ever a chance to legitimately re-enter the conversation of playoffs, it would have to start this week, right?

    I would feel positive if they rode out wins against Buffalo and San Jose, and a minimum of 3 of 8 pts from Boston, NYR x 2, and Chicago.

  26. delooper says:

    Woodguy told Taylor Hall he shouldn’t practice? For shame!

  27. RexLibris says:

    delooper:
    Woodguy told Taylor Hall he shouldn’t practice?For shame!

    WG doesn’ technically qualify as a stats-nerd.

    He is into stats, yes.

    But at the last meeting his pocket-protector was misaligned and improperly fastened.

    Ergo, (and use of that term is criteria for the Society of Stat-ly Nerds) he remains strictly in observer status, such that he can contribute and put forth motions following the summation of scheduled business but cannot second a motion nor can he drink from the punch bowl until seconds-es.

  28. RexLibris says:

    Remember when Hall tweeted out asking what he could do to increase his Corsi?

    Those were heady days, lads. Heady days.

  29. AsiaOil says:

    A bit disappointing actually – the team got it’s ass handed to it – and the goalie was the only reason they won. Hall was actually quite decent carrying a pair of rookies around against those guys so say the numbers. Too bad he never mentioned the “stats nerds” when they were defending the team after a few recent losses they didn’t really deserve. Not surprising I guess given how easily this team is satisfied with itself after mediocre wins.

    But he’s got one thing very wrong – Taylor – you really really need to go to practice after getting pawned that badly. Please feel free go to practice and stay longer 🙂

    böök¡je:
    This was in the Journal

    “The advance-stats nerds are going to say that we don’t deserve two points and we shouldn’t even come to practice today, but it’s the score at the end of the game,” said winger Taylor Hall.

    OMG – Taylor Hall knows you guys exist!!!

  30. Bank Shot says:

    lynn:
    Yakimov, maybe, if he can stay healthy.

    Yakimov is more of a distant bell than Khaira, at this point. Khaira understands the North American game. Yakimov has size, but he uses it in a KHL style.

    Hopefully Yakimov and Khaira help the Oilers while they play in the new arena.

    I think Yakimov is a better prospect than Khaira but they are both long shots. Yakimov can score a little. Khaira lacks that.

  31. G Money says:

    I dare anyone to tell me THIS isn’t cool!

    http://i.imgur.com/DCoI1Tj.png

  32. edwards_daddy says:

    ‘Nilly is really starting to understand how he needs to play in front of our team’

    I think Hall is quite enjoying being the mouth of the team at the moment

  33. Jordan says:

    G Money:
    I dare anyone to tell me THIS isn’t cool!

    http://i.imgur.com/DCoI1Tj.png

    That Klefbom fellow looks just as bad as Mark Fayne!

    Trade them both! /book;je

  34. frjohnk says:

    Bank Shot: I think Yakimov is a better prospect than Khairabut they are both long shots. Yakimov can score a little.Khaira lacks that.

    I think these two could be really solid bottom 6 players for us in 17-18. Khaira might be someone like Jordan Nolan for us. Big, physical, good skater, limited offense, but a really good 4th liner who makes it difficult for the opposition. Maybe makes the jump as a 3rd liner.

    Yakimov could be a load of center. 232 pounds. Have we had a forward that big before, who was more than a facepuncher? If his game and some of his offense translates to the NHL, he will be a nice player to have in the bottom 6.

    These two wouldn’t cost much either. We will need value contracts, when Draisaitl, Nurse ( if these two are not bridged) McDavid start getting paid

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