NHL draft profile: Alexander Khokhlachev
June, 18, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series on top prospects in the 2011 NHL draft looks at Russian forward Alexander Khokhlachev, who plays for Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Alexander Khokhlachev. Note: All rankings are final.
|Born: September 9, 1993/Moscow, Russia
Height/Weight: 5-10/188 pounds
Position: Left Wing/Center
2010-11 Team: Windsor (OHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||29th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||13th overall|
|International Scouting Services||23rd overall|
|The Hockey News||13th overall|
|In his first season in North American, registered 76 points (34 goals, 42 assists) in 67 games with Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League. Had 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists) in 18 playoff games as Windsor made it to the OHL
|Played with Spartak in Russia's MHL in 2009-10, registering 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 51 games. Picked up 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 6 games for Russia at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Playmaking. Hockey sense. Competitive instincts.
Negatives: Skating is a question mark. Not an explosive skater and speed in the open ice doesn't seem to be great.
Link: ESPN.com Alexander Khokhlachev Profile
|"Dynamic, but smallish centre, is surprisingly strong on his skates and can create offense from nothing. Excellent playmaking skills and vision. Has good speed - quick and shifty. Very smart both with and away from the puck with excellent anticipation. Always has the puck and it just seems to follow him around the rink. Does the unexpected and is a terrifically imaginative distributor, particularly on the PP." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
"One of the most electrifying offensive players in the OHL this year, Khokhlachev took things to a new level during playoffs, scoring 20 points in 18 games. Alex is a highly skilled, crafty offensive minded forward who possesses a real scorer’s touch. He is at his best and most effective when he has possession of the puck. He has excellent hands, and when he plays with the puck he does so at a very high pace and speed. He displays speed, quickness and the ability to change directions and gears in an instant." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"I am not a big fan, but I admit he's a hard-working kid with skill. He's not a big kid either and it won't be easy for him, but I give him credit. All the goals I've seen this kid score have been hard-work goals." - A scout, quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.