As the offseason rolls on, the newsless days provide us with the perfect opportunity to look at some of the prospects that we could be hearing more about in the future. In this edition, we look at former 5th round pick, Kirill Maksimov, who will be heading back to junior for a fourth and final season with the Niagara IceDogs. Maksimov made some waves around the Oilogosphere in 2017-18 after he finished his year with an impressive 80 point (24G, 46A) season.
Born: June 1st, 1999 — City: Concord, Ontario
Height: 6 feet 2 inches — Weight: 192 lbs [188 cm/87 kg]
To give us a better idea of what kind of player Maksimov is, we’ve compiled various scouting reports from around the web.
Jameson Ewasiuk, Dobber Prospects:
Consistent production has been the name of the game for the young Russian as he hasn’t been held pointless or goalless for more than two games in a row and that has only happened twice this season. Not only does Maksimov have a dangerous shot but he is also a volume shooter and has averaged just under 4 shots per game this season. He has solid size and he uses his body effectively along the boards and to shield the puck when maneuvering around defenders. Like many young, offensive minded forwards, Maksimov needs to become more consistent on the backcheck as well as in the defensive zone. With the Oilers current lack of quality top six wingers and their lack of pure shooters, Maksimov will likely be given every opportunity to seize a top nine role in the future. Things are looking bright for the young goal scorer but expectations must be tempered as he was a mid-late round pick and the Edmonton Oilers rarely develop late round picks into quality NHL players.
Dominic Tiano, OHL Writers:
Maksimov has good size but, of course, he will need to add some bulk and is still learning to use his size. His skating is good and speed is sufficient – he can challenge defenders one-on-one and can win a lot of those races. He can beat a goaltender with a variety of shots including the backhand. His release can be hard to pick up as he can get it off quickly. Maksimov is not just a goal scorer. In my opinion, his playmaking skills are underrated in some circles. His vision is very good and he reads things quickly and can find teammates in open space or under coverage with tape-to-tape passes. Defensively, Maksimov must put in some work even if it’s just putting in more effort. Offensively, if he can add another gear to his step and pick up the physicality, there’s no telling what his limits will be.
Brock Otten, OHL Prospect Reporter
I thought he should have been drafted earlier than Edmonton got him, I think we’re seeing a how progression from him this year. He’s playing a lot more of a power game, we’re seeing a lot more consistency from his game. He’s got a really good shot, as he continues to upgrade his skating and his play away from the puck, I think he’s a legitimate prospect.
VIDEO AND HIGHLIGHTS
Highlights from Maksimov’s 2017-18 season:
Winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks prospects in 2017:
Post-Draft interview after being selected 146th overall:
Media Scrum after the 2018 development camp:
Pre-Draft Hat Trick vs Owen Sound:
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