SUBWAY Super Series: Scouting Reports

Dean Youngblood



Friday, November 22nd


Subway Super Series Game 3 - Photo Courtest of Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Rossy gives a full review and scouting report of the Oshawa (Game 3) SUBWAY Super Series


On Thursday evening I was able to battle through the awful traffic on a four hour drive to Oshawa to catch game three of the SUBWAY® Super Series. It was a privilege to stand amongst the slew of NHL GMs and upper management, as well as notable media personalities. Coming into the OHL games, it was expected that the Ontario squad would dominate the Russian squad who were playing the second game in back-to-back nights. Welp, that certainly did not happen as Team OHL struggled to find chemistry versus an aggressive Russian defensive attack. It’s not uncommon for all-star teams to have difficulty finding their way when players are thrown together for a one or two game series. Kudos to Team Russia on playing a suffocating defensive game and capitalizing on almost every scoring chance the Ontarians allowed them.{source}
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From an evaluation standpoint, there seemed to be a general consensus floating around the scouts’ room that there weren’t enough draft eligible skaters on Team Russia and I agree. Unfortunately, not much can be done about the makeup of the roster and Russia shouldn’t be blamed for trying to send a competitive team especially because this event is used mainly for evaluation for the Under-20 Teams.


Turning to individual performances, let’s break down the OHL players one-by-one and touch on a few stand-out Russians as well.




#20 Ivan Nalimov (RUS, G) – The big Russian netminder turned heads in this game making several difficult saves down the stretch preserving the lead for the visiting team. Undrafted, the late ’94 goaltender showed exceptional lateral movement down low with quick leg reflexes kicking out pucks with ease. His 41-save win and Player of the Game nomination were both deserving


#12 Sergey Tolchinsky (RUS/SSM, F) – Tolchinsky continues to have an outstanding year after walking into Carolina Hurricanes camp and earning himself an entry-level contract after being passed over in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has improved his strength significantly over the calendar year and is playing with a ton of confidence. Fellow Russian OHLer Nikolay Goldobin and he found instant chemistry feeding off each other’s creativity and playmaker mentalities. Tolchinsky was Russia’s most impressive forward in game three and picked up the opening goal on a nice feed from Goldobin cross crease. He’ll be a big part of Team Russia’s offence at the 2014 World Junior Championship (WJC).


#31 Nikolay Goldobin (RUS/SAR, F) – Playing out of Sarnia and a first round prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, I have become very familiar with Goldobin’s game but I will reiterate his skillset. Arguably, Goldobin is one of the OHL’s top playmakers and his vision, creativity and playmaking ability go unmatched when he’s playing at the top of his game (not always the case, unfortunately). He makes teammates around him better and his cross crease pass to Tolchinsky was an example of that. I noticed Goldobin was doing a good job at picking up