Arthur Kaliyev is certainly an elite goal-scorer. His ability to put the puck past a netminder is among the best in this draft class. While he excels offensively, the total 200-foot game that Kaliyev plays leaves a lot to be desired. Is it a skill issue or could it be a lack of motor?
Hockey Card Stats
Name: Arthur Kaliyev
Club Team: Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
D.O.B: June 26th, 2001
Nationality (Place of Birth): American (Tashkent, UZB)
Fun fact: Born in Uzbekistan, Kaliyev’s family moved to Staten Island, New York when he was just two years old. He then moved to Michigan at 13 in hopes of having a career in hockey.
Ranked #21 by Cam Robinson of DOBBER PROSPECTS
Ranked #34 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
Ranked #30 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #23 by ISS HOCKEY
Ranked #21 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #7 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #13 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #13 by TSN/McKenzie
Skating and Transition
Although Kaliyev has improved his skating during his tenure with the Hamilton Bulldogs, he still struggles in this department. He has a very upright skating stride which leads to a first step that doesn’t generate the kind of power that a player with his size and skill set should. His top-speed is quite good but it takes a while to get there at times. His ability to move laterally is good but nothing special. He does a good job of getting to the middle of the ice in the offensive zone. He has a tendency to avoid physical contact like a plague and his board play is lacking. He is strong on his skates when he lowers his center of gravity. He tends to be a low-motor player which leads to his flaws being out on display far more often than other prospects with similar skill levels.
The fact that Kaliyev doesn’t skate for any length of time with the puck on his stick through the middle of the ice diminishes his above-average ability to protect the puck. He is able to make basic passes through the middle of the ice but won’t wow anyone with a transitional game that drives his line. His edge work is solid and he does a good job of avoiding contact. He takes a patient approach when following a play, he allows it to develop in front of him and then jumps at the chance to involve himself offensively.
Exiting his own zone and entering the offensive zone is often left up to teammates. Kaliyev tends to be a bit more of a passenger on a line at times. The American winger is able to get to where he needs to be despite a fairly average o