Maxim Letunov

by Zachary DeVine on January 4, 2018

Maxim Letunov

Maxim Letunov, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-4

Weight: 170

Born: 1996-02-20

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Drafted: 2014 by   St. Louis Blues, 52nd overall






January 2017 - The lanky Russian center is leading the University of Connecticut Huskies with 19 points in 21 games. As is his custom, most of the points Letunov is putting up are assists with 14 helpers. Of note is his +3 rating and should he keep it positive, would be the first NCAA campaign that Letunov has accomplished this feat. His slight build is still a concern but is currently listed 10 pounds heavier than this past summer, so some good news on that front. His skill with the puck is not a question, but the ability to keep from being pushed off the play will be helped by the extra weight. Zachary DeVine


March 2017 – The big Russian pivot had a solid Sophomore season with the University of Connecticut Huskies, but it's been a slight step backward in terms of point production. With his linemate Tage Thompson turning pro and signing with the St. Louis Blues, there is now a waiting game going on with Letunov as well. Reports are the Huskies have not heard back if Letunov will return for his junior year. If Letunov does turn pro, he's a prospect to watch for next season with the Barracuda, who likely have at least one or two graduates heading up to the NHL level, opening a spot for Letunov in the AHL. Zachary DeVine


June 2016 – Arizona traded Maxim Letunov's rights and a 2017 sixth-round pick to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2017 third-round pick and a 2016 fourth-round draft pick. This seems like a odd trade since Letunov was looking like an excellent prospect after a strong freshman season at UCONN, setting the school's rookie scoring record for points, assists and goals. New Coyotes General Manager John Chayka had this to say on the trade: "Signing an NCAA player with lots of development still left is always a concern. That becomes compounded when you have depth at center like we do with our prospects. It's a good fit for San Jose." Keith Duggan


April 2016 – It was an outstanding first season of college hockey for Maxim Letunov. What looked like maybe a downgrade with Letunov attending UCONN instead of BU could be a blessing as he got to be the school's premier player. He finished eighth in Hockey East scoring with 16 goals and 40 points in 36 games, second among freshman. Letunov still needs to bulk up but he'll have plenty of time at UCONN as the Coyotes are not going to rush him to the NHL. Keith Duggan


October 2015 – In Maxim Letunov's first collegiate game for UCONN, he scored a hat trick in the team's 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville. Keith Duggan


August 2015 – Maxim Letunov has been cleared to play college hockey for the University of Connecticut during 2015-16 season. This is huge news for the Huskies who are in desperate need of scoring. Don't be surprised if Letunov is one of the top scoring freshman in college hockey this year. Keith Duggan


August 2015 – Maxim Letunov has committed to UConn after his initial plan to attend BU fell through due to complications with the admissions process. He could be one of the top freshman in college hockey when he debuts. UConn is still awaiting word on his admission and then if Letunov will be granted NCAA eligibility for the upcoming year or 2016-17. He just finished an excellent season in the USHL, posting 64 points (25 goals, 39 assists ) in 58 games for the Youngstown Phantoms. Keith Duggan 


March 2015 – The Coyotes received prospect Maxim Letunov at the trade deadline from the St. Louis Blues for defenseman Zbynek Michalek and a conditional third-round pick. Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney has said he had planned to take Letunov with the 58th pick in the 2014 draft but the Blues grabbed him with the 52nd pick (though taking Christian Dvorak 58th seems to be working out). Like most Russian players, Letunov is very skilled with the puck and excellent in traffic, but his two-way play needs some work. The biggest knock on him; he’s very lanky and needs to put on some weight and muscle, when drafted Letunov was listed at 155lbs. Even though he's Russian, Letunov has been playing in North America the past four season, two for the U16 Dallas Stars before moving on to the USHL where he is in his second year with the Youngstown Phantoms. He’s currently third in the USHL in scoring with 23 goals, 57 points in 49 games. He has verbally committed to Boston University, where he’ll start playing in 2015-16. Keith Duggan



Fantasy Outlook: B-

If Letunov can bulk up and put on some muscle he could be an excellent pick-up, keep an eye on how he adjusts at UConn next season.




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