Nikita Soshnikov

by Peter Harling on February 15, 2018


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Nikita Soshnikov, RW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 183

Born: 1993-10-14

Hometown: Nizhny Tagil, Russia

Drafted: Signed as Free Agent







February 2018 - The St. Louis Blues acquired Soshnikov from the Leafs for a 2019 4th round pick. Soshnikov was made available by Toronto to help them get their roster legal as he was no longer exempt for waivers. This means the Blues likely will insert him into their roster for the balance of the season, increasing his fantasy value for the balance of the year, For more see the Dobber Fantasy Analysis on the trade. Peter Harling

December, 2017 - This has been a rough year so far for Soshnikov. He suffered a serious concussion towards the end of last season that lasted until the start of this year's campaign. It took awhile for Soshnikov to regain his confidence. He has only been in three games with the Leafs this year with limited minutes and no points. He has not played with the same reckless abandon he played with last year, probably with concern about suffering another concussion. He still uses his speed and plays well defensively and does throw hits just not as many as he did last year. He has played 14 game with the Marlies and has played well in those games. He has five goals and seven assists.  Unfortunately, he has been out now with a lower body injury since late November. Soshnikov is no longer waiver exempt and is in the last year of his current contract. He will be looking for a new contract and a full time spot next year.  Brian Harling

January 2017 – The rough, speedy and agitating winger is having a solid season playing over 10 minutes a night in high energy role. He is excelling on the forecheck and creating opportunities but the chances are not resulting in goals on the board. He currently owns the team worst shooting percentage at 2.7%, yet his shot rate is above a normal bottom-liner at 1.4 shots per game. Soshnikov is currently on the path we expected for him and coach Babcock seems very pleased with his play. Upcoming years he will be a more productive option as he does have the skills to move up roles when needed. Jason Banks


March 2016 – On March 2nd, Soshnikov scored his first NHL goal in his second top level game. He has shown excellent jump and drive in his recall and will provide decent stats in roto leagues for the rest of the season. Looking longer term, Soshnikov will likely find himself a bottom-six forward next season with potential to rise and see samples of ice-time on special teams. Eventually he could find himself on a secondary scoring unit and be a very decent depth player for fantasy managers. Jason Banks


November 2015 – After watching number 90 for the past six weeks, all one can say is “WOW!” The reports are correct, he has extremely shifty moves at top speed that can bring you out of your seats and leave jockstraps littering the ice. Unfortunately, he is not yet burying the opportunities he opens up. He can shoot very deceptively and from anywhere and gets very involved in the action. He is working very hard at being a complete player and has unexpectedly been a regular on the penalty kill to help drive home his need for responsibility. It would not be unexpected to see him appear in a Leafs uniform for a couple games at some point this season to provide some jump. Still early to own him, but keep an eye out for his progression. Jason Banks


May 2015 – Soshnikov is a speedy, creative and flashy winger who loves to generate offence while working hard. It seems will be known more his high flight moves around opponents that could produce highlight reel goals. He does not speak English yet, but willing to learn. The Leafs have signed him to a three-year entry-level deal, at the current age of 21, he will be a very mature player by the end. He has already skated in 90 KHL games producing 16 goals over the last couple seasons. He has stated through his agent that he is willing to play in the AHL, but because of the Leafs rebuild he doesn’t feel that will be required. We feel he could be a high risk, high reward prospect to hold in a deep fantasy system who could pay dividends sooner than later. Jason Banks


Fantasy Outlook: B-


Looks to fill a void of an energizing goal scorer that will bring fans and fantasy mangers to their feet on a semi-consistent basis, looks like he has the potential to be productive right away to some degree.




First NHL Goal!



Highlight reel goal in the AHL:



Preadatory goal scored after hard work in front of net:



Sample of work in 2015 Rookie Tourny:



Soshnikov #90 highlights from a single game, excellent taste of what he can bring.



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