Alexander Khovanov

Minnesota Wild
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Fantasy Summary

Very talented playmaking center with good vision and puck skills. Needs to work on his skating and play without the puck.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country RUS
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 12, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 3; Overall: 86

Observations

November 2019 — Khovanov has taken his game to another level in his final QMJHL season, tallying 38 points through his first 20 games with the Moncton Wildcats. A deft playmaker, Khovanov and linemate Jakob Pelletier have developed into one of the CHL’s most unstoppable duos over the past two years, becoming truly dominant in 2019-20. In one of the more interesting incidents I’ve seen at the junior level, Khovanov received a match penalty and one-game suspension for biting an opponent earlier this month. His defensive play could still use some refinement (some time in the AHL will be good for that), but there is lots to like about his NHL future. Sam Happi

September 2019 – Khovanov has been returned to the Moncton Wildcats for a final QMJHL season. He’ll be looking to build upon his breakout season once 2018-19. Sam Happi

March 2019 – The recently signed Russian winger has been an offensive force this season with the Moncton Wildcats. Signing his entry-level contract just prior to the QMJHL playoffs, Khovanov has continued his solid playmaking, utilizing his above-average vision to find teammates in prime scoring opportunities. He finished the season with 25 goals and 49 assists for 74 points in 64 games. He can play the half-wall on the power play and his shot, while nothing spectacular, is at least good enough to keep a defense honest. His skating has improved this season although it still a work in progress. His 200-foot game is often let down by an inconsistent effort but flashes of defensive awareness have shown. A stint with the Iowa Wild of the AHL is expected which will only aid us in his development. Tony Ferrari 

July 2018 – Khovanov was drafted second overall in the CHL Import Draft in 2017 and he was considered a potential first-round pick for the NHL draft at that time. But he missed nine months of action because of Hepatitis A, and that’s a big reason why he didn’t get drafted until the third round where the Wild took him 86th overall. Khovanov is a talented playmaking center with good vision and passing skills. His skating needs improvement but part of it might be because he missed so much time during his draft year. He’s a long-term project but could end up being a very good gamble for fantasy hockey leagues.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 25 13 18 31 28 |          
 2015-2016 Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 13 11 26 37 22 |          
  Ak Bars Kazan U18 Russia U18 - - - - - |          
  Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 Finals 6 9 7 16 8 |          
  Russia U16 YOG 6 4 6 10 1 |          
 2016-2017 Ak Bars Kazan U18 Russia U18 - - - - - |          
  Irbis Kazan MHL 29 8 14 22 38 | Playoffs 8 1 1 2
  Russia U17 WHC-17 5 5 2 7 4 |          
 2017-2018 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 29 9 19 28 36 | Playoffs 12 3 4 7 14 
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 4 0 2 2 0 |          
 2018-2019 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 64 25 49 74 94 | Playoffs 10 4 6 10 23 
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 2 0 3 3 2 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 5 0 3 3 2 |          
 2019-2020 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 26 20 33 53 56 |          
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 2 2 3 5 0 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 - - - - - |          

Highlights