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Fantasy Summary

Shifty, dual-threat offensive winger with defensive deficiencies and physical limitations. Great shot and intelligent playmaking give him a high ceiling, but there’s work needed to make him a sure bet at the NHL level.


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May 2023 – Kisakov’s 2022-2023 rookie campaign with the AHL’s Rochester Americans concluded with just six goals and eight points in 48 games. Despite demonstrating offensive flashes and moments of ability, the 5-10, 150-pound winger struggled to assert himself due to his lack of strength and quickness. He is currently neither a particularly explosive skater nor a deceptive puck-handler, and he generates offense primarily through give-and-go passing plays. He regularly operates in open ice and tends not to provide enough puck support down low. Additionally, the 20-year-old’s defensive game is at times disorganized. He remains playing in a sheltered capacity for now while he continues to adapt to the AHL level and mature physically. Kevin Wong


May 2022 – Kisakov had a tremendous 2020-2021 draft-year campaign in the MHL, leading all draft-eligibles and finishing second in league scoring with 73 points in 61 games, 36 of which were goals. Despite his production dropping this season ( 56 points in 51 games), the prospect’s game has matured and he has developed some good surrounding tools to supplement his goal-scoring ability and elusiveness.

While Kisakov was previously a shoot-first prospect with great skating habits and an overall polished hockey sense, he’s added some great playmaking tools to his arsenal in the last year which have bolstered his offensive potential. He looks off his target, hides his intentions with his upper body, and pre-scans regularly to make sure his desired option is the best one. His defensive game is far from polished, however, and playing in the MHL isn’t exactly doing him any favors. He has very few opportunities to develop that side of his game in a league where defense is more of an afterthought. His physical maturity hasn’t reached anywhere near its peak, either — at 150 pounds, there’s a lot of muscle to add to his 5-foot-10 frame.

The good news is that Kisakov will have all the odds in his favor now that he’s signed his entry-level deal with the Buffalo Sabres. He’ll likely report to Rochester in the AHL, where his defensive game is more likely to see its eclosion, and he’ll have a lot more staff surrounding him to monitor training and nutrition to add some muscle to his frame. He’s worth a flyer in a deeper points-only draft, given his refined offensive toolkit and relatively simple weaknesses. Hadi Kalakeche

Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 1, 2002
Height 5‘10”
Weight 150 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 2; Overall: 53


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Team Moskva U14Districts Cup U146 3 36 0|        
 2016-2017 Dynamo Moskva Selects U15WSI U157 2 13 0|        
 2017-2018 Dynamo Moskva U16Russia U1615 8 412 8|        
  Dynamo Moskva U17Russia U174 5 38 2|        
  Dynamo Moskva U17Russia U17 Finals6 0 22 0|        
  Dynamo Moskva U18Russia U188 2 46 10|        
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr6 1 12 -|        
 2018-2019 Dynamo Moskva U17Russia U1719 8 1119 12|        
  Dynamo Moskva U17Russia U17 Finals7 2 46 12|        
  Dynamo Moskva U18Russia U188 3 69 28|Playoffs4 0 00 18 
  MHK Dynamo MoskvaMHL5 0 22 2|        
  Dynamo Moskva U18Russia U18 Finals7 0 11 4|        
  Russia U17 (all)International-Jr7 0 22 0|        
 2019-2020 MHK Dynamo MoskvaMHL34 2 1618 24|        
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr4 2 35 2|        
 2020-2021 MHK Dynamo MoskvaMHL61 36 3773 90|Playoffs14 5 510
 2021-2022 Dynamo MoskvaKHL4 0 00 0|        
  MHK Dynamo MoskvaMHL51 26 3056 40|Playoffs6 0 77
  Russia U20 (all)International-Jr- - -- -|        
 2022-2023 Rochester AmericansAHL48 6 28 24|        
 2023-2024 Rochester AmericansAHL32 5 813 12|