Fantasy Summary

Silayev is a hulking but mobile defenseman who covers a ton of ice with powerful strides and a long reach; while his passing game is a strength, his composure under pressure needs work.


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November 2023 – Silayev lit up KHL scoresheets for the first month of the season and garnered a fair bit of attention, but we remained skeptical. It wasn’t until his production dried up that we started logging viewings sparking enthusiasm. While he remains very raw, especially for a defenseman playing in the KHL as a draft-eligible, his tools are rather unique and the ceiling is high. Silayev covers a ton of ice, needing only three or four strides to cross the neutral zone. While he’s a bit wonky on his skates and rarely looks graceful, he uses his skating very effectively on both sides of the puck. Defensively, Silayev relies on his extraordinarily long reach and powerful strides to close gaps quickly and very aggressively. Early in the season, he regularly over-committed, leading to odd-man rushes against, and while he can still be aggressive to a fault, this element of his game has improved significantly in our viewings. With the puck on his stick, Silayev flashes above-average passing mechanics and vision, which allows him to be a positive impact in the breakout, defaulting to stretch passes and give-and-go’s. That said, his decision-making both with and without the puck and his composure remain real works in progress, which ended up being the deciding factor in our debate between him and Levshunov at 10. Sebastian High (November Rankings: 11th Overall)

Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country RUS
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 11, 2006
Height 6‘7”
Weight 207 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2020-2021 Team Volga Region U15Districts Cup U157 1 23 2|        
 2021-2022 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod U16Russia U16- - -- -|        
  Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod U18Russia U18- - -- -|        
  Team Volga Region U16Districts Cup U168 0 22 6|        
  Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod U18Russia U18 Finals8 0 22 10|        
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr5 0 00 6|        
 2022-2023 Chaika Nizhny NovgorodMHL41 2 68 28|Playoffs17 0 22 29 
  Russia U17 (all)International-Jr8 0 00 29|        
 2023-2024 Torpedo Nizhny NovgorodKHL63 3 811 10|Playoffs5 0 22
  Chaika Nizhny NovgorodMHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs10 0 33 22 
 2024-2025 Torpedo Nizhny NovgorodKHL- - -- -|