Artemi Knyazev

San Jose Sharks
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Fantasy Summary

Knyazev is a smooth skating, puck moving defenseman. Although he doesn’t have the top end speed you wish for, he makes up for it in technique and his ability to escape a fore-check. Like many young puck moving defenseman he can sometimes skate the puck into trouble.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country RUS
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 4, 2001
Height 5‘11”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 2; Overall: 48

Observations

June 2019 – The Sharks selected Knyazev with the 48th pick in the second round of the 2019 NHL entry draft. Knyazev will be a longer term project as he has some warts in his game, but the Sharks will be hoping he can iron those out in the QMJHL. A smooth skating defenseman, he fits the mold of the modern NHL puck moving defenseman. If he can work on his instincts and make better decisions on when to rush up ice and when to stay home, he could become a solid top four defender one day. Expect a long wait with Knyazev, he’s likely to spend the next two years in junior. Chris Legg


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Ak Bars Kazan Selects U14 WSI U14 7 2 3 5 2 |          
 2015-2016 Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 12 1 7 8 6 |          
  Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 Finals 4 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 - - - - - |          
  Ak Bars Kazan U18 Russia U18 - - - - - |          
  Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 Finals 6 2 2 4 10 |          
  Russia U16 EYOF 4 4 8 12 4 |          
 2017-2018 Irbis Kazan MHL 39 4 3 7 20 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0
  Russia U17 WHC-17 5 1 2 3 4 |          
  Russia U17 (all) International-Jr 13 2 3 5 12 |          
 2018-2019 Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 55 13 21 34 32 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 11 2 0 2 6 |          
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 6 2 0 2 6 |          

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