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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.


Observations

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January 2022 – After a successful three year QMJHL career where he saw his points per game increase in each successive season, Knyazev made the jump to the professional ranks joining the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL. While the offence hasn’t followed him to start the year, he has made a fairly seamless transition and has already earned a call-up to the big club for his first NHL game. The fact that he’s already on the shortlist for NHL duty bodes well for his NHL certainty as he seems likely to be factored into the Sharks’ long-term future. His fantasy potential however will continue to hinge on how he develops mentally. He has the smooth skating stride and puck skills that you look for in an offensive presence, however, as the pace of play increases he loses some of the creativity and offensive awareness he shows against lesser talent.  Donesh Mazloum

December 2020 – Although not initially listed on the team’s training camp roster, Team Russia has announced that Artemi Knyazev will be joining the 2020-21 World Junior Championship squad. The Sharks have