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An extremely skilled, high octane winger who plays on the attack. His hands are absolutely ridiculous at times, allowing him to create space and make plays.


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October 2020 – An absolutely electrifying player to watch with the puck. Gushchin is most dangerous on the rush, with hands that make highlight-reel dangles on a regular basis. At times his decision making with the puck has been called into question, although many scouts are forgiving due to the lack of talent surrounding him on the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Not unlike his frame at 5-8, Gushchin uses a small stick, making it extraordinarily difficult to strip him of the puck without physicality. His aforementioned size his a point of concern, but the Sharks organization seems to have a game plan that involves smaller skilled players for the future. Keep an eye on the shifty Russian as he brings his talents to the OHL’s Niagra Ice Dogs for the 2020-21 season. Alex Howes

 

October 2020 – Gushchin was selected 76th overall in the 2020 draft but the San Jose Sharks. Tony Ferrari 

 

September 2020 – Daniil Gushchin is one of the most fun players to watch in this year’s draft class. That comes from both a good and bad place. On the good side of things, the Russian import forward is a speedy, skilled winger who has the predatory instinct of the best offensive players in the game. His puck skills are impressive, juking and dodging through traffic as if he were a shifty NFL running back. It can be incredibly fun to watch when he is successful and devastating for the mentality of his opponents as they are often left reaching for air as he maneuvers the ice. On the flip side, the reason he was doing all of the driving of play was the fact that he had no one to help him on most nights and because of that, as the season wore on he began looking off passes and getting a little too greedy with the puck. The decision-making faltered at times because of that and while his team’s skill level isn’t a fault on Gushchin, he needs to trust and rely on his teammates more often. After a productive season with Muskegon in the USHL, he is making the move to the OHL with the Niagara IceDogs where he should be able to take some of the load off himself. He did a good job of working around his size in the traditionally heavier USHL so his size shouldn’t impede his play in the OHL. There is a chance that a team gets a top-20 talent from this draft class outside the top-50 if the diminutive forward falls a bit but he could also never make ‘the Show’ if he can’t figure out how to more consistently utilize his teammates and take too much onto himself. Tony Ferrari 

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 6, 2002
Height 5‘8”
Weight 161 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 3; Overall: 76

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Dynamo Moskva U16Russia U1613 11 1627 2|        
  Dynamo Moskva U16Russia U16 Finals6 10 313 10|        
  Dynamo Moskva Selects U15WSI U157 3 47 4|        
 2017-2018 CSKA Moskva U17Russia U1722 21 1839 4|        
  CSKA Moskva U18Russia U182 2 35 4|        
  CSKA Moskva U17Russia U17 Finals6 4 711 2|        
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr11 11 718 -|        
  Russia U17WHC-175 4 15 0|        
  Russia U17 (all)International-Jr15 6 39 4|        
 2018-2019 Russia U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 3 36 0|        
  Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL51 16 2036 30|Playoffs2 0 00
  Russia U17WHC-176 4 26 6|        
  Russia U17 (all)International-Jr7 6 28 6|        
  Russia U18WJC-187 1 12 14|        
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr14 4 59 16|        
 2019-2020 Russia U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 12 2|        
  Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL42 22 2547 42|        
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr12 5 16 6|        
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19|WJAC-196 3 03 4|        
 2020-2021 Niagara IceDogsOHL- - -- -|        

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