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Smooth-skating left-handed defenseman with some decent small-area skills and rush defending. Needs to improve his puck skills, but had a great season production-wise in the MHL and could develop into a bottom-four NHL defenseman.


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November 2023 – Defensive minded player who hasn’t found his offensive game but has a sneaky good transition game with the puck at times. Good IQ and playmaking but still lacking the offense to guarantee an NHL caliber player. A move to North America may be key to understanding his true potential and if his offense can be unlocked. He’s been more confident with the puck this season which is a plus, but his upside isn’t the highest, which may be difficult to ensure his place in a deep Devils D pool. – Austin Kelly

July 2022 – The New Jersey Devils selected Daniil Orlov with their fourth-round, 110th-overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. A smooth-skating blue-liner who uses his size well in puck battles, Orlov is very good at getting off the boards with the puck and making small plays that advance the puck. His defensive positioning and awareness makes him a projectable chance-suppressor — although there are some adjustments required to make his defending better on smaller ice. He boasts some decent small-area playmaking, but struggles with long passing accuracy and doesn’t have the hardest shot. Despite that, Orlov led his MHL squad’s defensemen in scoring with nine goals and 21 assists in 54 games, 12 points ahead of any other blue-liner. Expect Orlov to take his sweet time developing in Russia’s pro leagues until he hits a high enough level to come over to North America and take a shot at the Devils’ lineup — he’ll offer some value in multi-cat leagues as a big hitter and shot-blocker, but don’t expect much offensive production out of him at the next level. Hadi Kalakeche

Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country RUS
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 21, 2003
Height 6‘2”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 4; Overall: 110


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 HK Balashikha U16Russia Region U16- - -- -|        
 2018-2019 HK Balashikha U16Russia Region U1620 5 1116 -|        
  HK Balashikha U17Russia Region U1719 4 711 -|        
  HK Balashikha U18Russia U189 0 11 39|        
 2019-2020 HK Balashikha U17Russia Region U1721 11 2637 24|        
  HK Balashikha U18Russia U1822 4 1115 38|Playoffs2 2 13
 2020-2021 Sakhalinskiye AkulyMHL58 9 817 22|        
 2021-2022 Sakhalinskiye AkulyMHL54 9 2130 45|        
 2022-2023 Spartak MoskvaKHL14 0 22 4|        
  Khimik VoskresenskVHL7 0 55 0|Playoffs9 0 33
  MHK Spartak MoskvaMHL18 2 68 4|Playoffs7 2 24
 2023-2024 Spartak MoskvaKHL60 2 57 16|Playoffs5 0 00
  Khimik VoskresenskVHL3 2 13 4|Playoffs2 0 00
  MHK Spartak MoskvaMHL4 2 46 0|Playoffs2 2 02
 2024-2025 Spartak MoskvaKHL- - -- -|