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Fantasy Summary

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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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

Attributes
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

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 HK Balashikha U16Russia U16- - -- -|        
 2018-2019 HK Balashikha U16Russia U1620 5 1116 -|        
  HK Balashikha U17Russia U1719 4 711 -|        
  HK Balashikha U18 Russia U189 0 11 39|        
 2019-2020 HK Balashikha U17Russia U1721 11 2637 24|        
  HK Balashikha U18 Russia U1822 4 1115 38|Playoffs2 2 13
 2020-2021 Sakhalinskiye AkulyMHL58 9 817 22|        
 2021-2022 Sakhalinskiye AkulyMHL54 9 2130 45|