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Fantasy Summary

Smooth-skating two-way defenseman who excels on the breakout. Adding more aggressive offensive tendencies could solidify his middle-pair potential.


Observations

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February 2024 – Ustinkov is a toolsy defenseman who is at his best with the puck on his stick in transition. He’s a strong skater with good lateral mobility, and he uses those tools well to drive dangerous rushes through the neutral zone. He has a tendency to hold himself back when it comes to aggressive offensive actions, but when he does commit to them, he flashes high levels of creativity and skill. That lack of offensive aggression has held him back in our viewings, but if he learns to trust his instincts a bit more and is afforded more freedom to activate from his coaching staff, he could develop into a dynamic blue-liner. While he’s significantly more raw than the next player on our board – a fellow Swiss defenseman – his convincing selection of tools and flashes of brilliance allowed him to edge out Muggli and, if fostered over the remainder of the season, could see him climb our board significantly. Sebastian High

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country SUI
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 26, 2006
Height 6‘0”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 Wallisellen U15U15-Top2 1 34 0|        
 2018-2019 Urdorf U15U15-Top2 2 02 2|        
  ZSC LionsQC Int PW4 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 ZSC U15U15-Elit26 5 611 14|        
  Urdorf U15U15-Top4 5 16 4|        
 2020-2021 ZSC U15U15-Elit5 5 38 0|        
  ZSC U17U17-Elit32 0 77 4|Playoffs2 0 00
 2021-2022 ZSC U17U17-Elit35 3 1417 12|Playoffs11 1 56
  GC/Küsnacht U20U20-Elit5 0 00 6|        
  Switzerland U16 (all)International-Jr6 3 36 2|        
  Switzerland U17 (all)International-Jr5 0 11 2|        
 2022-2023 GC/Küsnacht U20U20-Elit33 5 38 2|Playoffs7 0 11
  GC/KüsnachtSL2 0 00 0|        
  ZSCNL5 0 00 0|Playoffs3 0 00
  Switzerland U17EYOF4 1 56 2|        
  Switzerland U17 (all)International-Jr22 3 1417 6|        
  Switzerland U18WJC-185 1 34 0|        
  Switzerland U18 (all)International-Jr7 1 45 0|        
 2023-2024 GC/Küsnacht U20U20-Elit2 1 23 2|Playoffs3 0 11
  GC/KüsnachtSL18 0 88 8|Playoffs14 0 11
  GC/KüsnachtNational Cup2 1 01 0|        
  ZSCNL18 0 11 0|        
  Switzerland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 23 8|        
  Switzerland U18 (all)International-Jr11 1 67 10|        
  Switzerland U20WJC-205 0 22 2|        
  Switzerland U20 (all)International-Jr3 0 00 4|        
 2024-2025 GC/Küsnacht U20U20-Elit- - -- -|        
  GC/KüsnachtSL- - -- -|        
  ZSCNL- - -- -|        

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