Denis Gurianov

Dallas Stars
Photo courtesy of Andy Nietupski

Fantasy Summary

Dynamic offensive winger with big upside.

Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 7, 1997
Height 6‘3”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 1; Overall: 12


February 2020 – After years of waiting, it appears that Denis Gurianov has finally arrived at the NHL level. Although he is still putting together the entire package, the big winger has brought his goal-scoring that intrigued the Stars when they selected him almost 5-years-ago. Currently, with 17 goals, he is likely to surpass the 20-goal mark, something that Stars fans have been waiting for. He currently ranks top 10 in team scoring which has been a welcomed piece into the Stars lineup which is making a playoff push. Should Dallas make the playoffs, it should grant him a valuable experience which will help him develop further. Fantasy owners who held onto Gurianov should be relieved that he is starting to live up to the hype. If he continues to produce, it may be time to pick him up in your leagues as his ceiling is extraordinary and only has room to improve. Brandon Floyd

March 2019 – Gurianov has continued to have an extremely solid second season in the AHL. At almost a point-per-game, he has much improved after a difficult first year in North America and as a result, earned himself an invite to the 2019 AHL All-Star game. For much of the season Gurianov has been back and forth with Dallas, failing to produce much with one goal and four points in 21 games. He still possesses high-end offensive ability with a great shot and big frame posing as a threat around the net. You can often find Gurianov bursting down the wing with his explosive speed finding a way to get pucks on net. He has an extremely quick release and with an accurate shot; he has all the tools to be an effective goal-scorer. With the Stars seemingly struggling to find depth scoring within their line-up, Gurianov could certainly be an option for the Stars in the near future but the Stars will surely be looking for him to improve upon his defensive abilities in order to establish himself as a full time NHLer. Brandon Floyd

October 2018 – Gurianov has six goals in his last six games, tying the AHL franchise record for most consecutive games with a goal. With a revolving door of top-six forwards at the NHL level, he may be an intriguing option for the Stars if their scoring depth continues to struggle. The return of Radulov from injury will be detrimental to his chances, but if he continues to score at this pace, it will be difficult for the Stars to justify leaving him in the minors. After a couple years of learning the pro game in North America, it seems that he is finally reaching his potential. Nate Duffett

October 2017 – Gurianov has begun the season with the AHL Stars. He had a very productive season last year, and was one of the biggest standouts for Russia in the World Juniors. Gurianov was expected to make a push for a spot on the NHL roster, but instead was an early cut in camp. Remi Elie appears to be staying in Dallas for the time being, so there may not be a quick route for Gurianov. Despite his underwhelming camp, he remains one of the most offensively talented prospect in Stars organization. The Stars will have him work on his defense in the AHL for the time being. Matt Kowalski

February 2017 – Gurianov has looked promising in his first year in the AHL. His speed allows him to make offensive plays that others simply aren’t able to do. Guryanov had a very good World Junior tournament. Noticeable on about every shift, particularly in the offensive zone. He’s still a very young prospect, but he could possibly be the Stars best prospect in a year. Matt Kowalski 

December 2016 – The speedster struggled to start the season with the Texas Stars, but he’s becoming more comfortable and his production is improving. Four goals and nine assists is a nice turnaround for the 19-year-old, given how his season began in the AHL. He’s currently away from his AHL team to particpate in the world junior championship. Matt Kowalski

December 2016 – The speedster struggled to start the season with the Texas Stars, but he’s becoming more comfortable and his production is improving. Four goals and nine assists is a nice turn-around for the 19 year-old, given how his season began in AHL. He’s currently away from his AHL team to participate in the World Junior Championship. Matt Kowalski

May 2016 – With Guryanov’s contract recently terminated in Russia, the Stars have inked their 2015 first-rounder to a three-year entry-level deal. Expect him to spend the full upcoming season in the AHL. Brad Phillips

March 2016 – Guryanov’s season has come to a merciful end as it’s been largely a season to forget. He toiled on the fourth line with his KHL team Lada Togliatti to the tune of fours goals and one assist. When Lada’s season ended, Guryanov was sent down to the MHL club where he regained his scoring touch by posting four goals and two assists in just seven games. It will be interesting to see what Jim Nill & Co. decide to do next year; leave him in Russia or bring him over to North America. If I were a betting man I would say the latter. Brad Phillips

December 2015 – It won’t be a very Merry Christmas for Gurianov as he has been cut in a shocking turn of events. He was facing a likely suspension after receiving five and a game for a cross check against Denmark in a pre-tournament game so this might have played into the decision. Regardless it’s another huge blow to the first rounder in what has been a disappointing year. Brad Phillips

December 2015 – Gurianov will travel to Finland to represent Team Russia at the 2016 World Juniors and it couldn’t have come at a better time. He’s been stuck playing fourth line minutes for most of the season with Lada Togliatti in the KHL. Playing against players his own age could be just the things that will light a fire under Gurianov and help him regain his scoring touch. Brad Phillips

December 2015 – After going pointless for the past six weeks, Guryanov has potted his third goal of the year. Add to this his one assist on the year and points have been hard to come by. He’s been relegated to the fourth line for the majority of the year and there is an element of bad luck at play as his shooting percentage is at a lowly 6%. He should get ample opportunity to break out of his season long funk and take on a starring role as he has recently names to Team Russia’s selection camp roster for the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championships. Brad Phillips

October 2015 – Guryanov’s start to the 2015-16 got off to a delayed start as he was battling a shoulder injury that kept him out for the first nine games of the season for basement dwelling Tolyatti Lada. Since then he has played 13 games picking up his first career KHL goal and an assist, both in the same game, while averaging just over 12 minutes of ice time. One thing that really sticks out is his shot volume, Despite averaging the fourth least ice time on the team, Guryanov leads the team in shots per game with 2.2. If he keeps this up more goals are sure to follow. Brad Phillips

June 2015 – The Dallas Stars selected big skilled Russian Denis Guryanov with the 12th selection of the 2015 NHL Draft. Big upside pick. Brendan Ross

June 2015 – Blessed with good size, excellent skating ability and deft stickhandling skills, Denis Guryanov owns one of the highest offensive potentials of the 2015 draft class. Above-average possession skills are featured around a rangy wingspan and advantageous strength but Gurianov is also a very confident and patient puck distributor. He’s particularly dangerous walking off the half wall and attacking the middle of the ice where he can unleash a pro-calibre shot with both high precision and exceptional accuracy. His Russian tag may cause him to slip in the draft but he certainly owns Top 20 talent and should be drafted accordingly in fantasy hockey leagues. Brendan Ross


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Lada Togliatti U18 Russia U18 4 5 1 6 4 | Playoffs 7 8 5 13
  Ladia Togliatti MHL 37 7 9 16 6 |          
  Russia U17 WHC-17 6 3 2 5 2 |          
 2014-2015 Lada Togliatti KHL 8 0 1 1 2 |          
  Ladia Togliatti MHL 23 15 10 25 39 | Playoffs 4 3 1 4 12 
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 5 3 1 4 2 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 5 6 1 7 4 |          
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 12 7 1 8 33 |          
 2015-2016 Lada Togliatti KHL 47 4 1 5 6 |          
  Ladia Togliatti MHL 7 4 2 6 4 |          
 2016-2017 Dallas Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Texas Stars AHL 57 12 15 27 15 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 7 4 3 7 2 |          
 2017-2018 Texas Stars AHL 74 19 15 34 11 | Playoffs 16 2 3 5
 2018-2019 Dallas Stars NHL 21 1 3 4 0 |          
  Texas Stars AHL 57 20 28 48 12 |          
 2019-2020 Dallas Stars NHL 64 20 9 29 13 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Texas Stars AHL 2 3 0 3 0 |