Fantasy Summary

Quick and shifty forward who competes hard in all facets of the game. Has a raw offensive toolkit that requires refinement and could grow into a middle-six NHL forward.


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November 2022 – Malov is a very intriguing prospect in the upcoming draft for a variety of reasons. He is a very fun player to watch as he endears himself to the viewer – and likely his coaches – with his excellent motor and compete level. Malov has been playing left wing on the third line and is a fixture on the top penalty killing unit for Omskie Yastreby in the MHL, and is embracing this role. He spent much of the season injured but has returned to play as of late October. He has recorded seven points in four MHL games this season.

As a forechecker, Malov is strong in pursuit due to a relentless desire to pressure opponents with his speed and physicality. He also plays with good leverage and is tough around the boards. Malov’s intensity is evident as a penalty killer, and he is very active on the kill in all facets. He pressures well and can trap opposing players causing them to run out of space to move the puck. He gets in the way of passing lanes and forces less dangerous puck movement. Finally, he is a fearless shot blocker and will put his body in front of any shot. Simply put, Malov has embraced his role of making opposing players uncomfortable in situations where they should have the advantage.

Malov is a very smooth skater who looks fluid while gliding along the ice. He accelerates quickly and can close in on puck carriers and run them off their lanes. For now, he might be quicker than fast, but he gets up to speed in a hurry and changes directions with ease. If he can add another gear at top speed, he could be a great skater rather than simply a good skater.

Despite the nearly two points per game production, Malov has not shown enough consistency in generating offense. Many of his points have come from tapping in loose pucks, deflections, and secondary assists, so the production is a bit inflated. Still, Malov has some impressive skill, adequate passing, and a decent shot, but will need to refine his skill and translate it more to offensive creation. There are definitely flashes of skill in Malov’s game that are quite impressive, though. He has shown he evades defenders with toe drags and by putting the puck between his legs, leaving the defenders in his tracks. Malov definitely has the foundation to be a solid offensive contributor but needs to build on it.

Malov is a very good prospect already due to his combination of size, skating, competitiveness, and physicality. Additionally, Malov is also a very young prospect for his class, which should give teams confidence that he might have more room to grow and improve his skills post-draft. He should have a good chance to become a middle-six contributor who is hard to play against. If things click for him offensively, he could climb up draft boards in a hurry and be a player with top-six potential. Malov is just scratching the surface of what he can do and could be an effective player in the NHL one day. Jordan Harris

Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 7, 2005
Height 6‘0”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2018-2019 Sibir Novosibirsk U15Russia U16- - -- -|        
  Team Siberia U14Districts Cup U148 1 12 2|        
 2019-2020 Sibir Novosibirsk U16Russia U166 2 24 12|        
  Avangard Omsk U16Russia U1622 4 26 6|        
  Team Siberia U15Districts Cup U156 1 23 0|        
 2020-2021 Avangard Omsk U16Russia U164 1 12 4|        
  Avangard Omsk U17Russia U1726 12 1729 22|        
  Yastreby Omsk U18Russia U181 0 00 0|        
  Avangard Omsk U17Russia U17 Finals6 1 45 4|        
 2021-2022 Avangard Omsk U17Russia U17- - -- -|        
  Yastreby Omsk U18Russia U18- - -- -|        
  Omskie YastrebyMHL54 5 611 22|Playoffs13 0 00
 2022-2023 Omskie KryliaVHL9 0 00 0|        
  Omskie YastrebyMHL24 5 611 10|Playoffs12 2 13
 2023-2024 Omskie KryliaVHL16 1 23 6|        
  Omskie YastrebyMHL36 15 1227 16|Playoffs8 2 13