Denis Smirnov

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of The Daily Collegian

Fantasy Summary

Creative offensive talent still rounding out his game

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 12, 1997
Height 5‘8”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 6; Overall: 156


February 2019 – Now in his third season at Penn State, Smirnov’s production has taken another hit. Two straight years of decline is never a good sign, especially when its the goal-scoring column that’s seen the biggest decline. He’s seeing less time on the powerplay, but he has to produce at even strength to be considered a legit prospect. Fantasy stock dropping. Hayden Soboleski


May 2018 – Smirnov’s production dipped at the end of his sophomore year at Penn State, finishing with a respectable 27 points in 30 games played (he missed extended time with an undisclosed illness). This is disappointing considering his accomplishments as a freshman (named to All-Rookie Team and honorable mention for the All-Star team), but it shouldn’t be too worrying for a prospect with lots of time and room to grow. He is very likely remaining in the NCAA for another campaign in 2018-19. Hayden Soboleski February 2018 – Smirnov is having another noteworthy NCAA season, already nearing last year’s goal total (19, currently at 13) despite being only halfway through the campaign. He’s earned NCAA player-of-the-week honors and sits second on the team in points-per-game at 1.05. Despite improvements, expect the sophomore to return to school for a junior season after this one. Hayden Soboleski Smirnov was a 6th-round pick in 2017, at the time known for his highlight-reel plays but very small stature. He’s a bit of a longshot, but has scoring upside and great offensive creativity. Projects to provide points and SOG, but not many peripheral stats.


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Wilkes-Barre Knights Bantam Maj AYBHL 25 39 37 76 6 |          
 2012-2013 WB/Scranton Knights 16U AYHL 16U 21 23 21 44 24 |          
 2013-2014 Indiana Ice USHL 47 15 26 41 22 | Playoffs 12 3 2 5
 2014-2015 Fargo Force USHL 53 18 22 40 28 |          
 2015-2016 Fargo Force USHL 60 29 32 61 37 |          
 2016-2017 Penn State Univ. NCAA 39 19 28 47 18 |          
 2017-2018 Penn State Univ. NCAA 30 15 12 27 6 |          
 2018-2019 Penn State Univ. NCAA 37 8 14 22 6 |