Denis Smirnov

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of The Daily Collegian

Fantasy Summary

Offensive-first winger who isn’t putting up points

Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 12, 1997
Height 5‘9”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 6; Overall: 156


May 2020 – Smirnov’s point total has decreased every season since freshman year. Now a senior, he has been unable to be more than an average supporting cast member. He will likely have to settle for an AHL-only deal should he turn pro after college, and his fantasy stock has plummeted. Do not draft. Hayden Soboleski


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 |          
 2019-2020 Penn State Univ. NCAA 31 8 11 19 6 |