An incredibly quick skater with great vision and an even better shot. Currently lacks the strength needed to perform against physical competition. Has the ability to be a dangerous goal-scorer at the higher levels.
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May 2020 – Ovchinnikov finished the 2019-20 MHL season with 55 points in 54 games playing for Novosibirsk. He was moving all over the lineup, but found a home as a top six forward. He can play at any forward position, but lacks the face-off skills to be a true center. However, if he can work out the faceoff issue, center may be the best position for him, as he is much better going down the middle of the ice, rather than playing by the boards.
Offensively, Ovchinnikov has a killer shot, and as the season progressed, it only got more and more deadly. He always had power, but his accuracy was really pronounced by the end of the season. Despite his size, he is most dangerous when driving towards the net in the offensive zone, which only exemplifies his skilled shooting. He uses a mixture of speed and stickhandling to drive into high danger areas, and has no issues beating defensemen and goalies with smooth stick work. When shooting from distance, he has a quick and strong release. His most noticeable attribute is his pure speed which allows him to quickly move up and down the ice using long, effective strides. He has a high-level ability of switching gears, so he can quickly go from zero to 100. When driving play forward, he rarely found issues evading physicality at the MHL level, and he used his quick feet to out-pace the defenders. He’s a smart player for his age, he reads play well and makes quick decisions with the puck.
On the other end of the ice, Ovchinnikov isn’t a star defender, but he does his job. He applies pressure to opponents and uses an active stick to get the puck effectively. Taking advantage of his speed is what he does best on defense, as well. He quickly moves across the ice to block passing lanes and force turnovers. He plays a soft, safe game in the defensive zone, and shies away from physicality. He does, however, enter puck battles along the boards, and uses his stickhandling and agility to escape the high pressure.
Ovchinnikov had two KHL appearances this season for Sibir, playing a total of just over three minutes a game. His lack of strength was shown to be his greatest weakness. Ovchinnikov seems to be out of the KHL side’s plan next season, as he has only been promised 10-12 games for Sibir and will be in the extended roster. How he trains is going to make or break his future career in the professional North American leagues. As it stands, his size and strength are not going to cut it in a more physical league. Dylan Griffing
|2016-2017||Sibir Novosibirsk U15||Russia U16||-||-||-||-||-||||
|2017-2018||Sibir Novosibirsk U16||Russia U16||-||-||-||-||-||||
|2018-2019||Sibir Novosibirsk U17||Russia U18||10||7||10||17||2||||
|Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk||MHL||40||2||5||7||10||||
|Russia U17 (all)||International-Jr||8||3||3||6||4||||
|2019-2020||Sibir Novosibirsk U18||Russia U18||3||2||0||2||0||||
|Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk||MHL||54||24||31||55||8|||||Playoffs||1||0||0||0||0|
|Russia U18 (all)||International-Jr||2||2||1||3||0||||
|Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk||MHL||3||3||4||7||0||||