Grigori Denisenko

Florida Panthers
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Fantasy Summary

Very talented offensive winger with some discipline issues. Top-line upside but some risk as well.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 24, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 15

Observations

December 2018 – Denisenko has been invited to Russia’s World Junior Championship camp. Denisenko is talented enough to be a difference-maker at this level but the national team coach is not a big fan of him because of his discipline issues, so it remains to be seen if Denisenko makes the final team or not.  Jokke Nevalainen

November 2018 – Denisenko has been assigned to Lada Togliatti team in the VHL which is a second-tier pro league in Russia. Denisenko hasn’t been quite ready to play a significant role at the KHL level but he’s also too good to play in junior anymore, so playing at a lower pro level seems like a good thing for his development. Denisenko has flashed elite offensive upside but hasn’t been able to do it consistently at the highest level just yet.  Jokke Nevalainen

August 2018 – Denisenko’s previous KHL contract was terminated but he has signed a new two-year contract with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL. This means he isn’t allowed to sign a contract with the Panthers until May 1st 2020. At that time, Denisenko should be able to jump straight to the NHL and make an impact right away.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2018 – Denisenko was drafted 15th overall by the Florida Panthers. Denisenko is a right-handed shot winger who prefers playing on the left side in typical Russian fashion. Denisenko is not big (5-11, 172) but he plays bigger than his size. He’s a very good skater and an extremely talented and creative offensive player but needs to work on his discipline. Denisenko had a slow start to his season in the MHL but was much better during the second half. He has a KHL contract until 2020 but there might be some sort of out clause because reports are saying Denisenko could play in the Canadian Hockey League next season.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U16 Russia U16 34 26 51 77 16 |          
 2015-2016 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U16 Russia U16 Finals 6 2 2 4 4 |          
  Team White IIHF Dev. Camp - - - - - |          
  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U17 Russia U17 29 22 39 61 36 |          
  Russia U16 YOG 6 2 6 8 3 |          
 2016-2017 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U17 Russia U17 3 2 3 5 27 |          
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 28 9 13 22 59 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U17 Russia U17 Finals 6 7 5 12 18 |          
  Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl NMHL 5 3 1 4 10 | Playoffs 5 4 3 7 29 
  Russia U17 WHC-17 6 1 3 4 10 |          
 2017-2018 Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 1 0 0 0 12 |          
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 1 3 4 17 |          
  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 31 9 13 22 30 | Playoffs 12 5 2 7
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 14 6 5 11 35 |          
 2018-2019 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 15 3 0 3 29 |          
  Loko Yaroslavl JCWC 5 1 3 4 20 |          
  Lada Togliatti VHL 6 1 1 2 4 |          
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 4 1 2 3 0 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 - - - - - |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr - - - - - |          

Highlights