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Fantasy Summary

A hard-nosed forward with high-end skill. Top-line upside but some risk as well.


Observations

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May 2020 – Expect Grigori Denisenko to receive an opportunity to make an impact for the Florida Panthers at the start of next season. Playing 36 games in the KHL last year, he’s already proven he can hold his own against more experienced opposition and produced 12 points in limited playing time. In the KHL, teenagers tend to see less ice-time and he will receive more opportunities in Florida. Look for coach Joel Quenneville to experiment with Denisenko in a top-six role to capitalize on the winger’s strengths and skillset. Fantasy owner might be in for a real treat if he transitions quickly to the North American game. John Gove

 
April 2020 – Grigori Denisenko has signed his ELC with the Florida Panthers. Keith Fries
March 2020 – Denisenko certainly had himself a year on the international stage, captaining Russia at the U20 World Junior Championships while putting up very good numbers, in the process. He’s got a powerful shot and sharp play recognition which should quickly propel him to the NHL. Fantasy owners should note that, while Denisenko is a right-shot winger, he can easily play on both sides which should provide some versatility when setting your line-ups. Keith Fries

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
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

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U16Russia U1634 26 5177 16|        
 2015-2016 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U16Russia U16 Finals6 2 24 4|        
  Team White IIHF Dev. Camp- - -- -|        
  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U17Russia U1729 22 3961 36|        
  Russia U16 YOG6 2 68 3|        
 2016-2017 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U17Russia U173 2 35 27|        
  Loko YaroslavlMHL28 9 1322 59|Playoffs4 0 00
  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U17Russia U17 Finals6 7 512 18|        
  Loko-Yunior YaroslavlNMHL5 3 14 10|Playoffs5 4 37 29 
  Russia U17WHC-176 1 34 10|        
 2017-2018 Russia U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup1 0 00 12|        
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19|WJAC-194 1 34 17|        
  Lokomotiv YaroslavlKHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs4 0 00
  Loko YaroslavlMHL31 9 1322 30|Playoffs12 5 27
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr14 6 511 35|        
 2018-2019 Lokomotiv YaroslavlKHL25 4 26 58|Playoffs6 0 33
  Loko YaroslavlJCWC5 1 34 20|        
  Lada TogliattiVHL6 1 23 4|        
  Loko YaroslavlMHL4 1 23 0|Playoffs13 6 28 12 
  Russia U20WJC-207 4 59 4|        
  Russia U20 (all)International-Jr13 9 817 6|        
  RussiaEHT1 0 00 0|        
  Russia (all)International1 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 Lokomotiv YaroslavlKHL38 6 612 8|Playoffs6 1 01
  Loko YaroslavlJCWC3 4 04 0|        
  Russia U20WJC-207 3 69 8|        
  RussiaEHT3 0 00 2|        
  Russia U20 (all)International-Jr15 5 1015 10|        
  Russia (all)International3 0 00 2|        
 2020-2021 Florida PanthersNHL- - -- -|        

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