Ilya Konovalov

2019 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of KHL.ru

Fantasy Summary

Average-sized goalie who lacks pedigree but has been one of the best goalies in the KHL as a 20-year-old which is hard to ignore.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country RUS
Position G
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 13, 1998
Height 6‘0”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

February 2019 – Konovalov has been passed over in the NHL Draft three times already but this season, as a 20-year-old, he’s been one of the best goalies in the KHL, and he’s still eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft for the final time before becoming a free agent. He doesn’t have the type of size teams are usually looking for in goalies but he’s quick and agile, isn’t afraid to leave the blue paint to challenge attackers, and he has a good glove as well. His situation is a bit similar to Veini Vehviläinen’s, another average-sized goalie who was also passed over thrice but finally got drafted after proving himself at the pro level. Konovalov will likely get drafted late in the draft, the same way Vehviläinen did, but if he has another strong season in the KHL, his stock will be rising very quickly. Don’t sleep on this guy.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2013-2014 Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U16 Russia U16 11 2.40 |        
 2014-2015 Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U17 Russia U17 Finals 6 1.37 - |        
  Lokomotiv-2004 Yaroslavl U17 Russia U17 32 2.04 - |        
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 0 - - |        
  Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl MHL B 11 1.52 .933 |        
 2015-2016 Loko Yaroslavl MHL Supercup 1 1.18 .941 |        
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 11 1.59 .927 | Playoffs 0 - -
  Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl MHL B 16 1.55 .936 |        
 2016-2017 Loko Yaroslavl JCWC 2 0.99 .941 |        
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 32 1.90 .920 | Playoffs 4 1.67 .931
  Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl NMHL 1 2.05 .933 |        
 2017-2018 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 7 1.56 .933 |        
  HK Ryazan VHL 12 2.11 .919 |        
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 11 1.79 .922 | Playoffs 16 1.23 .945
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 2 - - |        
 2018-2019 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 45 1.89 .930 | Playoffs 7 2.14 .912
  Loko Yaroslavl JCWC 4 1.75 .916 |        
  Russia EHT - - - |        
  Russia II (all) International 2 - - |        

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