Ilya Konovalov

Edmonton Oilers
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 4.5
Country RUS
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 13, 1998
Height 6‘0”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 3; Overall: 85

Observations

June 2019 – This is an intriguing pick for the Oilers. With the 85th pick in the 2019 draft Edmonton opted to select Konolov, a Russian goalie who was first draft eligible in 2016 but was passed over three years in a row before being selected by Edmonton. With that all being said, the young Russian net minder was ranked fourth for European goalies by NHL Central Scouting and completely blew the doors off of the KHL as a 20 year old this past season. In 45 games with Lokomotiv last season, Konovalov recorded an impressive 1.89 GAA to go along with his 0.930 SV%. His play earned him the KHL rookie of the year award which hasn’t been won by a goalie since Andrei Vasilevsky won it in 2014. Konovalov’s numbers aren’t completely surprising considering he’s put up strong stats at every level that he’s played at but likely didn’t garner enough attention sooner due to bouncing around to different leagues the past couple seasons. At six feet tall, he doesn’t have the size that most NHL teams covet in a goalie but his performance this season undeniable. Konovalov has two years left on his current contract in the KHL. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2019 – Konovalov has been drafted 85th overall by the Oilers.  Jokke Nevalainen

May 2019 – Konovalov has won the Rookie of the Year award in the KHL after a strong season where he posted 0.930 save percentage in 45 games for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He has two more years left on his KHL contract, and he might be NHL ready by the time that contract expires.  Jokke Nevalainen

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 8 2.42 .905
  Loko Yaroslavl JCWC 4 1.75 .916 |        
  Russia EHT 2 1.44 .917 |        
  Russia (all) International 2 - - |        
  Russia II (all) International 4 - - |        
 2019-2020 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL - - - |        

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