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Top-six forward with fantasy boom potential. Big tall winger with deceptive abilities who creates plays while displaying brilliance in the offensive zone. With scoring chances aplenty, if he makes it over to North America watch out.


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March 2021 – The 2018 second-rounder is, simply put, a true offensive dynamo. Scoring 28 points in 41 games in the KHL is a tremendous feat for a D+3 player and is done by combining masterful puck control, high-level deception, a booming shot and a thorough understanding on how to create chances for your teammates. There is an abundance of potential here if Kirill ever crosses over to North America. Sam McGilligan

November 2020 – Now in his sophomore campaign with SKA St.Petersburg, Marchenko is certainly fulfilling his long-term projected upside. What began as a slow and low-utilized start, has now blossomed into a successful stretch of top-line deployment. With just two points through his first eight matches, combined with a two-week battle with illness, the 20-year-old was in need of a boost. Well, that boost came in the form of a quick conditioning stint in the VHL, where he made a mockery of the developmental tier, producing seven points over just two games. Since his return to the KHL, he has enjoyed an extended leash and is seeing consistent top-line minutes, including a spot on the club’s top powerplay unit. He now has 11 points (6G + 5A) since his return to the line-up and currently sits tied with fellow Blue Jacket draftee, Yegor Chinakhov, for tops among U21 skaters with 13 points on the year. Beyond his spiked production, he looks significantly more confident in his abilities – making patient plays, and utilizing his size and strong offensive skills well. Despite him being tied down to a KHL contract, fantasy owners should be very pleased with his development so far. Dave Hall

April 2020 – The offensively talented Marchenko capped off his inaugural KHL season with a bang. After a disappointing silver medal at this year’s WJC, the 19-year-old reported back to St.Petersburg only to catch fire. Despite limited minutes, he would finish the regular season with 10 points (four goals and six assists) through the remaining 12 games, including a respectable plus-eight rating. He reiterated his sound performance in the playoffs, posting five points (three goals and two assists) in just four games. Although the season was cut short, this sudden outburst should have CBJ fans excited for what’s down the road. Of course, with a new three-year extension, they can only cheer from a distance for now. Dave Hall

December 2019 – The rising KHL rookie will be heading to the Czech Republic to represent his country in this year’s WJC. This will be the 19-year-old’s second tournament and you can count on him to be tasked with a much larger role this time around. Line-combinations have yet to be set, but he is certain to slot into the team’s top-six and could easily finish as one of the top point-getters in this year’s showcase. With six points (3G + 3A) in the month of November, Marchenko earned himself the title of KHL rookie of the month as well as an increased role on a very stacked SKA St. Petersburg squad. Now for the bad news. He recently signed a three-year extension that will keep him overseas through the 2021-22 season. Sorry fantasy owners, check back in a few years for an update on his value. Dave Hall

November 2019 – The quest for ice-time in the KHL continues for the 19-year-old Blue Jacket prospect. The good news is that he has finally found the scoresheet. The Russian sniper picked up his first and second career goals in back-to-back games, earning him the honors of (KHL) rookie of the week. His recent play looks to have sparked the interest of the coaching staff as his ice time has more-than-doubled since his first tally. The second-round pick has played over ten minutes in recent games. This increase is important to note considering he had yet to skate over five in any of his previous matches. Pegged as one of the organization’s top up-and-comers, Columbus needs to make signing this kid a top priority. Dave Hall 

October 2019 – The Russian sniper found his scoring touch early this season as he potted six goals and provided one helper in eight games with SKA-Neva St. Petersburg (VHL). This hot-start caught the eyes of the big club and was called up late September to SKA-St. Petersburg (KHL). This may look like a promising move for a 19-year-old. However, playing for such a powerhouse club, Kirill has found ice time hard to come by and has sat twice in five games. In the three games he has drawn into the lineup, he has yet to see four minutes of ice time. Playing time is key to the development of young players and sitting for 56 minutes does not seem like the most logical route for this promising goal scorer.  Dave Hall

May 2019 – Marchenko was very busy last season, playing over 50 games in three different leagues, including the KHL, MHL, and VHL. He also appeared in 22 international games. The 2018 second-round pick is likely to spend next season playing in Russia. The hope in Columbus is that he will then venture to North America and play in the AHL. He will need to sign a contract to do so. Pay attention when he does because the Russian winger could make an immediate impact. Frank Pellegrini

December 2018 – Marchenko has been named to the preliminary roster for Russia in the 2018-2019 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) in British Columbia, Canada. Having represented the team last year, he should make the team again and play a key role. Frank Pellegrini

November 2018 – Marchenko plays with St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL and is under contract until 2020. He is a great skater with excellent vision and a very nice shot. He needs to find consistency, but as one of the youngest players in the 2018 draft, time is on his side to do exactly that. The next two seasons will be integral to his development and future growth. He has the skill-set to find a top-line role in the NHL but expect him to start off in a middle-six role with the Blue Jackets. Frank Pellegrini

July 2018 – According to GM Jarmo Kekäläinen, Kirill Marchenko was a steal to have been picked in the second round of the 2018 draft. The fact that he is under contract with the SKA St. Petersburg until 2020 is most likely the reason he fell so far. Considered to have top ten offensive talent in his draft class, Marchenko dazzles on the ice, and his ability to create chances out of nowhere is jaw dropping. He has yet to focus on honing his defensive play and can sometimes look lost in his own zone. One of the younger players to be drafted in 2018, Marchenko has plenty of time to work on developing a more complete game. The big question is can the Jackets can get him to come over to North America following his contract. If they succeed, expect Marchenko to surprise everyone and definitely look to draft him in your dynasty league(s). Jesse Sherman

Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth July 21, 2000
Height 6‘3”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 49


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk U16Russia U1632 23 2952 14|        
  Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk U17Russia U1710 5 49 14|        
  Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk U17Russia U17 Finals6 0 00 2|        
  Team Urals U16Districts Cup U166 6 410 6|        
 2016-2017 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk U17Russia U1723 19 21