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Fantasy Summary

He is a good fallback to give a longer look in the off-chance that both Hart and Sandstrom fall through, still years away from being an NHL fixture though.


Observations

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June 2022 – Missing all of the 2020-21 season due to shoulder surgery, Ustimenko played in 19 games with the ECHL’s Reading Royals and eight games in the AHL with the Phantoms. With Lehigh Valley, Ustimenko went 1-1-3 with a 2.91 GAA and .900 SV%. A 10.2 (c) free agent this summer, the Flyers have until June 25th to submit a qualifying offer or Ustimenko becomes an unrestricted free agent. John Gove

September 2020 – Kirill Ustimenko has been intriguing in his select appearances. He flourished in the playing time he was afforded with Reading and it would seem that he’s going to need some time to catch his stride in Lehigh Valley. His one or two moments of brilliance he has each game leaves us something to look forward to. Edric Joseph

February 2019 – Despite then Flyers GM Ron Hextall’s pledge to not use an early 2017 pick on a goalie, it seems his mind was made up for him when Ustimenko was available well into the third round. Flyers management could hardly be blamed given how dominant Ustimenko continues to be in the MHL, the top Major Junior Hockey League in Russia. He has also proven to be dominant in international play at the U17 and U18 level. While he is not Shestyorkin or Samsonov in pedigree or track record, he is closing the gap quickly with his continued improvement and success. He tracks the puck well despite being athletic for his age, and only gets aggressive when he needs to be. Through it all, Ustimenko is a name to remember when planning out your depth chart in dynasty leagues. Edric Joseph

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country RUS
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 29, 1999
Height 6‘3”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 3; Overall: 80

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2011-2012 Russia Forward-99QC Int PW3 3.59 -|      
 2013-2014 Team Northwest U15Districts Cup U152 - -|      
 2014-2015 Dynamo St. Petersburg U16Russia U1626 2.15 .921|      
  Dynamo St. Petersburg U17Russia U172 4.03 .869|      
  Dynamo St. Petersburg U16Russia U16 Finals6 2.15 .933|      
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr2 2.10 -|      
 2015-2016 Dynamo St. Petersburg U17Russia U1719 1.50 .940|      
  Dynamo St. Petersburg U17Russia U17 Finals5 2.57 .920|      
 2016-2017 Dynamo St. Petersburg U18Russia U172 0.00 1.000|      
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19|WJAC-190 - -|      
  MHK Dynamo St. PetersburgMHL27 1.74 .938|Playoffs5 3.61 .908
  Russia U18WJC-182 0.50 .984|