Marat Khusnutdinov

2020 NHL Draft
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Fantasy Summary

A high-energy playmaker who makes things happen whenever he steps on the ice. A responsible two-way center who plays a strong 200-foot game. Slightly undersized but doesn’t shy away from action. Good leadership abilities.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country RUS
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 17, 2002
Height 5‘9”
Weight 165 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

May 2020 – As one of the youngest players eligible for the 2020 Draft, Khusnutdinov had a lot to do to prove himself. No matter which way you cut it, he did it all. His main upside is displayed when his team isn’t in possession of the puck. Marat is a hound on the ice and he plays with a high-energy, high-event style. He uses his quick skating to shoot around the ice and pressure puck carriers as soon as they gain control. On offense, he thrives in transitional play, as he can use his speed as well as his low center of gravity to weave through defenders and create space to make things happen.

He had a slow start to the season in raw production, but he was getting bottom-six minutes with teammates who weren’t doing him any favors. As the season progressed, he moved up SKA-1946’s ranks and found himself at home in the top-six, plus getting a more significant role on the power play. Due to his great skating ability and vision, Marat is mostly used as a playmaking center on offense. He has a knack for creating space in the offensive zone, usually by circling around to the point with his clean edge work. With space, he uses his high-level vision to find teammates and then slings accurate passes all around the ice. Even with the slow start, he finished the 2019-20 MHL season with a respectable 38 points in 44 games played.

The main thing bringing Khusnutdinov down is his size. He is a strong player who doesn’t shy away from the physical side of the game, but he does face issues when taking on the bigger players in the MHL. He will likely be given a chance in the KHL next year, but the Erie Otters do own his rights, so there is a possibility of him coming over to North America sooner than expected.  Dylan Griffing


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Center Russian Selects QC Int PW 6 7 6 13 2 |          
 2017-2018 Vityaz Podolsk U16 Russia U16 25 8 34 42 12 |          
  Team Center U16 Districts Cup U16 5 2 5 7 0 |          
  Russia U16 (all) International-Jr 19 9 8 17 - |          
  Vityaz Podolsk U16 Russia U16 Finals 5 1 1 2 2 |          
 2018-2019 Russia U17 EYOF 3 2 0 2 0 |          
  Vityaz Podolsk U17 Russia U17 11 8 10 18 2 |          
  Vityaz Podolsk U18 Russia U18 1 1 2 3 0 | Playoffs 7 4 6 10
  Russia U17 WHC-17 6 2 3 5 0 |          
  Russia U17 (all) International-Jr 15 6 5 11 0 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 7 1 2 3 4 |          
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 9 2 2 4 4 |          
 2019-2020 SKA-1946 St. Petersburg MHL 44 13 25 38 16 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 15 1 4 5 10 |          
  Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 3 3 2 |          
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 6 0 1 1 4 |          

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