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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.


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June 2023 – Khusnutdinov is one of the Wild’s most promising prospects at forward. He is coming off an incredible season in the KHL for SKA St. Petersburg putting up 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points in 63 games and adding seven points in 16 playoff games. Despite being undersized, Khusnutdinov plays a strong two-way game that should be close to NHL ready. He has one more year left on his KHL contract and should expect to join the NHL during the 2024-25 season where he could be an instant top-six forward. Nathan Leblanc

June 2022 – Khusnutdinov, the former 2nd round pick at the 2020 NHL draft for the Wild, had a strong showing during the KHL 21-22 season. Despite only being 19 years old during the season, Khusnutdinov played 32 games for perennial powerhouse, SKA St. Petersburg. In a notoriously challenging league for young players to get minutes in, Khusnutdinov utilized his strong two-way game to score five goals and seven assists while playing limited and responsible minutes. Although he remains unsigned by the Minnesota Wild, expect Khusnutdinov to continue growing in Russia for the 22-23 season, whereafter he will likely make the move to North America. Nathan Leblanc 

February 2021 – Khusnutdinov has bounced around between three different leagues, tallying two KHL points and 14 in 10 junior games, as well as spending a handful of games in the second-circuit VHL. He was excellent at the World Juniors, tallying five points in seven games for Russia. Sam Happi

October 2020 – Khusnutdinov was drafted 37th overall by the Wild. Khusnutdinov could spend another two or three years in Russia before crossing the pond.  Jokke Nevalainen

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

Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country RUS
Position C
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 17, 2002
Height 5‘9”
Weight 165 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 2; Overall: 37


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Center Russian SelectsQC Int PW6 7 613 2|        
 2015-2016 Team Center U14Districts Cup U146 3 36 14|        
 2016-2017 Team Center U15Districts Cup U156 8 715 4|        
 2017-2018 Vityaz Podolsk U16Russia U1625 8 3442 12|        
  Team Center U16Districts Cup U165 2 57 0|        
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr19 9 817 -|        
  Vityaz Podolsk U16Russia U16 Finals5 1 12 2|        
 2018-2019 Russia U17EYOF3 2 02 0|        
  Vityaz Podolsk U17Russia U1711 8 1018 2|        
  Vityaz Podolsk U18Russia U181 1 23 0|Playoffs7 4 610
  Russia U17WHC-176 2 35 0|        
  Russia U17 (all)International-Jr15 6 511 0|        
  Russia U18WJC-187 1 23 4|        
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr9 2 24 4|        
 2019-2020 SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL44 13 2538 16|Playoffs2 0 00
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr15 1 45 10|        
  Russia U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 33 2|        
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19|WJAC-196 0 11 4|        
 2020-2021 SKA St. PetersburgKHL12 0 22 2|        
  SKA-Neva St. PetersburgVHL4 1 01 2|        
  SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL10 3 1114 6|        
  RussiaEHT4 1 01 4|        
  Russia U20WJC-207 2 35 2|        
  Russia (all)International4 1 01 4|        
 2021-2022 RussiaEHT3 0 22 0|        
  SKA St. PetersburgKHL32 5 712 8|Playoffs16 1 34
  SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs4 1 01
  Russia U20 (all)WJC-20 Cancelled2 0 22 2|        
  Russia (all)International3 0 22 0|        
 2022-2023 SKA St. PetersburgKHL63 11 3041 18|Playoffs16 1 67
  Russia 25 (all)International3 0 00 0|        
 2023-2024 SKA St. PetersburgKHL6 0 00 0|        
  HK SochiKHL49 6 1420 10|        
  Minnesota WildNHL16 1 34 6|