https://oilersnation.com/2020/10/07/edmonton-oilers-select-maxim-beryozkin-with-the-138th-overall-pick/

Fantasy Summary

A power forward with strong goal scoring abilities. His skating will need to improve if he hopes to be a middle-six winger in the NHL in the future


Observations

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June 2022 – A bit of a sleeper prospect in Edmonton’s system, Beryozkhin is a talented offensive player that knows how to put the puck in the net and is not afraid to play a gritty style. The problem? When was the last time the Oilers actually developed a Russian forward into a full-time NHLer? Yakupov does not count. Edmonton’s relationship with Russian prospects is not a good one and if/when they manage to get these players to come to play in North America, they typically go back to Russia after a short amount of time. Ilya Konovalov is the most recent example who just went back to Russia this month, despite likely being third on the Oilers’ goaltending depth chart for next season after Koskinen leaves. As for Beryozkhin, his 35 points in 22 games in the MHL was the second-best points-per-game in the league last season. In 30 KHL games, he recorded just a goal and an assist but knowing that league it is no surprise that he only averaged around seven minutes a night. With that said though, a lot of young Russian players struggle to make the jump to the KHL and until he earns a coach’s