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Fantasy Summary

Undersized but dynamic puck moving defenseman who defends well despite his physical limitations. Could grow into a serviceable top-four defender with the ability to drive offense and quarterback a powerplay at the NHL level.


Observations

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September 2022 – Gulyayev enjoyed an excellent 2021-22 season where he experienced success at both the domestic and international stages. The season started with a Hlinka Gretzky Cup gold medal performance where Gulyayev tallied five points in five games for the Russian squad. In the Russian junior league, the MHL, he became the most productive 16-year-old in league history, notching 35 points in 54 games with Omskie Yastreby. Heading into his draft season, expect Gulyayev to see leading minutes in the MHL with some opportunity to play games in the second-tier Russian professional league, the VHL.

Watching Gulyayev, it’s easy to see why he had a record-breaking age 16 season. The first thing that sticks out is vision. Starting the breakout for his team, Gulyayev reads the opposing team like a football quarterback scanning the field. He looks for the most explosive play first, a long stretch pass to a forward. If it’s there, he