Mikhail Maltsev

New Jersey Devils
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Fantasy Summary

Uses his size, smarts, and grit to do the dirty work well. Profiles as a versatile, bottom-six, all-around useful forward.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country RUS
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 12, 1998
Height 6‘3”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 4; Overall: 102

Observations

March 2019 – In two seasons, Maltsev has not progressed up the SKA depth chart. As a matter of fact, he finds himself playing more and more with SKA-Neva than the big club. This last year, he played 13 games for SKA and totaled two points. Maltsev played fourth-line minutes with SKA before being sent back down to the VHL once again. The 21-year-old’s skating has not improved as expected and doubt exists as to whether New Jersey will even sign the unsigned forward. Chris Wassel

April 2017 – Maltsev wrapped up a solid campaign featuring five goals, nine assists and a plus-11 in 14 games with the MHL’s SKA-1946, and in a longer tilt with SKA-Neva two goals and 12 assists with a plus-13 in 34 VHL contests. After dropping their second-round series in seven games to Rubin Tyumen, SKA-Neva’s promising forward’s final postseason totals are three goals and two assists in 11 games. Kevin Wickersham

January 2017 – A sizable, physical, hard-working forward with scoring prowess who is adept at both left wing and center, Maltsev exhibits an impressive two-way game. Not the most naturally-gifted shooter or puck handler, he uses his size advantage and smooth, balanced skating to smartly move opponents out of his path to the net and do whatever it takes to gain position for a strong wrist shot, tip in, or key pass. Still growing at just 18 years of age, Maltsev is versatile and powerful enough to potentially serve as a bottom-six grinder with offensive instincts in the North American game. Skilled at forechecking, winning faceoffs, battling for pucks in the corners, and camping near the net on the power play and otherwise, Maltsev brings a valuable array of intangibles to the ice.


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 SKA St. Petersburg U17 Russia U17 4 2 2 4 2 |          
  SKA St. Petersburg U17 Russia U17 Finals 6 0 1 1 8 |          
  Russia U17 (all) International-Jr 3 2 0 2 4 |          
 2015-2016 Team Russia U18 MHL 29 11 12 23 20 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 2 2 4 2 |          
 2016-2017 SKA-Neva St. Petersburg VHL 34 2 13 15 21 | Playoffs 11 3 2 5
  SKA-1946 St. Petersburg MHL 14 5 9 14 2 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
 2017-2018 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 18 0 5 5 4 |          
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 6 2 0 2 4 |          
  SKA-Neva St. Petersburg VHL 25 5 12 17 10 | Playoffs 20 3 5 8 14 
  SKA-1946 St. Petersburg MHL 7 2 0 2 8 | Playoffs 1 1 0 1 16 
  Russia U20 WJC-20 5 0 2 2 6 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 15 4 2 6 12 |          
  Russia II (all) International 1 1 0 1 0 |          
 2018-2019 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 13 1 1 2 0 | Playoffs 10 1 2 3
  SKA-Neva St. Petersburg VHL 31 7 10 17 16 |          
  Russia II (all) International 5 0 1 1 2 |          

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