Rodion Amirov

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of KHL.ru

Fantasy Summary

A solid two-way winger who thrives on creating space for himself in the offensive zone to create plays. Good skill and very smart, but lacks pure speed and strength. Potential to be a top-six forward.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 2, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 168 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

May 2020 – Amirov spent the 2019-20 season playing in all three of the major Russian leagues, the KHL, VHL, and MHL. Offensively, Amirov is a threat in open ice, as he is shifty and can skate well for his size. He isn’t a quick skater by any means, but he does move with great agility and edgework to create space for himself. With the puck on his stick, he is patient to make plays and doesn’t rush passes or low danger shots in areas where other players may panic and lose possession. When Amirov isn’t in control of the puck in the offensive zone, he works hard to get into open areas for passing options. Once he gets the puck in an open dangerous area, he, more likely than not, will put the puck on net. At the MHL level this season, he averaged five shots per game, the second highest shots-per-game number in the league. Amirov finished the MHL season with 10 goals in 17 games played and they were all a result of his offensive positioning and smooth skating in the zone. His shot is one of his best offensive weapons because of his quick release and deadly accuracy. Some concerns arise regarding his KHL production this year, picking up only two points in 21 games played in a relatively big role for the team. There are things in Amirov’s game that limited his ability to produce at the highest level – strength and pure speed mostly – however, he picked himself up and produced very well in the VHL.

Amirov is touted as one of the best two-way players in the draft, and he lives up to the hype. He isn’t a physical presence on the ice, in fact, his physicality and strength are two of his biggest downsides. But he does have excellent positioning in the defensive zone. Amirov covers passing and shooting lanes effectively and is great at creating turnovers that lead to breakouts for his team. In the MHL, he displayed his ability to quickly switch gears from defense to offense as soon as his team gained control of the puck. He shies away from board battles, but puts himself in open space for his teammates to use him as an outlet pass. At the KHL level, his defensive impact was slightly more subdued due to his lack of physical play, but the KHL is a difficult league to play in for young players. Amirov played 21 KHL games this season for Salavat Yulaev, and next year he will likely be spending the entire season with them.  Dylan Griffing


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Salavat Yulaev Ufa U16 Russia U16 30 18 18 36 20 |          
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa U16 Russia U16 Finals 6 5 3 8 2 |          
 2017-2018 Salavat Yulaev Ufa U17 Russia U17 30 24 29 53 20 |          
  Tolpar Ufa MHL 12 2 1 3 4 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Russia U17 (all) International-Jr 4 2 1 3 4 |          
 2018-2019 Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 2 2 0 |          
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa U18 Russia U18 9 9 13 22 2 |          
  Tolpar Ufa MHL 31 13 13 26 14 | Playoffs 8 4 2 6
  Russia U18 WJC-18 7 6 3 9 2 |          
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 27 13 9 22 12 |          
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 6 2 1 3 0 |          
 2019-2020 Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 5 1 2 3 2 |          
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa Spengler Cup 3 1 0 1 0 |          
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 21 0 2 2 4 |          
  Toros Neftekamsk VHL 5 1 2 3 0 | Playoffs 6 1 3 4
  Tolpar Ufa MHL 17 10 12 22 31 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 7 1 2 3 2 |          
  Russia II (all) International 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2020-2021 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL - - - - - |          

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