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Fantasy Summary

Versatile, offensively-gifted forward with great pace and execution speed. Needs to work on his defensive game, but could land a middle-six role as a complementary scorer.


Observations

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July 2022 – Gazizov was not chosen in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

May 2022 – Gazizov’s rookie OHL season went passably well, with 28 points in 54 games for the London Knights, but his below-par production hides a dynamic offensive player who can do some impressive things with the puck. Both his shot and his playmaking are refined, and the prospect can stickhandle very well. His high-paced game also helps him execute offensively and gives him the edge on defenders when entering the offensive zone.

On the defensive side is where the most issues arise for Gazizov; he struggles with picking up second-wave threats on the rush, and tends to stop moving his feet when he gets into his own zone. He doesn’t have the most massive reach, either, which hinders his ability to contribute to takeaways and possession time for his team. His skating needs some work as well in terms of power; his posture and technique are above-average, which helps make him elusive and dynamic, but he lacks lower-body strength and can lag behind on occasions as a result. He could become a Max Domi type with enough time, and will likely see more success on the wing than down the middle. A good longshot to take a flyer on in the third round. Hadi Kalakeche

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 21, 2004
Height 5‘11”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 Team Siberia U14Districts Cup U146 2 13 0|        
 2018-2019 Avangard Omsk U16Russia U1631 24 2852 59|        
  Team Siberia U16Districts Cup U167 4 48 6|        
  Avangard Omsk U16Russia U16 Finals6 3 58 4|        
 2019-2020 Avangard Omsk U16Russia U166 5 914 6|        
  Avangard Omsk U17Russia U1720 18 2341 24|        
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr12 11 617 10|        
  Russia U16 YOG4 4 15 2|