Ruslan Iskhakov

New York Islanders
Photo courtesy of UConnHuskies.com

Fantasy Summary

Very small but very talented offensive forward, boom or bust type prospect. Perfect trifecta of talent.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 22, 2000
Height 5‘8”
Weight 152 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 43

Observations

April 2019 – Ishakov had no trouble getting accustomed to the North American game in his first season at the University of Connecticut with 21 points in 32 games. If he can continue to build on this performance in the coming seasons and learn to play against bigger opponents with his small frame, we should see him make a splash with the Islanders. While he has supreme offensive skills, he will have to learn how to keep himself protected as he was on the receiving end of some big hits this season, most notably one that took him off the ice on a stretcher in October. Nate Duffett

November 2018 – Last month, Ruslan Iskhakov made a huge splash in his collegiate debut with a goal and an assist. Days later, he was hospitalized for precautionary reasons after being stretchered off the ice following a big hit. The hit looked far worse than the degree of the injury as he was released the next day and resumed playing shortly after. Since returning, the splash has all but dried up as Iskhakov has only two goals and four points in 10 games. Deceptively slick hands, an extremely high hockey IQ, and speed like the wind are plenty of reasons to be excited. If this dynamo manages to stick in the NHL the fantasy ceiling will be very high. The big question mark is due to his small size. Given two or three more years of development, if capable of playing as electric against stronger opponents, expect a home run. Jesse Sherman

June 2018 – Iskhakov was drafted 43rd overall by the New York Islanders. Iskhakov is very small (5-8, 152) but he’s a magician with the puck. He has drawn some comparisons to Pavel Datsyuk because of his ability to steal pucks and his ability to embarrass opposing defenders and goalies with this flashy moves. Iskhakov has spent some time playing center but has been more successful when playing wing, and with his size, it’s difficult to see him at center in the NHL. Iskhakov spent the past season playing in Russian junior league but he is expected to play NCAA hockey with the University of Connecticut next season which is probably why the Islanders felt comfortable using a high second round pick on him. He will need some development time but his offensive upside is huge if he can overcome his lack of size.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Spartak Moskva U16 Russia U16 28 11 19 30 4 |          
  HK Trnava U18 Slovakia U18 6 2 1 3 2 | Playoffs 11 6 2 8
 2016-2017 HK Trnava U18 Slovakia U18 44 42 62 104 28 | Playoffs 11 9 9 18 18 
 2017-2018 Krasnaya Armiya Moskva JCWC 5 0 2 2 2 |          
  Krasnaya Armiya Moskva MHL 33 6 24 30 2 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 1 3 4 0 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 5 3 0 3 2 |          
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 24 9 12 21 10 |          
  Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 2 2 4 4 |          
 2018-2019 Univ. of Connecticut NCAA 32 6 15 21 20 |          
 2019-2020 Univ. of Connecticut NCAA - - - - - |          

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