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Fantasy Summary

Rugged multi-category middle-six winger with scoring upside.


Observations

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May 2019 – After being signed off waivers, Zykov spent the remainder of the season with Vegas but spent the vast majority of time in the press box as a healthy scratch. He played a total of 10 games and scored two goals with the Golden Knights, but was unable to earn any ice-time in the seven games Vegas played before getting knocked out of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks. He still has one year remaining on his current contract before becoming a restricted free agent, but must pass through waivers if Vegas wants him in the AHL. He’ll need to have a strong off-season and display enough developmental progress to warrant a roster spot with a very deep line-up in the fall. Fortunately, the salary cap game may play in his favour as he comes in at the league minimum and Vegas is already over the ceiling before off-season free agency begins. Mason Black

February 2019 – Zykov has been living out of a suitcase for the better part of the 2018-19 season. After starting the year with the Carolina Hurricanes and their AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, Zykov was claimed by the Oilers in late November. He played five games with Edmonton before they tried to sneak him to the Bakersfield Condors (AHL) and he was subsequently snagged by Vegas. After six games with Vegas and posting a single goal he’s become a healthy scratch and it’s plausible that he’ll go back on waivers if the Golden Knights decide to send him to their AHL affiliate in Chicago. Last year he finally broke out in the AHL after scoring 33 goals and showed the potential that he displayed during his time with Baie-Comeau, but it’s beginning to look a lot like he’ll become an NHL tweener. Mason Black

December 2018 – The Oilers have claimed Zykov off the waivers from Carolina. Zykov has had a slow start to the season offensively but he hasn’t been given much of an opportunity either. Perhaps he gets to play with McDavid in Edmonton which could make him a sleeper for the second half.  Jokke Nevalainen

July 2018 – Zykov has signed a two-year, one-way deal with Carolina. This should be an indication of the teams plans for him coming off a terrific AHL season. Kevin LeBlanc

May 2018 – Huge year of growth for Zykov, who led all AHL players in goals with 33. Overall, the rugged winger posted 54 points in 63 games at the AHL level, and seven points in 10 games at the NHL level. He should challenge for a spot in the NHL in 2018-19. Kevin LeBlanc

June 2017 – Zykov’s first season with the Carolina Hurricanes was a success, posting 34 points in 66 games and finishing fourth among Checkers forwards in scoring and first in penalty minutes. He was called up to the NHL late in the season and scored goal in his debut, but suffered an injury in his second game causing him to miss the remainder of the NHL and AHL season. Zykov is a guy who will likely split time between the two levels this season with a chance to make the team out of camp based on his performance.  Kevin LeBlanc

June 2016 – After arriving from the Los Angeles Kings in a deadline deal for Kris Versteeg, Zykov played just two games for the Charlotte Checkers due to injury. The creative winger has the ability to take a step forward in his development in 2016-17 if he is able to stay healthy. He will likely slot into a scoring role at the AHL level this season, and will be given every opportunity to showcase his talent. He is a bit of a wildcard in the Canes season at this point, and is still very much a high risk, high reward prospect.  Kevin LeBlanc

October 2015 – Zykov’s adjustment to the AHL’s pace has been smoother than anticipated, so he’s had ample opportunity to show off his quick hands and hard shot. He’s also displayed an early penchant for offensive zone penalties, which will displease the Kings but please fantasy owners. Sheng Peng

September 2015 – Zykov has a lot to prove this fall in the AHL. While he’s rounded his overall game, the fact that the Russian winger’s production plateaued after his rookie “Q” season is of some concern. While there were extenuating circumstances (such as a sports hernia last year), the jury is out on his upside. The booming shot is still there, but so are the concerns over his skating. Sheng Peng

February 2015 – On November 1 (2014), it was announced that Zykov would have sports hernia surgery which would take him out of action for a minimum of four weeks. He missed a little more than that and has been a step slower since returning. But that’s understa