An abrasive, two-way winger with tantalizing offensive upside. A thorn in the side of every opponent.
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March 2022 – As expected, Podkolzin walked onto a spot among the Canucks 2021-22 roster. Of course, as is the case with many 20-year-old rookies, he did not storm onto the scene with blistering numbers or high ice-time totals. However, overall, has had no issues fitting in, looking more comfortable as the games go by. Throughout the season, the club’s line combinations have been run through a blender, however, Podkolzin has consistently hovered in and around the 12-minute mark with sporadic increases every few games. No, his 0.30 point-per-game clip may not equate to a Calder Trophy-worthy campaign. Yet, going forward, it is clear that his strong two-way presence will be a welcomed and valued addition to the Canucks core. Dave Hall
April 2021 – Canucks fans can rest easy, Vasili Podkolzin is a free man. Wrapping up a compelling sophomore season with SKA St.Petersburg, the 20-year-old’s KHL contract has officially expired. Despite his struggles to stay relevant within the lineup during the regular season, the workhorse winger made steady strides in his game in 2020-21, capped off by a stellar playoff bout. Following an 11 points regular season campaign (35 games), the former first-rounder found a new gear during the postseason, tying that total (11) in just 16 matches. He wrapped up the playoffs as the club’s top producer and saw much more consistent minutes in all situations. He leaves the KHL in a t