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Fantasy Summary

A versatile forward with an eye for play creation. Loves to get in on the forecheck.


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March 2022 – The 20-year-old second-rounder has split time across the Russian MHL, VHL and KHL this season, putting up a total of 10 goals and 14 assists in 39 games at all levels. It likely isn’t easy getting into a groove and being deployed consistently with the shuffling about. He is one season removed from going more than a point per game for Shawinigan in the QMJHL, and is seeing his opportunity overseas. He has seen his NHL Equivalency numbers dip for the last three seasons, and is not currently a major threat to steal playing time away from Carolina’s established top-six forwards, or higher ranked prospects. Alex Wyatt

September 2021 – Ponomaryov started the year in the KHL struggling to get ice time, he produced 0 points in six games before being loaned to the VHL. Since the loan, he has two assists and looks to be more comfortable now that he’s getting more consistent ice time. With a bigger role, I would expect him to be a better producer and get back to his high-end playmaking form. Austin Broad 

April 2021 – Ponomaryov finished the QMJHL season fourth on Shawinigan in total points with 38 in 33 games. He had 10 goals and 28 assists (second on the team) and was one of the most consistent performers on Shawinigan’s roster. The QMJHL will not be running playoffs this year, so his 2021 season has officially come to an end. Austin Broad

March 2021 – Ponomaryov is having a fantastic season in the QMJHL, the forward has 24-assists and nine goals in 27 games for Shawinigan. Currently leading the team in points and second on the team in assists, he has a point in seven of his last 10 games and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. Austin Broad 

January 2021 – Ponomaryov was a standout for Team Russia this year at the WJC, where he scored three goals in seven games for his home country. A talented, tough forward, Ponomaryov is probably a ways away from making an impact, but he’s an intriguing prospect in the pipeline for the Canes. Jack LeGwin

October 2020 – Ponomaryov was drafted 53rd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes. Tony Ferrari 

September 2020 – The Russian forward found a nice home in Shawinigan as a QMJHL rookie in 2019-20. It didn’t hurt that he messed quickly with top 2020-eligible prospect, Mavrik Bourque. The two formed a deadly top line for the Cataractes. Ponomaryov is a north-south forward who has spent time at center and the wing. He enjoys creating havoc on the forecheck and has a keen sense for distributing the puck. A likely second-round selection, the 18-year-old has a lot of translatable skills. Cam Robinson

Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country RUS
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 13, 2002
Height 5‘11”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Team Moskva U14Districts Cup U146 6 28 2|        
  Germany Selects U14WSI U145 9 817 0|        
 2016-2017 Orbita Zelenograd U18 Russia U187 9 1322 6|        
  Team Moskva U15Districts Cup U156 7 18 2|        
  Moskva Selects U15WSI U155 3 47 4|        
  Orbita Zelenograd U18Russia U18 Finals5 8 412 4|        
 2017-2018 Krylia Sovetov Moskva U16Russia U1617 12 1224 6|        
  Krylia Sovetov Moskva U18Russia U188 5 510 0|