Fantasy Summary

Undersized offensive defenceman with great mobility and puck skills. Needs to continue to mature physically but has the skill to reach the NHL.


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January 2024 – Grudinin was loaned from CSKA in the KHL to Severstal at the beginning of the year as he wasn’t going to get much time for a CSKA team that is trying to compete. He’s taken this trade in stride and has won the confidence of the coaching staff, going from around 8 minutes a night with CSKA to almost 18 minutes with Severstal. Grudinin has 1 goal and 5 assists for 6 points in 35 games while playing in all situations. His skating is pretty solid and his defense is above average, but he isn’t that impactful in the offensive zone, which is weird for a player of his size. Grudinin still has another year on his contract so he’s still a few years away from making the Carolina Hurricanes. Nick Bass

July 2022 – The Carolina Hurricanes have selected Grudinin in the fifth round of the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

December 2021 – Vladimir Grudinin is a part of the new era of mobile defencemen that has been on the rise in hockey. Grudinin has been up and down the CSKA organization this year, playing in the MHL, VHL, and KHL. He has been most successful in the MHL, producing nine points in 15 games, while averaging 17 minutes of ice time. Grudinin was recently named to Russia’s World Junior team and will look to build on his success to boost his draft stock.

Grudinin is a small, extremely mobile defenceman that relies on his speed and puck handling to advance the play. His biggest strength is his skating and he plays a strong north-south game, which he combines with good edgework to switch up the angles and point of attack when driving play. Grudinin has a ton of offensive talent and is not afraid to work the puck down low as a defenceman. He is often relied upon to play quarterback for Krasnaya on the powerplay. When Grudinin has the puck on the blueline, he uses his elusiveness to walk the blueline and open up passing lanes, which often lead to scoring opportunities. Grudinin has also been impressive when defending the rush, using his active stick to stop rushes before the opposition can capitalize. The biggest area of Grudinin’s game that needs improvement is his physical game. As a 5-9 defenceman, Grudinin would benefit from adding strength to his frame, allowing him to control the puck better and win more puck battles in the corners. Another part of his game that needs improvement is his decision-making under pressure in his own end. Sometimes when he is pressured, he throws the puck up the boards rather than taking the split second he has to find an open teammate to start a breakout. Overall, Grudinin’s strengths outweigh his weaknesses and make him an intriguing prospect that a team should take a flyer on in the first half of the 2022 NHL draft. Zack Szweras

Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country RUS
Position D
Roster Type Europe
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 9, 2003
Height 5‘10”
Weight 159 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 5; Overall: 156


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Team Siberia U14Districts Cup U146 0 00 0|        
 2017-2018 Yermak Angarsk U16Russia U16- - -- -|        
  Team Siberia U15Districts Cup U156 0 33 2|        
 2018-2019 CSKA Moskva U16Russia U1627 2 1113 2|        
  CSKA Moskva U18Russia U181 1 23 0|Playoffs4 0 00
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr3 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 CSKA Moskva U17Russia U1719 0 99 6|        
  CSKA Moskva U18Russia U189 2 35 4|Playoffs6 0 11
  Russia U17WHC-176 0 00 6|        
  Russia U17 (all)International-Jr16 1 23 8|        
 2020-2021 CSKA Moskva U18Russia U184 0 33 0|        
  CSKA Moskva U18Russia Region U181 0 00 -|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL46 0 55 4|        
  Russia U18WJC-187 1 45 2|        
 2021-2022 RussiaEHT2 0 00 0|        
  CSKA MoskvaKHL6 0 11 0|Playoffs7 0 00
  Zvezda MoskvaVHL12 1 23 4|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL18 2 1113 0|Playoffs8 0 11
  Russia U20 (all)WJC-20 Cancelled2 0 11 0|        
  Russia (all)International2 0 00 0|        
 2022-2023 CSKA MoskvaKHL26 1 12 6|        
  Zvezda MoskvaVHL5 0 00 2|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL20 3 1114 10|Playoffs4 2 02
 2023-2024 CSKA MoskvaKHL3 0 00 0|        
  Zvezda MoskvaVHL10 0 33 0|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL1 0 00 0|        
  Severstal CherepovetsKHL50 2 810 10|Playoffs5 0 11
  Russia 25 (all)International3 0 44 0|        
 2024-2025 Severstal CherepovetsKHL- - -- -|