Vladislav Gavrikov

Columbus Blue Jackets
Photo courtesy of KHL.ru

Fantasy Summary

Potential top-four NHL defensive blueliner whose peripheral contributions may not fully translate to fantasy leagues.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country RUS
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 21, 1995
Height 6‘3”
Weight 205 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 6; Overall: 159

Observations

May 2019 – Gavrikov made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in game five of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final. As expected, he was held scoreless and played a modest 14 minutes which was fourth most among Blue Jackets’ defensemen. Frank Pellegrini

April 2019 – After Gavrikov signed a two-year entry-level contract, Blue Jackets’ GM Jarmo Kekalainen offered his belief that the blueliner is “an outstanding defenseman who excels at both ends of the ice”. He added that the Blue Jackets are excited about his future. The 2015 sixth-rounder has spent the last six seasons in the KHL. The signing indicates that Gavrikov may be headed to North American for a debut in the AHL next season. Frank Pellegrini

April 2019 – At the completion of his KHL campaign, 23-year-old Vladdy Gavrikov signed an entry-level deal with Columbus. The left-shot defender’s fourth full KHL season yielded a career-high 20 points in 55 regular season games. The 2015 sixth-rounder is considered a shutdown defender who brings physicality and some decent transition work. He is eligible to join the Blue Jackets in during postseason play. Cam Robinson

November 2018 – Gavrikov is in his second season with St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL and has one more year remaining on his contract. As a result, it is quite possible that he debuts with the Blue Jackets in 2019-2020. According to GM Jarmo Kekalainen, Gavrikov “could play on our team right now”. He is a stay at home type of defender who does not join the rush often. With that, it may be best to steer clear of him for fantasy production when he makes his way to the NHL. Frank Pellegrini

January 2018 – In the midst of a solid year for SKA St. Petersburg (five goals, nine assists and a plus-20), Gavrikov will participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games under the flag of “Organized Athletes of Russia” as Team Russia is barred from participation. Ironically, with a thinner lineup than Russia likely would have fielded, Gavrikov has an opportunity to stand out as a top defender garnering plenty of ice time on the OAR squad. Kevin Wickersham

November 2017 – Gavrikov has earned a good amount of ice time in this, his first campaign with SKA St. Petersburg. As a result he’s picked up a goal and seven assists in 28 contests with a tidy plus-seven, and was named to Team Russia for this week’s Karjala Cup Tournament in Finland. Kevin Wickersham

September 2017 – Columbus selected this sizable Russian defenseman in round six of the 2015 draft but he’s yet to play for or sign with a North American squad. After a recent trade to SKA St. Petersburg, and subsequent two-year deal, Gavrikov chose to remain in the KHL and play in the upcoming Winter Olympics which he would not be able to do under an NHL deal. Should he want to, Gavrikov looks to be developing into a rock-solid and fearless NHL shutdown defenseman skilled at disrupting passing lanes, maintaining excellent gap control, and getting the puck out of the zone quickly while taking care of the physical stuff for an offensive pairing. He utilizes his size well to deliver crushing hits and minimize threats in front of his net. Blessed with much lower body strength, Gavrikov is impressively fast and nimble considering his large frame. He excels at blocking shots – not so much for than taking them. Look to him as a potential future source of some peripherals, but with just six goals and nine assists in 106 KHL contests don’t count Gavrikov as a points-only pool stalwart. He should provide ample hits and blocks, but with just 60 PIM during that span his multi-category ceiling may be slightly limited. Kevin Wickersham


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U16 Russia U16 Finals 5 0 2 2 8 |          
  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U16 Russia U16 18 0 8 8 16 |          
 2011-2012 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U17 Russia U17 17 6 5 11 16 |          
  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl U17 Russia U17 Finals 5 0 1 1 12 |          
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 8 1 1 2 4 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Russia U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 0 |          
 2012-2013 Loko Yaroslavl MHL 47 3 3 6 18 |          
  Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 3 1 0 1 0 |          
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 1 0 1 6 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 7 0 0 0 27 |          
 2013-2014 Loko Yaroslavl MHL 45 3 9 12 28 | Playoffs 7 0 2 2
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 6 0 2 2 4 |          
 2014-2015 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 16 0 1 1 4 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Loko Yaroslavl MHL 16 1 6 7 16 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0
  HK Ryazan VHL 11 1 2 3 4 |          
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 6 0 1 1 4 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 7 0 0 0 0 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 20 1 2 3 4 |          
  Russia EHT 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Russia (all) International 4 0 0 0 0 |          
 2015-2016 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 42 3 4 7 18 | Playoffs 5 1 0 1
  Russia EHT 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Russia (all) International 4 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 54 3 4 7 38 | Playoffs 15 1 4 5 14 
  Russia EHT 7 1 0 1 2 |          
  Russia WC 9 1 1 2 2 |          
  Russia (all) International 16 2 1 3 4 |          
 2017-2018 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 50 5 9 14 26 | Playoffs 15 1 4 5
  Russia EHT 11 0 2 2 6 |          
  Russia OG 6 2 1 3 6 |          
  Russia WC 8 0 1 1 2 |          
  Russia (all) International 26 2 4 6 14 |          
 2018-2019 SKA St. Petersburg KHL 60 5 15 20 10 | Playoffs 18 1 0 1
  Russia EHT 3 2 0 2 0 |          
  Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Russia WC 6 0 0 0 4 |          
  Russia (all) International - - - - - |          

Highlights