Yaroslav Askarov

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of KHL.ru

Fantasy Summary

A big butterfly-style goalie with potential to become a franchise goalie and a Vezina Trophy contender. Owns amazing reflexes and is mentally strong.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country RUS
Position G
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 16, 2002
Height 6‘3”
Weight 163 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

July 2019 – At age 16, Askarov played as a starting goalie both for SKA-Varyagi in the MHL and for Russia U18. He was spectacular throughout the season, and he is arguably the best Russian goalie prospect since Andrei Vasilevsky. Askarov has posted a .921 save percentage in 31 games in the MHL, and also .948 and .916 at WJC-U17 and WJC-U18 respectively. After a great performance at the U18 Worlds, he is a potential lottery pick for the 2020 NHL Draft. Next season, he is going to battle for a starter position in the VHL and may also debut in the KHL at some point of the season. It’s safe to name him as a starting goalie for Russia at the U18 Worlds next year, and he could also make the Russian roster for the U20 World Juniors.

Askarov’s toolset provides all you want to see in goalie. With his big 6-foot-3 frame, he covers a lot of net. He has amazing reflexes and is mentally strong. In addition to this, Askarov is right-handed which is rare for NHL goalies. Plays butterfly style rather than stand-up. Askarov doesn’t tend to aggressively come out from the net and he could play the puck more consistently. However, he isn’t afraid of that and should be able to fix it later on. Although Askarov may become a top-15 pick, as a goalie prospect, he is projected to be at least two or three years away from the NHL after the draft. However, he is very likely to develop into a franchise goalie and may someday contend for the Vezina Trophy for the team that takes a gamble on him.  Sergei Kuzin


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2017-2018 Buldogi St. Petersburg U16 Russia U16 16 1.96 .913 |        
  Team Northwest U16 Districts Cup U16 4 - - |        
  Russia U16 (all) International-Jr 10 - - |        
  Buldogi St. Petersburg U16 Russia U16 Finals 5 - - |        
  Russia U17 (all) International-Jr 1 - - |        
 2018-2019 Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 2.26 .913 |        
  SKA-Varyagi im. Morozova MHL 31 2.37 .921 | Playoffs 4 3.61 .898
  SKA-1946 St. Petersburg MHL 0 - - | Playoffs 0 - -
  Russia U17 WHC-17 5 1.40 .948 |        
  Russia U17 (all) International-Jr 5 - - |        
  Russia U18 WJC-18 6 2.31 .916 |        
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 1.26 .954 |        
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 17 - - |        
 2019-2020 SKA-Neva St. Petersburg VHL 9 2.70 .907 |        
  SKA-1946 St. Petersburg MHL - - - |        
  Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1.25 .960 |        
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 4 - - |        

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