Offensively talented with a tremendous release. Lacks defensive responsibility, and will need to work on his 200-foot game in order to truly fulfill his top-six potential.
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March 2021 – His first-round selection in the 2020 NHL draft shocked the world, but don’t sleep on Yegor. The overager scored 69 points in 56 MHL games last year and is now showing he can play at a high level in the KHL, scoring 10 goals and 17 points in 32 games. Chinakhov’s shot is his trademark weapon, as he can fire it like a missile past goalies in the blink of an eye. As of now, he’s most noticeable in the OZ and could stand to develop a stronger defensive/transition game. That being said, there is high-level goal-scoring upside here. Sam McGilligan
December 2020 – He’s gone from zero to hero in just a matter of weeks. Since his epic first-round selection, which left Blue Jacket fans in shock, Chinakhov has been one of the more electric young sensations within the KHL. He sits third among U23 players in scoring (8G + 7A) and has been handed top-line deployment with his club (Omsk). While there are still elements to his game that need tinkering, mostly in the defensive end, his offensive instincts and nasty shot are poised to have him among the tournament’s top producers. He is a deadly presence on the man-advantage and likes to set up shop on the half-wall. Sit back and enjoy. Dave Hall
October 2020 – The Columbus Blue Jackets left the hockey world checking their devices after selecting Yegor Chinakhov with their 21st overall pick. At first glance, there are definite reservations regarding the 19-year-old winger. However, with a deeper dive, you begin to notice glimpses of his game that allow you to see the potential. What stands out immediately are his offensive tools. He holds soft hands and is able to read plays well before they occur, making him a constant threat in the offensive zone. His catalyst is without a doubt his shot, which holds both tremendous power and pin-point accuracy. While his game seems to lack general defensive awareness, it’s clear that management is not concerned. With a list of solid two-way talent already in the mix, perhaps a prolific trigger man is exactly what they need. Dave Hall