Kolosov’s mobility and his positional awareness are excellent. He’s able to come out of his crease to challenge shooters and slide back to either post with quickness and accuracy. His comfort and effectiveness with his glove hand are at another level altogether when compared to several of his peers. He can make highly difficult glove…
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Kolosov’s mobility and his positional awareness are excellent. He’s able to come out of his crease to challenge shooters and slide back to either post with quickness and accuracy. His comfort and effectiveness with his glove hand are at another level altogether when compared to several of his peers. He can make highly difficult glove saves but there’s no sense that he was overusing his glove. He doesn’t handcuff himself trying to use his glove on a low-center-mass shot that was more suited to just being swallowed up by his torso. His overall ability to contain the puck and deny rebounds is also a key strength of his. With his size, Kolosov is not a behemoth in the net but certainly plays a style that gives up nothing to taller netminders. He stays on his feet and doesn’t simply drop and let things hit him. He reads shooters well, getting up and down very fast and making appropriate saves. His puck tracking is very fun to watch and you can tell that he has put in the work to develop that skill. On pucks moving higher through the zone, Kolosov stands out beyond the blue paint, nice and tall. Ever attentive and fixed on the play, as the situation moves lower into the zone, his stance became more athletic and he was noticeably engaged in pre-shot preparation. Everything about Kolosov’s game looks very, very advanced. He’s incredibly quick, smooth and controlled between the pipes, moving around his crease and getting down and up in his butterfly with ease. His positioning and form are excellent, which they need to be considering his size is below average for a netminder. He is alert and focused, and seems to read and react to the play at a high level. Gobbles up rebounds like a much older goaltender. He has a snappy glove hand. He’s confident coming out of his net to play the puck and can be a little deceptive about what he’s going to do with it. If he was a little bigger he’d probably be a slam dunk to go in the first 100 picks, but a team could still be aggressive about when they snap him up. It’s rare to see goalies who are this polished and well-balanced at this age, which makes Kolosov one of the most interesting goalie prospects available this year.