FC Rank 49
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Artyom
Grushnikov

Grushnikov might the best defensive and most reliable player in the class. He shows good patience, not rushing his decisions. When the play is coming at him, he’s good at keeping his opponent to the outside of the defensive zone and limiting their angle to get a shot off. He is not afraid to be…

Date of Birth
March 20, 2003
Position
Defense
Height
6'2"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Yegoryevsk, RUS  
Shoots
Left
Weight
174 lbs
Draft Result
2/48 (DAL)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Mar 29/21 Grushnikov Artyom 21860 – Dynamo vs. Krasnaya Armiya MHL by Olivia McArter View Report
Mar 8/21 Grushnikov Artyom 21771 – Krasnaya Armiya vs. MHK Dynamo MHL by Mat Sheridan View Report
Feb 15/21 Grushnikov Artyom 21723 – MHK Dynamo vs. Krasnaya Armiya MHL by Josh Bell View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Hamilton Bulldogs ohl 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019-2020 Krasnaya Armiya Moskva mhl 29 1 4 5 0.17 7 4
July 25, 2021
BELL CURVE: Grades for each team at the 2021 Draft
July 24, 2021
2021 NHL Draft Tracker
July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 23, 2021
2021 NHL Draft – FCHockey’s Draft Directory
July 22, 2021
FCHockey’s FULL Seven-Round Staff Mock
July 14, 2021
Sidelined: Artyom Grushnikov
July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
April 23, 2021
FC releases Spring ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
March 4, 2021
Top-10 prospects of the month – February 2021
February 22, 2021
Notebook: Chibrikov, Eklund, Voit & More
February 20, 2021
Bell’s 10 Takes: Grushnikov, McTavish, Peart & More
February 10, 2021
FCHockey releases Winter Ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
December 4, 2020
FCHockey releases Preliminary ranking for 2021 NHL Draft

Grushnikov might the best defensive and most reliable player in the class. He shows good patience, not rushing his decisions. When the play is coming at him, he’s good at keeping his opponent to the outside of the defensive zone and limiting their angle to get a shot off. He is not afraid to be physical in the corners and can win puck battles, which is very promising. He plays with an active stick and is good at closing off passing lanes as the plays transpire. He is not afraid to block shots and battle hard in front of the net, maintaining his position so that his opponent does not gain space. However, he does tend to cross his feet too early when defending the rush. He battles hard in his own end, knowing when to commit and chase a puck into the corner and when to hold back in his position. There are times when you can see him thinking about when to commit and when to not, thinking that will need to speed up moving forward – he’ll need to improve the speed of this processing. He tends to be the net-front presence in his own end, battling hard and tying his man up well. He’s definitely a defensively-minded defender. When attacking the puck carrier, he does well to get stick on stick, and then follow that up with his body. He’s not afraid to throw his body around and get in the carrier’s way. He’s very quick on his edges, with good movement in all four directions. While his straight-line speed isn’t overall impressive, he does show some intriguing movement. He has good posture from his ankles to knees and opens his hips well in his pivots. His puck-moving ability is slightly lacking however. With the puck, he tends to look to his defensive partner before looking up the ice. When looking up, he tends to just dump the puck. Through the season, he proved that he has the faith of the coaches, being utilized in all situations. There may not be much offensive upside with Grushnikov, but his defensive game could be one of the more intriguing in this class. The defensive ceiling could be very high and could see him rise up draft boards.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide