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Daniil
Chayka

Chayka is an incredibly rangy defensive defenseman with a real knack for breaking up opposing plays. He is agile and athletic with long, smooth skating strides, and when you combine it with his size and his reach it gives him an excellent range of territory when he’s out on the ice. Not only is he…

Date of Birth
October 22, 2002
Position
Defense
Height
6'3"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Moskva, RUS  
Shoots
Left
Weight
187 lbs
Draft Result
2/38 (VGK)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
May 13/21 Chayka Daniil 22086 – MHK Dynamo vs. Krasnaya Armiya MHL by Derek Neumeier View Report
Mar 24/21 Chayka Daniil 21836 – Zvezda vs. Metallurg NK MHL by Olivia McArter View Report
Jan 2/21 Chayka Daniil 21515 – Russia vs. Team USA WJC-20 by Josh Bell View Report
Dec 26/20 Chayka Daniil 21493 – Russia vs. Team USA WJC-20 by Olivia McArter View Report
Nov 9/20 Chayka Daniil 21269 – Russia vs. Czech Republic Karjala Cup by Josh Bell View Report
Nov 7/20 Chayka Daniil 21267 – Russia vs. Finland Karjala Cup by Derek Neumeier View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 CSKA Moskva khl 10 1 1 2 0.2 -1 0
2020-2021 Krasnaya Armiya Moskva mhl 4 0 1 1 0.25 2 2
2020-2021 Zvezda Moskva vhl 6 0 0 0 0 -1 0
2019-2020 Guelph Storm ohl 56 11 23 34 0.61 9 18
2018-2019 Guelph Storm ohl 56 5 9 14 0.25 21 2
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Chayka is an incredibly rangy defensive defenseman with a real knack for breaking up opposing plays. He is agile and athletic with long, smooth skating strides, and when you combine it with his size and his reach it gives him an excellent range of territory when he’s out on the ice. Not only is he great at stepping up to close gaps and take away space, he is also very aggressive and calculated about when he does it, applying pressure at the right times without making himself vulnerable. He’s a hard defender to get the puck through or around, showing a lot of proficiency for breaking up opposing possession by stealing pucks or winning it through stick battles. Chayka has the quickness and puckhandling abilities necessary to escape pressure by himself in his own zone, though he doesn’t have the hands or the attacker mentality to be a true puck rusher. He’s much happier to pass the puck up to one of his forwards while he hangs back, which will be an area of focus in his future development. He displays good instincts from the offensive blue line and gets a lot of power behind his shots, though they’re a little wild and he could be more assertive about making that a key part of his game. While his skating is overall pretty good for a defenseman his size, he will need to sharpen his edgework and improve the quickness and fluidity of his pivots to help deal with faster opponents at the next level. His passes are surprisingly slow and weak as well, as he applys too soft of a touch and not enough urgency. Chayka doesn’t flash a lot of creativity with his puck movement. You’d like to see him have more bite in the gritty areas of the ice, he seems like a guy who could get outworked at higher levels by hungry opponents who are smaller than he is. Chayka stood out in the 2019-20 season in the OHL, but heading back to Russia for the 2020-21 campaign has proven to be a challenge. His development seems to have stagnated with could be a red flag for NHL teams.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide