Ivantsov can be an absolute stud defensively some games, which makes you wonder why that doesn’t happen in all of them. At times he displays an elite understanding of how play is unfolding in his own end and what he can do to defend it. He’s not a big teen at all, but his positioning…
|Nov 3/20||Ivantsov Ilya||21224 – SKA-1946 vs. Krasnaya Armiya||MHL||by Derek Neumeier||View Report|
|Oct 28/20||Ivantsov Ilya||21190 – SKA-1946 vs. Dynamo St. Petersburg 2||MHL||by Josh Bell||View Report|
|2020-2021||SKA St. Petersburg||khl||1||0||0||0||0||-2||0|
|2020-2021||SKA-1946 St. Petersburg||mhl||42||8||20||28||0.67||20||37|
|2019-2020||SKA-1946 St. Petersburg||mhl||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2019-2020||SKA-Varyagi im. Morozova||mhl||32||4||6||10||0.31||0||2|
Ivantsov can be an absolute stud defensively some games, which makes you wonder why that doesn’t happen in all of them. At times he displays an elite understanding of how play is unfolding in his own end and what he can do to defend it. He’s not a big teen at all, but his positioning is sharp and he’s really good with his stick. Comes out of 50/50 battles with the puck more often than not, but given his lack of strength that success might not translate well to higher levels. Unsurprisingly, he is good on the penalty kill as well, understanding how to minimize dangerous chances against with proper positioning and smart stick work. Plays with a lot of focus and intensity, hustling and throwing his body around to send a message. Wears a letter for Russia internationally, suggesting leadership abilities. Is the type of player who is trusted by his coaches. Doesn’t get a lot of offensive opportunities, as he’s not overly fast or agile. Can be slow to accelerate. His hands seem like they could use improvement, as puck bobbles and misplays aren’t uncommon. Can be shy as a puck carrier, instead deferring a little too much to his teammates, no matter the empty ice in front of him or how much time he has. He can occasionally set up some very nice plays with some excellent passing ability, but only when he has a comfortable amount of time and space, which he won’t have often if he ever comes to North America. You’d like to see more fearlessness in his game when driving the play instead of being a passenger. It’s always hard to write off prospects if they display strong mental elements to their game, but Ivantsov’s physical elements will need to come a long way in order for him to ever have a shot at the NHL.