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Ivan
Zhigalov

A tall, lankier goalie who has room to fill out his frame and become more physically imposing in his crease. Zhigalov spent the year playing for Belarus’ U18 team but did play three games in the MHL. He had solid numbers during his draft season and made two appearances in the U18 tournament. For a…

Date of Birth
April 30, 2003
Position
Goal
Height
6'3"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Minsk, BLR  
Shoots
Right
Weight
165 lbs
Draft Result
UNDRAFTED
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Jun 15/21 Zhigalov Ivan 22259 – Belarus vs. Canada WJC-18 by Shaun Richardson View Report
July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 23, 2021
2021 NHL Draft – FCHockey’s Draft Directory
July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
June 21, 2021
Notebook: Robertsson, Zhigalov, Fantilli & More
April 26, 2021
World U18s: 3 Stars from Day 1

A tall, lankier goalie who has room to fill out his frame and become more physically imposing in his crease. Zhigalov spent the year playing for Belarus’ U18 team but did play three games in the MHL. He had solid numbers during his draft season and made two appearances in the U18 tournament. For a taller goalie, he can move quickly from side-to-side taking away cross-ice scoring chances and has above average power when pushing off the post with his lower body. He plays deeper in his crease than you would want to see, and while it works for him right now it could be something that higher levels of competition can take advantage of, but with his size and the right coaching it should be an issue he can overcome as he develops his game. Zhigalov’s style does give up rebound chances, but with his size he can recover and make second-chance stops. He presents a legitimate late-round option for teams that need goalie depth and with his size and the fact that he’s a right-handed catching goalie he will be able to challenge shooters in a way that they aren’t accustomed to. If he fills out his frame he could turn into a legitimate option down the road for whoever drafts him.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide