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Ivan
Zhigalov

Ivan Zhigalov is a second-year draft eligible goalie who enjoyed a breakout season after seeing only limited appearances while playing in Europe last year. He has a solid grounding of fundamentals from pre-shot preparation through to the save and into post-save recovery. He favors a hybrid style and displays patience as he engages with shot…

Date of Birth
April 30, 2003
Position
Goal
Height
6'3"
Draft Year
2022
Place of Birth
Minsk, BLR  
Shoots
Right
Weight
167 lbs
Draft Result
7/225 (COL)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Mar 10/22 Zhigalov Ivan 23565 – Blainville-Broisbriand vs. Sherbrooke QMJHL by Kellen Eyre View Report
Jan 22/22 Zhigalov Ivan 23255 – Sherbrooke vs. Blainville-Boisbriand QMJHL by David Di Paolo View Report
Jun 15/21 Zhigalov Ivan 22259 – Belarus vs. Canada WJC-18 by Shaun Richardson View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP GAA SVP
2022-2023 Kingston Frontenacs ohl 0
2021-2022 Sherbrooke Phoenix qmjhl 42
2020-2021 MHK Dynamo Moskva mhl 3
2019-2020 MHK Dynamo Moskva mhl 2
July 10, 2022
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July 8, 2022
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March 11, 2022
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March 8, 2022
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February 15, 2022
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July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 23, 2021
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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

Ivan Zhigalov is a second-year draft eligible goalie who enjoyed a breakout season after seeing only limited appearances while playing in Europe last year. He has a solid grounding of fundamentals from pre-shot preparation through to the save and into post-save recovery. He favors a hybrid style and displays patience as he engages with shot attempts from a standing or butterfly position. He makes deliberate movements, reads and anticipates the attack and turns away shots with good rebound control. He moves very efficiently through his crease. His post-to-post mobility is fluid, and he can telescope to the top of his crease and back again with very little disruption to his stance or his ability to address the shooter. His post entry and RVH play is top-notch, He seals any openings and attaches with a strong toe-lock on the post, he gets up and down quickly, takes away the high short side but can still flair his legs to deal with any weakside attempts or a puck-carrier moving across the face of the net. Over the past year he has shown some real improvements in his play. He’s built up his technique to handle most shots with a reassuring comfort and he’s upgraded his athleticism to add speed and scrambling ability to his skillset. He can be expected to continue to develop aspects of his play and, although he has a good glove hand, there is still some room to improve that skill in particular. At the moment, he projects nicely as an eventual NHL backup, but given enough time and the right support, taking on a more prominent role is not out of the question, especially after seeing a spike in his development over the course of the past year. He could be a steal if he matches that growth spurt next year.

– FCHockey’s 2022 NHL Draft Guide