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Iaroslav
Askarov

To say that Askarov is the best goaltending prospect to come along since Carey Price isn’t hyperbole. What he has been able to do over the past two years, both internationally and in league play, is nothing short of remarkable. Not only is Askarov elite in many different goaltending categories, he also doesn’t have many…

Date of Birth
June 16, 2002
Position
Goal
Height
6'3.0
Draft Year
2020
Place of Birth
Omsk, RUS  
Shoots
Right
Weight
176 lbs
Draft Result
1/11 (NSH)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Oct 6/20 Askarov Iaroslav D3239 – 2020 NHL Draft Guide by FCHockey Staff View Summary

Career Stats

Season Team League GP GAA SVP
2020-2021 SKA-Neva St. Petersburg vhl
2019-2020 SKA St. Petersburg khl 1 2 92
2019-2020 SKA-1946 St. Petersburg mhl
2019-2020 SKA-Neva St. Petersburg vhl 18 2.45 92
2018-2019 SKA-1946 St. Petersburg mhl
2018-2019 SKA-Varyagi im. Morozova mhl 31 2.37 92.1

To say that Askarov is the best goaltending prospect to come along since Carey Price isn’t hyperbole. What he has been able to do over the past two years, both internationally and in league play, is nothing short of remarkable. Not only is Askarov elite in many different goaltending categories, he also doesn’t have many weaknesses. His athleticism is exemplary, allowing him to explode post-to-post, shoot out to challenge shooters and quickly spring back up from the butterfly to his stance. Due to his size and ability, he covers a lot of the net naturally and make it difficult for shooters to find open net. His form and reflexes are all stellar, allowing him to stop shots from any angle that he faces square. Pucks simply just don’t go through him, over him or under him. Has an incredibly advanced understanding of how to swallow rebounds or direct them into corners. Does a very good job of tracking pucks through traffic. The biggest weakness to his game right now is probably an occasional tendency to overcommit, sliding a little too far to either side of his net and opening up a little too much room for shooters, but given his elite understanding of the position there’s no reason to believe that he won’t be able to improve this as he develops. A mentally very strong goaltender who can also put away a bad goal and come back stronger, he plays with poise, maturity and calmness.

– FCHockey’s 2020 NHL Draft Guide