TeamMHK Dynamo St. Petersburg
Place of BirthSt. Petersburg, RUS
Davydov is a two-way center who plays with great poise in all three zones. The key aspect of his game is his intelligence and ability to read play with and without the puck on his stick. Davydov does a good job of assisting his defensemen below the hash marks in the defensive zone in generating turnovers and blocking passing lanes in the slot and is able to transition the puck well upon retrieval. Davydov moves very well with a smooth skating stride and strong edge work, though he appeared to lack a high-end gear when it came to speed and acceleration. He keeps his head up with the puck on his stick and showed himself to be a very strong puck distributor, able to identify passing lanes and deliver crisp passing to his linemates. Though he displayed good individual tools, he didn’t often put all of those tools together in the offensive zone. Davydov appeared to lack offensive creativity in this game, opting to make smart and efficient high-percentage plays but was unable to regularly break down coverage. In future viewings, I would like to see Davydov be a more meaningful catalyst for offensive play for his own team and display more creativity and offensive imagination with the puck on his stick. Despite questions regarding his offensive ability and ceiling, I would rate Davydov as a middle-round player for the 2022 NHL Draft based on his smarts, two-way commitment, and solid individual tools.