FC Rank 8
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Univ. of Denver
183 lbs
Place of Birth
Laguna Niguel, CA  

Buium is a blueliner with some elite offensive flair. His skating is impressive and his edgwork is phenomenal — he’s able to cut back and weave through the neutral zone. It’s hard to remember that he’s also got really good size with how he’s able to move out on the ice. With the puck, Buium is able to manipulate the defense when in possession with the puck at the top of the offensive zone, and he shows great patience and little panic with the puck on his stick. He never seems flat-footed in the offensive zone, either. He ensures he’s always moving around, even if it’s subtle, in order to react quicker to developing plays. He’s more than comfortable to work slightly tucked inside the blue line with his calm, quick hands. He doesn’t take unnecessary chances, but also doesn’t allow any real threats of having the puck poked away off his stick. There’s good geometry in his game when it comes to bank-passes when breaking the puck out, almost always end up right on the tape of his outlet. When he chooses to haul the puck up ice, Buium is deceptive moving through the middle and feels like an automatic zone entry when he carries the puck through the neutral zone. There wasn’t a lot of defending on display in this game, but Buium seemed more than adequate on that front. His skating ability rarely has him beat wide, and an active stick and good reach keeps attackers at bay. He’s able to battle for pucks on the boards and has a general understanding of how to quickly squash plays. With the entire package he presents, Buium is almost certainly a first-round pick in the 2024 draft with top-pairing upside.

Aaron Vickers
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Game Results

December 31, 2023
Team USA

Player Report

Skating 8
Shooting 5
Puckhandling 7
Playmaking 7
Offensive Awareness 7
Defensive Awareness 7
Compete 6

Zeev Buium's Reports

Jan 24/24 Zeev Buium 25508 – Nebraska-Omaha vs. Denver NCAA by Aaron Vickers View Summary
Jan 2/24 Zeev Buium 25374 – Team USA vs. Slovakia WJC-20 by Aaron Vickers View Summary
Dec 26/23 Zeev Buium 25327 – Team USA vs. Norway WJC-20 by Mike Kennedy View Summary
Aug 25/23 Zeev Buium 25072 – Finland vs. USA Blue WJSS by Nathanial Duffett View Summary