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 Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #696358]
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NetBOG  is currently offline NetBOG
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FINAL RANK: 14 MIDTERM RANK: 9
POSITION: Right Wing SHOOTS: Left
HEIGHT: 6' 5" WEIGHT: 192
BORN: February 11, 1999 HOMETOWN: Prague, Czech Republic
BORN IN: Prague, CZE
DRAFTED: 2017: EDM (4th Round / 115th Overall)

STATISTICS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM
2016-2017 SPARTA JR. CZREP-JR. 24 6 12 18 66
2016-2017 SPARTA CZREP 8 1 1 2 2
2016-2017 CZE U18 (IVAN HLINKA MEMORIAL 2016) ITLTOUR 5 3 1 4 2
2016-2017 CZE (2017 IIHF U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP) ITLTOUR 5 1 3 4 2
2016-2017 CZE U18 (5-NATIONS TOURNAMENT IN ZUCHWIL 2016) ITLTOUR 4 2 2 4 0
2016-2017 CZE (5-NATIONS TOURNAMENT IN PLYMOUTH 2016) NATOUR 4 2 1 3 6
2016-2017 LITOMERICE CZREP-2 3 0 0 0 0
2016-2017 SPARTA U18 CZREP-JR. U18 1 0 0 0 0
2015-2016 SPARTA U18 CZREP-JR. U18 38 28 19 47 26
2015-2016 CZECH REPUBLIC (2015 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE) NATOUR 5 1 0 1 0
2015-2016 CZE U17 (4 NATIONS TOURNAMENT IN SODERTALJE 2016) ITLTOUR 3 0 0 0 0
2015-2016 SPARTA JR. CZREP-JR. 2 0 0 0 2
2015-2016 SPARTA CZREP 1 0 0 0 0



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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #696362 is a reply to message #696358 ]
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Jakey  is currently offline Jakey
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Back to the big sized dudes. RWer who could have some skill, Decent pick.


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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #696383 is a reply to message #696358 ]
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Skookum Jim  is currently offline Skookum Jim
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Here is a blurb on him from a canucks blog..

http://thecanuckway.com/2017/04/26/vancouver-canucks-2017-nh l-draft-profile-c-ostap-safin/

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Scouting report

A big and strong power forward…uses his size well as he powers himself through traffic and to the greasy areas on the ice…effective whenever he drops his shoulder and drives to the net…has impressive reach and strength allowing him to be a monster at protecting the puck…has the ability to build up some solid speed driving down the wing and possesses impressive quickness in small spaces for such a big guy…not a guy to really deke and dangle the puck one-on-one but does have solid hands and can pull off a skilled move when needed…dangerous finisher as his one-timer is lethal…has a quick release and tremendous power…tough customer who finishes his checks, wins battles along the boards and looks to drive his body through his opponent ever chance he gets…forechecks hard and disrupts due to his speed and reach; giving a solid defensive effort…has solid smarts and room to continue to grow his two-way game. (Future Considerations, November 2016)

Strengths

Safin is a big, strong playmaking center with great upside. He is a surprisingly good skater at his size — not only good for his size but very good despite his size. He really digs into the ice on his stride and makes sure to make his strides as long as possible, giving him excellent acceleration and speed. Safin is mobile as well, transitioning smoothly from backwards to forwards and back.

Safin uses his frame to win board battles, protect the puck and drive to the net. He follows through on rebounds and doesn’t quit once the puck is gone off his stick.

The Czech plays a 200-foot game and helps out in the D-zone, supporting defensemen well. He displays good defensive positioning, closes passing lanes and blocks shots.

His biggest standout attribute, however, is his vision. Safin is an excellent passer in the offensive zone who sees the ice really well and can set up scoring chances. He possesses a powerful shot as well, mostly due to his size. His quick hands allow him to control the puck at high speed or in the offensive zone with the ability to dodge oncoming defenders.


Weaknesses

Safin “only” recorded six goals and 18 points in a relatively weak junior league. One of the reasons could be that there’s nothing really flashy about his game and he lacks creativity. What he can do is power through opponents with speed and make plays. But his game is quite straight-forward (literally) and he doesn’t have that elite scoring ability we see from some other forwards, especially in Canadian junior leagues.

Another issue some people see with Safin is his compete level. Does he give his best every night? Does he have the energy level to compete with the best of the best? The IIHF U18 World Championship was his chance to prove he can and, in my opinion, he took it. But even there he “only” had one goal and four points in five games — can he be an elite scorer?

Final Thoughts

Safin is a promising player who should be a lock to make the NHL in one role or another, as long as he puts in the necessary work. He has the basics down — size, skating, hockey IQ — so teams shouldn’t worry about him too much. The team that selects him gets a center with a lot of upside and a prototypical frame.

Big centers automatically draw comparisons to Canadian legend Joe Thornton. While that is totally unfair to any young player, you can’t help but hope that big guys like Safin become at least a light version of Thornton. A big playmaker like Thornton is everyone’s dream for the first line (okay, Connor McDavid is everyone’s dream, but let’s just pretend), and Safin’s vision makes those dreams as vivid as ever.

While most scouting services seem to have him ranked in the mid-to-late second round, I personally think he has first-round potential. Safin can be a real game changer if he puts in the work. So if the Canucks have a chance to pick him at 33, they should take that chance and run with it.


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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #696384 is a reply to message #696358 ]
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mightyreasoner  is currently offline mightyreasoner
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Anyone know where he is playing next year? It would be good to make sure he is getting some ice-time.

Are his CHL rights held by anyone?



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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #696388 is a reply to message #696384 ]
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inverno76  is currently offline inverno76
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That little interview he says he hopes to be taken in the CHL import draft so he can play in North America this year.


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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #711268 is a reply to message #696358 ]
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WhoreableGuy  is currently offline WhoreableGuy
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Signed to a 3 year ELC by the Oilers.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/oilers-sign-forward-osta p-safin-three-year-entry-level-deal/

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Safin, 19, has appeared in 56 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs this season, posting 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) and 29 penalty minutes.

The six-foot-five, 191-pound forward leads Saint John in points, goals and assists in his first season in the QMJHL.





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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #711269 is a reply to message #711268 ]
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WhoreableGuy wrote on Tue, 06 March 2018 12:23

Signed to a 3 year ELC by the Oilers.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/oilers-sign-forward-osta p-safin-three-year-entry-level-deal/

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Safin, 19, has appeared in 56 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs this season, posting 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists) and 29 penalty minutes.

The six-foot-five, 191-pound forward leads Saint John in points, goals and assists in his first season in the QMJHL.





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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #712237 is a reply to message #711269 ]
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GabbyDugan  is currently offline GabbyDugan
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....Safin gets to hang out with the cool kids in Bakersfield for a little while....

http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/condors-sign-safin-to -try-out/

..."The Bakersfield Condors have signed winger Ostap Safin (OH-stahp, SA-fin) to an amateur try-out. He will wear number 32. Safin was drafted in the 4th round (#115 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers."....




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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #712239 is a reply to message #712237 ]
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GabbyDugan wrote on Wed, 21 March 2018 09:10

....Safin gets to hang out with the cool kids in Bakersfield for a little while....

http://www.bakersfieldcondors.com/news/condors-sign-safin-to -try-out/

..."The Bakersfield Condors have signed winger Ostap Safin (OH-stahp, SA-fin) to an amateur try-out. He will wear number 32. Safin was drafted in the 4th round (#115 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers."....



That's good, give the kid a taste of what pro hockey is like. Even though its not the NHL, play against men so he knows how much stronger they are and what he needs to do. He's 6-5, 192 at 19. The kid will probably put on another 10 over the summer as he fills out. By the time he is a "man" he might be over 220.



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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #712246 is a reply to message #712239 ]
Wed, 21 March 2018 11:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I was watching this kid last weekend, played a couple of games against Cape Breton in the queue.
Might be onto something here, he is a very very fast for a kid that big. Has great hands. Tends to have a bit of an edge to him as well. Saw him land a few elbows and slashes on anyone who hit him lol.
Might be a nice prospect!



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 Re: Oilers select 4th rd (#115) - Ostap Safin [message #712296 is a reply to message #712246 ]
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jordy wrote on Wed, 21 March 2018 11:27

I was watching this kid last weekend, played a couple of games against Cape Breton in the queue.
Might be onto something here, he is a very very fast for a kid that big. Has great hands. Tends to have a bit of an edge to him as well. Saw him land a few elbows and slashes on anyone who hit him lol.
Might be a nice prospect!


Thanks for the scouting report. Maybe a bright light, in dark times.



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