Lyamkin, Nikita – LD – Kuznetskie Medvedi (MHL) – 6’3” 165
Nikita spent the past season in the MHL and enjoyed very successful World U-17 Challenge in Victoriaville/Drummondville, helping Russia to a Silver Medal. Nikita has excellent size and displays an exceptional level of hockey sense. He is extremely strong positionally and always seems to be in the right place on the ice. He is a strong skater with good mobility allowing him to match up against forwards very well one on one. He rarely if ever gets beat. Nikita shows a willingness to battle along the wall with a nastiness in his game. He won the majority of battles, he will win even more as he gets stronger within his big frame.