2018-19 Team: MHK Krylia Sovetov Mooskva (#92)
Date of Birth: March 13, 2002
Place of Birth: Zelenograd, Russia
Ht: 6’0”/182cm Wt:176/80 lbs/kg
Projected 2020 NHL Draft Position #12
I have Vasili Ponomaryov ranked higher than most services and I don’t mind that at all. Every scout has different opinions and sees assets others don’t. Vasili is a natural left shot who plays center and the left side. I think his game is suited for the middle of the ice. He seems to be more involved and gets more done with his playmaking skills, dishing passes left and right.
Vasili Ponomaryov Staff Pick Numbers
High Hockey IQ
Ponomaryov or Ponomarev as some people know him (either spelling is ok) has an extremely high hockey IQ. He is very creative with the puck and almost always makes the correct play. Doesn’t seem to rush himself when pressured with the puck on his stick. He draws defenders to him and then with his excellent edge work and puck skills makes the perfect pass. Thinks the game a few moves ahead like most players in this draft class.
Speed to burn
Vasili is an excellent skater and that seems to be a theme in the 2020 draft class. Has top notch acceleration and gets to full speed in a hurry. Ponomaryov plays very well on the powerplay as he demonstrated last season at the U17 World Championship in November. Was named to the tournament All Star team scoring 8 points in 6 games including 4 goals.
Loves to shoot the puck
Vasili loves to shoot the puck, he has a lightning quick release which he uses often. Has an accurate wrist shot that has some velocity behind it. Holds his hands high on the stick allowing his deft playmaking skills to beat defenders by changing the pace. He seems to be a natural goal scorer when I watch him, not too many players have that gift. Vasili has an excellent work ethic and leads by example. I haven’t been able to talk with any of his coaches to see what he is like in the room with teammates, but I sure like what I see on the ice.
I fully expect him to have a top six role on the team that selects him, and with another year of development, I expect him to surprise people in the know. I see no reason why he can’t be a top l line center at the next level. Whats not to like? He is offensively mined with a high hockey IQ with exceptional playmaking skills and can skate like the wind.
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