Team: Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Central Scouting: 24th among North American skaters
2014 NHL Draft Profile #20: Nikolay Goldobin - Last Word On Sports - Last Word On SportsNikolay Goldobin has outstanding offensive skill. There is no doubt about that, the guy knows how to put up points, and has all the tools to do so. He is blessed with the ability to stickhandle in a phone booth. His wide array of moves can leave defenders spinning. He also has a killer wrist shot, and an outstanding release. Goldobin also has a very effective one-timer. Add to all of this great hockey sense and the ability to find holes in the defense. Top it all of with some incredible vision and passing skils, and there is no doubt about Goldobin’s abilities in the offensive end of the ice. When he is on his game, he is quite simply a dynamic offensive catalyst for Sarnia. Goldobin can play a high speed game off the rush, or he can show poise with the puck and be patient and wait for an opening in the offensive zone. He doesn’t seem to get flustered often with the puck on his stick, and if he has the time and space out there, chances are that he will take advantage of it.
2014 NHL Draft Profile: Nikolay Goldobin - On the ForecheckNikolay Goldobin is a very intriguing prospect. This offensively gifted Russian his found his way into the conversation around which are the best-offensive forwards in the 2014 NHL Draft. His hands, speed, creativity, shooting and passing allow him to preform at a very high level in the offensive zone and his stats show it.
At a -24, however, his stats also raise questions about his defensive capabilities and effort level; granted he is on a not-so-good Sarnia Sting team, which can play a large role in those results. Absent those defensive concerns, he would almost certainly be in the conversation for a top ten pick.
Nikolay Goldobin is a very exciting, albeit one-dimensional forward with exceptional offensive skills. He is the true definition of a boom-or-bust prospect.
From the offensive side of things, he has a very quick shot and one timer. More often, however, he seemingly keeps the puck on a string and will just manipulate the puck into the net. He doesn’t sacrifice speed to stickhandle the puck, which makes him dangerous when he puts on that fifth gear to attack the net. He is a truly gifted offensive talent who seemingly wants the puck and knows just what to do with it. Scoring 90+ points in the OHL, beating the next person (a defenseman) by 23 points just shows how much he was counted upon to be a part of the offense.
The play away from the puck, particularly in the defensive zone, is pretty disappointing. I often saw him as the last player on the back check, and he often would float around the high part of the defensive zone so he can be part of the breakout. I don’t recall him ever getting below the face-off circles defensively. And I can’t recall ever seeing him throw a hit.
He is another player who, while highly talented with good tools, just may not fit in well with the Kings. The exception is if they firmly believe they can convince him to buy into the system. If he does, he could be lethal like Marion Gaborik.
Super Series: 2 GP, 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 0 PIM, +0
OHL Regular: 67 GP, 38g, 56a, 94 pts, 21 PIM, -30