Jonathan Briggins profiles a top prospect for the 2013 draft.
Playing in a town in northern Quebec generally means a player doesn't get the media attention they would playing in a bigger junior city such as Halifax, London, or Portland.
Russian draft prospect Valentin Zykov plays for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in a town of close to 29, 000 people located six hours north of Quebec City. Picking up the Michel Bergeron Trophy for Offensive Rookie of the Year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is one way to grab some attention, though.
The 6-1, 215 pound Zykov is a right winger from St. Petersburg, Russia. The Drakkar got a steal, selecting him 76th overall in the second round of the 2012 CHL import draft.
“I came to Canada to be a better player and improve myself. In Russia I didn’t have a lot of ice time," Zykov told Halifax Mooseheads radio personality John Moore.
Breaking out in the Q
Zykov had an outstanding rookie season for the Drakkar, a team that finished second overall in the Q during the regular season. He led all rookies in points and goals, netting 40 goals and 35 assists for 75 total points along with 60 penalty minutes. He had a particularly strong January, potting ten goals and 16 assists in 12 games. Columbus Blue Jacket