Blackhawks: Draft Prospect – Rodion Amirov
By Jimmy Lynch
Today we are looking at another great option for a player the Chicago Blackhawks could pick up at this year’s NHL Draft whenever it might be.
Rodion Amirov has spent most of his hockey career thus far playing in the KHL, right now his team is the Salavat Yulaev Ufa. A lot of different sources out there are predicting him to go in the first round, with Elite Prospects putting him at their 13th ranked player.
Amirov is a legitimate player the Blackhawks could draft this year in the first round. While Amirov still needs to put on some more muscle, currently weighing 168 pounds at just 6 feet, he does still has some time to grow into his uniform.
The young Russian forward would really help the Blackhawks wingers down the line. While we do have a lot of centers and defensemen, we are kind of sparse on wingers. Amirov might be able to help add some depth at wing and help bring in a new age of Blackhawks hockey.
The great thing about this young forward is that he is already getting some great experience in a professional league. Amirov has just two points so far in the KHL, after tearing things up in the MHL when he put up 22 points in 17 games.
While he might not be the most talented forward yet, Amirov is already playing with professionals in the KHL which should give him a step up on some of the other members of the draft class.
Honestly, positionally bringing in Amirov works. I know that you are not going to pick a player at the draft solely off of the position he plays, however, it should influence the decision a little. Outside of Alex DeBrincat, Dominik Kubalik, and Brandon Saad, the Blackhawks are sparse at the left-wing position, and not all three of those wingers are under contract next season.
Maybe the Blackhawks can start planning for their future now and bring in Amirov with their first-round pick at the draft!