This Young Prospect Has Become Very Underrated in the Blackhawks System

Roman Kantserov 2023-24 Prospect Profile

2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Portraits
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Kantserov's Post-Draft Season:

In his first season after being drafted by the Blackhawks, Kantserov has played the entire season for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL. Regarded as the second best league in the world behind the NHL, the KHL has always been a tough league for young forwards as they struggle to play consistent minutes. The transition to professional play is not always easy for young players, and the KHL values results which leads to many getting minimal playing time or being sent back to the MHL.

Kantserov has shown flashes this season of his high skill-level with some fantastic playmaking which has resulted in him getting chances on the team's first line at times. He ended the regular season with 15 points in 54 games which are respectable numbers for a teenager playing in a league where each minute is earned. His recent play during the playoffs has taken a step as he currently has 6 points in 11 playoff games.

Kantserov's play this season led to the young forward extending for two more seasons in the KHL right around Christmas.