With the 115th pick, the Edmonton Oilers selected winger Ostap Safin from HC Sparta.
Safin just murders a dude in the first five seconds of this video. You’ll enjoy it.
Safin is listed at 6’4”, 198. He had 47 points with HC Sparta Praha (U18) in 2015-16, but he got your attention with his physicality early on in the video above.
Skates very well, with balance and noteworthy speed, and handles the puck with ease and control at top speeds. Displays a dangerously accurate shot that he is never hesitant to use; often a threat in the offensive zone. Uses his frame well, to protect the puck, as well as to impose physically upon the opposition. Defensively stable and actively cuts off passing and shooting lanes. Could be more creative, but is more of a straight-line player.
I like the pick. He skates like the wind and he’s tough to move off the puck. Boom or bust.