The Oilers picked Kirill Maksimov at 146th overall in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Maksimov is a Canadian born Russian player who has played his junior hockey in the OHL. He’s split his time between the Saginaw Spirit and the Niagara Ice Dogs. He was more successful with the Ice Dogs with 22 points in 29 games compared to a less remarkable 16 points in 37 games with the Spirit. Through his OHL career, Maksimov has 66 points in 128 games.
At 6’2” and 192lbs, Maksimov brings some size to the Oilers selections. He’s noted for good speed and having a strong forecheck combined with some play making skill. Ranked 66th overall in North American skaters, Maksimov is a good depth pick for the Oilers. Also of note, Maksimov is a right wing and a right handed shot. The Oilers seem to be attempting to add some strength and size in an unrated package with Maksimov.
This is a solid and safe pick for the Oilers at 146, but that doesn’t mean Maksimov doesn’t have the all the attributes needed to make a splash for the Oilers.