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The Copper And Blue 2021 Top 25 Under 25: #22 Matvei Petrov

Ranking 22nd in our Top 25 under 25, this 2021 draft pick will make his way to North America and look to keep scoring goals

Checking in at 22nd overall in our 2021 Top 25 Under 25 is Matvei Petrov.

2021 C&B Staff Rank 2021 C&B Reader Rank
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Readers picked Petrov just outside the Top 25. A solid performance this year will see him rise in the rankings.

Matvei Petrov was a sixth round selection for the Edmonton Oilers in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Petrov was expected to go somewhere between the late second and third rounds, but he fell quite a ways for the Oilers to pick him up late in this year’s draft. The 18-year old Petrov is a left wing who shoots right. An average skater with a good shot, Petrov was the first overall selection in the 2020 OHL Import Draft for the North Bay Battallion. He opted to stay in Russia due to Covid-19, where he would play his second season with Krylia of the MHL, Russia’s Major Junior level. Petrov finished second on his club in scoring with 42 points (22-20-42) in 58 games played, and was a member of the Russian U18 club that finished silver this year.

If you’re buying a ticket to the Matvei Petrov show, you’re buying a ticket to see him shoot the puck.

It’s easy to compile a bunch of three-to-five second snippets of a player and marvel at how cool it looks, though. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take a pure sniper any day of the week, and if that’s what Petrov’s ceiling is, you can sign me right up for that. I think for this to happen, it’s going to require him to continue scoring in buckets this upcoming season. Heading to North Bay for 2021-22, we’ll see if he can continue his goal scoring ways.

Petrov reminds me a bit of a late selection the Oilers made 9 years ago named Daniil Zharkov. Zharkov had a nice shot and looked like he just needed someone to get him the puck. (There’s a Nail Yakupov sighting in that Zharkov video, so have at it). Zharkov spent time in Belleville (he finished fourth in scoring on the team in his D+1 year) but never made the jump to Edmonton.

Petrov’s got a good shot as well, and it will be interesting to see his first looks in the OHL. Will he continue his upward ascent?