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