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NHL Draft Prospect Preview - Dmitri Simashev

by J.T. Toth

Photo courtesy of Dobber Prospects.

The 2023 NHL Draft will be here before you know it, and Draft 412 will preview some of the prospects who will be probable first round picks. Draft 412 will go over the strengths and weaknesses of each prospect and where they should land in the NHL Draft.

Name- Dmitri Simashev

Pos- D

Team- Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)

HT/WT- 6’4” 201 lbs.

Born- 2/4/2005

Home – Kostroma, Russia

If you are looking for a shutdown defenseman in the 2023 NHL Draft, you should look at one guy and one guy only—Dmitri Simashev.

Simashev scored 1 goal and had 9 assists in 29 regular season games for Yaroslavl in the MHL (Russian Junior League) this year. He got a chance to play in 18 games in the KHL (Russian Pro League) and though he went pointless, his defensive performance raised eyebrows.

Though he did not put up the large amount of points teams are used to seeing in first round draft picks, Simashev has offensive ability. He’s a mobile skater, who protects the puck well and is excellent at extended puck control. He does a good job with his outlet passes and always seems to know where he is going with no hesitation.

Simashev may not have that rocket shot a lot of teams look for, he does a good job at shooting low in areas for tips and deflections. He has a knack for finding shooting lanes and gets the puck through to the net frequently.

Simashev is the most complete “defensive defenseman” in this draft. He uses his reach to extend his stick on incoming forwards and force them away from scoring areas. And he’s not afraid to knock someone down in front of his net.

Simashev needs to work on his shot, which will only add to making him a complete player. He tends to let up on his slapshot and not get the full force behind it. It would behoove him to adopt a shot first mentality instead of looking to make one extra pass that is not needed.

Final Analysis

Based on their style of play, Ryan Lindgren of the New York Rangers comes to mind when Draft 412 watches Simashev in action. Simashev is a guy who should go in the top 20, but Draft 412 would not be shocked if he dropped to the late first/early second area.

Round 1 Top 25/#24 on Draft 412 big board.

--- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ----

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM


2022-23 Yaroslavl Lokomotiv KHL 18 0 0 0 5 -- -- -- -- --

2022-23 Yaroslavl Loko Jr. Rus-M 29 1 9 10 39


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