Andrei Altybarmakyan could be a solid forward for the Chicago Blackhawks down the road.
To start off I just want to say that I hope for this to be a multi-part series where I go over many Chicago Blackhawks prospects in-depth. Hoping it sticks! And with that let’s get right into it.
Andrei Altybarmakyan (Alta-Bar-Mah-Can) is a Russian winger. He currently is playing in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the top league in Russia. He has spent much of his time with HK Sochi. He also played with SKA-Neva St. Petersburg in the VHL and SKA-1946 St. Petersburg in the MHL. He recorded five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 14 games.
Altybarmakyan, was in need of a change of scenery, and he was traded from SKA-St. Petersburg to HK Sochi and has found some playing time for their KHL team. He has since recorded two goals and four assists in 38 KHL games. While he is getting more ice time with HK Sochi, he has been given less than 10 minutes of ice-time per game.
Andrei, really made a name for himself at the World Juniors last year with Russia. He scored a goal and assisted on two others in five games. He has done really well at the international level as a whole recording four goals and five assists in 15 games in U20 competition.
Here you can see Altybarmakyan, uses his speed and his strength to get around top defensive prospect, Adam Fox, at last year’s World Juniors.
Andrei Altybarmakayan beats Adam Fox and ties it for Russia pic.twitter.com/fy5yXYEBwI
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 3, 2018
Altybarmakyan, is one of the most unknown Blackhawks prospects, but has shown skill and potential to be an NHL player.
As a player playing in Russia, you never know if you that player will ever come over to the NHL. The Blackhawks took that chance and it looks like it’s a smart move.
Altybarmakyan plays with high intensity and is hard to knock off the puck. He has great vision, which allows for him to be an excellent playmaker. He has great speed. He may need to work on his shot and his physical game in the defensive end.
Here’s an example of his work ethic and his strength.
Сегодня официально разрешено начинать предсезонные сборы! Андрей Алтыбармакян сорвался чуть раньше💪😀 pic.twitter.com/PdDpKMpGt3
— Молодежная Хоккейная Лига (@MHL_rus) June 26, 2018
He has really shown what he can do in the KHL playoffs. He has been absolutely superb. He has produced two goals and an assist in five games. He averaged just 12 minutes of ice time per night. Altybarmakyan can make an impact every game, even though he may not put up the most points he is a great two-way forward.
I project Altybarmakyan to be a two-way forward. He will most likely be a middle six forward and have a role on the penalty kill.
At only 20 years old, he has plenty of developing to do. He can come over as soon as next year, but will probably stay in the KHL for a few more years. I for one am excited to have a player like this in the system.
stats from – Elite Prospects
special thanks to – Pete Blackburn and Second City Hockey
featured image photo credit – Nikos Michals