Many NHL draft analysts thought well of prospect Matvei Petrov, but his stock fell on draft day, with the Oilers able to grab the Russian forward in the sixth round with the 180th pick overall.
Craig Button had Petrov ranked 70th. Future Considerations had him 57th.
Elite Prosects says of the player: “He has the mechanics of a wrist shot down: distance between feet, downward pressure with forward force through the shot, top hand out, and keeping his chest up. Petrov can move the puck under stick, saucer it above stick, and deceive with lookoffs.”
Born in March 2003, the player has good size, 6-feet, 2-inches, 180-pounds. The math likes this player as well, with Allan Mitchell of Lowetide ranking him as the 71st top player in the draft, meaning investing a 180th overall picks in him is a sound investment. “This is a fine pick,” Mitchell said on his blog.
Amateur scout Alexander Appleyard of Smahthockey says of the Petrov pick: “that is one of those picks that is a big swing… but if it hits? He could be a top 6 forward.”
And draft expert Mark Edwards: “Very skilled player. Skating the big weakness for us. Enough to keep him off our list but we gave him a C grade.”