"He's a very driven kid for his age. At age 16 and 17, you have to crack the whip a bit and change the mood sometimes or the mentality, but that's one thing he's blessed with, his work ethic. It's second to none." -- Bob Jones
opted against conversing in his native tongue -- Russian -- about the 2011 Entry Draft, instead insisting the interview be conducted in English.
"No, no, I speak English," he told NHL.com with full confidence.
So it shouldn't really come as a surprise to learn that the highly talented forward -- No. 29 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters -- brings with him the same confidence and lack of hesitation to the ice.