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NHL Draft Profile: Nikolai Goldobin

by Brad Friedman / Columbus Blue Jackets

Nikolai Goldobin is a captivating offensive talent - there's no getting around that.

Goldobin’s vision has helped him become a facilitator, but rarely is he shy to call his own number and show off his pro-caliber wrist shot.

The Russian winger possesses above average hockey sense and always seems to be looking to make a play. He's daring, crafty and a player that demands the opposition's full attention whenever he's on the ice. Shortly upon arriving to the OHL with the Sarnia Sting in 2012-13, it became clear that Goldobin was a sure-fire NHL prospect.

There wasn't much of an adjustment period for Goldobin, who would have had any number of excuses for a slow start in North America. In his first season in the OHL, he scored more goals (30) and totaled more points (68) than any other rookie in the league.

There was no sophomore slump for him, either.

With 68 goals and 94 assists in 135 games for Sarnia - including being tied for fifth in total assists last season and seventh in total points with 94 - Goldobin further solidified his place among the elite talent in the 2014 draft class.

Here’s what Elite Prospects had to say about Goldobin:

“Goldobin is a dangerous shooter with a wicked release on his wrist shot. He is quick and creative and can make defenders look foolish. He's weak against bigger opponents and can look lost in his own zone but is extremely dangerous and can quietly slide into prime scoring areas. “

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