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Looking ahead to the 2019 Draft: Arthur Kaliyev

The Hamilton Bulldogs has one of the best shots of the 2019 Draft class

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, here are some options which could be of interest to the Canadiens, who hold the 15th pick in the first round. Today: forward Arthur Kaliyev.

Player profile

Date of birth: June 26, 2001
Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Shoots: Gauche
Position: Ailier droit
Midseason ranking, North American skaters: 11
Final ranking, North American skaters: 7

Stats

Season Team League Games played Goals Assists Points +/-
2018-19 Hamilton OHL 67 51 51 102 -13
2017-18 Hamilton OHL 68 31 17 48 +17

Kaliyev finished sixth in points in the Ontario Hockey League this season with 102. He's also a member of a select group of six players who hit the 50-goal mark in the OHL in 2018-19, becoming the first Hamilton Bulldogs player ever to reach the plateau.

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The Bulldogs winger has proven to be a threat with the man advantage. Kaliyev finished second in the league with 20 power play tallies.

Tweet from @BulldogsOHL: 🚨 BULLDOGS GOOOALLLL!!!! 🚨🚨: Arthur Kaliyev🍏🍎: Matt Strome & Jan Jen��k@arthurkaliyev34's powerplay marker gives the Dogs a 1-0 lead! #GoHAM pic.twitter.com/d6jHpOSORK

The 2017-18 OHL champion is in the running for the Red Tilson trophy given to the OHL's Most Outstanding Player. In a player poll, Kaliyev's shot was chosen as the best in the league by his peers.

Expert opinion

"Kaliyev has an NHL-caliber shot and high hockey IQ. He won't burn a defender wide but is powerful below the dots in the offensive zone and knows how to get open to create chances." -Mike G. Morreale, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

"The 17-year-old (6-2, 190) is a dynamic offensive force who was fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with 51 goals. He has a rocket for a shot and can get it off from anywhere on the ice. He's also an outstanding playmaker, as evidenced by his 51 assists. Kaliyev could be the game-breaking offensive force the Wild have lacked since Marian Gaborik left in free agency after the 2008-09 season." -Adam Kimelman, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

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