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by Mike Vogel / Washington Capitals
What They’re Saying

Second Round, 55th overall – Dmitry Orlov, defenseman, Novokuznetsk.
Born July 23, 1991. 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, shoots left.

In Dmitry Orlov, Washington has chosen a Russian defenseman in the NHL Entry Draft for the first time since it selected Viktor Dovgan in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. At No. 55, Orlov is the highest the Caps have taken a Russian defenseman since they chose Sergei Gonchar in the first round (14th overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

Central Scouting Bureau (ranked No. 10 among European skaters) Profile:
• Orlov represented Team Russia at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships, winning a silver medal and was named one of Russia’s top three players for the tournament.

Red Line Report (ranked No. 61):
“Smallish rearguard is a terrific puck mover. Reads developing plays quickly and makes good decisions starting offensive plays in transition. Love his work on the PP where he fires hard, low point shots that he consistently gets on net with accuracy. Instinctively slides laterally to create shooting lanes. Has good vision and distributes the puck well. Good passer with touch on both D-to-D and breakouts. Patient and poised with the puck all over the ice – doesn’t force things that aren’t there, but always has his head up looking for a play. Creates separation against forecheckers in corners with quick spins, turns and head feints. Loves to join the rush. Not a good defender; struggles with strong forwards down low, not due to a lack of effort but rather poor positioning, a lack of physical strength and some questionable thought processes. But is a smart, instinctive player who can be taught.
Projection: Skilled, defensively challenged #5 d-man
Style compares to: A young Patrice Brisebois

The Hockey News (ranked no. 55): “The go-to on the blueline for Russia at the World Under-18 Championship, Dmitri Orlov is a classic high-risk, high-reward defenseman.

“A riverboat gambler,” one scout said when asked to describe Orlov. “He has a great skill set from an offensive point of view. His skill set will give him a chance to play at the next level.”

In fact, a number of scouts suggested the “Russian factor,” – the lack of a transfer agreement and the threat posed by the Kontinental League – prevent Orlov from being a much higher-rated prospect.

“he has the agility and the mobility,” another scout said. “I like the way he tries to make a difference. He’s a little erratic, but you’d rather tame a horse than light a fire under a guy.”

Orlov is small by NHL standards, but his skating, vision and ability to move the puck make up for size.

“He’s not big, but he’s talented and has an edge to his game,” a scout said. “He makes good decisions.”

International Scouting Services (ranked no. 29):
"Orlov is a rushing defender with very good offensive skills. He loves to jump in from blue line to make plays. He has been a workhorse for the Russian national teams consistently playing every second shift for the Russian 91 group, and has been very effective. Orlov, who plays his off side has a strong shot and loves to jump into the zone from the weak side to become a potent scoring threat. He loves to rush the puck up ice and has very good inside out moves to get the puck and himself in deep into the offensive zone. Overall, a very hard-nosed player that everyone would love to have on his team."

TSN: Ranked No. 44.

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