"Rubtsov is a hard-working all-around skater with an excellent set of tools. Rubtsov might be the sleeper among the top players in this draft." - Goran Stubb, NHL Central Scouting Director of European Scouting
"Rubtsov is first-round material, a player with excellent hockey sense and puck skills, who has to work on some areas (physical play, faceoffs, overall defensive play), but that has all the tools to become a prolific player even at the NHL level. His smarts will allow him to overcome his small size issues." - Alessandro Seren Rosso, Russian scout
Won a gold medal with Russia at the U-17 World Hockey Championship in 2014-15.
Finished second in scoring on Russia's U-18 team last season with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 28 games.
Missed U-18 WHC tournament due to the meldonium doping scandal.