Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Nikolay Goldobin as the Sharks first selection in the 2014 NHL Draft is the flair and pizzazz that results in a high percentage of his goals being of the highlight-reel variety.
In other words, Goldobin often makes opposing defensemen and goalies make look silly. Really silly.
A self-proclaimed Pavel Datsyuk fan since childhood, another asset that Goldobin brings to the table is the ability to maintain his composure with the puck and outfox defenses who, on most nights, outsize him by a significant margin.
However, being 6-foot, 185 pounds doesn’t stop Goldobin from sneaking past larger opponents, as he did in the Canadian Hockey League’s Top Prospects Game last January.
Goldobin doesn’t only have the guts to regularly venture into traffic to generate offense. He also has the pure foot speed to blow through other teams.
Quite simply, Goldobin displays the package of skills that make him someone who has to be watched by defenses at all times when he is on the ice.
Although Goldobin admits that he wants to get bigger and stronger, and that he is committed to becoming a better all-around player, it might be no exaggeration to say that Goldobin’s dynamism may only be rivaled by Tomas Hertl among younger players in the Sharks organization.
Really, not an exaggeration.