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Sharks Prospect of the Week: Vladislav Kotkov

by Nicola Karasik / sjsharks.com

Vladislav Kotkov has been selected as the Sharks Prospect of the Week during the week of Sept. 30 after posting two goals for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Kotkov, 19, returned to the QMJHL from the Sharks' training camp last week, where he netted a pair of goals in the opening frame against Halifax on October 4 to lift the Saguenéens to a 4-1 win over the Mooseheads, earning himself 'First Star of the Game.' He has now logged three points (3g, 0a) on the season in just two games played.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound forward from Moscow, Russia was initially drafted 32nd overall by Chicoutimi in the 2017 CHL Import Draft. The Sharks signed Kotkov as an undrafted free agent out on July 6, 2018.

In the 2018 NHL Draft, he was ranked 81st among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, and ranked second on the Saguenéens in goals, assists and points, and finished sixth in the league in points among rookie skaters during the 2017-18 season.

During the 2018-19 campaign, Kotkov led the Saguenéens in scoring with 61 points (34g, 27a) across 65 appearances. In addition to leading the club in scoring, goals and plus/minus (+31), Kotkov also led his team in power-play goals (10), shots (176) and points-per-game (.94).

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