LA Kings Draft: Daniil Chayka 2021 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

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Scouting Report

"February 2021 – A defensive-minded blueliner, Daniil Chayka generally doesn’t wind up on highlight reels but he gets the job done. With his long reach and excellent mobility, Chayka is a zone entry killer. Thwarting plays before they even get a chance to generate offense or sustain pressure, Chayka should be a plus defender at the NHL level. After spending the last few years in Canada, first with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and then the most recent two seasons with Guelph, he has split time between the KHL, VHL, and MHL this season and has shown the ability to translate most of his defensive game to each level in Russia. He needs to get a bit stronger and add the physical element to his game as that remains one area of weakness for him in his own end. He reads attacks well and gaps up to the puck carrier well in transition, using his stick to knock the puck free. His offensive game can be a bit frustrating at times as we see many of the tools that should lead him to be a threat as an attacker but they rarely come together at once. His mobility is a strength and his puck skills are solid. He possesses an above-average shot as well but has a habit of finding shin pads.  He can make all of the simple passes and has shown it off as a secondary powerplay quarterback at times but the long-term future for Chayka likely doesn’t include much time with the man advantage. He was much more effective and efficient offensively in North America so there may be a stylistic issue as well in Russia. The reality of the situation is that Chayka will likely be a much more valuable real-life asset for an NHL team than a fantasy hockey asset for your team. He will bring a bit of extra value as a shot-blocker and could be on the positive end of shot-differentials which could also play into some deeper, more diverse scoring leagues. If you’re looking for a high-scoring defender, Chayka probably won’t be your guy, however. Dobber Prospects/Ferrari"

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