Artyom Barabosha – 2022 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
2021-22 squad: Krasnaya Armiya Moskva (MHL)
Date of birth: March 18, 2004
Place of birth: Omsk, Russia
Height: 6 feet 2 inches Weight: 187 pounds
NHL Draft Eligibility: Eligible for the first year in 2022
Artyom Barabosha spent the 2021-22 season in the MHL, one of the top junior hockey leagues in Eurasia and a major source in the Continental Hockey League (KHL). The 6-foot-2 Russian plays a solid physical game as a stay-at-home defenseman whose style aligns with many successful NHL defensemen in previous eras of league history and at the modern era. After finishing 66th in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings, he fell to 95th in the final standings.
Barabosha scored four goals and added seven assists in 45 games for Krasnaya Armiya Moskva last season. His team topped regular season play in the MHL with a league-best 105 points, and they reached the MHL Final Round before ultimately losing to SKA 1946. He also contributed to a game-winning effort in as a gold medalist for Team Russia at Hlinka Gretzky. Cup in August 2021 in Slovakia and Czechia.
His reputation as a great physical defender who does not hesitate to play with an advantage will attract NHL teams to Montreal on July 7. He showed his intensity at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup by burying first overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky with a punishing blow in the gold medal game. Although the NHL tends toward a preference for defensemen who move the puck, the allure of a tough hitter like Barabosha will never really leave the minds of general managers (GMs). The need for defensemen to clear the crease zone will always be prevalent in the NHL, and a player like Barabosha is capable of handling the job.
Despite the lack of big-point production in the MHL, Barabosha has also demonstrated an ability to shoot the puck from the point at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. A fine goal in the Russian team’s resounding victory over the Swiss turned the heads of scouts who might have questioned his offensive value based on his stats.
Political uncertainty will influence the fate of young hockey players in the 2022 NHL Draft. Complicated situations arise due to players’ desire to move to North America to play professionally, and the uncontrollable variable will make NHL teams reluctant to select Russians. These larger political issues could push the most talented players into the later rounds of the draft, where teams could potentially take a chance with a low-risk late pick and select a talented player with no guarantee that he will ever come to America. North. .
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Artyom Barabosha – NHL Draft Projection
Barabosha is not the type of defender who will light up the score sheet or set up a highlight reel of excellent attacking plays from the back. However, he plays the game with a lot of intensity in the style that NHL general managers usually appreciate. Political circumstances will not work in his favor in the next draft. While some projections have him as high as the third round, a fourth or fifth round selection is likely more likely, especially for a defenseman who still has some work to do as a puck passer.
“Barabosha is an old-school homebody defender who plays with an advantage. His size and strength are still evident despite playing in a league with much older competition. He uses this to his advantage by easily knocking the opponent off the puck and clearing the crease. –Josh Thomas, FC Hockey (from “Artyom Barabosha,” NHL Draft, 1/4/22)
“Excellent defensive-style defender. Shows solid play in own zone and when switching from offense to defense. Excellent at avoiding forechecks. Blocks a lot of shots per game. A little passive, often hangs on the same place and waits. Doesn’t always take the right position. Lacks agility. Doesn’t look like an NHL defenseman at this point due to lack of game to score goals. Needs to work more as a offensive player next season –Hockey hall scouting
- Solid defender in own zone
- Physical play, intensity
- Glimpses of an ability to shoot from the point
Under construction – Improvements to be made
- Offensive production
- Skating – agility
- Ability to move the puck in transition
Physical, right-handed defensemen have tremendous value on NHL rosters. Although Barabosha is far from a polished product, he will attract the attention of some organizations due to his style of play. the need for right-handed hitters. Barabosha could have a career in the same type of role.
Risk 3/5, Reward 3/5
Fantasy hockey potential
Attack 5/10, Defense 9/10
Barabosha played on winning teams from a young age of 18. He won gold with Team Russia at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August 2021, and he helped Krasnaya Armiya Moskva finish second in the MHL last season.