The top ranked Wildcat in this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft is 18-year-old Alexander Khovanov.
Ranked 43rd among north American skaters in the final Central Scouting ranks, Alex has overcome a lot this past year to prove he is still among the top prospects.
Wt: 198 lbs
Alex was drafted by the Wildcats in the 2017 CHL Import Draft, second overall. However, due to illness he was not able to report to the team and start playing until the end of December. It would be nine months since he had been on the ice and he was ready and willing to do what it took to get back into playing shape.
During this season here in Moncton he played in 29 games, recording 9 goals and 19 assists for a 28 point total, just shy of a point per game in the regular season and added 7 points in the team’s 12 playoff games.
Prior to coming over to Canada to join the QMJHL, Alex was one of the top ranked elite players in Russia. Playing in the MHL with Irbis Kazan during the 2016-2017 season, he played in 29 games, notching 22 points. That same year he also played for Russia in the U-17 World Hockey Challenge where his team came away with a bronze medal. In 2016 he also represented his country and was named captain for the Russian Youth Olympic Team, capturing the title of most assists and most points in the tournament while leading his team to a bronze medal.
Alex will continue to take big steps in his game this coming season, now that he is fully healthy again. He is an exceptional passer, and also posses a great shot. He has high end hockey sense and an underrated level of competitiveness that would be an asset to any team.
The first round of the NHL Entry Draft begins tonight at 8:30 p.m. AST. Rounds two through seven will begin at noon tomorrow.
Good luck to all three of our ranked players, Jeremy, Anderson and Alexander!