With the 75th pick in the 2013 draft, the Rangers drafted Russian forward Pavel Buchnevich.
He was the 10th ranked European skater by Central Scouting and Leslie Treff, At Hockey’s Future, says that Rangers have been watching Buchnevich for a few seasons and feel as if he could end up being the crown jewel of this draft for them.
She adds that the team feels that if Buchnevich was playing in North America he would have been taken in the first round. Treff says that Buchnevich has an “outstanding” shot and “excellent hockey sense.”
In the Under 18 tournament last year, he had five goals and six assists in seven games.
NHL.com says of Buchnevich “he’s a classic Russian winger with speed and talent; an excellent skater and very smart. He’s full of surprises.”
At Hockey’s Future, in their review of the Russian players drafted, Alessandro Seren Rosso writes that Buchnevich’s stock would be a lot higher if it wasn’t for the “Russian Factor” and that he will likely come to North America in 2015. Gordie Clark has also said not to expect Buchnevich for two more years.
Rosso ranked Buchnevich the second best Russian prospect eligible for the 2013 draft and that he is a fast player with a good hockey sense who plays a “prototypical Russian” game.
Some of his teammates and countrymen thought that Buchnevich would be a late first round pick.
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