Coming in at number 15 in the 2021 edition of Calgary Flames prospect rankings is defensive stalwart Yan Kuznetsov. The 2020 second-round selection is fresh off a solid and busy year where he was strong in his final NCAA season, secured a spot on the Russian World Junior club, and made his professional debut with the Stockton Heat.
Let’s check in with the promising defensive prospect.
Mar 9 2002 (age 19) in Murmansk, Russia
6’4”, 215 pounds
Drafted in the second round (50th overall) by CGY in 2020
The hulking Russian had a strong and busy sophomore season at the University of Connecticut taking strides as a shutdown defender.