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2022 NHL Draft prospect profile: Pavel Mintyukov brings an aggressive playstyle to the blue line

As the Montreal Canadiens continue their slow march toward modernization in the organization, one of the biggest areas that they can grow is on defence. There’s an opportunity for the team to do so in the middle part of the first round. Enter the dynamic Pavel Mintyukov of the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL, a truly modern defender who blends the line between forward and defenceman on every shift.

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Date of birth: November 25, 2003
Shoots: Left
Position: Defence
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 192 lbs
Team: Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

Originally part of the Dynamo Moscow system in Russia, Mintyukov never really found another level to his offensive game there, even when he earned a promotion to the MHL.