Saturday, June 2, 2007

From Russia With Uncertainty

Maxim Mayorov
Country: Russia
Position: Left Wing
League: Vysshaya Liga
Team: Neftyanik Leninogorsk
Height: 6'2''
Weight: 187
Shoots: Left
Strengths: Mayorov is a tall player who has some natural filling out to do over time. One of his strongest assests, is being able to adapt to a specific type of style the game is being played at. He has the versatility and talent to play both a power winger or a finesse game. He has very good speed and is a threat on the rush. Although he is not the most instinctive goal scorer, he drives to the net admirably and works hard, depending on which Mayorov you see.
Weaknesses: Where do we start? Something that should normally not matter when evaluating prospects are their country. But, he is Russian and along come all the non-equipment hockey baggage with him. Up in the air is the status of the transfer agreement, and his Russian club's general negotiability in the future when a team holds his rights. Playing wise, Mayorov fights incredible bouts with consistency. On some nights, he is the heartbeat of his team and on other's he can be seen as lazy. Also, those wanting a secure look at Mayorov have had to deal with limited exposure as he did not even participate in the U18 this past April.
2006-2007 Regular Season Stats
28 games 6 goals 4 assists 10 points -5 6 PIM
Draft Day Status/Projection: Mayorov is one of those unknown prospects. Will he fall on draft day like Evseev did or even worse Anikeenko? Will he develop like Radulov or end up like Glazachev? Which team will opt for Mayorov if they believe there is a similar talent on the board from a safer, more reliable league IE. Esposito/Moller? That said, DraftBuzz likes him as a top 30 talent, and projects him to be drafted in the range of 20-40. He will be the perfect pick for a team with multiple picks in the draft (PHI) or a team with a steady, character prospect pool lacking some flair and risk.

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