Ilja Kablukov
Ilja Kablukov
Canucks - Left Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 18/01/1988
AGE: 26
DRAFTED: VAN: 2007-146 overall
Team: CSKA Moscow (RSL)
Team Record: 36-15-3-3
Stats to Date: 50 games, 4 goals, 9 assists

Analysis: Kablukov is a very big, defensive, versatile pivot who has an uncanny knack to score garbage goals. Although he doesn’t possess a great shot, or great puck handling skills, he has no qualms of going wherever the puck is, and as such is a very opportunistic player. His positioning, checking, and stickwork to break-up plays is well beyond his years, this will always allow him to make the NHL. He has the abilities to be a very good checking line forward.

Scout Update: More important than any statistical figure for Kablukov is that he has played in every Russian Super League game since first being put into the lineup, as a defensive forward he isn’t asked to pot goals or tally assists, and his number of games played speaks volumes for his defensive prowess this year. The number of games he plays obviously shows his ability to stop the other teams top forwards.