Nikolay Goldobin Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Sarnia Sting


By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

Nikolay Goldobin
Age – 18
Position – Right Wing
Height – 6′0″
Weight – 185
Draft Projection: Mid-to-late 1st rounder
OHL Team: Sarnia Sting
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 38 goals, 56 assists, 94 points, -30, 21PIM, 67 games played
2013-14 Playoff Stats: N/A
NHL Comparable(s) – Marian Gaborik, Patrick Kane, Jordan Eberle
Upside – 8.5/10

Strengths – Nikolay Goldobin is one of the most offensively gifted players in this year’s draft class. He has a good first three steps, and reaches top speed quickly. He’s very shifty with the puck, and is tough to contain because he’s unpredictable and can change direction on a dime. Goldobin is very elusive with the puck, and can fit through small gaps, and dance around defenders when it looks like there’s no room. He has quick hands, and excellent puck skills. He can beat defenders numerous ways, and has a good inside-out move. He also possesses a very good wrist shot. Goldobin is a great passer, and has excellent vision, as he always finds lanes to get teammates the puck when they don’t look to be available. Goldobin performs saucer passes with ease, and is extremely creative with the puck. One underrated aspect of his game is his ability to make good decisions with the puck. He almost always puts it in a good spot for a teammate to make a play, and doesn’t force plays that aren’t there. He’s a very dynamic, elite level playmaker with the ability to put up points in big chunks.

Weaknesses – Goldobin will need to add strength to his frame, as he struggles against bigger players along the wall and gets pushed off the puck easily at times. He’ll also need to improve his defensive zone play, as sometimes he plays his man loosely, drifts around in the zone and misses assignments.

Career Projection – Goldobin projects to be a top-6 offensive winger in the NHL who can produce points and help out on the power play.

2014 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:


Sam Bennett – Kingston Frontenacs

Jared McCann – Soo Greyhounds

Robby Fabbri – Guelph Storm

Michael Amadio – North Bay Battalion


Michael Dal Colle – Oshawa Generals

Nick Ritchie – Peterborough Petes

Brendan Perlini – Niagara IceDogs

Brendan Lemieux – Barrie Colts

Josh Ho-Sang – Windsor Spitfires 

Spencer Watson – Kingston Frontenacs

Eric Cornel – Peterborough Petes 

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Val d’Or Foreurs

Brett Pollock – Edmonton Oil Kings

Mads Eller – Edmonton Oil Kings


Aaron Ekblad – Barrie Colts

Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia Sting

Roland McKeown – Kingston Frontenacs

Dysin Mayo – Edmonton Oil Kings

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