2019 NHL Draft

Arthur Kaliyev

Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)

Steve Kournianos  |  10/08/2018 |  Nashville  |  

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Profile

Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Height / Weight: 6’1, 190 lbs
Born: June 26th, 2001 | Delray Beach, FL
Nation: United States

The Draft Analyst Ranking:

PRE AUG JAN MAR MAY JUN
28 18

Regular Season

Season
Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH S GW FOW FO PTS/G
2017-18 Hamilton (OHL) 68 31 17 48 17 20 6 0 208 3 2 7 0.71
2018-19 USA (U18 Hlinka) 5 3 3 6 0 1.20
2018-19 Hamilton (OHL) 7 6 6 12 0 2 2 0 29 1 0 0 1.71


Scouting Report

A goal-scoring winger with an excellent shot, Kaliyev was impressive last season as a rookie for the Hamilton Bulldogs, who won the OHL postseason title and nearly captured the Memorial Cup. His 30 goals were the most by any 16-year-old OHL’er since Alex Galchenyuk scored 31 for Sarnia in 2010-11. There are several aspects of Kaliyev’s game that stand out, namely his shot and ability to get open for clean looks at the net. He can finish in a variety of ways on both his forehand and backhand, and his one-timer from the circles is devastatingly accurate. Kaliyev’s ability to make quick bursts to the net from a static position creates a dilemma for defenders, since affording him too much room to shoot is equally as dangerous and playing him tight.

Although Kaliyev has a strong upper body and powerful leg drive, he isn’t a physically-intimidating power forward. He uses his above-average speed and stickhandling to quickly counter up ice and maintain possession while being harassed, but you wouldn’t classify him as a crease crasher. Kaliyev spends a significant amount of time away from puck battles but can hold him own in the corners. He has soft hands and is a very good passer for a sniper, and Kaliyev appears to develop immediate chemistry with any center or linemate. Kaliyev likely isn’t the first player a coach will summon to kill a penalty or suffocate an opponent’s late-period rally, but his goal scoring ability for a teenager most certainly is elite.