Position: Left winger
Junior team: Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Born: Portland, Ore.
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 184 pounds.
2014-15 stats: 59 games, 33 goals, 31 assists, 64 points.
Central Scouting rank: No. 30 (North America).
Lowdown: Not too many people – let alone teenagers – can boast the worldliness of Yan. The Oregon native moved with his Russian parents to Moscow at age 5. As his skills began to show, he moved to Michigan and spent a year in the U.S. National Team Development Program. He jumped to Canada this year and tied for the league’s top spot on the rookie scoring list.
The scoring burst was a huge boost over his previous season. Though long regarded as a scorer, he had just six goals and 11 points in 30 games with the U.S. program. His skating benefited him at Shawinigan, with the fast mover able to find open space. He gets his shot off quickly. Defense is an afterthought for Yan, who has a lot of work to do to become a two-way player. He ranked fifth on his team in penalty minutes, showing he’s not afraid of contact but can also be undisciplined. He topped the other prospects at the NHL Scouting Combine with 14 pull-ups.
They said it: “He’s able to shoot the puck. He’s got an NHL wrister. He’s fast on the game. He’s got a high hockey sense. … He has to learn the other side, but he’s a high-skilled player.” – Shawinigan coach Martin Bernard to SportsAndMoore.com.
– John Vogl
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