Rinat Valiev – The Next Ones: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Rinat Valiev THW Close Up:

Date of birth: 05/11/1995

Place of birth: Nizhnekamsk, Russia

Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 190 lbs

Shoots: Left

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2013

THW Ranking: 94 (April Edition)

Other Rankings:

CSS (N.A.)141

CSS Consensus (THW)193

Columbus Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin and RJ Umberger (Dave Gainer/THW)
Columbus Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin (left) is the style of player that Valiev could turn into (Dave Gainer/THW)

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Russian defenseman Rinat Valiev is a typical mid to late round draft pick who has seen his status rise and fall significantly over the past couple of years. His decision to play in the USHL in 2012-13 probably did his draft status some good. Valiev looks like a potentially pretty decent two-way blue liner.

There’s little doubt that Valiev has an NHL frame. He’s got good size and is already a decent physical force weighing in at 190 pounds. However, there’s a lot of other things to like about this profile who is listed as going in the fourth round in THW’s latest mock draft. Like most young blue liners, he could do with learning the game a little more, but he actually possesses decent offensive instincts. Valiev is a pretty mobile blue liner, though his lateral movement could do with a little work. He also has a decent shot and pretty good hands for a defenseman of his size.

Playing for the Indiana Ice in the USHL during the 2012-13 season has really provided Valiev to show off his offensive skills to scouts. He scored six goals and 13 points in 36 games for Indiana. He also demonstrated pretty decent poise and a willingness to get involved in games physically. There’s little doubt that playing in the USHL and MHL over the past two years have helped to build up Valiev’s overall profile.

Valiev’s draft status is extremely interesting. It seems likely now that he will be taken before the final couple of rounds, but his intriguing combination of physical and technical attributes could tempt a team to take him higher. If they do they will be getting an exciting, but ultimately raw talent.

Valiev is unlikely to be as physical or as good as Fedor Tyutin, but his style of game and value as a two-way player is of the same ilk as Tyutin’s in terms of NHL players.

Where He Will End Up In June: Going to agree with the THW Rankings. Valiev will be taken somewhere in the fourth round.

Scouts Honor:

“Has loads of offensive talent but was lacking in discipline and made an example of by the coaches. Has new lease on life with last week’s coaching change. Let’s see if he can turn his season around.”

Kyle Woodlief – USA Today

Statistics:

Bio/Interview Links:

Indiana Ice Bio

ETA = 3-4 years

Risk/Reward Analysis = Risk = 3/5 Reward = 3/5

NHL Potential: Top four two-way defenseman

Strengths:

Mobility

Good hands

Decent shot

Defensive Instincts

Size/Physicality

Flaws/Aspects Needs To Work On:

All-round skating game

Hockey IQ

Defensive consistency

Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 6/10 Defensive 7/10

NHL Player Comparisons:

Poor man’s Fedor Tyutin

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