Nikita Tryamkin’s KHL season ended last Thursday, making him available for the Vancouver Canucks to sign.
But who is he? Here’s what hockey fans may want to know about Nikita Tryamkin.
Weight: 230 pounds
Team: Vancouver Canucks
Drafted: Third round, 66th overall in 2014
Contract Status: Signed
The skinny on the big defenceman
The 21-year-old Russian was a Canucks third-round pick in 2014. He has 28 points in 188 KHL games over four seasons and recorded three points in seven games at the 2014 world junior hockey championship. He’s a big, stay-at-home defenceman, who recorded a career-high 11 points this year.
Most recently, he helped his Avtomobolist Yekaterinburg stand tall against the heavily-favoured Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL’s Gagarin Cup playoffs.
The Canucks took a gamble drafting him
The apparent out clause in his two-year, $925,000 contract at least points to such a notion.
“As far as him staying over here for the long term, we’re going to sign him and get him over here practicing and then hopefully get him in some games between now and the end of the season,” Canucks GM Jim Benning told The Province.
“If he’s ready (for the NHL), that’s perfect. If he still needs time to develop, we’ll have to talk to him. With all Russian players, you hope that they stick it out for that development period and are part of your team long-term.”
Tryamkin was the first Russian player the Canucks drafted since 2007.
– Tryamkin is a graduate of the Spartakovets Hockey Academy, the same school that boasts graduates Alexei Yashin and Nikolai Khabibulin.
– Russia beat Canada for bronze at the 2014 world junior hockey championship.