2011-12: Alexander Delnov skated for Mytischi Atlant in Russia's MHL (U-22 league) and represented Russia at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. In 47 games he scored 11 goals with 11 assists and was plus-one with 16 penalty minutes. In five playoff games he was scoreless and minus-two with 2 penalty minutes. Delnov played in all six games for Russia at the WJC, scoring 1 goal with 2 assists, and was an even plus-minus with 12 penalty minutes. Russia finished fifth in the tournament. Not among the European players listed in Central Scouting's final rankings, Delnov was selected by Florida in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft and was taken by Seattle in the first round (eight overall) of the CHL Import Draft.
Delnov is a versatile player with high-end skills and excellent skating abilities. He has good size at 6’0 and he uses every bit of his 187 pounds in his physical play. Delnov plays a North American style of game, works hard down low and in the corners, and has shown some scoring touch.
A relative unknown prior to the draft, Delnov is somewhat of an unopened book at this time. He was drafted by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the CHL Import Draft, and has committed to coming to North America to play in the WHL for the 2012-13 season. He will be an interesting player to watch as he begins his transition to North American hockey under Coach Steve Konowalchuk. Should Delnov develop as expected, he could become a valuable two-way, checking-line player.