Artur Boltanov
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Artur Boltanov

Hometown:

Magnitogorsk Russia

Team:

Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-08-09

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft

Weight:

160 lbs.

Probability of Success

History

2010-11: Artur Boltanov played up one year with the Metallurg Magnitogorsk 1995-born team in the Ural region of Russia. In 43 games he scored 27 goals with 26 assists and had 34 penalty minutes. In four games with the club's 1996-born team he scored 2 goals with 2 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Boltanov once again skated for the Metallurg 1995's. In 28 games he scored 29 goals with 23 assists and 34 penalty minutes. In seven games with the Magnitogorsk 1996-born team he scored 6 goals with 5 assists and 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Boltanov skated in Russia's MHL junior league as a 16-year-old and played for Metallurg's 1996 team; representing Russia in a pair of U17 tournaments. He scored 3 goals and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes in 18 MHL games for the Magnitogorsk Steel Foxes. Boltanov scored 34 goals with 32 assists and had 42 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Metallurg 1996's. In five games for Russia's U17 team he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes. He was selected by Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the first round (28th overall) in the 2013 KHL Draft.

2013-14: Boltanov skated in 42 of 56 regular season games and all eight playoff contests in his first full MHL season with the Steel Foxes. He played for Russia in the 2013 World Junior A Challenge and 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournaments. He scored 11 goals with 12 assists and was -1 with 26 penalty minutes during the MHL season and scored 1 goal with 2 assists, finishing -3 with 4 penalty minutes, in the playoffs. Boltanov scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 16 penalty minutes in five games at the U19 WJAC as Russia captured a silver medal. In four games for the Russia U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes. Not ranked in Central Scouting's mid-term rankings, Boltanov was 28th amongst European skaters in the final rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Boltanov is a center who is progressing and improving as a player. In his stints with the national teams. he showcased some good technical skills, good hockey sense and some willingness to forecheck. The Magnitogorsk, Russia native has a good touch around the net and a good shot, paired with good skating and hands. There are, however, doubts on the actual level of his skills, since he didn’t shine either with the national team or in the Russian junior league so far.

 

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