Artur Gavrus
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Artur Gavrus

Hometown:

Raitichi Belarus

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-01-03

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

6th round (180th overall), 2012

Weight:

168 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Artur Gavrus skated in 41 games for Neman Grodno in the Belarus second league and represented Belarus at the 2010 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 14 goals with 12 assists and 22 penalty minutes for Neman Grodno. The youngest player for Belarus at the U18 WJC, he had 1 assist and was minus-three. Despite being the host team Belarus was unable to avoid relegation; finishing last in the ten-team tournament.

2010-11: Gavrus skated in 19 games with Neman Grodno in the second league and was the leading scorer for Belarus at the 2011 U18 Division I B World Junior Championship. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and had 22 penalty minutes for Neman Grodno. In five games for Belarus, he scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was plus-four. Belarus was fourth in the six-team tournament. Gavrus was drafted by Atlant Mytishchi in the first round (18th overall) of the KHL Draft and selected by Owen Sound (OHL) in the first round (55th overall) of the CHL Import Draft.

2011-12: Gavrus skated in 45 games for Owen Sound in his first OHL season – missing time due to a concussion and a wrist injury. He scored 15 goals with 22 assists and was minus-three with 18 penalty minutes. Gavrus appeared in one game during the Attack’s five-game first round series with Kitchener. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 60th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Gavrus began the year playing in the domestic men’s league in his native Belarus before returning to the Owen Sound Attack in January and finishing the year in the OHL. He also represented Belarus in the 2013 IIHF World Championship and World Junior Division 1 Group A Championship tournaments. He scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was +10 in 15 games for Neman Grodno and in two games with the club’s second team he was +1 with 3 assists. Gavrus scored 8 goals with 6 assists in 21 regular season games for Owen Sound and was -1 with 11 penalty minutes. The Attack finished second to OHL champion London in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Gavrus scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was -2 with 2 penalty minuets in 12 playoff games. He played three games for Belarus’ men’s team, which finished 14th at the WC, and was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes. Gavrus was the team captain and leading scorer for the Belarus U20 team – scoring 5 goals with 5 assists and finishing +7 in five games.

 

Talent Analysis

Dynamic, highly-skilled, and blisteringly fast are just some of the words that best describe what Gavrus brings to the table. He's the type of player that can make elite plays with the puck at top-speed and lift fans out of their seats. He's shifty and elusive and shows great puck possession ability while in the offensive end. The biggest problem for Gavrus is his propensity to get hurt. He plays the game with a lot of jam, fearlessness and energy, which unfortunately lends to putting himself into situations that can compromise his health. The catch is, if he doesn't play that way he's not as effective a player.

 

Future

A rough rookie year in the KHL has left the future of Gavrus murkier than ever. Injuries continue to plague him while his size is a detriment in one-on-one battles. Unless he has a dramatic turnaround in 2014-15, the Belarus native's NHL aspirations may fade away.

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