Artur Gavrus
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Artur Gavrus

Hometown:

Raitichi Belarus

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-01-03

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

6th round (180th overall), 2012

Weight:

168 lbs.

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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-3. 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-4. 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-3 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 plus-10 in 15 games for Neman Grodno and in two games with the club’s second team he was plus-1 with 3 assists. Gavrus scored 8 goals with 6 assists in 21 regular season games for Owen Sound and was minus-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 minus-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 minus-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 plus-7 in five games.

2013-14: Gavrus returned to his native Belarus to skate for Dinamo Minsk in the KHL and was the captain for the Belarus U20 team at the 2014 Division 1A World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was minus-11 with 8 penalty minutes in 30 KHL games. Gavrus scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was minus-5 in four games with the Dinamo-Shinnik junior team. He scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was plus-6 in five games at the D1A WJC as Belarus finished third in the six-team tournament in Poland. 

2014-15: Gavrus had a challenging season — struggling to stay healthy and stay in the lineup with Dinamo Minsk in his second KHL season — but finished things up on a positive note with a strong performance for the Belarus national team at the 2015 IIHF World Championship. He also skated for Molodechno in the Belarus League and played with the Bobruysk junior team in the MHL playoffs late in the year. Gavrus scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was -7 with 12 penalty minutes, averaging 12:09 minutes of ice time, in 36 games with Dinamo. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes in four games with Molodechno and scored 2 goals with 3 assists, finishing -2 with 2 penalty minutes in eight games for Belarus at the World Championship. In three MHL playoff games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -5 with 12 penalty minutes as Bobruysk was swept by heavily-favored HC MVD. 

Talent Analysis

Gavrus is a dynamic, highly-skilled, and blisteringly fast forward. 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

Gavrus has yet to sign an NHL entry-level contract with New Jersey and remains a bit of a mystery at this point. Originally headed to Finland to play in Liiga in 2015-16, he ended up remaining in Minsk to play for Dinamo. Gavrus has shown promise in his third KHL season, registering 10 points in 19 games but injury issues have kept him out of the lineup for much of the season. His scoring ability would be welcome in a New Jersey organization that is offensively-challenged but whether he can remain healthy, or is willing to come to North America remains uncertain.

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