2010-11: Bogdan Yakimov played for Russia at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship, scoring 1 goal and adding 1 assist for 2 points in 7 games. Yakimov was chosen by Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 2011 KHL Draft.
2011-12: Yakimov played for Reaktor Nizhnekamsk of the MHL (juniors). In 46 games for that club, he scored 15 goals and added 10 assists for 25 points. In 2 playoff games for Reaktor, Yakimov scored 2 goals and added 1 assist for 3 points. Yakimov represented Russia at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, scoring 2 goals and adding 1 assist for 3 points in 4 games. Yakimov again played for Russia at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship, scoring 3 goals and adding 4 assists for 7 points in 6 games.
2012-13: Yakimov spent most of the season playing in the VHL, Russia’s second-level pro league. In 21 games for Dizel Penza, he scored 3 goals and added 6 assists and was +6 with 12 penalty minutes. Yakimov was loaned to Izhstal Izhevsk of the VHL, playing in 16 games for that club and scored 5 goals with 8 assists; finishing +8 with 2 penalty minutes. Yakimov played in Russia’s U-22 league, the MHL, with Reaktor Nizhnekamsk and scored 6 goals with 7 assists in 11 games. Ranked 11th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was selected by Edmonton in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
At 6’4 and 201 pounds, Yakimov is a monster on the ice. He has a strong hockey sense and good positional play, which makes up for his sub-par skating skills. He has impressive hands and good offensive skills considering his lack of foot speed. His size makes him a menace in his own end and hard to knock off of the puck in the offensive zone, but it is unclear whether or not he will have the top level skill to earn him a top-six spot at the NHL level.
Yakimov will need more time to develop and will hope to make the jump to the KHL, which will be a step up from his current second-tier squad. His skills are strong in both ends and his offensive numbers are respectable at this point, but it still remains to be seen as to how he will measure up at the higher level.