Damir Sharipzyanov


Nizhnekamsk Russia

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:








Signed as free agent, 2015


185 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream

2011-12: Damir Sharipzyanov skated for the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 1996’s in Russia’s Povolzhie region and skated for Ak Bars Kazan at the U17 Russia championship. Sharipzyanov was +6 with no points and 10 penalty minutes in five games as Ak Bars captured the U17 championship in St. Petersburg. After finishing second to Avangard Omsk in Pool B, the club avenged its only loss with a 4-1 win over Omsk in the championship game. 

2012-13: Sharipzyanov skated for Reaktor Nishnekamsk in the MHL junior league as a 16-year-old and played for the Nishnekamsk 96’s in the Povolzhie Region Group A championship. He finished the season skating for Ak Bars in the U17 Russia championship.  Sharipzyanov had 7 assists and was -5 with 24 penalty minutes in 54 MHL games. Reaktor was 10th in the East Conference, missing the playoffs. Sharipzyanov was +3 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in five games for Ak Bars. Ak Bars finished second to Avangard Omsk in its pool and finished fifth, defeating Severstal, 3-2, in the fifth-place game. Sharipzyanov scored 4 goals with 3 assists and 6 penalty minutes in eight game for the Neftekhimik 1996’s at the regional championship. He was +2 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in three game for Russia’s U17 team at the 2013 Four Nations Tournament. Sharipzyanov was selected by Neftekhimik in the third round (85th overall) in the 2013 KHL Draft and was selected by Owen Sound in the first round (50th overall) in the 2013 CHL Import Draft. 

2013-14: Sharipzyanov headed to North America to play for Owen Sound in the OHL after skating for the Russia U18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and played for the Russia U18 squad at the 2014 World Junior Championship. Frequently teamed with Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras on the top pairing for the Attack, he scored 5 goals with 11 assists and was +3 with 65 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games. Owen Sound finished fourth in the Midwest Division, falling to Sault Set. Marie in a first-round playoff series. Sharipzyanov had 1 assist and was -1 with no penalties in five playoff games. He scored 1 goal with no penalties for Russia at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties in five games at the WJC. Russia finished fifth, falling 3-2 to the silver medal-winning Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. 

2014-15: Sharipzyanov returned to Owen Sound for his second OHL season and played for Russia’s U20 team in the Subway Super Series against the OHL All-Stars. He scored 9 goals with 25 assists in 66 regular season games for the Attack and was +13 with 59 penalty minutes. Owen Sound was fourth in the Midwest Division and fell to Guelph in a five-game first-round playoff series. Sharipzyanov scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He had no points nor penalties in his only game with the Russia Selects. Not selected in the NHL Draft for the second year, he was invited to the Los Angeles Kings’ prospect camp and signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Los Angeles in August 2015.

2015-16: Sharipzyanov skated for the Owen Sound Attack in his third OHL season and played for the silver medal Russia U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship. He missed the first 10 games of the season while recovering from a wrist injury but was a staple in the Attack lineup once healthy. Owen Sound earned a playoff spot after finishing fourth in the competitive Midwest Division. Sharipzyanov  was -3 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the World Juniors. Russia lost to Finland, 4-3, in overtime in the gold medal game. 

Talent Analysis

Sharipzyanov is a big and mobile defenseman whose reach and temperament allow him to play a strong game in his own end. He is not overly active in the attack but has a strong first pass and knows how to put his shot to the net for deflections or rebound opportunities.


Sharipzyanov is in his third season with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack in 2015-16 after signing an entry-level contract and attending his first NHL training camp with Los Angeles. One of several big and mobile defensive defensemen in the Kings' system, he will have his work cut out to one day reach the NHL club. His skill set suggests he can be an effective lower pairing shutdown defenseman.

2015-16 OHL Preview: Otters will face challenge in attempt to repeat as Midwest Division champs

by Jason Menard
Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights

Photo: The London Knights will lose at least one significant player from their 2014-15 roster, but will have a strong reinforcement in the form of forward and 2016 prospect, Matthew Tkachuk (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)



The 2015-16 season preview for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) wraps up with the Midwest Division in the league’s Western Conference.

The defending division champs, the Erie Otters, won the division going away in 2014-15, racking up 104 points which was 20 points more than the runner-up London Knights. Of course, that team featured at attack that included Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, the first and third picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. At least one of those two will not be back in the fold in 2015-16, and a loss of both could make a second straight division title a difficult proposition. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Pivotal CHL playoff showdowns, SHL champs look to move on, and more prospect matchups

by David Hahn
Graham Knott - Niagara IceDogs; Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's - Prospect Faceoff, Playoff Edition - 040215

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward Graham Knott (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) faceoff in a crucial Game Five encounter this weekend in the 2015 OHL Playoffs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)


In this week’s playoff edition of Prospect Faceoff, all three CHL leagues have series that are facing pivotal fifth games. Meanwhile, with the NCAA on hiatus, there’s a strong NAHL matchup featuring two college recruits worth keeping an eye on. Also, the SHL’s juggernaut squad in Skelleftea may have an opportunity this weekend to advance to the finals with one more win, but a top prospect for a rival will have something to say about that. Read more»

2014 U18 Video: Damir Sharipzyanov, Russia

by Chapin Landvogt

Damir Sharipzyanov - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2014 prospect Damir Sharipzyanov played for the Reaktor Nizhnekamsk club in the MHL in 2012-13 before moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Although Russia suffered just one overtime loss in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, their eight points only tied them for second with Sweden in Group A, two points behind Canada.

Read more»

2014 U18 Playoff Preview: Canada, USA top groupings heading into playoff round

by Chapin Landvogt

Yevgeni Svechnikov - Team Russia

Photo: Team Russia forward Yevgeni Svechnikov (L), shown here competing at last year’s U18 tournament, has been the top offensive player for Russia at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship is over and the playoff match-ups are set. Despite the odd surprise performances to start off the tournament, the teams have finished off group play in a manner conducive with most expectations coming in. Take a look at who’s up against whom in the playoffs and who you should expect to move on to the next round.

Read more»

2014 U18 WJC Preview: Russia roster features several players with North American experience

by Alessandro Seren Rosso

Aleksandar Mikulovich - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2014 prospect Aleksandar Mikulovich is one of several players on Russia’s U18 roster that competed in North America during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

After last year's disappointing results, a fourth place finish on home soil, Team Russia will present itself at the U18 World Championship with a good roster that includes many players competing in Canada's major junior leagues. The roster also features a good selection of players playing in Russia, some of them with KHL experience.

Read more»