Damir Sharipzyanov

Hometown:

Nizhnekamsk Russia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-02-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

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.

Future

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.

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