Denis Guryanov
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Denis Guryanov

Hometown:

Togliatti Russia

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-06-07

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

1st round (12th overall), 2015

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Denis Guryanov skated for the Lada Togliatti 1996 and 1997-born teams in Povolzhie region play in Russia and competed in the 2012 Tretiak Cup. 

2012-13: Guryanov appeared in six games for Ak Bars Kazan in the U16 Russian championship and skated for Lada Togliatti in regional play. He scored 1 goal and was -6 with no penalties in six games for Ak Bars. In ten games for Lada (1996) at the Povolzhie region championships he scored 7 goals with 5 assists and 4 penalty minutes. 

2013-14: Guryanov played for the Ladia Togliatti U22 team in the MHL as a 16-year-old and skated for Russia in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. He scored 7 goals with 9 assists and was +11 with 6 penalty minutes in 37 games for Ladia. In six games for Russia at the WHC he scored 3 goals with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Russia finished third in the tournament, defeating Canada Quebec 6-2 in the bronze medal game. Guryanov was selected by Lada Togliatti in the first round (42nd overall) in the 2014 KHL Draft. 

2014-15: Guryanov made his KHL debut, skating in eight games for Lada Togliatti, and played for the Ladia junior squad in the MHL. He played for Russia in two championship tournaments — the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Canada and the 2015 U18 World Juniors. Guryanov had 1 assist and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging seven minutes of ice time with Lada Togliatti. In 23 regular season MHL games he scored 15 goals with 10 assists and was +4 with 39 penalty minutes. He scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was -1 with 12 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Guryanov scored 3 goals with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in five games for the Russia U19 squad at the WJAC. In five games for the Russia U18 team at the WJC he scored 6 goals with 1 assist and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes. Russia finished fifth, going undefeated in pool play but suffering a 5-0 loss to host Switzerland in the quarterfinals. Guryanov was ranked seventh amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Dallas in the first round (12th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Guryanov is a complete player without obvious weaknesses and is one of the top talents from Russia amongst his peers. While he can improve his defensive game and awareness, he tries to play a 200-foot game, getting back on defense and helping out his linemates. Technically sound like most Russian prospects, Guryanov is gifted with good size and skating, attributes that make him a very intriguing young player and a prospective scoring line player in the NHL.

Future

Guryanov is playing for Lada Togliatti in the KHL as an 18-year-old in 2015-16 and was one of the final players cut from the Russia U20 team prior to the 2016 World Junior Championship. A gifted offensive player with outstanding skating and stick handling ability, he is still relatively early in the development process. His offensive production to this point with Lada has been limited as he works to refine the complimentary aspects of his game. Long-term he projects as an effective first or second line winger.

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