2008-09: Played for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the third league. He played off the radar most of the season, playing only nine matches with Metallurg 2 and 17 for the junior team.
Backstopped Team Russia in the U18s World Championships to a silver medal and was named the Top Goalie for the tournament.
2009-10: Playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in their Jr league, Bobkov posted a 8-1-1 record in 14 starts, 2 shutouts, a 2.71 GAA, and a .893 save percentage. He also made 6 appearances for Russia in the WJC, posting a 2.45 GAA, .930 save percentage, and 1 shutout.
2010-11: Bobkov made his North American pro debut, starting two games for AHL Syracuse at the end of the season after spending his first season with the OHL's London Knights after coming over from Russia. The 20-year-old stopped 77 of 84 shots (.917 save percentage) and had a 3.51 GAA as Syracuse won both games. Bobkov was the backup to starter Michael Houser with London, appearing in 21 games, and had a 4-10 record with a 4.12 GAA and .874 save percentage. He appeared in 3 of 6 OHL playoff games for the Knights, stopping 17 of 19 shots in 29 minutes of action in relief of Houser. Bobkov started two games for gold medal-winning Russia at the 2011 U20 World Junior Championship and was 1-1 with a 3.85 GAA and .903 save percentage.
2011-12: Bobkov joined the Ducks' AHL affiliate Syracuse for the second time at the end of the year following the OHL. He was 2-2 in four games with the Crunch and had a 2.68 goals against and .913 save percentage.He did not see any playoff action as veteran Iiro Tarkki started all four games. Bobkov played 58 of 68 games for undermanned Kingston in the OHL. Bobkov was 17-32-6 with 1 shutout and had a 3.64 goals against and .902 save percentage on a team that won just 19 games and finished last in the East Division.
Bobkov has ideal size to play goal in today’s NHL with solid athletic ability and flexibility to go with it. His reads have improved and he battles hard between the pipes. A big transition year last season and a weak defensive team in front of him this campaign may obscure exactly what type of prospect he is currently, but soon enough the world will get a clearer look at the Russian import.
A bit of a boom or bust prospect, Bobkov has the potential to develop into a top player or never see NHL ice. He has shown flashes of brilliance, particularly in international play. Still raw, Bobkov’s future remains uncertain but promising.