Igor Bobkov
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Igor Bobkov

Hometown:

Magnitogorsk Russia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-01-02

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2009

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (76th overall), 2009

Weight:

192 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Igor Bobkov 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.

2012-13: Bobkov had a roller coaster first pro season with the Ducks AHL affiliate Norfolk. Pegged to be the starter for the Admirals, he won his first three games in October, including a 38-save shutout against St. John's but then lost all six of his starts in November – including two in which he played just one period. Bobkov appeared in just two games in January as Frederik Andersen took over the starting role and played just three games after February 22nd. Bobkov finished the year 11-17-0 in 28 games with 2 shutouts and had a 3.13 goals against and .903 save percentage. Norfolk was fifth in the East Division; two points out of an AHL playoff spot. He was with the Ducks in April and during the playoffs but did not appear in any games.

 

Talent Analysis

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. Consistency has been an issue as he has entered into the AHL but still shows flashes of quality.

 

Future

Initially thought of as a boom or bust pick, Bobkov is starting to fall into the bust side of things. With pressure coming from new star on the block John Gibson, and a fantastic 2012-13 from Frederik Andersen, Bobkov will almost assuredly be relegated to the ECHL. Moving forward, he is really going to have to standout if he wants to jump up in the depth chart and reach the NHL.

 

 

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