Nikita Tryamkin
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Nikita Tryamkin

Hometown:

Yekaterinburg Russia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-08-30

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-7

Acquired:

3rd round (66th overall), 2014

Weight:

230 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Nikita Tryamkin skated for the Automobolist 1994-born team in the Ural region of Russia. He scored 6 goals with 3 assists and had 155 penalty minutes in 34 games. Tryamkin was selected by the club’s KHL team in the third round (66tH overall) of the 2011 KHL Draft.

2011-12: Tryamkin played for Auto Yekaterinburg’s U22 team in the MHL as a 17-year-old and skated for Russia’s U18 team in the 2011 Sergei Zholtok Memorial tournament. He scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was -7 with 82 penalty minutes in 60 MHL games during the regular season and was +3 with no points and 8 penalty minutes in nine games during the MHL play-out series. He had 1 assist in three games at the Sergei Zholtok tournament.

2012-13: Tryamkin skated in 32 KHL games for Avtomobilist — splitting the season between the KHL and MHL — and represented Russia in a pair of Four Nations tournaments at the U20 and U19 levels. He scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was -4 with 12 penalty minutes as Yekaterinburg finished last in the Kharlamov Division; winning a league fewest eight games. In nine relegation games he was +3 with no points and 8 penalty minutes. Tryamkin scored 8 goals with 10 assists and was +9 with 58 penalty minutes in 28 regular season MHL games for Auto and added 1 goal with 2 assists, finishing -5 with 40 penalty minutes, in eight playoff games. He was +1 with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in three games with the Russia U20 team and was +3 with 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes in three games for the U19 squad. Tryamkin was ranked 123rd amongst International skaters in his second year of eligibility for the NHL Draft but was not selected.

2013-14: Tryamkin returned to Automobilist for his second KHL season and played for Russia’s U20 team in the 2014 World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +2 with 38 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games; averaging 16:30 minutes of ice time. Yekatarinburg finished fourth in the Kharlamov Division and was swept by Astana Barys in a first round playoff series. Tryamkin was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +5 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games at the World Junior Championship. Russia defeated Canada, 2-1, to win the bronze medal. Tryamkin was ranked 25th amongst European skaters in the Central Scouting mid-season rankings and slipped to 65th in the final rankings. He was selected by Vancouver in the third round (66th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Tryamkin is a huge defender with a cannon of a shot. His size and puck skills are his two biggest assets. Drafted in his third year of eligibility after competing for Russia in the 2014 World Junior Championship, he is a late bloomer and must continue to work on his skating and positional play. Tryamkin is a team leader and has good intangibles.

Future
Long-term Tryamkin projects as a traditional stay-at-home defenseman with the size and reach to take away passing lanes and prevent scoring opportunities. He has one year remaining on his KHL contract with Yekaterinburg and will likely not be in North America until 2016-17 at the earliest.

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