Nikolai Prokhorkin
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Nikolai Prokhorkin

Hometown:

Chelyabinsk Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1993-09-17

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (121st overall), 2012

Weight:

191 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Nikolai Prokhorkin played for the Podolsk Vityaz junior team in Russia. In 54 games he scored 52 goals with 74 assists and had 60 penalty minutes. Vityaz finished second in the Moscow Region. In seven qualifying games he scored 5 goals with 10 assists and had 12 penalty minutes as Vityaz finished second in the six-team tournament. Prokhorkin was selected by Vityaz Chekhov in the second round (26th overall) of the KHL Draft.

2010-11: Obtained by CSKA Moscow in the summer, Prokhorkin made his KHL debut, skating in six games with CSKA Moscow, and was the fourth-leading goal scorer for the MHL-champion CSKA-Red Army junior team. He was scoreless and minus-three in limited ice time in the KHL. Prokhorkin scored 23 goals with 17 assists and was plus-28 with 42 penalty minutes in 46 games for the junior team. In 16 MHL playoff games he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was plus-seven with 10 penalty minutes. CSKA-Red Army defeated Magnitogorsk in the MHL finals.

2011-12: Prokhorkin battled injuries in his second season in Moscow – appearing in 15 regular season games and four playoff contests for CSKA Moscow in the KHL and skating for CSKA Moscow-Red Army's MHL squad. He scored his first KHL goal and was minus-one with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes while averaging eight minutes of ice time for CSKA. In the KHL playoffs he had 1 assist and was plus-one with 2 penalty minutes. Prokhorkin scored 9 goals with 17 assists and was plus-13 with 47 penalty minutes in 15 games for CSKA Moscow-Red Army in MHL play.  He scored 2 goals with 9 assists and was plus-one in 16 playoff games as CSKA-Red Army reached the MHL finals; falling to Omskie Yastreby.  Prokhorkin was invited to the 2012 NHL Draft Combine and was ranked ninth amongst European skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Prokhorkin was caught in the middle of a contract dispute between the Kings and KHL club CSKA Moscow at the start of the year. He skated in eight AHL games with Los Angeles affiliate Manchester to start the year but instead of joining Barrie in the OHL returned to Russia and played for CSKA and its minor league club THK Tver. In eight games with the Monarchs he was +2 with 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes. Prokhorkin played 14 regular season games with CSKA and scored 2 goals with 1 assist; finishing +1 with 10 penalty minutes. In nine KHL playoff games he scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was +4. Prokhorkin played five VHL games with THK Kver, scoring 2 goals with 2 assists, and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

While Prokhorkin possesses all the skills you would expect out of a Russian forward like great puck-handling skills, impressive creativity and on-ice vision, he deviates from that by playing a big physical game as well. He needs to pack on more muscle, but Prokhorkin is not opposed to, nor does he shy away from the physical aspect of the game. The one factor that has chased most teams away from Prokhorkin is of course his limbo like status with the KHL.

 

Future

Prokhorkin had an odd start to his pro career. He was signed to an entry-level deal, and that was subsequently argued by CSKA Moscow who claimed he was signed with them through 2015. Prokhorkin did in fact make his way to Russia for 2012-13, and will be there for the 2013-14 season as well. His future, at least until he is clear of the KHL, will be in question. That does not look like it is happening until at least 2015.

 

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