Rushan Rafikov
Image: Yaroslavl Lokomotiv

Rushan Rafikov

Hometown:

Saratov Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-05-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

7th round (187th overall), 2013

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Rushan Rafikov played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's U17 team and represented Russia in two U16 tournaments. He scored 12 goals with 16 assists and had 40 penalty minutes in 21 games. Yaroslavl was third in the Moscow Region. Rafikov was +4 with 1 goal and 4 assists in five games during Russian championship play as Lokomotiv lost to Ak Bars in the quarterfinals.

2011-12: Rafikov played for Yaroslavl's U22 team in Russia's MHL and the club's U18 team and represented Russia in three U17 tournaments. He scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +5 with 14 penalty minutes in 26 games for Loko Yaroslavl and was was -3 with 1 assist and 25 penalty minutes in three MHL playoff games. Rafikov played 25 games, including five playoff games, for the Yaroslavl U18 team. He scored 8 goals with 9 assists and had 57 penalty minutes. In six games at the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge in Canada he had 2 assists with 10 penalty minutes. In a pair of Four Nations tournaments he had 4 assists and was +4 with 25 penalty minutes in six games.

2012-13: Rafikov played in 53 games for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in his second MHL season and skated for Russia in the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge and Ivan Hlinka Memorial (U18) and 2013 U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. He scored 1 goal with 9 assists and was +11 with 38 penalty minutes in MHL play. Rafikov had 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes in four games at the WJAC. Playing for Russia's U18 team he was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and was +6 with 5 assists and 10 penalty minutes at the U18 WJC in Sochi. Russia finished fourth after a 2-1 loss to Finland in the bronze medal game. Rafikov was ranked 21st amongst European skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings and was selected by Calgary in the seventh round (187th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Rafikov is a talented Russian defender who possesses an offensive upside that can generate scoring opportunities from the blue line. He will have to develop his overall game in order to become a reliable defender. Rafikov has good puck moving skills and can carry the puck into the offensive zone to set up plays. The 6’1, 185-pound defender will have to continue to increase his strength in order to compete at higher levels.

 

Future

Rafikov will continue to develop his game in Russia for the 2013-14 season. He will enter his third campaign with Loko Yaroslavl (MHL) and has committed to playing overseas for at least another year. As Rafikov works on his game and continues to improve, Flames management will monitor the development of the Russian defender to determine his future assignments.

 

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