Sergei Boikov

Hometown:

Khabarovsk Russia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1996-01-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (161st overall), 2015

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Sergei Boikov played for the Metallurg Novokuznetsk U16 and U17 teams in the Sibir region of Russia and skated for the Russia U16 team in two tournaments. Playing for Metallurg in the Russia U17 championship tournament he had an even plus/minus with no points and six penalty minutes in five games. Boikov played for the Novokuznetsk ’95’s at the Tretyak Cup. In three games he had 1 assist and was +4 with 25 penalty minutes. He had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in four games for Russia at the Red Bulls Hockey Rookie Cup and was +1 with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in three games during a Four Nations Tournament. 

2012-13: Boikov appeared in three games in Russia’s U22 league (MHL) as a 17-year-old and played for the Metallurg Novokuznetsk regional junior team. In three MHL games with Kuznetskie Medvedi he had an even plus/minus with no points and 3 penalty minutes. Boikov scored 8 goals with 7 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 25 regular season games for Metallurg. He had 3 assists and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in four games at the Russia U17 championship. Metallurg defeated Neftyanik Almetievsk, 7-2, in the seventh-place game. Boikov played for the Russia U17 team in three tournaments, including the Winter Youth Olympic Festival. In 10 games he had 2 assists and was +4 with 8 penalty minutes. He was selected by Metallurg Novokuznetsk in the third round (88th overall) in the 2013 KHL Draft and was chosen by Drummondville in the second round (90th overall) in the 2013 CHL Import Draft. 

2013-14: Boikov skated for the Russia U18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before joining the Drummondville Voltigeurs for his first season in North America. One of four players to skate in all 68 regular season games for Drummondville, he scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was +11 with 89 penalty minutes. The Voltigeurs finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the QMJHL playoffs. Boikov had 1 assist and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. In four games for Russia at the Ivan Hinka tournament he was +1 with no points nor penalties. Boikov was ranked 183rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected  in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

2014-15: Boikov returned to Drummondville for his second QMJHL season. In 64 games he scored 3 goals with 18 assists and was +11 with 64 penalty minutes. The Voltigeurs finished sixth in the West Division, five points behind Victoriaville for the final playoff spot. In his second year of draft eligibility, Boikov was not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was selected by Colorado in the sixth round (161st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Don’t let his smile on the ice fool you, Boikov is a nasty defenseman who will certainly staple you to the end boards if given the chance. Boikov scored 24 points in 64 games with a plus-11 rating for a terrible Drummondville Voltigeurs squad his draft year. His 24 points may be where his offensive game peaks as he is not known for taking too many chances in the offensive zone.

Future

Boikov is in his third season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the QMJHL in 2015-16 and skated for the silver-medal Russia U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship. A hard scrabble defender who plays a physical game, he has shown some offensive potential in junior hockey. His calling card at the pro level will be his ability to prevent scoring opportunities and provide a combative presence. Drafted as a 19-year-old, he is more advanced than other players taken in the 2015 NHL Draft but he is also closer to his ceiling in terms of potential.

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