2010-11: Vladimir Tkachyov was the leading scorer for Avangard Omsk’s 1995’s and won a bronze medal at the Russian U17 national championship. He scored 41 goals with 46 assists in 44 games during Ural region play and led Avangard with 6 goals and 6 assists and was +5 with 4 penalty minutes in six games at the national championships. Tkashyov skated for Russia in the 2010 U17 Four Nations Tournament and was scoreless with no penalty minutes in three games.
2011-12: Tkachyov once again skated for Avangard’s 1995 squad as the club hosted the national championship; finishing fourth. In 32 Ural region games he scored 42 goals with 33 assists and had 56 penalty minutes. Tkachyov scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes in six playoff games. Omsk lost to Traktor in overtime in the bronze medal game. Tkachyov was selected by Avangard Omsk in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2012 KHL Draft.
2012-13: Tkachyov made his junior hockey debut as a 16-year old — skating for Omskie Yastreby in the 2012 World Junior Club Cup — and played for Omsk’s second club Yastreby in the MHL’s B Division. He represented Russia in the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge and the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. Tkachyov scored 13 goals with 22 assists and was +32 with 20 penalty minutes in 47 games during the MHL regular season. He had 2 assists and was even with 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He had two assists in four games at the WJAC and shared the scoring lead for Russia’s U18 team at the WJC in Sochi. In seven games he scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes. Tkachyov was selected by Moncton in the first round (39th overall) of the CHL Import Draft.
2013-14: Tkachyov began the season in Russia — appearing in two KHL games with Avangard Omsk and skating for the club’s MHL squad Omskie Yastreby — before joining the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats in January. He had no points nor penalty minutes in his two KHL games. Tkachyov scored 7 goals with 12 assists and was +5 with 12 penalty minutes in 16 games with Omsk Yastreby before heading to North America.
Tkachyov played for Russia in the 2013 Subway Series and was ranked 14th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-season rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.
Although small, Tkachyov is a dynamic offensive talent. An explosive skater and a wizard with the puck, he is just beginning to scratch the surface of his immense potential. Oodles of skill and game-breaking ability, the outstanding question is whether he can round out his game and get stronger.