Ziyat Paygin

Hometown:

Penza Russia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-02-08

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

7th round (209th overall), 2015

Weight:

209 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Ziyat Paygin skated for the Dizel club in his hometown of Penza, Russia. Playing for the club’s 1994-born team he scored 1 goal with 5 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 17 games. Paygin played 25 games for the Dizel 1995’s and scored 10 goals with 23 assists and 14 penalty minutes. 

2010-11: Paygin played for Dizel Penza as the 1995 team competed in Group A in the Povolzhie Region. Limited to five of 24 games in the Group A season, he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 18 penalty minutes. Dizel finished fifth in the eight-team league. 

2011-12: Paygin moved from Penza to Kazan — skating for Irbis Kazan in the MHL (Russian juniors) B league and playing for the Ak Bars U17 team. In 35 games for Irbis he scored 6 goals with 12 assists and was +17 with 38 penalty minutes. Irbis finished third behind Oktan Perm and Batyr Neftekamsk in the MHL B Central Division. Paygin had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties in four playoff games. He had 2 assists and was +9 with no penalties in five games for Ak Bars at the U17 Russian Championship. Ak Bars won the U17 championship in Omsk, defeating Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, 5-1, in the final.

2012-13: Paygin skated for Bars Kazan in the MHL’s top division in his second season in Kazan. He played for the Russia U19 team at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge. Paygin scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was -1 with 16 penalty minutes in 46 regular season MHL games. Bars finished fifth in the East Conference, falling to Mamonty Yugry in the playoff quarterfinals. Paygin was +1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He played eight games with Irbis Kazan in MHL B, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist and finishing +2 with 6 penalty minutes. Paygin had no points with 4 penalty minutes in four games at the WJAC. Russia finished fifth, defeating the Czech Republic, 4-1, in the fifth-place game. 

2013-14: Paygin skated in 47 regular season games and 12 playoff contests for Bars Kazan in his second season with the MHL club. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +16 with 14 penalty minutes in the regular season. Bars Kazan finished first in the East Division and reached the playoff semifinals, falling to JHC Spartak. Paygin had 1 assist and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. 

2014-15: Paygin played in the KHL as a 19-year-old — skating in 33 regular season games and two playoff contests for Ak Bars Kazan — and skated for Russia in the 2014 Subway Series and the 2015 World Junior Championship. Paygin also played three games for Ak Bars’ VHL minor league affiliate Bars Kazan. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist in KHL play and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging 9:00 minutes of ice time during the regular season. Kazan finished first in the Kharlamov Division and reached the Gagarin Cup finals against St. Petersburg SKA. Paygin had no points nor penalties in two playoff games, averaging 2:40 minutes of ice time. In VHL play with Bars Kazan he had 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes. He skated in five games for Russia during the Subway Series against all-star teams from the three Canada major junior leagues, recording no points nor penalties. Paygin scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +7 with 20 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. Russia won a silver medal, falling 5-4 to host Canada in the gold medal game. Ranked 49th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting rankings in his third year of draft eligibility, Paygin was selected by Edmonton in the seventh round (209th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis
A player with excellent size, Paygin is a defenseman with excellent mobility, especially considering his height and weight, who may lack elite potential but has all the tools to become a regular player, maybe even in the NHL. He is gifted with great skating and a good reading of the ice, but he needs to move his feet more and play less of a passive style. He should also use his shot more, and in general needs to work on the offensive side of the game. A very intriguing player considering his size and mobility.
Future

Paygin began the 2015-16 season with KHL traditional power Ak Bars Kazan, seeing limited ice time before being sent to second-year club HC Sochi. He has had a breakout season, leading the team's defensemen in scoring and being named to the KHL All-Star Game as a 20-year-old. Paygin did not participate in the Oilers' development camp in 2015 so the Edmonton brass and the team's fans will be eager to get a look at him this summer. A big man who moves well and distributes the puck, he would be a good fit with some of the high-flying forwards in Edmonton.

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