Dmitry Zhukenov


Omsk Russia

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4th round (114th overall), 2015


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2012-13: Dmitry Zhukenov played for the Avangard Omsk 1997-born team and played for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in the Russia U16 championship. He scored 34 goals with 27 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games for Avangard during the Ural region schedule and had 1 assist in two games during Ural championship play. In five games with Avtomobilist at the Russia U16 tournament he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was +1 with 27 penalty minutes. Avtomobolist finished fifth, defeating Spartakovets 7-2 in the fifth-place game.

2013-14: Zhukenov played for the Avangard Omsk 1997’s and played in three tournaments with the Russia U17 team. He scored 15 goals with 39 assists and 44 penalty minutes in 22 Ural region regular season games for Avangard and scored 1 goal with 9 assists and had an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes in six games during the Russia U17 championship. Zhukenov scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +1 with 12 penalty minutes for Russia in three games at the Four Nations Tournament. He scored 1 goal and had an even plus/minus with 33 penalty minutes in three games during the Five Nations Tournament and scored 3 goals with 7 assists and 4 penalty minutes in six games at the World Hockey Challenge in Canada. Zhukenov was selected by Avangard Omsk in the first round (15th overall) in the 2014 KHL Draft.

2014-15: Zhukenov played for Omskie Yastreby in Russia’s U22 league (MHL) and played for the Russia U19 and U18 teams. He scored 3 goals with 16 assists and was -1 with 42 penalty minutes in 35 regular season games for Yastreby. Omskie finished first in the Ural-Sibir Division, falling to Reaktor in the East Conference quarterfinals. Zhukenov was +1 with 2 assists and no penalties in four playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes in five games for Russia’s third- place U19 team at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. Russia topped Canada East 2-0 in the bronze medal game. Zhukenov scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -3 with 16 penalty minutes in four games for the Russia U18 team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and scored 3 goals with 3 assists, finishing +1 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the 2015 U18 World Juniors. Russia finished fifth at the WJC, falling to host Switzerland, 5-0, in the quarterfinals. Zhukenov was ranked 61st amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Vancouver in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. He was selected by Chicoutimi in the first round (10th overall) in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.

Talent Analysis

Zhukenov likes to go hard to the net and displays a good one time release. He is steady defensively, always seems to be in good position which is an asset in both ends of the rink. He should develop into a decent two-way player with some scoring upside if he can adjust to the North American game.

Zhukenov will come to North America for the 2015-16 season and join the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL. There he will be much easier to scout and the Canucks can hopefully discover what they actually have in this player. He may be a 40 goal scorer or he may find himself adjusting to the North American style for a better part of the season, only time will tell. A bit of a long-shot prospect, this season should give the Canucks a clearer picture on his future potential.

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