Nikita Pavlychev


Yaroslavl Russia

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7th round (197th overall), 2015


205 lbs.

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2012-13: Nikita Pavlychev was a teammate of Flyers’ prospect Ivan Provorov on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights U16 team in Pennsylvania. The Knights captured the USA U16 national championship. Pavlychev was selected by Des Moines in the third round (33rd overall) in the 2013 USHL Draft. 

2013-14: Pavlychev skated in four games with the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers — appearing in two games in December and returning for two more games at the end of February — and played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights U18 team. He had 1 assist and was +1 with no penalties skating for the Buccaneers. Pavlychev scored 9 goals with 14 assists and 65 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Knights. In January 2014 he committed to playing college hockey at Penn State in 2016-17. 

2014-15: Pavlychev skated in 42 games for Des Moines and was selected to play in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game in January despite missing time due to injury. He scored 6 goals with 10 assists and was +1 with 80 penalty minutes. The Musketeers missed the playoffs, finishing seventh in the Western Conference. Pavlychev was ranked 153rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Pittsburgh in the seventh round (197th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

2015-16: Pavlychev returned to Des Moines for his second USHL season with the Buccaneers. Tied for third in the USHL with 161 penalty minutes, he scored 9 goals with 13 assists and was +2 in 58 regular season games. Des Moines finished seventh in the Western Conference, missing the USHL playoffs.

Talent Analysis

At 6-foot-7, Pavlychev is typically the biggest person on the ice at any given point, and he has a projectable frame, which suggests he could mature into a formidable hockey player. Right now however, he is exceptionally raw. His skating needs a lot of work, and while he does not need to become a speedster—he can travel the length of the ice in several strides—he definitely needs to develop a more explosive first step. In general, Pavlychev needs experience at higher levels of competition.


Pavlychev spent his second season with the USHL's Des Moines Buccaneers in 2015-16, finishing among the league leaders in penalty minutes. A huge forward with some skill, he is expected to take time to reach his full potential and should do so during his college career at Penn State. Pavlychev projects as a lower line two-way forward with some scoring ability and toughness.

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