Pavel Karnaukhov


Minsk Belarus

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5th round (136th overall), 2015


196 lbs.

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2012-13: Pavel Karnaukhov played for the CSKA Moscow 1997’s and competed for CSKA in the Russia U17 Championship. In his third year in Russia after beginning his hockey career with Yunost in Minsk, Belarus, he scored 32 goals with 29 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 32 games in Moscow Group play. CSKA Moscow finished first in Group A at the U17 championship and defeated Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, 4-3 in a shootout, in the championship game. Karnaukhov scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in five games at the tournament. 

2013-14: Karnaukhov played in Russia’s U22 League (MHL) as a 16-year-old, skating for Red Army Moscow. He scored 13 goals with 16 assists and was +3 with 56 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games. Red Army finished second in the Central Division. The club reached the playoff finals, defeating JHC Spartak in seven games to capture the MHL Championship. Karnaukhov scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was+8 with 4 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He was selected by CSKA Moscow in the first round (eighth overall) in the 2014 KHL Draft and was selected by the Calgary Hitmen in the first round (56th overall) in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.  

2014-15: Karnaukhov played for the Russia U18 team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before heading to North America to play for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. Skating in 69 of 72 regular season games, he scored 20 goals with 22 assists and was -4 with 51 penalty minutes. The Hitmen finished first in the Central Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals, falling to Brandon. Karnaukhov scored 6 goals with 5 assists and was -1 with 10 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games. He was ranked 118th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by the Flames in the fifth round (136th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Karnaukov is still fairly raw as a prospect in terms of his overall technical and tactical play but has two elements to his game that make him an intriguing prospect — the prototypical large frame of an NHL forward and the drive to score goals and create chances. He made strides in his first season in North America playing in the WHL and should continue to develop as he matures physically and improves on the positional aspects of the game.


Karnaukhov attended training camp with the Flames before returning to the Calgary Hitmen for his second WHL season in 2015-16. He is still fairly early in the development process but has the physical tools and determination to be an effective middle line forward with some scoring elements to his game.

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