Roman Khalikov
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Roman Khalikov


Ust-Kamenogorsk Kazakhstan



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Eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft


183 lbs.

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2009-10: Roman Khalikov skated for the Ust-Kamenogorsk Torpedo sports club in his native Kazakhstan and competed in the Russian Championships for 1995-born players. In 24 games he scored 3 goals with 2 assists and 10 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Khalikov again played for the Torpedo sports club in Kazakhstan.

2011-12: Khalikov went from Ust-Kamenogorsk to Novosibirsk in Russia — skating for the Metallurg Novosibirsk U17 team and participating in the 2012 Tretyak Cup. In five games at the Russian championship he was minus-3 with 8 penalty minutes. Khalikov scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 8 penalty minutes in five games at the Tretyak Cup.

2012-13: Khalikov moved from Novosibirsk to Kazan to play in the Ak Bars club and skated in 21 games for Irbis Kazan in the second division of the MHL junior league. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +11 with 6 penalty minutes playing for Irbis. Khalikov skated for the Ak Bars 1996 team in Povolzhie region Group A play. He was +4 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Russian championships. Khalikov was selected by Ukraine-based Donbass Donetsk in the first round (15th overall) of the 2013 KHL Draft.

2013-14: Khalikov played for the Donbass MHL junior team Molodaya Gvardiya and represented Russia in international play for the first time; skating for the silver-medal winning U19 team at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Canada. He scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was minus-18 with 54 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games and was minus-1 with no points nor penalties in one playoff game for Molodaya Gvardiya. Khalikov had 2 assists and 12 penalty minutes in five games at the WJAC. He was ranked 72nd amongst international skaters in the CSS final rankings.


Talent Analysis

An interesting defenseman with good offensive instincts, Khalikov needs to bulk up a bit and improve his defensive side, but during the year he showed some progress playing first-line hockey in the Russian junior league. Khalikov is a two-way defenseman who can be useful in any situation on the ice, and is gifted with good skating and mobility. He’s still very raw so it is hard to project him as an NHL player right now, but he has the right tools to develop into a solid defensive player.


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