Morozov, 18, scored 23 points in 30 games last season with Mamonty Yugry. He also scored 10 goals in 14 games for Russia’s Under-18 team. He’s was traded to SKA 1946 — St. Petersburg on May 1.
“Ivan Morozov has been very noticeable both in the MHL and for Russia U18 NT with his skillset and 200-foot game, which makes me think that he will be picked somewhere in the mid part of the draft and rather higher than lower,” according to Russian Prospects.
A first look at Morozov, which is just some highlights on Twitter, is he’s a solid two-way player with a knack for scoring. This short-handed goal in an Under-18 game against Switzerland showcases Morozov’s 200-foot game, which has to be a welcoming sight for the Golden Knights’ coaching staff.
#WJAC: Russia leads Switzerland 2-0 after 20 thanks to this SHG by two-way center Ivan Morozov (Ranked No. 110) & a seeing-eye shot on the PP by LHD Nikita Okhotyuk (2019 Draft). pic.twitter.com/krcYd31e4h— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) December 12, 2017
He’s also got some quick hands, or it could be because the goaltender is really slow. You be the judge.
Early returns show the Golden Knights got a solid prospect here at 18 years old. Vegas can stash him in Russia for a while and let him develop these skills that look promising. It was a late start for the Golden Knights, but it looks like a good start.