By Makayla Peacock – Real Sport
Most children dream of meeting professional hockey players. Yegor Korshkov was the child of one. His father, Alexei Korshkov, played for multiple teams over the course of his 18-year career and finished with 264 points. The young Korshkov is on track to beating his father’s record in the next few seasons.
Born in a city of almost 1.5 million people can make it difficult to stand out. Yegor Korshkov had no problem doing just that on the ice. His career started in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, but he moved to Kazakhstan where his father was playing, beginning in 2004. In 2012, he entered the Lokomotiv division, which was struck by the tradgic plane crash only a year earlier. While playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, he has only recorded 33 points, but he’s only in his third season.
Korshkov’s nearly ready
He was overlooked in 2014 and 2015 at the entry draft, but he was finally picked up by Toronto in 2016, going in the second round, 31st overall. While I don’t think that he will have a debut like Auston Matthews, he will still be one to watch.
His confidence and control of the puck make him draft-worthy, but there are a lot of players who are good with the puck. He has the potential to be on a Cup winning team if the Leafs ever decide to trade him (kind of kidding), but he needs to make improvements on himself, the most important being his size. If he added a little more muscle, he would be a strong contender for any of the league’s best. Having said that, the NHL is more accepting of the smaller framed skater these days.
According to The Cannon, Korshkov is a perfect blend of what makes Russian players great.
“[Korshkov] has all of the attributes you would expect from a Russian prospect: solid skating, excellent puck skills and excellent awareness on the ice,” said Jeff Little.
He proved that he has what it takes to play against the best in the world when he left the World Junior Championships with eight points in seven games, which apparently led to several NHL teams approaching him, but he declined them because he wanted to increase his ice time with Yaroslavl and continue with the KHL, as his contract ends in 2018.
So what’s the verdict?
He’s there, but he’s not. I think that right now, his best bet is to stick with the KHL and become more consistent with his scoring. He has the experience and the skill set, but some more time in his own league will do him a world of good. For now, we will continue to follow his success in the KHL and hope that he is able to continue to do big things, come 2018.