Sunday, July 31, 2011
Zharkov is more of a finisher then a playmaker. His success will come playing with a set up man who can feed him the puck. He has decent puck handling skills but it's his drive to the net and ability to finish that will make him successful.
His defensive commitment and skill need a lot of work. But playing under George Burnett, who requires you to play at both ends of the rink, should provide Zharkov with the tools he needs to compete defensively.
Zharkov has international experience. He has played for Russia in both the Under U18 and U16 tournaments. There are some that believe Zharkov could be a first round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and others that believe he will be a top 120 pick. It all depends on the work Zharkov puts in to improve his game and his willingness to learn the defensive game. He's shown a commitment by staying in the US this summer to work on everything from skating to adding bulk, mostly in LA and Philadelphia.
Good friend Jerome Berube from Hockey Draft Video put this compilation together on Zharkov. Jerome has more video than one can dream of so give it a look !