Ivan Barbashev | C Moncton | QMJHL
Height: 6’1” Weight: 185 Shoots: Left
Born: December 14, 1995
2012-2013 GP: 68 G: 18 A: 44 P: 62 +/-: 9 PIM: 36
|Barbashev has been a top performer in the QMJHL as|
well as a mainstay on the international stage for Team
Russia (Photo Credit: The Windsor Star)
The first overall pick of the 2012 CHL Import Draft spent his rookie season proving why he deserved the honor. Showcasing his playmaking skills, Barbashev was almost a point per game in his first season, finishing third among all QMJHL rookies. This season, Barbashev has continued to raise his status as one of the QMJHL’s top products for the 2014 Draft by leading his Moncton Wildcats offensively.
And in doing so, he has only continued to display his great talents. Again, Barbashev’s best attribute is his playmaking ability. He is a smart player and has very impressive vision. Truly unselfish, he’s made it clear since his first season that he is more than capable of dishing the puck to teammates. Good with the puck on his stick, his shot should not be overlooked though. ISS Scout Ross MacLean describes Barbashev as having a laser shot with a great release. Sometimes though, he can be prone to trying to force things in the offensive zone.
However, Barbashev does play a well rounded game, doing a lot of the little things. A hard competitor, he is effective along the boards and plays well in his own zone. And while he does have the size and mindset to play a physical, gritty game, he won't necessarily bring it every night. Either way, he would do well to add some more strength.
Skating is also a strength for the offensive forward. With speed to burn, MacLean also notes Barbashev’s great footwork. With this dense repertoire of skills, Barbashev should continue to impress.
However, NHL Central Scouting’s Troy Dumville highlights Barbashev’s high compete level as the biggest part of his game. Very consistent, he’s a two way forward that goes out and competes on every shift. With captain potential, some view him as as 2nd/3rd line center at the next level. Undoubtedly, the talent is there for the young Russian.