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Lightning Round: Meet Dmitri Semykin, a skilled defenceman in the Bolts organization

Cory Conacher scored twice after his reassignment to the Syracuse Crunch

During the last three drafts, the Tampa Bay Lightning chose a strategy to pick not very obvious Russian prospects. I doubt that a lot of you knew exactly who Alex Volkov or Mikhail Shalagin were before the draft. But while the Lightning fans got to know those two players better, Dmitri Semykin, who was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, still remains very unknown.

This what Geo wrote about him after the Draft [Raw Charge]

I watched through some of the one game I found on YouTube (#13 in blue) and there were a few things that I noticed. When Semykin was on the ice, he was rarely in his own zone. He was effective in retrieving pucks and getting it out of the zone quickly and with sound passes. He also rushed the puck into the offensive zone on a couple occasions when the space was available to him. He played the center point on the power play. When the puck came to him, he either passed it off quickly to the half wall as their power play seemed to mostly want to operate down low, or he’d take a hard slap shot from the point and mostly got it on net. He threw a couple of big hits in the offensive zone to disrupt exits and on one such hit forced an icing as the forward carrying the puck had to get rid of it quickly before he was hit.

In his last year before the draft, Semykin played for Kapitan Stupino, HK Sochi’s affiliate from the MHL (the junior hockey league), but was traded to HK SKA in May. In 2018-2019 he mostly spent the season playing for HK SKA-1946, but also for SKA-Varyagi, which is the second HK SKA team from the MHL. He also earned a chance to play for the SKA-Neva St. Petersburg in the VHL (the second highest league in Russia) and even played in four playoffs games with them.

The reason why he got our attention this year is his production which seriously increased during the current season. As for now, Semykin has 19 (7+12) points in 27 games, not bad numbers for a defenceman. Some of his goals are pretty impressive. Check out this almost coast-to-coast goal from one of his most recent games against the Dynamo St. Petersburg.

He also has a pretty good shot. This one he scored during the tournament for national teams in Sochi last spring.

He’s also a very physical defenceman and quite often uses his size. Last season, he was among the leaders in penalty minutes in MHL.

We still don’t know exactly if he has coming to North America in his plans. He hasn’t participated in any development camps with the Lightning yet. But we definitely have something in him to look forward to.

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