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2020 Lightning Draft Profile: power forward Maxim Groshev comes in at 85

The Lightning have had success with wingers from Russia

2020 NHL Draft - Round One
TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 06: Assistant General Manager and Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks on from the draft table during the first round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft at the Amalie Arena on October 06, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. The 2020 NHL Draft was held virtually due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
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With the 85th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Lightning selected Maxim Groshev. The KHL right winger who shoots left was ranked 63rd by Bob McKenzie’s list. He’s a great value pick as a 6’2” forward who’s succeeded in a men’s league already. Dobber Prospects consider Groshev a power forward with complimentary offensive talent. He works hard and plays a simple, physical game effectively.

Groshev played well at the U18 World Juniors for Russia in 2019 and was on their 2020 World Juniors team a year ago. He has one assist in 10 games this season with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, a bottom-feeder in the KHL.

Scouts say he has a strong array of skills, which he’s been developing steadily for years now. He got the call-up from the Russian junior league (MHL) to the KHL as a 17-year-old and he’s stuck there since as a bottom six player. He’s definitely someone with skills and tools but lacks a structure to put it all together, for a longer-term prospect, this isn’t out of the ordinary. Depending on when he comes over from the KHL, I think the Syracuse Crunch are going to have a lot of fun molding him into someone worthwhile.

Scouting Reports

“Groshev is likely to develop into a strong middle-six forward without any standout tools. But with size, good rushing skills, and ability to score goals from close distance, he seems to be an attractive option for teams searching to add some quality prospect pool depth. Not a star, but a useful utility guy you’d like to see on your team. Groshev should be a mid-round pick at the 2020 NHL Draft, and likely won’t bump his draft stock at the World Juniors while playing on the fourth line.” - Dobber Prospects, Sergei Kuzin