With the 164th overall pick in the NHL Draft, San Jose selected Timur Ibragimov, a left winger from SKA-1946 St. Petersburg of the MHL. Ibragimov stands at 5-foot-11, 163 pounds, and is a left-handed shot.
Ibragimov played in 110 MHL games, scoring 55 points, good for a tidy .50 PPG rate, and was unranked on most NHL scouting boards.
The Sharks acquired the pick (6th round, 164th overall) they used to select the Russian winger in a draft-day trade with the Vancouver Canucks, one that saw pending-RFA Francis Perron and the 215th overall pick sent to Vancouver, and pending-UFA Tom Pyatt and the 164th overall pick coming to San Jose.
Fear the Fin colleague Sheng Peng had this information about the Sharks’ most recent pick:
KHL source on 5'11" Timur Ibragimov: "Not big, but flashy winger with a good scoring touch...All about shooting and scoring. Main weakness is his defensive game."— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) June 22, 2019
Ibragimov played for SKA's MHL team. Like Spiridonov, it'll be achievement if/when he cracks one of KHL's top teams
Based on this evaluation, I can’t help but draw the comparison between Ibragimov and Sharks alum (as well as Russian countryman) Nikolay Goldobin.
Goldobin had a similar flash and scoring touch to his game, but struggled to remain in the Sharks’ lineup due to his lack of defensive capability. Additionally, Goldobin has a decidedly similar frame, standing at 5-foot-11 and weighing in at 196 pounds - although it should be noted that at the time of his selection, Goldobin was significantly leaner, weighing 178 pounds. It isn’t a stretch to imagine that as he matures, Ibragimov fills out similarly.
Of course, the x-factor here isn’t Ibragimov’s weight, but rather his ability to develop the defensive side of his game.
Unfortunately, Peng’s KHL source didn’t seem to be optimistic:
However, KHL source added about Timur Ibragimov, "Very strange choice for Sharks. Not so good, he had to be drafted."— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) June 22, 2019
Source isn't high on Ibragimov's potential
We can only hope that he’s wrong, and that Ibragimov’s best is yet to come.