NHL Draft 2019: Sharks select Timur Ibragimov in sixth round

San Jose goes off the board for their first sixth round pick.

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:

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:

We can only hope that he’s wrong, and that Ibragimov’s best is yet to come.