In the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Arizona Coyotes went with a forward. Winger Danil Savunov from Sarov, Russia.
20/21 League: VHL (Ska-Neva St. Petersburg)
Games played: 18
Highest rating: 20
Lowest rating: 22
Savunov is a smaller forward, coming in at 5' 10" and weighing 163 pounds. He has spent his entire career in Russia but has yet to crack the KHL, Russia's highest professional hockey league.
Although Savunov hasn't made it to the KHL yet, he has been playing well. He is currently playing with SKA-Neva St. Petersburg in the VHL, Russia's second-highest league, and he is already on pace to have career-high goals and assists this season. Previously he had been playing for Dizel Penza, another VHL team, but was traded to SKA St. Petersburg this past July.
Savunov did get some international ink this past season. Canadian Press' summary of the Game 4 of the Canada-Russia Series has Savunov as one of three players to score in the shootout, allowing Russia to beat Team OHL 3-2.
Savunov is a very interesting prospect for Coyotes fans. Overseas players rarely get the same attention as North American prospects due to language barriers in media and difficulty watching games. And while Savunov doesn't make a lot of news, he has shown up multiple times on Corey Pronman's lists.
Corey Pronman is the best place to go for hockey prospects on The Athletic. He listed Savunov as one of the "Biggest risers from the 2019 NHL Draft" and said that he had NHL potential in the recent "2020 NHL organization rankings."
Coyotes fans should watch for what little information they will see from Savunov. If he continues developing he could prove to be an excellent 6th round pick. It is unknown if he will ever make it to the NHL, but he is still young and could still make the leap.