For the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Arizona Coyotes had two picks in the fourth round. They used their first pick for Matias Maccelli, and with their second pick, they drafted Russian forward Alexandr Darin also known as Alexander Daryin.
Team: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)/Buran Voronezh (VHL)/Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)
Regular Season Games Played: 3/4/44
There isn’t a lot of North American news regarding the 5’ 11”, 190 pound Yaroslavl native for this past season. He spent time in three leagues, spending the majority of the season with the equivalent of the Juniors league.
His goals did take a bit of slide from the previous season, dropping from 20 goals in 47 games to 13 goals in 44. With that reduction his assists did more than double, going from 15 assists to 32 and giving him a career-high 45 points.
The fact that Darin managed to get some time in KHL is a positive sign. Three games isn’t a big sample size, but he was named the KHL Rookie of the Week in February. It will be interesting to see where he spends the next season.
Fourth-round picks are difficult to predict, and the chance they are going to make it to the NHL is greatly reduced. But Darin appears to be making the right steps in his development and hopefully will continue to do so next season.