The 2021/22 season is fast approaching, so here at Five For Howling, we’re taking a look at this year’s Arizona Coyotes 25 best players under the age of 25.
The uncertainty of last season created a massive problem for a lot of prospects. Many, especially the North American skaters, saw few chances to get ice time and had to take their development into their own hands.
But overseas players, including the Yaroslavl, Russia-born Alexander Daryin, had more opportunities. It remains to be seen how big of an impact that will have and if players like Daryin are a step ahead of their North American counterparts.
20/21 League: KHL (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl), VHL (Buran Voronezh), MHL (Loko Yaroslavl)
Games played: 13, 10, 16
Goals: 2, 1, 7
Assists: 2, 4, 8
Playoff games: 6 (Loko Yaroslavl), 1 (Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl)
Playoff goals: 1, 2
Playoff assists: 0, 2
Highest rating: 22
Lowest rating: 24
Last year's rankings: 22
Daryin had one of the more interesting seasons, splitting his regular season between the KHL, VHL, and MHL. He also appeared in post-season games in the MHL and the NMHL.
While so many other young players struggled to get ice, Daryin played 39 regular-season games, and seven playoff games, across four leagues.
He was most successful in the MHL with Loko Yaroslavl. In 16 games, he had seven goals and eight assists, averaging just shy of a point per game. While sample size should be concerning, he had 45 points in 44 games in the MHL the previous season.
Daryin also got much more experience playing in the upper leagues. In 2019/20, he played three games in the KHL and four games in the VHL. This past season he played 13 with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL and 10 with Buran Voronezh in the VHL.
His scoring didn’t transfer as well in the upper leagues. He had two goals and two assists in the KHL and a goal and four assists in the VHL.
Writing for The Athletic, Scott Wheeler noted his high skill level but spoke of an inconsistency.
His skill level is evident. Daryin can beat goalies and defenders with quick hands and fakes. . . He has already shown, despite limited usage (though he has played on Lokomotiv’s PP in spurts) that he can impact KHL games in transition with his timing and skill. . . But the truth is that there’s an inconsistency to his game that needs some correction.
Daryin is one of the more intriguing Coyotes prospects. He seems comfortable in Russia right now, and he still needs some time to develop and improve his game. But that’s not to say he won’t make the leap to North America one day.