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Top Maple Leafs Prospect Shining, Proving He's An Absolute Steal


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Tyler Ball
August 13, 2023  (12:40)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have been building their prospect pool for the last several seasons. Top picks like Easton Cowan, Matthew Knies, and Nick Robertson have headlined the prospect pool. Now one extremely underrated prospect is showing why he was an absolute steal in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Nikita Grebyonkin Is On Fire

Nikita Grebyonkin the Leafs 2022 5th-round pick has been on a ridiculous pace to start out in the KHL. He has started the KHL preseason on the top line for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. This is unheard of for Russian prospects to play top-line minutes in the KHL this early into their career. This comes off of his incredible 2022-23 season where he put up 26 points in 45 games in the KHL.
Grebyonkin was named the Rookie of the Year for the 2022-23 season. He put up 26 points in 45 total games in the KHL.

During his pre-season stint with Magnitogorsk, he has proven he deserves a full-time shot in the KHL for the upcoming season.
Nikita Grebyonkin tallied another primary power-play assist today in KHL preseason action on Nikita Mikhailis' goal.

Grebyonkin remained at 1RW alongside Mikhailis and Denis Zernov.

Grebyonkin has been able to show off his hockey IQ and great passing ability while playing for Magnitogorsk
#LeafsForever prospect Nikita Grebyonkin with the nice pass on a 2-on-1 for the primary assist.

In these next clips, Grebyonkin shows a nose for the net and good IQ heading to open ice and tapping in a pass from Chicago Blackhawks prospect Roman Kantserov. Then follows up a rebound in the next clip for a goal.
LOOK AT THIS SLAP PASS
🚨 #LeafsForever Nikita Grebyonkin PP 2nd of the game
🍎 #Blackhawks Roman Kantserov
5-2 Metallurg #BashkortostanCup

🚨 #LeafsForever Nikita Grebyonkin PP
3-1 Metallurg #BashkortostanCup

During the preseason Grebyonkin has put up 5 points in 4 games. An incredible pace for such a young player even if it is preseason. With the hot of a start, Metallurg Magnitogorsk will not be able to ignore the talent they have on their hands. Look for him to have a massive KHL season in 2023-24 and for the Leafs to take notice and try bringing him over to North America sooner rather than later.
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Top Maple Leafs Prospect Shining, Proving He's An Absolute Steal

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