Get to Know Ostap Safin
Date of Birth: 2/11/1999
Place of Birth: Praha, CZE
Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 198 lbs
Position: Right Wing
Team (League): HC Sparta Praha (Czech)
What Scouts See
Skates very well, with balance and noteworthy speed, and handles the puck with ease and control at top speeds. Displays a dangerously accurate shot that he is never hesitant to use; often a threat in the offensive zone. Uses his frame well, to protect the puck, as well as to impose physically upon the opposition. Defensively stable and actively cuts off passing and shooting lanes. Could be more creative, but is more of a straight-line player.
Power forwards with Safin’s size and scoring touch are a rare breed and if he finds consistency, he should be a problem for opposing teams as a top-flight right wing in the NHL.
How Prospect Fits in Avalanche Organization
Safin is ticketed as a late second, early third round prospect right now. If that holds true, it would require the Avalanche to do some draft day maneuvering in order to secure Safin’s services in that range. Should they do that, he would bring an element of size, physicality, and skill they have been building in previous years with the likes of Mikko Rantanen and A.J. Greer. Safin would be an excellent addition to that group and help further bolster the lackluster physicality the Avalanche so frequently ice in the NHL.