Get to Know Ostap Safin

Date of Birth: 2/11/1999
Place of Birth: Praha, CZE
Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 198 lbs
Shoots: Left
Position: Right Wing
Team (League): HC Sparta Praha (Czech)

Statistics

What Scouts See

Elite Prospects:

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.

Draft Analyst:

Highlights

NHL Potential

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.

AJ Haefele

This Aurora, Colorado native moved to Katy, Texas at a young age but found himself right back at home in 2009 and would begin covering the Avalanche a year later.

Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. has been providing detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at the Avalanche and their divisional foes since 2010.