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PITTSBURGH, PA - Nail Yakupov wasn't the only sharpshooting Russian forward the Edmonton Oilers selected at the 2012 NHL Draft. A player with similar offensive flare and perhaps a more intense physical edge came onto the board in the third round on Saturday as the Oil took Bulls winger Daniil Zharkov with the 91st overall pick. With his selection, Zharkov becomes the first Russian player in Bulls history to be drafted by an NHL team.
At 6'3", 208Ibs., Zharkov brings the Oilers a mix of Russian talent and puck skills combined with an intriguing sprinkle of North American grit and intensity. Having come from St. Petersburg midway through the 2011 season, Zharkov caught on with the Bulls after breaking his collarbone out of training camp this past year. The eager Russian didn't waste any time, registering 19 points through his first 18 contests, 15 of them goals.
The fourth Russian taken in the draft, Zharkov comes highly esteemed by Bulls Head Coach and General Manager George Burnett, who describes the player he took 13th overall in the 2011 CHL Import Draft as having a much improved possession and cycling game. "Daniil continues to show that he's willing to work in order reach the next level. He's adapted nicely to the North American game and has shown a willingness to improve his game away from the puck. The only thing holding Daniil back," Burnett continued, "is his overall strength and that's something that he's putting a lot of work into this summer. As his overall strength improves, so does his skating. He's a guy you can count on for great skill and finish around the net."
After 23 goals and 13 assists in 50 games as a rookie, the sky's the limit for Zharkov in 2012 who joins a deep offensive depth chart stocked with a wealth of skilled youngsters in Edmonton. In Belleville, Zharkov will be looked to as an offensive leader who will see plenty of powerplay opportunities.
It's was an exceptional rookie campaign for Zharkov in Belleville this past season, and his ability to make things happen offensively has Bulls fans anxious to see him back on the big ice this fall.
(Photo Credit: Aaron Bell/CHL Images)