In 2016, the New York Islanders selected Anatoli Golyshev in the fourth round. It appears that he will be coming over to the Islanders in 2021.
While everyone is excitedly awaiting the arrival of Ilya Sorokin, as they should be, the New York Islanders are expecting to add another Russian prospect in 2021. 2016 fourth-round pick, Anatoli Golyshev plans on leaving the KHL after next season.
Alexey Shevchenko interviewed Golyshev, who gave some juicy insight into his future plans. Golyshev reveals that he is looking for a house in New York, the rough translation says.
I admit that now I am busy looking for a house in New York, where I will move in a year.
Golyshev is 25 years old playing for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in the KHL. In 38 games, he had 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists). Based on the rough estimate from KHL to NHL conversion, that is roughly a 40 point pace in NHL terms.
His best career season came in 2018-2019 when he had 40 points in 54 games. That paced out over a full 82 game NHL season is 46 points.
Clearly, there is some production from the winger who can play either side but shoots lefty. The main concern with Golyshev’s game is if his size is going to translate to the NHL. He is just five-foot-eight 179 pounds.
Yes, there have been successful small NHL players in the league but it’s not too common that you see someone at that size in the league.
It’s hard to imagine that Golyshev would leave the KHL, where he has had moderate success, to play in the AHL. My assumption is the Islanders could use him in a third-line role.
It’s hard to project what the roster will look like after next season but it’s hard to imagine the likes of Michael Dal Colle and Leo Komarov still being trotted out there. Plus, he will be 26 years old when he comes over and the Isles likely will trust him because he’s older rather than a prospect like Simon Holmstrom or Oliver Wahlstrom.
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His ceiling might not be all that high, but if you can get a 40 point player it should be worth a look. It’s not like the Islanders have a ton of third-line depth on the wings right now anyway.