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Alexander Perevalov started his draft season helping Russia to a gold medal at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup. He put up three goals and two assists for five points in the five-game tournament. He is playing in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl system. Perevalov’s contract runs through the end of the 2023-24 season. He spent most of this past season in the MHL, Russia’s under-20 league. He scored 25 goals and 25 assists for 50 points in 42 games. Perevalov added three goals and an assist for four points in nine playoff games. He also earned a callup to the KHL. As a young player Perevalov didn’t get a lot of ice time though. He was held scoreless in five KHL games.
In 2020-21, Perevalov split time between three different Russian junior leagues. He played nine games in the NMHL, the second division of Russian U20 leagues, and scored two goals and two assists for four points. He also played 17 games in the MHL, scoring four goals and two assists for six points. Perevalov started the year in the Russian Under-17 league, he put up four goals and seven assists for 11 points in six games.
Alexander Perevalov Scouting Report
Left Wing — shoots Right
Born April 16th, 2004 — Mezhdurechensk, Russia
Height 6’0″ — Weight 191 lbs [183 cm/87 kg]
Perevalov plays a 200-foot game and this is based on his excellent skating ability. He has a very good stride and this allows him to push the pace offensively as well as get back to his own zone on the backcheck. He has a great first step and excellent acceleration. His top speed is also outstanding and this makes him a real threat on the rush. He can get behind the defence for a breakaway. Perevalov can also change speeds to fool defenders. Once he gets a step on his man, he drops the shoulder and can cut to the net.
Perevalov also has very good edgework and agility. This allows him to weave through opponents when attacking as well as to maintain good gap control in his own end. He is a nightmare to defend in one-on-one situations. Perevalov’s speed forces defenders to back off. He can use the defender as a screen and fire a shot on the net. This also opens passing lanes on the rush. Perevalov could stand to add lower-body strength though. This will make him more effective in battling on the boards and in front of the net.
Perevalov is a pure sniper. He has an excellent array of shots. Perevalov can score with his powerful wrist shots, snapshots, as well as his slap shots and one-timers. He has a quick release. With his quick hands, he can execute a toe-drag and release the puck from a different angle as well. This creates real issues for goalies who are often fooled by the release. Perevalov can also score in tight to the net. He has soft hands and can dangle a goalie and elevate the puck in tight. He also can score on rebounds, quick one-timers, and deflections in tight to the net. As he gets stronger, he should even get better in these areas.
Perevalov is also a strong stick handler. Combined with his strong skating, this helps him to carry the puck through the neutral zone and efficiently create zone entries. He carries the puck through the neutral zone, weaving through traffic and gaining the line with ease. Perevalov is also a very good passer. He makes tape-to-tape passes to teammates and sets them up for good scoring opportunities. There are some questions about his decision-making and vision though. Perevalov could move the puck quicker on occasions. He sometimes lets an opportunity pass by because he doesn’t move it quickly enough.
Perevalov is a good defensive player. His junior coaches and national team coaches use him on the penalty kill. He uses his quickness and anticipation to cut down passing and shooting lanes and create turnovers. Once a turnover is created, he is quick to make a pass or skate the puck out of the zone in order to transition into offence. Perevalov is also willing to play a physical game. He fights for loose pucks along the boards and lends support down low against the cycle game. Perevalov is very smart positionally. He reads the play extremely well and anticipates what opponents will try before they do it. He also brings his high-end work ethic in all three zones.
Projection and Comparison
Perevalov has the ability to become a top-six NHL winger if he reaches his potential. There are some questions around his vision and decision-making and he will need to continue to work in those areas. Another major question surrounds his contract status. The fact that he is signed through 2024 as well as the situation with Russia-Ukraine right now add to the risk. That said, he has the skills that could make him worth the gamble for an NHL team. Perevalov’s game is reminiscent of Justin Williams. This is a stylistic comparison only though. It is not representative of his skill and ability.
The following is a compilation of some of the highlight packages and features of Alexander Perevalov that are available on youtube and Twitter.
Alexander Perevalov (2022) has been skating under the radar for much of this season but trails only Michkov and Trikozov in U18 points-per-game in the MHL
He rips his 24th of the season here. pic.twitter.com/XZUYyHNmWM
— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) March 7, 2022
Russia ties things up early in the second.
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) August 6, 2021
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) August 3, 2021
— Dylan Griffing (@GriffingDylan) October 28, 2021
Alexander Perevalov with a fun puck control sequence in the neutral zone (from Jan 24). Gets his stick tangled up. Manages to kick the puck away from the attack. Later on, he manipulates a second attacker. Shifts his weight to truly manipulate the attacker.#2022NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/t3uQq2d7DX
— Josh Tessler 🇺🇦 (@JoshTessler_) February 22, 2022
— Russian Prospects (@RUSProspects) December 29, 2021
There has to be more talk about Alexander Perevalov. He's a highly skilled winger with excellent stickhandling & puck protection ability. His playmaking is superb and he can move around the ice pretty well with his above-average skating ability. First round talent #2022NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/OabELbBXYT
— Raybro (@rayan_tubecc) October 3, 2021
— Dylan Griffing (@GriffingDylan) November 7, 2021
— Dopemon (@DopemonYT) October 19, 2021
#21| Alexander Perevalov 🇷🇺|LW
Perevalov ha hecho su carrera a la sobra de jugadores con más exposición, pero esto le ha servido a que sus números hablen por el (50 Pts en 42GP). Tiene un poderoso shot, grandes puck skills, es muy hábil y un buen pasador. pic.twitter.com/TN5QVvRnCH
— Моисей V 🏒 (@moisesmv7506) April 10, 2022
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Alexander Perevalov Scouting Report Main Photo:
Photo: Jan Beneš pic.twitter.com/l6LEc34d2P
— Hlinka Gretzky Cup (@HlinkaMemorial) August 6, 2021