German Rubtsov will not stop scoring.
The Philadelphia Flyers 2016 first round pick has been putting on a show since coming to North America. The Russian forward debuted in the QMJHL late last month, and has been a star for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens ever since.
Coming into today’s game Rubtsov had 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in nine games. He had recorded points in seven of those nine games, including four multipoint games. Remember this includes a game that he got injured within the first few minutes, so essentially he has been held pointless in just one full game so far.
In today’s game against Rimouski the Flyers prospect did it again. He scored a goal, added two assists, and had a plus-four rating in his team’s 4-3 win.
His first point, an assist, was arguably his most impressive. He picked up the puck on the halfboards and drove wide around the net before throwing the puck towards the goalie. It actually looks like Rubtsov himself scores, but it was his linemate in front, Nicolas Roy, who picked up the tally.
Rubtsov was so close to a goal, but he picked up the primary assist which is nearly just as good.
His next point was also an assist, this time on the rush. He received the pass as he entered the zone and tossed it backhand to his linemate.
Joey Ratelle made no mistake about it and put it in the back of the net for the 2-1 lead. All three forwards on the top line had points on both goals thus far.
After two assists in the second period, Rubtsov got a well-deserved goal in the beginning of the third. He was the beneficiary of a nice pass while he was driving towards the slot and he sniped one into the back of the net.
The forward showed off his full skillset on these three points. He can drive with the puck, he can set up teammates, and he can score.
He also drove the net on Chicoutimi’s fourth goal, resulting in his +4 on the day. The kid is doing it all in the QMJHL so far.
Rubtsov now has played 10 games with Chicoutimi, so the sample size is quickly growing. He has 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) and is a +10 through those 10 games. Comparatively, Julien Gauthier who the Flyers passed on to trade down to grab Rubtsov, has 39 points (11 goals, 28 assists) in 35 games.
Rubtsov’s 1.60 points per game are fifth in the QMJHL currently. He is behind Filip Chlapik, top draft prospect Nico Hischier, Tyler Boland and linemate Nicolas Roy. Meanwhile, third overall pick Pierre-Luc Dubois ranks 21st in the league with just 1.24 points per game.
It takes a while to fully analyze any prospect, but as it stands right now it looks like Ron Hextall got another draft steal with German Rubtsov at 22nd overall.
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