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2021 CBJ Top 25 Under 25: Kirill Marchenko, the Blue Jackets’ top Russian prospect, inches closer toward North American availability

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Marchenko has just one year left on his KHL contract - then the team has to convince him to come to North America

2018 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Thanks to everyone who voted for this year’s Top 25 Under 25 ranking. We had 102 submissions from Columbus Blue Jackets fans. We’ll be counting down the 25 highest voted players over the next five weeks. Up next: Kirill Marchenko

#10 Kirill Marchenko

Voting

10th out of 38 eligible players
Writer Rank: 7th
Reader Rank: 14th
Highest placement: 2nd (1 vote)
Most common placement: 7th (10 votes)
2019 rank: 16th

Biography

Birthdate: July 21, 2000
Birthplace: Barnaul, RUS
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 181 lbs
Position: Right wing / Left wing
Shoots: Right
Acquired: Drafted by the Blue Jackets in Round 2 (49th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft

2020-21 Season Recap

Last season, Marchenko spent the season in the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg. Marchenko played right wing, scored 15 goals to go along with 13 assists, good for 28 points with 14 penalty minutes in 41 games played. In the postseason, Marchenko scored three goals in 14 games (four total points). He certainly appears to be developing into the type of dynamic top six winger the Blue Jackets organization sorely needs.

2021-22 Season Outlook

Marchenko has one more season left on his KHL contract, keeping him with SKA St. Petersburgh through at least the 2021-22 season. Marchenko will continue developing his game in the KHL, the second best professional league on the planet, and is currently available to come to North America over next summer. Marchenko will continue to get a prominent role as one of the team’s top offensive options, and then it is up to Columbus to bring him over to the NHL.

Scouting Reports

Nice range and puck control.. accurate right-handed wristshot.. able to quickly turn to his right creating room for his forehand Draftin Europe

Top-six forward with fantasy boom potential. Big tall winger with deceptive abilities who creates plays while displaying brilliance in the offensive zone. With scoring chances aplenty, if he makes it over to North America watch out. Dobber Prospects