Sixth Round, 178th Overall, D Oleg Sonsunov

Name: Oleg Sosunov
Position: Defense
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: 13 APR 98
Club: Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B)
Loko Yaroslavl (MHL), 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B), 39 GP, 4-8-12, 66 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 0-2-2, 10 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"He’s a big fella out of Russia. Halfway through the season Kari Kettunen, our Finnish scout, he’s got some people that he knows in Russia and he got a phone call from one of the guys, saying ‘I have a guy here that I think somebody should come in and take a look at that I think is a little under the radar.’ So, Kari made a special trip Russia – secret agent 007 Kettunen -- went into Russia – Yaroslavl – took a look at him and came out and was very complimentary. Came back and we sent Anton Routa – another scout – in a separate trip to go take a look, and Anton confirmed Kari’s excitement that this is a big guy who skates really well and has some skill and is very raw. Both his parents were, I believe, Olympic athletes, and so he’s got a natural athletic background and he’s very coordinated for a big man. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to come to Development Camp; he’s in training camp with the Yaroslavl men’s team trying to get a spot within their organization, and with the short notice to try to get a Russian visa would have been difficult as well, so unfortunately people won’t see Oleg, but he’s a big man and we’ll see what happens going forward there." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray

"Due to his size he is not very mobile, nor is he very agile. A decent skater, but one who needs to work on both his feet and legs. Can release a good shot from the point, although it’s not a lethal weapon as it may be. He needs to work on his release and accuracy, and probably he also needs to shoot a little bit more. Doesn’t have big offensive skills as he is more of a defensive defenseman. He tends to play simple, and does not make many mistakes. He can move the puck in the offensive zone and shoot, although he has to work on his offensive upside if he wants to become an appealing prospect on both sides of the Ocean. Displayed some good defensive skills, not only sheer size. He can cover pass lines, try to poke check the opposition, and challenge players on the boards. He doesn’t take many penalties, his total PIMs count may be inflated as European referees are somewhat stricter. He has great size and while he isn’t an overly aggressive player, he is a good presence in the defensive zone. He never plays in an adventurous way, and doesn’t take unneeded penalties. He can gain some further strength in both the upper and lower part of his body, but of course he has an NHL body. While he needs to work on pretty much everything, his size alone makes him an interesting prospect for NHL teams. He has a lot of raw potential, and some good coaching can turn him into a promising defensive defenseman at pro level. -- Alessandro Seren Rosso

Strengths:
Skates well for his size, and plays a smart, disciplined, and simple game in his own end. Knows his limitations and plays within them. Has a fast release on his shot and can move the puck in the offensive zone. His great size goes along way in covering passing lanes, poke checking puck carriers, and board work. Tons of raw potential.

Weakneses:
Lacks mobility and agility and needs to work on legs and feet. Needs works on shot accuracy, and overall offensive skills are negligible. While he has great size, need to increase his overall upper and lower body strength. Has to work his way up in leagues to at least get some KHL duty, or use the CHL Import Draft to get ice time in North America.

Projection:
With development and good coaching, could develop into a big defensive defenseman with adequate skating for size.

Chad Schnarr contributed to this report.