Only a handful of players in the NHL can match Artyukhin's incredible size and strength. Fewer still possess the kind of pure speed Evgeny has to go along with his size. Artyukhin is a good stickhandler and possesses a hard, if underutilized, slap shot.
The primary knock on Artyukhin since juniors has been twofold. First, he is often criticized for displaying a lack of discipline. He's very willing to take the body and get involved physically but that sometimes leads to an overzealousness that gets him into the box and hurts his team. Secondly, Artyukhin's hockey sense is still under development. He's still learning the defensive side of the game and he lacks an understanding of how to slide to holes in the offensive zone to get his scoring chances. In particular, he needs position himself better in front of the net in power play situations.
There's no reason Artyukhin can't become one of the best checking line players in the NHL. Bolt Prospects sees a day in the not too distant future where Evgeny will bring the team 15-20 goals a season, be amongst the leaders in the league in hits and provide a valuable presence in front of the net on the Lightning's second power play unit who can also spot on the Lightning's scoring lines for short periods of time to give the team a different dimension.