A Russian-born defenceman who loves to play physical and block shots, Nikita Okhotyuk won the hearts of Ottawa 67’s fans this past season with his willingness to do whatever it takes to win.
A rugged competitor, Okhotyuk keeps opposing forwards on their toes while showing an ability to pitch in offensively from time-to-time. He finished his second OHL season with 17 points (2-15–17) over 56 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-30.
NHL Central Scouting describes Okhotyuk as “a good-sized two-way defender with offensive potential. He’s a very good skater with north/south speed along with east/west mobility. He defends with a purpose and plays with poise and confidence.”
Okhotyuk enters the 2019 NHL Draft as the 56th North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings.