Big move up for big defender

May 7, 2017

He is not likely to be a first or second round pick at next month’s National Hockey League draft. But 1999 birth-year defenseman Fedor Gordeev of the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League has gone from earlier projections as a seventh-round pick to a possible third or fourth round selection.

What is intriguing about Gordeev is his size at 6-foot-6, 205 pounds. And while the Toronto native is known as a defensive defender, he did put up 4 goals, 10 assists, 14 points in 64 regular-season games with Flint in 2016-2017 after being acquired in a trade with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Under the coaching of rookie bench boss Ryan Oulahen, Gordeev’s game steadily improved as the ’16-17 season went on.

In all, 70 players from the OHL are rated as potential picks at the June 23-24 NHL draft.

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