Pavel Buchnevich

Darren Walker

Buchnevich is a ashy, highly-skilled offensive forward with a strong, u- id skating stride that generates good sped and deceptive burst. He has impressive lateral agility on his skates and quickness in both his feet and hands. He is dangerous flying down the wing with the puck on his stick, as he possesses a bag of tricks to beat defenders one-on-one and the shot to beat goaltenders as well. He’s a true finisher with pin-point accuracy, good velocity and a quick release on his entire shooting arsenal, including a strong one-timer. He sees the ice well both while skating the puck into the offensive zone and while playmaking. Buchnevich is not unwilling to take the puck to the net and get his nose dirty but needs to do so with more consistency. He can play the physical game when it calls for it and works the boards with grit and determination. Defensively he, like many Russian-trained players his age, needs much coaching and instruction on what his defensive duties entail. He can be the prototypical Russian skilled forward who wants to do it all by himself and skates himself into a corner. His consistency and strength will both need improvements before he will take the next step in his game. (May 2013)