Versatile 2024 NHL Draft prospect Egor Surin boasts size and skill, but needs to find consistency

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In the 2024 NHL Draft class, there are roughly 20 sure-fire first-round prospects. After that group, there’s perhaps another 15 or 20 players that could conceivably be selected in the late first round… or be high-value gambles in the early second round.
One of the 15-20 players in that ledge is Russian forward Egor Surin, who takes a load of penalties but offers a ton of skill and upside.

Scouting report

Surin is from Voronzh, Russia – a city in southwest Russia – and is an August 2006 birthday. The cutline for the 2024 draft class is Sept. 15, so he’s among the youngest players available in his class. He’s a left shot forward who plays a mixture of centre and the wing, and he’s listed at 6’1″ and 192 pounds.
Surin played his hockey growing up in the Yaroslavl area, working his way up through Lokomotiv’s club system. He’s bounced around a little bit from level to level – that’s how it goes for youngsters in Europe – but he’s primarily played with Loko Yaroslavl in Russia’s top under-20 league, the Minor Hockey League (MHL).
In February, Dobber Prospects’ Graham Montgomery summarized Surin’s game like so:
A feisty and physical offensively minded center. Surin plays with an edge, evident by his tendency to take unnecessary penalties. There is some upside as a playmaker, although he often takes an individualistic approach to creating offense. His motor and pace of play are both highlights, showing potential to be a bottom-six energy player.
In March, DFO’s Steven Ellis appeared on Daily Cuppa Hockey and discussed Surin:
I have kept him low on my rankings and others have put him even lower and that is because he will just frustrate you with some dumb penalties, he’s on pace for 100 penalty minutes this season and he just gets caught being lazy at points. You know what he can do and sometimes the puck will be right in front of him and instead of rushing towards it he will just stand there and wait for a pass. So this is a guy who really needs someone to push him and be like ‘You really have got to bring this grinder mentality to the game because we know you have the talent’. So if he can just put the effort in, this is a guy who we could look at in a re-draft down the road and look at a potential top-15 player one day. I like him he’s got size, and he can put pucks into the net, he just needs to do it at a consistent pace.
Recently, Sportsnet’s Jason Bukala briefly discussed Surin as part of his June draft rankings:
Surin is another prospect who’s young for the draft class (Aug. 1, 2006). Surin is always in motion. He brings a mix of speed, skill, and determination. He doesn’t only produce offence. He’s difficult to play against and always involved.
As with other Russian prospects, Surin hasn’t participated in any major international events over the past few seasons so scouts haven’t gotten those head-to-head looks at him against his age group cohort. All that’s really available to judge him on is his domestic play against his countrymen in the MHL.

The numbers

Surin had 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points over 43 games in the MHL’s regular season. He added five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 19 playoff games. (Loko Yaroslavl lost to SKA-1946 St. Petersburg, Ivan Demidov’s team, in the playoff finals.)
Speaking of Demidov, he’s one of just two 2024 first-time eligible prospects in the MHL with a higher points-per-game than Surin: the other is Igor Chernyshov. That’s not bad company to keep in terms of points production.

Availability and fit

You can see why teams would like what Surin has to offer. He’s got size! He’s generated points pretty consistently in his league. Based on his play-style, he’s probably the type of player who constantly pops when teams are looking at video of MHL games. And he’s a toolsy forward that can play wing or centre, which adds some versatility to his game. If he can find consistency and adjust to the North American game, there’s a lot of upside there.
In terms of availability, he’s appeared in public draft rankings in the late first round (such as on Craig Button’s list and McKeen’s latest rankings), but typically he appears in the 30s and 40s as a player that can be selected in the second round. Surin won’t definitely be available when the Flames make their first pick in the second round at 41st overall, but there’s a decent chance he may be.

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