From Russia with size: Tryamkin lands in Vancouver

 

 
 
 
 
Towering Russian blue-liner Nikita Tryamkin (listed at 6-8, 240 pounds) is welcomed to the Vancouver Canucks organization by professional scout (and former long-time NHL player) Lucien DeBlois at the NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia on June 28, 2014, when he was picked 66th overall by Vancouver. Tryamkin has just been signed by the Canucks.
 
 

Towering Russian blue-liner Nikita Tryamkin (listed at 6-8, 240 pounds) is welcomed to the Vancouver Canucks organization by professional scout (and former long-time NHL player) Lucien DeBlois at the NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia on June 28, 2014, when he was picked 66th overall by Vancouver. Tryamkin has just been signed by the Canucks.

Photograph by: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images

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The Russian is coming. The Russian is coming.

In fact, he’s already here. Defenceman Nikita Tryamkin — all 6-8 and 240 pounds of him — was scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on Wednesday.

There has been so much hype about the 21-year-old that you’d think he was the second coming of Pavel Bure.

Even his soon-to-be Vancouver Canucks teammates seem intrigued by his arrival.

“To be honest, I don’t know much about him,” fellow defenceman Luca Sbisa said before the Canucks met the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. “I just know he’s big. Nowadays, guys that size, you’ve got to be mobile. You can’t just be a big hulk out there. You have to be a Tyler Myers type guy, tall and lanky and use your size to its advantage. … That is the kind of guy I expect. I am excited to see him.”

Sbisa is right. By all accounts, despite his size, Tryamkin has good mobility.

“He’s 6-8, 240, and he’s mobile,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning told season ticket holders Tuesday night. “He’s a freak.”

Tryamkin was drafted by the Canucks 66th overall in the third round of the 2014 draft. He just completed his fourth season with Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He has signed a two-year entry level deal with the Canucks and is expected to practise with the team for the first time on Friday. He could play his first game as early as next Monday.

Tryamkin had four goals, 11 points and 71 penalty minutes this season with Yekaterinburg.

“He is a big-body guy,” Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said Wednesday. “He was over here (two years ago at prospect camp). I liked his personality. There wasn’t a lot of English at that time. I think he has improved his English since.

“You look at his numbers in the KHL and he has good numbers. I think he was 17 minutes in the regular season and 21 in the playoffs, so he was one of their key guys — and he’s still young. It is going to be exciting to get a look at him.”

Rookie defenceman Ben Hutton remembers meeting Tryamkin at that development camp two years ago.

“He didn’t speak much English,” Hutton said. “But he was a monster. He was huge. He had pretty good mobility from what I remember. … He wasn’t just a big body. He could move as well and from what I remember, he had some pretty good hands, too. I am excited to see what he’s got and hopefully he can help the team.”

Hutton is also looking forward to getting to know his new teammate.

“I remember trying to talk to him at development camp and he didn’t know much English and I was like, hopefully this guy likes me and doesn’t want to kill me,” he said.

Tryamkin is a left-hand shot, which the Canucks have lots of, but prefers to play the right side. He also apparently has a cannon — make that a loose cannon — for a shot.

“It’s a little bit dangerous because I don’t know if even he knows where it is going, so for everybody else in front of him it could be dangerous,” Benning said with a chuckle in an interview.

“He is unique because he’s 6-8 and he’s 240 pounds. For a big man, he is co-ordinated, he moves well. He has got good feet for a guy his size. He uses a long stick, so he has got the big wingspan while defending. If I was to describe him to you I would say he is a first-pass defensive defenceman.”

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Towering Russian blue-liner Nikita Tryamkin (listed at 6-8, 240 pounds) is welcomed to the Vancouver Canucks organization by professional scout (and former long-time NHL player) Lucien DeBlois at the NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia on June 28, 2014, when he was picked 66th overall by Vancouver. Tryamkin has just been signed by the Canucks.
 

Towering Russian blue-liner Nikita Tryamkin (listed at 6-8, 240 pounds) is welcomed to the Vancouver Canucks organization by professional scout (and former long-time NHL player) Lucien DeBlois at the NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia on June 28, 2014, when he was picked 66th overall by Vancouver. Tryamkin has just been signed by the Canucks.

Photograph by: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images

 
Towering Russian blue-liner Nikita Tryamkin (listed at 6-8, 240 pounds) is welcomed to the Vancouver Canucks organization by professional scout (and former long-time NHL player) Lucien DeBlois at the NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia on June 28, 2014, when he was picked 66th overall by Vancouver. Tryamkin has just been signed by the Canucks.
Nikita Tryamkin of the Vancouver Canucks poses for his official headshot for the 2014-2015 season on Sept. 18, 2014 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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