#6: Daniil Chayka, LHD, Guelph Storm
Daniil Chayka is my number sixth ranked prospect for the Vegas Golden Knights and this is where things really start to get good.
Weight: 181 lbs.
Drafted: 2021 2nd-Round by Vegas Golden Knights
Daniil Chayka was drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round this past year. Chayka who was one ‘my guys’ in this class due to his two-way talent as a defenseman, was probably my favorite pick.
Chayka spent time before getting drafted in the OHL with Guelph Storm. Chayka has spent three seasons with Guelph Storm and it was rightfully so. Chayka’s first season in the OHL was not really all that productive. In 56 games he only recorded five goals and nine assists for 14 total points.
For a two-way defenseman who was known as a productive player as well as a very solid defenseman, I’m sure that was disappointing for him. However, in his second stint with the Guelph Storm he made great strides in his game.
In his second stint in the OHL with the Guelph Storm he once again played in 56 games but this time he produced. In those 56 games he managed to score 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 total points. Not to mention he finished with a +/- of +9.
Looking ahead to the current season he played in 40 games and has seven goals and 22 assists for 29 total points. He’s managed to be very productive in every aspect of his game, but there are still some concerns I have.
Chayka although a very long and length defenseman with a long reach to disrupt and breakup plays, but he is a below-average puck handler and does not show great traits with his ability to work in breakouts. Now, with that being said, that’s not to say that he can’t be on the ice during them but he shouldn’t be the one setting them up and carrying the puck up the ice.
But, when you look at the big picture, he has the necessary traits that would allow him to be a pretty good pro. With some development in his game as far as working breakouts and fine tuning up his decision making with the puck when in transition, he could truly become a top four defenseman for the Golden Knights.