2021 NHL Draft Feature Profile: Alexei Kolosov
Alexei Kolosov was just ranked 2nd for International goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting. He is goalie who was drafted to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
The 6-foot-1 187-pound Belarussian played for various Belarus minor hockey teams. In 2019-20, his CHL import draft season, Kolosov spent the season with the Belarus U18 and U20 national teams and competed at the 2020 World Junior Championship Division 1A U20 tournament where he won a bronze medal. His 2.28 goals against average and .910 save percentage with the U18 program and 2.11 GAA and .930 save percentage with the U20 program both finished in the top-ten of goaltender stat categories in the Belarus 2 league.
Here is a short compilation showcasing some of his highlight reel saves from his draft year season:
His phenomenal play dazzled the Erie Otters front office, so much so that they drafted him 22nd overall in the 1st round of the 2020 CHL import draft.
Scott Grieve, the Erie Otters assistant director of hockey operations had high praise when speaking of Alexei’s playing ability, “Alexei is a very quick, athletic goaltender that challenges shooters and uses his speed to his advantage. Alexei has been impressive in international tournaments with Belarus, while also playing professionally in the Belarus Extraleague and most recently the KHL. We are thrilled to welcome Alexei to the Erie Otters organization and excited to see him in an Otters jersey very soon.”
Alexei began the 2020-21 hockey season with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL, appearing in 9 games, recording a 3-5-1 record while boasting a 2.69 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. The 18-year-old became the youngest goaltender in Dinamo’s team history to record a shutout victory with a 22-save performance on October 28th. He most recently represented his country in the annual IIHF Men's World Championships.