Ontario Hockey League grad Daniil Zharkov has started 2017-18 in Russia’s VHL. The alumnus of the Belleville Bulls has put in 19 games with Dinamo St. Petersburg of the VHL. The team is an affiliate of the KHL’s Vityaz Podalsk. Zharkov is the only OHL grad on the club at this point in time.
Daniil Zharkov played two years in the Ontario Hockey League, 2011-12 and 2012-13, with the Belleville Bulls. The Bulls selected him 13th overall at the 2011 CHL Import Draft. Over his two years, Zharkov scored 48 goals and assisted on 31 for 79 points in 109 regular season games. In 23 playoff games, he added 15 points.
In his second season, 2012-13, Daniil scored 25 goals in 59 games and helped Belleville to the Eastern Conference finals before losing in seven games to the Barrie Colts. He also represented Russia at the 2013 World Juniors. The team won bronze, beating Canada in the third place game after losing to Sweden in the semi-final. The tournament was held in Ufa, Russia that year.
Zharkov was drafted into two leagues in 2012. Metallurg Novokuznetsk took him in the second round of the 2012 KHL Draft, 47th overall. He was also taken in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, 91st overall. He has played for neither team in his pro hockey career.
Since 2013-14, Daniil has played his entire pro hockey career in Russia, appearing in all three tiers (KHL, VHL, MHL). All his time in the elite KHL has been spent with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. So far in 2017-18, Zharhov has scored two goals and assisted on three in 19 games for St. Petersburg.
Dinamo St. Petersburg
2016-17 was the first year for this franchise and they finished 12th overall in the 27 team VHL over the 50 game schedule. The team reached the post season but were bounced in the first round. This season, 2017-18, St. Petersburg sits in first place overall after 21 games.
Dinamo plays home games at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. The venue opened in 1967 and seats 7,000 for hockey. This was one of the host venues for the 2016 IIHF World Championships.
The VHL started play in 2010-11 and now has 27 teams. The league was initially independent but more and more teams are affiliating with KHL clubs. The VHL stands for Vysshaya Hokkeinaya Liga and is also known as the Supreme Hockey League. Teams are mostly from Russia but there are also franchises in Kazakhstan and China.
Daniil Zharkov OHL Stats