1 July 1997|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)|
|NHL team (P)|
San Jose Sharks|
San Jose Barracuda (AHL)
Danil Yurtaikin (born 1 July 1997) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing under contract with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League (AHL) whilst under contract with the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Yurtaikin played as a youth within the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl program, joining the club to play at the under-16 level. He was later selected by Yaroslavl 108th overall in the 2014 KHL Junior Draft. He progressed his development, playing with junior affiliate, Loko Yaroslavl in the MHL. He scored 73 points in 99 games over three seasons with Loko, culminating in two championship titles in 2015–16 and 2017–18.
He made his professional debut during the 2016–17 season, playing with second-tier club, HC Ryazan of the Supreme Hockey League (VHL). Showing offensive ability he notched 21 points in 26 games in the VHL and signed a two-year contract extension to remain with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl through 2019.
Before beginning the 2017–18 season, Yurtaikin was traded in exchange for financial compensation to Amur Khabarovsk on 9 October 2017. He made his debut in the Kontinental Hockey League, earning just 1:35 time on ice for Amur in a 1–0 victory over Avangard Omsk on 14 October 2017. He made just 5 appearances with Amur before he was assigned to their junior MHL affiliate. On 24 November 2017, Yurtaikin was promptly returned to Lokomotiv in a trade, and made his Lokomotiv debut on 29 November 2017. He completed the season going scoreless in 18 regular season contests and 2 playoff games.
On the back of his second MHL title with Loko to end the 2017–18 season, Yurtaikin broke out offensively in the following 2018–19 season. He recorded 10 goals and 19 points in 40 games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, finishing tied for third among under-22 skaters in goals and fifth in points. As Lokomotiv's fourth highest regular season goalscorer, he appeared in 8 playoff games and collected one assist.
Undrafted and with his contract concluded with Lokomotiv, Yurtaikin was signed as a free agent to a two-year, entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL on 26 April 2019.
Regular season and playoffs
|2013–14||Loko-Junior Yaroslavl||MHL B||22||14||19||33||4||10||1||4||5||4|
|2014–15||Loko-Junior Yaroslavl||MHL B||3||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2019–20||San Jose Sharks||NHL||4||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2019–20||San Jose Barracuda||AHL||38||2||15||17||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honours
|Kharlamov Cup (Loko Yaroslavl)||2016, 2018|
- "Lokomotiv extend contracts with 5 players" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- "KHL transactions" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
- "Amur 1 Avangard 0" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
- "KHL transactions November 24" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
- "Sharks sign forward Danil Yurtaikin". San Jose Sharks. 26 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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