“A tall, lanky center with an acute understanding of the game. A deceptively strong skater with good balance. Relies on using his size to shield the puck in the neutral zone and is usually the one to start plays in the offensive end. Defensively reliable; exhibits very well-rounded habits in his own end. All-in-all, an intelligent defensive player whose instincts at both ends of the ice will aid his maturation into a versatile, complete two-way forward.”
Pavlychev most recently played for the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers, but played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights program before that. The Penguins’ AHL affiliate also plays in Wilkes-Barre Scranton. With the Penguins’ selection, Pavlychev becomes one of five recent Nittany Lions who have been drafted to the NHL.