Anton Slepyshev is one of several young forwards about to descend upon this northern town looking for work. The Russian is a little older than most of the top-end crew, has more experience against men, and could surprise:
NHLE’S AMONG OILERS PROSPECTS OUTSIDE THE AHL
- C Connor McDavid 82GP, 23-40-63
- C Leon Draisaitl 82GP, 15-26-41
- C-R Kyle Platzer 82GP, 12-17-29
- L Anton Slepyshev 82GP, 17-11-28
- C-R Greg Chase 82GP, 8-16-24
There’s reason to believe the numbers for Slepyshev may be off by several based on his KHL playing time last season. Slepyshev’s stat line from his time in Russia really is quality based on his own past:
- Boxcars: 58GP, 15-10-25 in regular season
- Breakdown: 14 goals at even strength, one on the power play
- SOG: 129 (11.6 shooting percentage, 2.22 shots-per-game)
- TOI/game: 12:25
- Points-per-60: 2.08
- NHLE (Regular season): 82GP, 17-11-28
If he’d been a regular (16 minutes a night) that’s a 20-goal season for the young Russian. I have him No. 9 on the summer top 20, chances are he’ll go higher for the Christmas rankings.
ANTON SLEPYSHEV BAKERSFIELD 15-16 RE: 65GP, 19-14-33
ANTON SLEYSHEV 2015-16 RE: 3GP, 1-0-1
- What role will he play in Bakersfield? Scoring winger. He plays LW so could supplant Ryan Hamilton or replace Curtis Hamilton. The top four wingers in Bakersfield this fall are probably Hamilton, Slepyshev (LW’s) and Miller, Pakarinen (RW’s).
- What has changed since he signed? McDavid. It may impact his future if that move causes Leon Draisaitl to play the wing but this is early days.
- What does he need to work on? As with all Oilers wingers, his play without the puck is going to be the issue. Slepyshev isn’t about defending, he’s about scoring. He’s going to have a learning curve for sure.
- What is the best thing about him? Pronman draft day: He is an above-average skater, with agility and free movement, as his shiftiness makes him hard to check. He has a plus shot and he knows it, as his mentality is often shoot-first, even from distance. He can still make plays, and he does not have tunnel vision, but his playmaking skills are not his best element. His physical game has progressed, and he has added strength since last season. He can protect pucks moderately well. He will display physical effort, although it could be better at times. He also needs to work on his defensive game.
- What one thing will get him to the NHL? Speed and scoring added to good size (6.02, 195). Slepyshev could easily grab an available job and play for a long time.
- What one thing will keep him from the NHL? The NHL is the toughest league in the world. If he can score regularly, and he did it in the KHL, Slepyshev will have a career.
- What was that crazy trade again? It is below. The value of the selection (No. 37) is represented here by Valentin Zykov. The return includes Platzer, Slepyshev, Yakimov, Houck (since discarded) and Muir. Carrier was a secondary portion but did not involve the Oilers giving up anything beyond No. 37 overall. It remains a good bloody trade two years on. This trade hobbled Marco Roy’s signing with Edmonton too, by the way. The Oilers signed Yakimov, Slepyshev and Platzer, all of whom were taken after Roy.