Craig MacTavish’s reputation is taking a beating this summer—the problems on defense track back to his desk—but there are some things on the good side of his ledger. One of them may (MAY) be the 2013 draft and that crazy trade(s) that garnered a lot of interesting bets.
- Craig MacTavish: “He has a dynamic skill set. High-speed skill. He competes well. There’s plenty of tools there.”
- Pronman: “He’s a highly skilled playmaker with good speed, whose all-around game and ability to win battles have been issues.”
One of the issues we have as fans is finding nuance to add to the video and the boxcars. Pronman’s words are important for us to build a profile of this player and we can also find insight via the KHL website and their tracking of the numbers.
SLEPYSHEV IN THE KHL
- 2011-12 (age 17) 39GP, 4-3-7 (8:55 TOI, 28 shots) (1.21 points-per-60) (4.83 shots-per-60)
- 2012-13 (age 18) 26GP, 7-2-9 (12:40 TOI, 63 shots) (1.64 points-per-60) (11.48 shots-per-60)
- 2013-14 (age 19) 36GP, 3-5-8 (10:18 TOI, 59 shots) (1.30 points-per-60) (9.55 shots-per–60)
- 2014-15 (age 20) 58GP, 15-10-25 (12:26 TOI, 129 shots) (2.08 points-per-60) (10.73 shots-per-60)
His 20-year old season represents a very nice spike and I thought it might be a good idea to compare Slepyshev’s performances with that of Bogdan Yakimov, who had one KHL season:
- 2013-14 (age 19) 33GP, 7-5-12 (9:55 TOI, 44 shots) (2.22 points-per-60) (8.07 shots-per-60)
At the same age (19) it looks like Yakimov would have a slight edge but these are total numbers (PP, PK, EV) and TOI so there are some issues with this run (Yakimov had one power-play goal in his 19-year-old season, Slepyshev did not have a special teams goal at the same age).
- 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: 12:26
- Points-per-60: 2.08
- NHLE (Regular season): 82GP, 17-11-28
I’m a big fan of NHLE, for me it does give us an idea about the player and their abilities. That said, we see in Slepyshev the real limitations of the tool—the young man accomplished his totals (15 goals in a KHL season is a pretty solid total, tying him for No. 3 on his team) playing only 12:26 a night. If he had been rewarded a more substantial amount of playing time we might be talking about him possibly jumping all the way to the NHL this fall.
And that’s where we are today. It’s very difficult to suss out these European prospects until they arrive in North America. Corey Pronman (who will be my guest tomorrow morning at 11 on the Lowdown) watches a lot of games and speaks to scouts and NHL people about these players. His ranking of Slepyshev at No. 4 on the current prospect list should be viewed as an extreme positive, and we’d do well to watch this young winger closely during training camp and pre-season.
MacT’s in a different office and Stu MacGregor is down the line, but their draft picks continue to develop and their story has yet to be written. Anton Slepyshev is a player of interest. I have him scoring 19 goals in Bakersfield and getting a cup of coffee with Edmonton in 2015-16 RE.