AHL Report Cards: Vyacheslav Trukhno

He caught fire when Marc Pouliot was called to the show. Since being elevated in terms of minutes (both at EVs and PP) Trukhno has enjoyed a tremendous run.

A few days before the Oilers called up Pouliot (March 3), Trukhno began a 12-game point scoring streak that saw him go 8-8-16 over that time. It is the longest in the AHL by a rookie this season and the 5th longest overall.

All of this second half scoring has made Trukhno’s splits a revelation: from October until the end of January (36gp, 5-9-14 .389 -9) pales in comparison to February and March (21gp, 8-10-18 .857 -7) and implies the light went on and at age 20 he can handle the AHL.

The PP/EV numbers are even more striking. Trukhno (based on this season) would appear to be even more one dimensional than Rob Schremp. Here’s the list of PP leaders among Falcons forwards (ranked by ppg):

  1. Schremp 71gp, 11-27-38 .535
  2. Pouliot 50gp, 7-11-18 .360
  3. Trukhno 57gp, 9-10-19 .333
  4. Spurgeon 12gp, 0-3-3 .250
  5. Jacques 38gp, 5-4-9 .237
  6. Reddox 58gp, 1-8-9 .155
  7. Goulet 33gp, 2-2-4 .121
  8. McDonald 66gp, 4-4-8 .121
  9. Johansson 25gp, 1-1-2 .080
  10. O’Marra 30gp, 0-2-2 .067
  11. Bodie 55gp, 0-1-1 .018
  12. Sestito 70gp, 0-1-1 .014
  13. Almtorp 36gp, 0-0-0 .000

59% of Truhno’s offense this year has come on the PP and although Schremp was a superior PP performer in his rookie AHL season (69gp, 9-19-28 .405ppg) he would appear to belong to the Schremp family of powerplay specialists. I cannot get completely accurate info from the Q site (powerplay assists are not listed) but only 9 of his 25 goals last year (or 36%) came with the man advantage.

There was a time (before the run) when Trukhno looked dead in the water and we shouldn’t overvalue the recent surge. Having said that, over the last 15 games or so his results have been keeping with his own established level of ability at lower levels and could very well be a matter of a young man settling in after taking some time to find his way as a pro.

The PP/EV ratio and slow start are a concern, but to at least some extent Trukhno has turned his season around since February.

Final Grade: 70%.

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3 Responses to "AHL Report Cards: Vyacheslav Trukhno"

  1. Asiaoil says:

    Good for you LT in keeping the faith on this kid – he’s largely convinced me that he’s got real potential with his play in the 2nd half. If Schremp is dealt this summer then Truk will be “the man” in Springfield next season and we will see what he does with it.

  2. Dennis says:

    I guess it was probably the justagame site but they had a long interview with Buchy where he discussed all the Falcons and of course he touched on Truk.

    Kelly attributed his second half surge to the fact that he just wasn’t ready to play in a men’s league last fall. Buchy said he needed to get bigger and stronger and once he put the work in off the ice, his game came around.

  3. Master Lok says:

    Or that since Pouliot left, Truk got a lot more PP time. Question: has he gotten better at ES?

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