OILERS AT 88: ANTON SLEPYSHEV

This is an outstanding pick. Pronman had him at #17 overall a year ago and #45 this year. Seriously.

  • Pronman (from one year ago): Slepyshev is one of the rare 17-year-old forwards who has been able to step into the KHL and produce, albeit at a marginal level. His production is along the lines of what elite prospects Evgeny Kuznetsov and Vladimir Tarasenko did in their 17-year-old seasons, though, for example. Slepyshev is an above-average skater who is tremendously agile and is also able to get up to a notable top gear. When you combine his great agility with the fact he has high-end puck skills, he really is a nuisance to check. Slepyshev is very effective at dodging opponents and creating space for himself. I’ve seen times on penalty kills where he would dance around the opposing zone for 15-25 seconds because several opponents keep missing him. Slepyshev has a plus if not near that shot and he knows it, as he has a shoot-first mentality with the ability to score from way out. He can still make plays and doesn’t have tunnel vision, but I wouldn’t classify him as a playmaker. Slepyshev’s physical game needs some work as while he’s average-sized, he’s got a bean pole frame and can easily be pushed off the puck. He will show some physical effort, although that at times could be better, and has some defensive value too, but his strength level is way behind where it needs to be.

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14 Responses to "OILERS AT 88: ANTON SLEPYSHEV"

  1. Ribs says:

    Yes! Showed well every time I’ve seen him. Very happy with this pick.

  2. striatic says:

    like i said before .. maybe the idea is stacking up on late picks and then drafting skilled Russian Junior and KHL young guys that no one else wants and figuring they can lure them to play with Yakupov in Edmonton?

  3. spoiler says:

    Can’t believe they made this pick. Very nice.

  4. DBO says:

    Bickell signed 4 yrs in Chicago. not sure on Money

  5. striatic says:

    draft ALL the Russians!

  6. SoxandOil says:

    Could he be NHL ready this year?

  7. DBO says:

    We drafted J. Houck?

  8. Ribs says:

    I think he has another year to go before he can come over.

  9. Young Oil says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9kBZFok7Hk&feature=player_embedded

    I’m excited. From this highlight reel, he looks a bit like a Russian Eberle!

  10. DBO says:

    And Kyle Platzer. 2nd centre in a row. both 5’11

  11. Kitchener says:

    KHL 2012-13 regular season stats:

    Nichusckin: 18 GP 6 pts
    Slepyshev: 11 GP 6 pts (… on his 2nd team)

    Tiny sample sizes…

  12. justDOit says:

    SoxandOil:
    Could he be NHL ready this year?

    From the article:

    Slepyshev’s physical game needs some work as while he’s average-sized, he’s got a bean pole frame and can easily be pushed off the puck.

  13. Martin Lundén (dohfOs) says:

    Found this rather lengthy report on him, http://goo.gl/nAQYe

    If the Oil (and Yak) managed to convince him to come over he could be a real steal. That Yakimov dude is also intriguing. Imagine a all Russian line..

    Time for the Oilers to get a Russian coach (and a English teacher) in the fold..!

    Now, heading to bed. 5.30 AM ain’t good for you.

  14. jfry says:

    i really wanted this guy last year. love this pick.

    went #1 in the KHL draft in 2011. pronman had him 17th last year.

    love this pick. it’s like an extra first rounder.

    these russians are going to change goal celebrations in the NHL forever. The Wirey One has some Yakupov excitability to him.

    from HP:

    17. Anton Slepyshev, Left Wing, Novokuznetsk-KHL

    Slepyshev is one of the rare 17-year-old forwards who has been able to step into the KHL and produce, albeit at a marginal level. His production is along the lines of what elite prospects Evgeny Kuznetsov and Vladimir Tarasenko did in their 17-year-old seasons, though, for example. Slepyshev is an above-average skater who is tremendously agile and is also able to get up to a notable top gear. When you combine his great agility with the fact he has high-end puck skills, he really is a nuisance to check. Slepyshev is very effective at dodging opponents and creating space for himself. I’ve seen times on penalty kills where he would dance around the opposing zone for 15-25 seconds because several opponents keep missing him. Slepyshev has a plus if not near that shot and he knows it, as he has a shoot-first mentality with the ability to score from way out. He can still make plays and doesn’t have tunnel vision, but I wouldn’t classify him as a playmaker. Slepyshev’s physical game needs some work as while he’s average-sized, he’s got a bean pole frame and can easily be pushed off the puck. He will show some physical effort, although that at times could be better, and has some defensive value too, but his strength level is way behind where it needs to be.

    Ranking Explanation: The two players here I thought were very close talent wise. I like Slepyshev’s puck skills just marginally more, Hertl has much better hockey sense, Slepyshev is a much better skater, and Hertl has a much better physical game. For forwards, I deem skating to be more valuable than physical game, so based on those skills, I figured it was nearly a push if not Hertl was marginally better. However, I also think Slepyshev is a high-end shooter which as previously mentioned and elaborated on in other explanations, is a secondary factor I am willing to take into account in close calls. I also have been marginally more impressed by Slepyshev in personal viewings. They both produced tremendously as well for their ages in their respective leagues, so that ended up being a push on that front.

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