TRIO OF RUSSIAN BEAR CUBS DEBUT

The three Russian kids made their KHL debut for the 2013-14 season today, and all played well enough and certainly got plenty of ice time.

  • Bogdan Yakimov: 12:59 on 15 shifts, won 7 of 12 faceoffs, had one shot on goal. His time on ice was 10th among Neftekhimik forwards.
  • Anton Slepyshev: 11:09 on 15 shifts, 2 shots on goal. His time on ice was 11th among Salavat forwards.
  • Daniil Zharkov: 9:21 on 13 shifts and minus one. His time on ice was 12th among Torpedo forwards.

Yakimov and Zharkov had never played in the Russian Super League. The highlights include Yakimov’s faceoff percentage (58.3%) and that he played a regular shift in the KHL after playing in a lower league one year ago. Slepyshev had pre-season games where he barely saw the ice, so his 11 minutes are encouraging. Zharkov wasn’t listed on the KHL site until today, so that’s encouraging too.

Teemu Hartikainen played over 20 minutes today for Slepyshev’s team, had a shot on goal and was -1.

It is, of course, early.

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25 Responses to "TRIO OF RUSSIAN BEAR CUBS DEBUT"

  1. Bar_Qu says:

    That’s it! All our forward problems are solved! Bring them over now and start planning the parade route!

    (all in the spirit of yesterday’s comments)

  2. wheatnoil says:

    The Oilers could really use one of Khaira or Yakimov to bolster the centre depth chart in the next couple years. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop with both following non-traditional paths (Yakumov in the KHL and Khaira likely going NCAA -> WHL -> AHL).

  3. Manitoba Oilers says:

    wheatnoil:
    The Oilers could really use one of Khaira or Yakimov to bolster the centre depth chart in the next couple years. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop with both following non-traditional paths (Yakumov in the KHL and Khaira likely going NCAA -> WHL -> AHL).

    IMO Kharia will end up a winger

  4. bendelson says:

    Bar_Qu,

    And here I was going to suggest no points and 4th line minutes clearly indicates total failure with no hope of ever helping the Oilers…

    LT may be encouraged – I am enraged dammit!

    (all in the spirit of yesterday’s comments)

  5. wheatnoil says:

    Manitoba Oilers: IMO Kharia will end up a winger

    I thought so too but I think he played centre yesterday, so that may be where the Oilers would like him to play.

  6. delooper says:

    All the Oilers centre problems will be solved when I let RNH use my transmogrifier.

  7. Hammers says:

    After last night we may need them .

  8. RexLibris says:

    Feeling intense fury towards my Eskimos right now.

    Intense. Fury.

    They do realize that this football, right, not tag? Or that other teams have actually managed, in a salary-cap world, to find competent kick returners as well as effective offensive linemen? Just some thoughts off the top of my head.

    Yakimov, Khaira, Chase, all seem to be capable of bringing some good things to this franchise. I look forward to reading/seeing more of them this season.

  9. Manitoba Oilers says:

    RexLibris:
    Feeling intense fury towards my Eskimos right now.

    Intense. Fury.

    They do realize that this football, right, not tag? Or that other teams have actually managed, in a salary-cap world, to find competent kick returners as well as effective offensive linemen? Just some thoughts off the top of my head.

    Yakimov, Khaira, Chase, all seem to be capable of bringing some good things to this franchise. I look forward to reading/seeing more of them this season.

    Riders are the best

  10. wheatnoil says:

    Straight from The Bob MacKenzie.

    CGY has told T.J. Galiardi to work on faceoffs this summer, EDM the same with Taylor Hall. No telling if it'll work but likely to be tried.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 7, 2013

    EDM, likely without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder rehab) for month of October, will at least try Hall and Gagner as top 2 centres.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 7, 2013

  11. Lowetide says:

    Manitoba Oilers: Riders are the best

    THIS should be blocked, but you might complain to Mrs Lowetide. :-)

  12. Lowetide says:

    WheatnOil: I wonder if he’s working off the old info, though. Same date? Nov 1? Suspect they haven’t leaked the new due date.

  13. wheatnoil says:

    Good thing there were no takers for Hemsky over the summer. Makes that 3rd line look a hell of a lot weaker though. Also, this gives Omark a window of opportunity to make the club if he can impress Eakins. It’s going to be an interesting October. We can only hope for the Oilers to run some luck through October… if things are going ‘okay’ it’ll be put less pressure for the Nuge to be rushed back.

    A little depth insurance signing would be nice though… I wonder who MacT wanted to invite as a PTO (he indicated that he’d likely make a couple offers but didn’t think they’d be accepted for insurance reasons).

  14. wheatnoil says:

    Lowetide:
    WheatnOil: I wonder if he’s working off the old info, though. Same date? Nov 1? Suspect they haven’t leaked the new due date.

    Well that’s true. I hadn’t considered that. It does confirm the Oilers are wanting to run Hall at centre in the interim, which we had suspected, instead of trying to push Gordon or Arcobello higher in the order.

  15. delooper says:

    No worries, they’ve got plenty of depth. Ben Eager just volunteered to play centre and carry the load for a while.

  16. lance says:

    Russians with no points? 2nd rounders = disasters??

    obviously the only response is panic.

    If I had any money I’d totally put it on the Oilers being in the lottery.

    PANIC.

  17. delooper says:

    Have you eaten jellyfish? The jelly with the name Turritopsis dohrnii sheds its carcass and resurrects itself after death. It never dies. It’s some kind of vampire. I bet if a savvy person ground it up and marketed it well, you could have yourself a snazzy cosmetics line…

  18. VOR says:

    Jellyfish cosmetics. Hmmm. It is all in the branding. Miracle of the deep guarantees youthful skin.

    Branding is an interesting thing because it leads us to associate thoughts and feelings with a product that have absolutely no basis in fact.

    Try the following experiment and see the power of branding.

    What do you suppose would happen if some team decided all it was going to do was draft left wingers one year because that was what they needed. Now lets suppose they used their first round draft choice not on the best LW available but the meanest. Occasionally, now remember this is all hypothetical, they would blow a draft choice on a goon D-man with dubious talent but who could play left wing in a pinch or a big euro center that could play left wing but did not have much else to recommend them. Lets say they are so stupid, this mythical team, that they compound all of this by drafting a RW who they think is a LW because his father was a left wing.

    In 1984 this bizarre strategy produced 4, 1000 plus game NHLers and 1590 career NHL goals. It is another triumph for Insanely Stupid Drafting (ISD). A remarkable number of the best drafts by one team in one year have been a direct consequence of ISD. But separated from outcome we expect this strategy to end in disaster. BPA, if there is such a thing, has never gotten close to any of the best drafts ever. But BPA has great marketing. Insanely stupid drafting (ISD) does not. So we all cry out BPA, BPA and reinforce the brand.

    Now if we could just do the same thing for Jellyfish cosmetics. Turritopsis splendorous anyone? Its better than botox.

  19. Cameron says:

    VOR,

    Roberts, Richer, Hull and Robitaille, I presume?

  20. "Steve Smith" says:

    Cameron,

    Suter, Hull, Roberts, and Ranheim.

    But Vor’s post makes so little sense that you and I have both wasted our time in considering it.

  21. Lowetide says:

    VOR: I don’t think “Ranheim” means what you think it means, and I’m not at all certain how the Flames draft could be called ISD in 1984. It was brilliant.

  22. VOR says:

    Lowetide,

    My point was that there is no evidence in the ten best drafts by one team of all time of some BPA strategy in action. The Flames wanted a left winger. Their first shot at this in 1984 gave them Gary Roberts. But he was a serious reach for a first rounder. He had 20 points in his first junior season and 57 in his draft year. So they drafted for need and reached and got a great player. Maybe that is a fluke. As I remember Kenny Sabourin was next because they wanted a tough guy on D. By this time if I recall correctly they were confident they had some really good young defencemen but none of them were tough, thus Sabourin is need. Then another left winger, Paul Ranheim. Then came a ton of misses (including a left winger who had big numbers in junior and big size but went nowhere). Then Brett Hull, the right winger out of Pentiction, and if they had a clue how good he would be they wouldn’t have waited to 117, or traded him away. Tough guy defenceman and tough guy defenceman gave them one miss and Gary Suter. Look at his junior stats and then tell me how they knew he was going to score 91 points in a single season.

    The outcome is brilliant, as was Detroit’s when they got Lidstrom and Fedorov. But the strategy in Calgary’s strategy isn’t obvious. We know Detroit had a very particular draft for need going on but it isn’t as certain with Calgary. It sure looks like need based drafting though. Whatever Calgary was using as a draft strategy it certainly wasn’t best player available. That they got a great outcome, as did Detroit, says there are ways to get great draft outcomes without using BPA. I am referring to them collectively as ISD.

  23. Lowetide says:

    VOR: Do we know where Roberts was ranked in his draft year? Do we know it was a reach? I can have a look around, probably have some draft stuff somewhere from 1984.

  24. Lowetide says:

    Actually, it’s at hockey draft central. He was ranked #9 foward overall by the Hockey News, suggesting he was in the range of bpa when selected

    http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1984/84012.html

  25. VOR says:

    Actually LT, there were (based on one or the other ranking – Hockey News or Central Scouting – who had him 15th ranked overall NA skater and thus no better than 16th overall in the draft) – eight or nine higher ranked players were still on the board at the time the Flames picked Roberts so he may be in range but I think if the Oilers picked Zadorov instead of Nurse we would have said reach pick, never mind if they had picked Max Domi. At least to that extent Gary Roberts is a reach pick.

    Also, according to Hockey Draft Central, central scouting’s list went at least 70 players deep (they give player rankings that go to 70 in the notes on each player pre-draft) and yet Roberts is the only ranked player hockeydraftcentral shows Calgary taking in 1984. I’d say both Roberts going early and no other ranked players support my original point, the evidence is quite overwhelming that whatever Calgary was doing in 1984 it wasn’t BPA. Not to mention that if you go Calgary player by Calgary player in 1984 a certain pattern is really clear, they are a remarkably old group. They are predominantly (if hockeydraftcentral has it right) overagers. (Hull and Suter are both overagers and there are a lot of European players who were a might long in the tooth.) Again, most clearly not BPA. I stand by my original contention, whatever it is they were thinking it wasn’t walking in lock step with the ranking agencies and thus wasn’t a BPA approach.

    To restate they passed up higher ranked players to take Roberts at a place in the draft where history would suggest it statistically matters (ie. a reach pick) and then picked no other ranked player. They took overagers, a disproportionate number of left wings early 2 of 3 and 3 of 5 (and some sources have it 4 of 5), and quite a lot of European players who were very overage. Please feel free to show me the pattern that suggests they were using BPA.

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