The 2013 Entry Draft will soon take its annual photo, and as always there are some good and bad things to report. The top and bottom of the draft are fine (Nurse, Chase) and there are good things in the middle. And then there’s Anton Slepyshev.
- 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.
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)
Assuming my math is correct, I’m interested in discussed the season just past for Slepyshev. He lost playing time, and he wasn’t as successful in the boxcars or secondary numbers. Is the downturn significant? I don’t think it is. Should we look forward to a stronger season in 2014-15? I’d say likely, depending on Salavat Yulaev’s plans for guys like Hartikainen.