The 88th overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft is Anton Slepyshev. This pick, in my opinion, is a absolute steal at 88. He has elite talent. Not Kuznetsov talent, but very close.
Anton Slepyshev was the 1st Overall pick in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft, so he already has a connection with Edmonton. There’s a reason for him going number one, he’s an above average skater, he has a wicked wrister and he’ll shoot from anywhere. He’s pretty big to at 6’2 187lbs.
With the recent acquistion of LW David Perron, Slepyshev will not likely be in the top 6 if he comes to North America in a year or two but he has all the talent to make something happen. He is a bit bigger than Perron but his defensive game needs improvement. He’s only 19 though. You have a good 1-3 years for him to develop more defensively. His natural instinct though is to shoot, that’s one attribute that’ll never get taken away from him.
His numbers in the Kontinental Hockey League were good if not great. 26GP 7G 2A 9PTS and a -2. For a 19 year old that’s good. The NHLE is 82GP 18G 6A 24PTS. Not bad. His agility should be able to help him maneuver his way around NHL defenseman. This is easily or should be a heckuva draft pick by the Oilers.
I know I keep talking about the future, but truth is and we all know it… is that Edmonton is going to be a top dog by 2015! I and I hope everyone else is anticipating the next 15 years and what they bring to the Oilers and Oil Country! I just wrote this with the potential of Anton Slepyshev becoming a big part of the success here in Edmonton.
So long folks, long day ahead.