Anton Slepyshev - Photo Courtesy of mhl.khl.ru

 

Anton Slepyshev, LW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-2

Weight: 194

Born: 1994-05-13

Hometown: Penza, Russia

Drafted: 2013 by Edmonton Oilers, 88th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2015 - Slepyshev experienced an increase in ice time as his season wound down with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL. The expanded role with Ufa is a welcome sign for the 20-year-old who had a very slow start to his fourth KHL campaign. Slepyshev finished off the year with 15 goals and 25 points in 58 regular season games. Despite his team being bounced in the first round of the playoffs, four games to one, Slepyshev displayed the high end stick handling and vision that made him a coveted NHL draft pick. This was even more evident earlier in the year when his team participated in the Spengler Cup, where he lead Ufa in goals (3) and points (5) in five tournament games. The challenge still lies in getting him to come to North America and compete for a spot on the Oilers. As of now, there is no sign of him leaving the KHL. Tyler Thomson

 

May 2014 - Slepyshev finished second on Team Russia in scoring at the WJC, serving notice that he's definitely an NHL prospect. The trick is to get him across the pond, and that's where his fantasy value takes a hit. He's 50-50 at best in terms of coming over here within the next three years. In the meantime, he's playing against men who outweight him by 25 pounds or more in the KHL. - Dobber

 

June 2013 –To the surprise of many, Anton Slepyshev was passed over in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft after being ranked as a second round prospect by most services. The fact that 30 teams passed over him makes one wonder what the issue was because he was certainly worthy of a late round flyer. Slepyshev is a big powerful forward with a sniper’s mentality who gets around the ice with ease. He is prone to falling into scoring slumps and periods of inactiveness but when he is on his game, he is a scoring threat. He packs a good shot with a quick release and can operate as an average passer as well. Playing for Novokuznetsk and Ufa in the KHL, Slepyshev compiled seven goals and nine points in 26 games. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: D+

 

With the uncertainty in Russian prospects and Slepyshev’s wandering offensive production, he is only worthy of a selection in fantasy keeper leagues with deep prospect pools at this point. Slepyshev owns top six skills.

 

 

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