Andrei Svechnikov

by Peter Harling on March 3, 2018

[caption id="attachment_19898" align="alignnone" width="200"]Top Prospect Andrei Svechnikov - Aaron Bell (OHL Images)[/caption]

Andrei Svechnikov, RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 185

Born: 2000-03-26

Hometown:  Barnaul, RUS

Drafted: 2018 NHL Draft eligible







March 2018 - By the World Junior Tournament in Buffalo, Svechnikov had yielded the race for first overall to Rasmus Dahlin by the overwhelming majority of scouts and draft pundits. This is not a knock on Svechnikov, rather than a tip of the hat to Dahlin. This seeding was further entrenched during the tournament as Svechnikov was used in a limited role with Russia playing third line minutes. Despite the limited role, Svechnikov acquitted himself well posting five points, all assists.

Regarded as a prolific goal scorer, Svechnikov displayed his playmaking prowess with Russia at the World Junior, and since his return to Barrie in the OHL has been balancing his stat line with a noticeable emphasis on playmaking. He is currently riding a 15 game point streak in which he has 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points, within that streak is a mini assist streak of one goal and eight assists in five games from February 10-25.

October 2017 – Early forecast for the 2018 draft first overall seem to be a two man race between Rasmus Dahlin and Svechnikov. Andrei is the younger brother of Detroit Red Wings prospect Evgeni Svechnikov. Svechnikov made the jump to North America last year to play in the USHL as a 16-year-old and he dominated with 58 points in 48 games. Svechnikov has simply dominated at every level he has competed at from the USHL, to international play for Russia at the U18 and Ivan Hlinka.

Svechnikov checks all the scouts’ boxes; he has size and strength already as a 17-year-old and is physically ready to play against men. Skating is above average, he has good acceleration, a powerful stride, and strong balance. He is a very smart player that can find gaps in coverage despite the extra attention he commands, he takes advantage of teammates and makes them better by exploiting his skill and vision. Perhaps his most significant skill set is his shot; he possesses a quick release that combines power, speed and accuracy. Svechnikov has a wide array of weaponry with deadly wrist, snap, and slap shot and one-timer options. His puck control skills allow him to carry the puck at speed, and beat defenders one-on-one or deke the goalie to score.

If Svechnikov were a center perhaps he would be more highly considered as the top prospect in the 2018 draft but there is no question he is a fantasy blue chip prospect and a dynamic offensive forward. Peter Harling

Fantasy Outlook: A+

Game breaking franchise player.



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