Alexei Lipanov

Tampa Bay Lightning
Miranda Zilkowsky

Fantasy Summary

High-risk, high-reward prospect loaded with talent, and explosive stride, but lacking in size and NHL-level work ethic.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country RUS
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 7, 1999
Height 6‘0”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 3; Overall: 76

Observations

October 2018 – Lipanov may be starting to find his stride in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers. Having scored points two games in a row, the offence may finally be starting to click for him. At this stage of his career, we should look to him to be a point-per-game player. He still needs time to mature mentally and physically, but his defensive game will help him succeed at higher levels. At this point, he looks like a future third line centre or winger who could jump up to second line if need be. Jordan Deshane

 

April 2018 – After completing his first season of major junior hockey in North America, Lipanov has joined the Syracuse Crunch to close out his season. The rookie had been signed to an entry level contract back in September of last year so the move to Syracuse was largely expected after finishing the season at the bottom of the OHL standings. Lipanov earned his first professional point in his second game with the Crunch, against the Binghamton Devils, and then another in his next game versus the Belleville Senators. While his season in the OHL was highly underwhelming, we might have the opportunity to see Lipanov seize this next opportunity and turn a corner in his professional development. As a native of Russia, Lipanov does not have to return to the CHL next season, and could potentially stick with the Crunch, especially if his production stays consistent. Brayden Olafson   March 2018 – Once thought of as a sleeper selection in the 2017 Entry Draft, Lipanov has had an extremely disappointing season in the OHL, more-so since being traded from the Barrie Colts to the Sudbury Wolves in January. Since being traded, Lipanov has posted only a trio of goals, as well as assists in his first 17 games with the Wolves, hardly justifying what we would expect in a D+1 season for a “scoring” third-round pick. Besides struggling offensively, Lipanov was handed a major suspension in February (5 games) under the leagues harassment and diversity policy. While we can all appreciate that the trade may have been unsettling for the young Lipanov, his severe lack of production since is certainly a cause for concert as a fantasy owner. Brayden Olafson   December 2017 – Alexei Lipanov has been named to Russia’s preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Championship. Along with Barrie linemate and 2018 draft top prospect, Andrei Scechnikov, Lipanov will compete for a spot on the final roster that will kick off the tournament December 26th against the Czechs. The Moscow native’s first season in North America has been mostly successful alongside the top prospect, Svechnikov, as they help the Colts push to the top of their division. Brayden Olafson September 2017 – As per Capfriendly, Alexey Lipanov has signed an entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lipanov was reassigned to his new junior team in Barrie last week where he’s had early success with fellow Russian line-mate and 2018 draft-eligible prospect, Andrei Svechnikov. The two are familiar line-mates as they’ve played in international competition together several times before. Lipanov was able to hang, offensively, with most of the Lightning top-prospects during training camp, but will utilize his time in Barrie to adjust to the North American style of play and physicality. Brayden Olafson   September 2017 – In the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Al Murray continues to pad the depth of centers in the Lightning organization by selecting Alexei Lipanov in his first year of draft eligibility. Lipanov is a playmaking center with a significant ceiling, especially for his draft position. The 17-year-old will join the Barrie Colts of the OHL this season, where the Lightning development staff will be able to get a second perspective on the center in a peer-peer matchup. All Murray called Lipanov “One of the top players on the Russian ’99 team.” Which is certainly true, as the center was able to tally eight points in a 21-game stint with Dynamo Balashikha of the VHL. The Russian is skilled and skates very well, which will give him the opportunity to be a force with the Colts this season. Al Murray indicated that Lipanov would be present at Lightning development camp which begins on June 27th in Brandon, FL.


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Dynamo Moskva U16 Russia U16 33 21 28 49 12 |          
  Dynamo Moskva U16 Russia U16 Finals 6 3 6 9 2 |          
  Russia U16 (all) International-Jr 7 2 3 5 16 |          
 2015-2016 Dynamo Moskva U17 Russia U17 18 2 12 14 39 |          
  MHK Dynamo Moskva MHL 32 3 5 8 16 |          
  Russia U17 WHC-17 6 2 2 4 4 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 5 1 2 3 0 |          
 2016-2017 Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 5 5 0 |          
  Dynamo Balashikha VHL 21 3 5 8 8 | Playoffs 6 0 3 3
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 4 4 8 0 |          
  MHK Dynamo Moskva MHL 11 0 3 3 6 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 7 0 3 3 0 |          
 2017-2018 Barrie Colts OHL 35 11 19 30 10 |          
  Sudbury Wolves OHL 20 3 6 9 10 |          
  Syracuse Crunch AHL 10 0 3 3 4 |          
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 2 0 2 2 0 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 4 0 2 2 4 |          
 2018-2019 Kitchener Rangers OHL 24 7 6 13 8 |          
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          

Highlights