Andrei Svechnikov

Carolina Hurricanes
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Fantasy Summary

Game breaking franchise winger. Dual-threat because he can both make plays and finish them. Also plays a physical style which gives him additional value in multi-cat leagues.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.7
NHL Certainty 9.2
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 26, 2000
Height 6‘3”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 2

Observations

June 2018 – The Carolina Hurricanes have a very good and deep prospect pool, but it is arguably missing a potential superstar player. That changed when they added Svechnikov with the second overall pick in the 2018 draft. Svechnikov should be on the Canes roster to start the season and the goal scoring winger could have a Calder calibre season and should be drafted early in fantasy drafts as he is much more than a goal scorer; he is a physical player and an underrated playmaker. Peter Harling

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Ak Bars Kazan Selects U13 WSI U13 9 8 6 14 6 |          
 2014-2015 Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 16 21 16 37 20 |          
 2015-2016 Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 13 31 22 53 38 |          
  Ak Bars Kazan U16 Russia U16 Finals 5 6 8 14 10 |          
  Ak Bars Kazan U18 Russia U18 7 5 3 8 28 |          
  Russia U17 WHC-17 6 2 3 5 6 |          
  Russia U16 YOG 4 6 4 10 29 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 5 2 0 2 2 |          
 2016-2017 Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 4 1 5 0 |          
  Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 48 29 29 58 68 |          
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 8 4 12 8 |          
  Russia U17 WHC-17 4 5 3 8 2 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 7 4 5 9 10 |          
 2017-2018 Barrie Colts OHL 44 40 32 72 67 | Playoffs 8 5 6 11 12 
  Russia U18 (all) International-Jr 4 4 4 8 6 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 5 0 5 5 2 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 7 2 5 7 4 |          
 2018-2019 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 4 2 6 12 |          

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