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Fantasy Summary

Big winger with all the tools necessary to be top-nine player at the NHL level.


Observations

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June 2022 – Safin has battled injuries and struggled to adjust to the AHL and as a result, on May 26th, the Czech winger opted to sign with HC Sparta Praha in Czechia. The 23-year-old recorded just five points in 27 AHL games last season as well as one assist in eight ECHL games and was not likely to make the Oilers roster. Jameson Ewasiuk

October 2020 – After an injury-riddled final season in the QMJHL, Safin had to make up lost ground in the 2019-2020 season. Unfortunately for the Czech winger, he was not able to make a big impact in the ECHL as a rookie last year. His 16 goals and 35 points in 54 games is respectable but does not exactly scream future NHLer. However, judgment should be reserved until we see how his sophomore pro season goes and we find out whether he can make the jump to the AHL or not. As of right now he has not been loaned to a European team. This is concerning as Ken Holland has been active in making sure the Oilers’ prospects get playing time in this fall so one could speculate that the young winger may not be healthy right now. Safin has an intriguing skill set but he is still playing catch-up so he must stay healthy and make the most of his opportunities going forward. Jameson Ewasiuk

January 2020 – A once-promising prospect, Safin fell off everyone’s radar due to an injury-riddled 2018-2019 season in which he recorded just 11 points in 15 games. This season, his first as a pro, Safin has found some success for the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL as he recorded 11 goals and 24 points in 33 games. While his numbers this season are not eye-popping by any means, it is good to see the young winger being productive in the ECHL. Until he can find some success in the AHL, it is not realis