Andrei Svechnikov

by Peter Harling on October 13, 2017

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Andrei Svechnikov, RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 185

Born: 2000-03-26

Hometown:  Barnaul, RUS

Drafted: 2018 NHL Draft eligible

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

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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