Evgeny Svechnikov

by jameson on June 13, 2017

Evgeny Svechnikov - Photo Courtesy of CHL.ca

Evgeny Svechnikov, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 203

Born: 1996-10-31

Hometown: Neftegorsk, RUS

Drafted: 2015 by Detroit Red Wings, 19th overall

 

 

 

Observations:

June 2017 – After a disappointing start to the season (four points in his first 20 games), Svechnikov made the necessary adjustments to be effective in the AHL and put up a 0.87 PPG pace for the remainder of the season. His strong play has continued over into his team's playoff run. Grand Rapids Griffins coach, Todd Nelson, has praised Svechnikov as one of the quickest maturing players that he has ever coached. Svechnikov is an intriguing prospect with the size and goal scoring ability to be a top six forward in the NHL. He possesses soft hands as well as a heavy shot that he has no problem using. He skates well for his size but isn't likely to blow by defenders. Svechnikov is learning to use his body to his advantage during board battles and when fighting for space in front of the opposition's net. His play in the defensive zone is still a work in progress and will continue to need developing. Svechnikov had a small taste of NHL action this season playing two games with Detroit but has the potential to be a regular in the Red Wings lineup in the not so distant future. Unless he has a very impressive camp, Svechnikov will likely play in Grand Rapids this season due to multiple older, more seasoned prospects vying for a spot on the big club. Jameson Ewasiuk

 

July 2016 – After getting a little taste of playoff action, Svechnikov is in high hopes of making the step up to playing with Grand Rapids this season. The Russian national got into only the last two games of the playoffs before the Griffin’s were eliminated, and was a little shaky being thrust into the lineup in a high pressure situation. Never-the-less, the 6-2, 205 lbs. winger should have a good chance at progressing to the American Hockey League next year and evolving his game at the next level. An opportunity to play with other Red Wings draft picks and against a higher caliber of competition will do well to develop his power forward game. Joseph Highgate

 

December 2015Svechnikov will be looking to anchor Russia's top line to start the 2016 WJHC alongside Cape Breton teammate, Maxim Lazarev and team captain, Vladislav Kamenev who plies his trade in the AHL for Nashville's AHL affiliate in Milwaukee (Admirals). This line should be a menace for opponents as Evgeny and Maxim have obvious chemistry being teammates in Cape Breton and both scoring at or above a 1.4 point-per-game clip. Svechnikov has scored 17 goals alongside 22 assists for 39 points and solid plus-12 rating. This 2015 19th overall pick is a strong, smooth skater who puts defenders on their heels on a routine basis paired with a devasting mixed bag of tricks on the offensive end makes him a threat anytime he's on the ice. He had a great training camp with the Wings, but ultimately they felt another year of Junior hockey and the chance to help lead his country at the World Juniors was best for his development. Keep an eye on this kid as he will be one to watch this holiday season. Travis Watson

 

September 2015The Detroit Red Wings have assigned their 2015 1st round draft pick back to Cape Breton in the QMJHL. Svechnikov was already in tough to make the team due to his age(Wings love to be patient with their prospects), the number of contracts already on one-way deals as well as the considerable amount of talent already available for Detroit to choose from(Larkin, Pulkkinen, Mantha, Bertuzzi). Svechnikov's debut in the Winged Wheel came in the 2015 Traverse City Prospects Tournament where he recorded 1G-3A-4PTS enroute to a 2nd place finish. The young Russian's skill was on display throughout and he showed why he was chosen 19th overall in the 2015 draft. The youngster also suited up in his first NHL action albeit of the preseason variety, but against some stiff compeition by way of the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Chicago Blackhawks. The young stars of Detroit didn't back down from the veteren laiden Blackhawks showing perserverance by battling back with three unanswered goals only to end up falling 5-4 in OT. All-in-all it was a great showing by the young Russian in his first training camp and he will now look to take this experience with him back to Cape Breton where he will lead the Screaming Eagles attack and hope to carry the team to prominence this season. Travis Watson

 

August 2015The Detroit Red Wings know that you can't teach size, Evgeny Svechnikov at 6'3" brings plenty of that along with many offenive talents. Svechnikov displayed impressive skill throughout  his rookie season in the "Q" and it has many projecting him as a premier power forward. Netting 32 goals, 46 assists and 78 points in his first 55 games along with a solid plus-19 rating will get the attention of many scouts and Detroit was lucky enough for him to fall into their laps at number 19. Svechnikov brings another dimension that many prospect in their system lack, size, coupled with his ability to control the puck it makes him an ideal fit for the Red Wings puck possession system. One downfall, like many his age is that he needs to concentrate on his play for all 200 feet and become more aware of the game when he doesn't have the puck on his stick. Lucky for him Detroit is one of the best organizations at developing premium forwards that are able to make the jump to the NHL level look almost seamless. Looked for this talented winger to head back to Cape Breton where he will look to make a push for the scoring crown. Svechnikov is a player to know in the fantasy world, but only draft if you have deep farm systems and can afford to be patient. The talent is there, just likely not the opportunity as he will have to wait in line behind Teemu Pulkkinen, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi just to name a few. Travis Watson

 

June 2015 – The Detroit Red Wings selected big skilled Russian from the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov, with the 19th selection at the 2015 NHL Draft. Brendan Ross

 

February 2015 – Evgeny Svechnikov is a skilled big man with strength and power. He’s produced impressive QMJHL rookie numbers and it’s not a surprise given his silky smooth puck skills. Svechnikov’s puck handling is particularly impressive in tight quarters where he dangles through legs and sticks with ease. His best quality is adaptability, knowing when to use his power game versus his skilled game. This two-way attacking ability only makes Svechnikov a more attractive prospect. Throughout his development, both internationally and in the CHL, Svechnikov has flashed an explosive skilled game yet also plays a gritty North American game. At this point in time, the team drafting this powerful Russian will have the luxury of molding him into whatever player they choose. His overall package is extremely attractive and suited for the pro game. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

Top six winger with size that is a dangerous scoring threat. 

 

 

Footage:

Evgeny Svechnikov 2015 NHL Draft Profile:

 

Svechnikov hat trick vs Saint John (10/30/2014:

 

 

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