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#25 - Anton Slepyshev

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Sliding down from number 20, Anton Slepyshev kicks of the Top 25 Under 25 in the 25th position.

Anton Slepyshev celebrates after the Russian U20 team scores
Anton Slepyshev celebrates after the Russian U20 team scores

Anton Slepyshev narrowly avoided being banished into oblivion thanks to a weak crop of prospects and players. Since his debut at #18 in the summer of 2013, Slepyshev has continued to slide down the ranks landing in the 25th spot this time around.

Rank Player DOB Drafted Year Alan Ben Bruce Curtis DB Derek Jeff Jon Michael Ryan Scott Zsolt
25 ANTON SLEPYSHEV 94/05/13 88 2013 26 22 26 28 26 22 25 23 24 23 31 20

Previous Rank: 20

Since Scott's last post on Selpyshev, his minutes in the KHL have continued to slide. In 2012-13 his ATOI was 12:41 in 2013-14 it dropped to 10:19 and so far this season in 5 games his ATOI is 9:33. On the plus side his total SOG/60 haven't changed much, in fact they have improved slightly. In his draft year Slepyshev was at 11.47 SOG/60 but dropped to 9.53 SOG/60 in his draft +1 season, so far this season he is sitting at 12.57 SOG/60. His box numbers don't look horrible (they don't look great either) for a player with those kind of minutes.

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2012-13 Ufa Salavat Yulayev KHL 11 4 2 6 2 3
2013-14 Ufa Salavat Yulayev KHL 36 3 5 8 4 5
2014-15 Ufa Salavat Yulayev KHL 5 0 2 2 0 2

Based off of his raw numbers Slepyshev projects to be an effective third line player and for a player drafted in the 3rd round by the Oilers and that's not too bad.

It's yet to be seen if the Oilers will retain Slepyshev but if they do end up signing him it is still at least a season before we see him in the AHL. Even then there is no guarantee that we will ever see him play with the Oilers. Only time will tell what happens with Slepyshev and the Oilers.

If you want to get some more information about Anton Slepyshev both Bruce McCrudy and Jonathan Willis had some great write-ups on the Oilers prospect over at the Cult of Hockey.