The Oilers are still courting Vladimir Tkachyov

Zach Laing
February 01 2017 07:00AM

Vladimir Tkachyov went undrafted in the 2014 NHL entry draft, but nobody picked him up. Despite that, the Oilers had invited him to training camp before attempting to sign him to a 3-year entry level deal which was quickly anulled by the NHL. Now, it appears the Oilers are trying to court him once again.

Sorry, who?

Vladimir Tkachyov first came to North America for the 2013-2014 season playing for the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL. That season, he posted 30 points in 20 regular season games and nine points in six playoff match-ups. 

The following season, he played only 13 games in a Wildcat uniform before being shipped to the Quebec Remparts in exchange for Taylor Burke and a 7th round selection. 

Tkachyov scored at a point per game pace for the remaining 33 games of the regular season, and helped the team all the way to a Memorial Cup run as the host team. 

As I mentioned at the top of the article, Tkachyov ended up undrafted before the Oilers swooped in and brought the skilled, but small forward to training camp. At the time, he stood at only 5'8, and 163 lbs. 

Tkachyov appeared in three preseason games for the Oilers prior to being "signed" and posted three assists and a plus three rating. The Oilers had announced that he had been signed to a three-year entry level contract. 

“He was a dominant player here,” Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said. “I’ve seen him play a few times and every time you see him play he is a dominant player. You want to continue to give him the opportunity and that definitely has caught everybody’s attention and interest at this point.”

Less than six hours after the ink hit the paper, the contract was deemed invalid by the NHL citing that the player was ineligible to sign until the following season. The Oilers thought that the player was eligible to be signed as he had played the previous season in North America and wasn't selected in the draft. 

What they didn't realize however, was that Tkachyov needed to play a full-season in North America. He only played 20 games the year prior with the Wildcats and came over from Russia halfway through the season.

The embarrassing move was a knock against the Edmonton Oilers and then General Manager Craig MacTavish.

Since the contact debacle, Tkachyov returned to Russia. He spent the 2015-2016 season bouncing around between the KHL and it's two development leagues, the VHL and MHL playing a total of 25 games across the three leagues.

This season, he has been playing for Admiral Vladivostok where he has posted 39 points in 45 games, The Oilers have clearly kept tabs on him since his return to Russia, as Sport Express reported Monday that he had received contract offers from both the Edmonton Oilers as well as the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Despite the offers to come to North America, he opted to sign a one year extension with his KHL club.

According to his player page, he currently stands at 5'8 and 152 lbs. 

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    #1 toprightcorner
    February 01 2017, 07:15AM
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    How does a guy weighing 163 lbs lose 11 lbs after maturation?

    Bouncing around Europe leagues, I am shocked the Oilers of this new regime would offer him a contract.

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    #2 JermBank
    February 01 2017, 07:40AM
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    "as Sport Express reported Monday that he had received contract offers from both the Edmonton Oilers as well as the Chicago Blackhawks."

    To borrow a quote, "I don't know where that information came from, but I would, I would question it." - Ryan Rishaug Morning Man-Date

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    #3 Spydyr
    February 01 2017, 07:51AM
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    At 5'8 and 152 lbs. he should be about as physically intimidating as Eberle a player they may be bringing him in to replace at a significant savings in salary.

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    #4 Elgando
    February 01 2017, 08:28AM
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    toprightcorner wrote:

    How does a guy weighing 163 lbs lose 11 lbs after maturation?

    Bouncing around Europe leagues, I am shocked the Oilers of this new regime would offer him a contract.

    My thoughts exactly. He's gone undrafted twice and "bouncing" around the KHL? At 5 ft nothing and 150-175 lbs why would PC have any interest in this guy...?

    This smells like another Griffin Reinhart scenario around the water cooler Pete. Don't drink the koolaid.

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    #5 TKB2677
    February 01 2017, 08:31AM
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    I'm glad that Mac T is still hot and heavy after Tkachyov. But has he talked to Chiarelli about him yet who's his boss? I don't see him as a Chia type player.

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    #6 McDavid's Comet
    February 01 2017, 08:36AM
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    Spydyr wrote:

    At 5'8 and 152 lbs. he should be about as physically intimidating as Eberle a player they may be bringing him in to replace at a significant savings in salary.

    I would have to agree with this statement, most will disagree but, with new bigger contracts looming in the near future, the Oilers have to start downsizing money-wise in order to stay under the cap. Players like Eberle may get moved out and replaced with a player that "may" have a similar skill-set for cheaper money. This is how teams like Chicago stay competitive. How many good-to-great players has Chicago had to move on from in order to keep their core intact? Do the Oilers consider Ebs apart of the core going forward? I'm not a Eberle hater but these are the realities of being a competitive team; can we use the money we pay him better elsewhere?

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    #7 testyesty44
    February 01 2017, 08:42AM
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    Elgando wrote:

    My thoughts exactly. He's gone undrafted twice and "bouncing" around the KHL? At 5 ft nothing and 150-175 lbs why would PC have any interest in this guy...?

    This smells like another Griffin Reinhart scenario around the water cooler Pete. Don't drink the koolaid.

    Unless we are trading a first a second and a third for a plug we might never see play then no. this is not like the Reinhart scenario. This guy would cost us nothing and he was awesome to watch. Luckily we have the benefit of mcdavid who you can plug and play pretty much anyone on the wing and will be successful, thats how we are going to win cups with signings like this at extrememly low price points

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    #8 Randaman
    February 01 2017, 08:51AM
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    I think everybody is forgetting just how exciting this guy was at camp. Yes, he has had issues and yes, McTavish looked like an idiot but that doesn't change the fact that this kid could be a player.

    Turn over every rock as you never know if there is another Panarin out there. I'm just saying let's not dismiss this too quickly.

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    #9 McRaj
    February 01 2017, 09:02AM
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    I read somewhere that his scoring numbers at this age are similar to those posted by Panarin and Kuznetsov in the KHL. This would be a smart move.

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    #10 Huh
    February 01 2017, 09:07AM
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    PC needs to go for Ryan Strome, good for the cap, good size and has some good hands, this would do exactly what Tkachyov would do but at over 6'.

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    #11 FISTO Siltanen
    February 01 2017, 09:09AM
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    When did MacT say what you quote him as saying?

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    #12 HardBoiledOil 1.0
    February 01 2017, 09:26AM
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    toprightcorner wrote:

    How does a guy weighing 163 lbs lose 11 lbs after maturation?

    Bouncing around Europe leagues, I am shocked the Oilers of this new regime would offer him a contract.

    This has MacT written all over it. WHY do the Oilers feel they need this guy? He's not even tearing up the KHL.

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    #13 The Chad
    February 01 2017, 09:52AM
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    Maybe when he was reported at 163lbs he was actually more like 140lbs. You never know, he could turn out to be a Panarin type.

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    February 01 2017, 10:46AM
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    In Panarin's 2nd full season in the KHL he posted 18 points in 40 games at the age of 21, This is Tkackyov's rookie season in the same league at the same age but his numbers are 39 in 45. Panarin stands at 5"11 170lbs compared to Tkackyov's 5"8 163lbs, if I was Pete I would certainly be entertaining this guy.

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    #1 prospect guy wrote:

    In Panarin's 2nd full season in the KHL he posted 18 points in 40 games at the age of 21, This is Tkackyov's rookie season in the same league at the same age but his numbers are 39 in 45. Panarin stands at 5"11 170lbs compared to Tkackyov's 5"8 163lbs, if I was Pete I would certainly be entertaining this guy.

    Obviously we are a bigger team now, so there's no reason you can't mix in a smaller skilled guy.

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    #16 Oiler Al
    February 01 2017, 12:13PM
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    Pretty much the same size as Johnny Hockey! But can he hang around center ice as well?

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    #17 Theboon83
    February 01 2017, 12:41PM
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    I'm think you guys may have the wrong Tkachyov. There are two playing in the KHL the one we tried to sign and another one that's a 23 year old centre that is 6'0. We may be going after the small one but i'm pretty sure PC would have more interest in the centre

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    #19 OilersGM
    February 01 2017, 02:32PM
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    Hemi-97 wrote:

    Obviously we are a bigger team now, so there's no reason you can't mix in a smaller skilled guy.

    I agree 100%. Not everyone on the team has to be a monster we need speed as well and it won't cost us anything.

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    #20 Detention Hall
    February 01 2017, 03:38PM
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    Vladdy Hockey!!!

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    #21 Mo-Larr
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    So, we are referring to Tkachev Smurf by some sort of alternate cyrillic name? Kewl. Tkachyov is the centre referred to above.

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    #22 nrXic
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    Detention Hall wrote:

    Vladdy Hockey!!!

    Yes!

    He was indeed quite promising and I've completely forgotten about him, until now.

    This is one MacT move I don't mind.

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    #23 Slanto3000
    February 01 2017, 04:46PM
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    He could be our dollar store version of Astro Boy.

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    #24 Andresito
    February 01 2017, 04:48PM
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    Wasnt his last name Tkachev before? Is this a case of the Mandela effect?

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    #25 Reinman
    February 01 2017, 07:20PM
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    Johnny Gaudreau is too small to be a dominant player in this league.

    I was impressed with Tkachev, he had speed and was shifty, like Gaudreau. I think it is the only way little guys like that can shine at this level.

    I wouldn't be adverse to giving him a shot.

    By the way, it is time we start cycling mediocre players in with Drai and McDavid. This is a great way to manufacture talent on your team. Like I would say Maroon should be the next target to trade. What would he bring in after this season?

    Then put another young aspiring LW in that slot to artificially boost his stats and then trade him to for someone bonifide. Just like Pittsburgh used to do with Mario.

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    #26 HardBoiledOil 1.0
    February 01 2017, 09:31PM
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    awww hell just sign BOTH Tkachev's!!

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    #27 Step Daddy J
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    Vladdy hockey had a shoulder injury in the Q and he played injured for 2 n half years . I love this kid ! His goal as a 16 year old in the CHL - Russian game is stuff of legends : https://youtu.be/-5T1Y37QFCw

    BTW , skill - wise , he is better than Yak . And Eakins never really broke Yak . Just ask the Russian Head Coach Oleg Znarok of the World Hockey Championship 2016 : http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/russian-coach-slams-yakupov-says-his-absence-helped-russia-medal-at-world-championship

    Yak has a bad bo bo that no one knows about .

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