Anton Slepyshev is a skill-winger of note playing in the KHL. Edmonton drafted him in 2013 as an overager, and have been biding their time until the Russian’s contract expires. It’s likely they’ll sign him (if he’s willing), so we’re left to watch and wonder what he’ll bring if he plays in North America.

slepyshev world juniors

  • Craig MacTavish: “He has a dynamic skill set. High-speed skill. He competes well. There’s plenty of tools there.”


  • 2011-12 (age 17) 39GP, 4-3-7 (8:55 TOI, 28 shots) (1.21 points-per-60) (4.83 shots-per-60)
  • 2012-13 (age 18) 26GP, 7-2-9 (12:40 TOI, 63 shots) (1.64 points-per-60) (11.48 shots-per-60)
  • 2013-14 (age 19) 36GP, 3-5-8 (10:18 TOI, 59 shots) (1.30 points-per-60) (9.55 shots-per–60)
  • 2014-15 (age 20) 2GP, 0-1-1 (8:25 TOI, 2 shots) (3.57 points-per-60) (7 shots-per-60)

We’re just two games into the new schedule, but there are some things worth mentioning (don’t pay any attention to the points-per-60, we’re two games in). Slepyshev, at 20, is playing fewer minutes per KHL game than he did in 2011-12, as a 17-year old rookie. This is alarming. Longtime Oiler fans will remember Jani Rita dying on the vine in the SM-Liiga, as he warmed the bench for a coach focused on winning over development.

You can’t blame the coach, and in the case of Slepyshev, I’m not certain we can blame the Oilers. A contract is a contract, and Slepyshev’s window (apparently) opens at the end of this season. Having said that, if his KHL team (Salavat Yulaev) isn’t going to play him, perhaps a mid-season transfer is possible?

In today’s game, Slepyshev did play 4 minutes in the second period and recorded his first point (a first-assist) of the new season.

Video is here (a nice pass)

The Oilers have astounding talent at the NHL level on the wings, but things can change quickly. Remember the time Edmonton passed on Zach Parise at the draft because they had all kinds of small forwards like Mike Comrie? And we ALL remember how that turned out.

The Oilers have an asset here, and Anton Slepyshev’s time-on-ice should be double current totals. It’s early in the season, but he’s 20, and not playing a regular shift. Oilers fans talk a lot about failed draft picks and the scouts being unable to uncover talent, but part of that process is making sure your best kids get their at-bats.

Russia or Oklahoma, it doesn’t matter. Anton Slepyshev needs to play hockey this winter.

  • “Slepyshev, at 28, is playing fewer minutes per KHL game than he did in 2011-12, as a 17-year old rookie. This is alarming.”

    I’d say that’s alarming. At the rate he is aging, he may be retired before he finishes out this season.

    • Bennyboy

      How in the heck do you get that he’s 28 years old. His age was literally posted just a few lines above your reply.


      How can you even see fit to comment if you dont READ the blog.
      I’m so tired of moronic stuff in oil country.

    • Craig1981

      His minutes this year at 20 are based on 2 games so far……not a very big sample size…..was he hurt?, where there a large number of penalties which kept his unit off the ice, did he take a bad penalty and get benched for a period? Did he serve a players 5 min major? Is he on a specific strong team? Lots of reasons over a 2 game stretch he is playing 30 sec less than he did at 17.

    • Tikkanese

      Hmmm, I seem to remember hearing stuff lately about Marinicn, Schultz, Petry, Nikitin, Fayne, Nurse, Klefbom, Yakimov, Kharia, Draisaitl, and Arcobello. But yeah, nothing but wingers.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    you keep hearing about Slepyshev’s talent, but you look at his regular season stats as well as his playoff stats i you just don’t see it. i’d really like to see if this kid actually has offensive abilities and have him play in the AHL soon.

  • Lowetide

    Another high risk-high reward prospect. Unless these guys are willing to learn the NA game, we should stop talking about them.

    If we are going to draft these guys, let’s encourage them to play in the AHL and talk to them about nothing else with them……….pay your dues in the “A”, unless your name in Pavel Bure!

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      ^i’d like to see Stu and the boys stop taking so many boom or bust types. as a team that is trying to get out from the bottom of the league standings, i’d like to see a few more so called “safer” picks, you know, guys who will *likely* have a better chance to make the Oilers down the road than the higher risk players. i know it’s a crap shoot from the mid rounds on, but i really wonder how many of Liam Coughlin, Tyler Vesel, Kyle Platzer, Evan Campbell or Aiden Muir are really going to make it to the NHL? or did we just waste the picks?

    • Spoils

      when was the last time we had a player who was supposedly very good in the KHL come over here to NA and accomplish anything? These picks seem to be wasted to me.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    Is it Shepyshev’s age that makes him ineligible for play in the AHL? Because of that’s the case then he’s still 2 years away from playing in the AHL. IN that time I imagine he’d want to try and play in the best league possible for the most amount of dollars.

    As such, fans might as well forget about seeing him here.

    If it’s not the money, then shouldn’t we expect him to arrive over in OKC at some point?

  • Lowetide

    If you want to see him here sooner rather than later translate your site into Russian and send him the link. He has no clue what opportunity there is here because his sole focus has been Russia since day one. You have to create an incentive. If the OIL wanted him here they could easily have paid for his ticket to come to the summer development camp. Waiting for the stars to align will end up like Rita.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    The more they don’t play him, the more open he might be for coming over to the AHL and it’d be one of the rare times you’d see a KHL leave for the AHL instead of the reverse. Every hockey player wants to play and they want to play a lot – especially the ones with a ton of skill. Sometimes it’s not just about the money and if he’s smart and IF he wants to play in the NHL, he’s gotta realize he’s not going to get better playing those limited minutes night in and night out for a fourth season in a row. Especially when it seems like he hasn’t played more than 40 games a season.

  • Craig1981

    It’s possible that the idea behind his minutes is that they know he is going to leave, so there is no sense worrying about developing him. And heck, if his boxcars are bad enough he won’t have the NHL as an option, so it forces the choice to be AHL vs. khl.

  • Spydyr

    Whoever is the Russian Scout for the Oil should be sent on a fact finding mission. I think the way the Oilers seem intrested in dipping into the Rusky prospect pool they should have a person as a Russian Diplomat of sorts position dealing as a go between Oilers/Russian Player/KHL Team/Russian Family. A specialist with a good reputation over there.

    Question 1 for GM/Coach of Salavat Yulaev: Is the ice time for Schleppy expected to be more of the same?

    Question 2 for “Schleppy”: If it could be arranged would you prefer to come over to NA to play for OKC?

    Question 3(assuming 1st 2 answers were yes)for Owner/GM of Salavat Yulaev: Is there a potential deal whereby Schleppy could be released from his contract?

    It seems this would be in his best interest for development. If not.. i’d expect he will be motivated strongly to play in OKC next year.

  • Spydyr

    Unless a few of these long shot prospects start becoming actual NHL players in the next few years the team will never make it over the top.

    All the best teams now have late round picks playing significant roles in their organizations.
    Here is too hoping more than Marincin can crack the line up from the newest crop of picks outside the first two rounds.