Sasha Chmelevski ties up the CHL Top Prospects Game with a beauty.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 31, 2017
In the first period of the CHL Top Prospects Game Monday evening, winger Sasha Chmelevski scored a brilliant goal. I am a draft geek, and haven’t heard much about him. So, let’s have a look.
Sasha Chmelevski – Ottawa 67’s – Player Profile https://t.co/QazKLlBnOv
— Dominic Tiano (@dominictiano) December 30, 2016
Sasha Chmelevski was born in California and is from Northville, Michigan—a suburb of Detroit. He played in the Brick Invitational in 2009, where he led tournament scoring. He was drafted by the Sarnia Sting No. 10 overall in the OHL selection and played 29 games in 2015-16 before being dealt to the Ottawa 67’s. He is fast, skilled and has a terrific shot, as we saw during the Top Prospects game.
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) December 19, 2016
The scouting reports on Chmelevski started early and go on for a long time. Consider this item from SBNation in the summer of 2014:
- Jeff Cox: He has a good stick, good hand-eye coordination and simply goes to the net and gets the puck in the back of the net.
— Kathryn Jean (@msconduct) November 26, 2016
Jeff Marek, Sportsnet: “Good wheels and scary one-on-one, Chmelevski’s game is all about
creating offence. Was the key piece going to the Ottawa 67’s from the
Sarnia Sting in the Travis Konecny deal. Injured collarbone at the end
of last season.”
Brock Otten, OHL Prospects:
Highly skilled offensive player who loves to play up tempo, using his speed to cut through the middle of the ice. His hands and ability to create are definitely top notch and will only get better as he gets stronger on the puck. That said, he drops a bit for me because I
think he needs to really improve his play away from the puck. Too often
he floats around, rather than engaging in the backcheck or in scrums along the wall and he needs to use his speed to be more aggressive in attacking the net. The production has
continued to be there, but I see a lot of players ranked around him
that have similar skill sets but bring more to the table in other areas.
Miles to go, and of course the Oilers won’t draft until later in the first round in 2017. That said, the Oilers are likely to take a shooter somewhere on draft weekend, this is a player to track for the rest of the season.