According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, earlier today Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli informed general managers around the NHL that Anton Slepyshev is available in a trade.
The 23-year old Russian winger was selected in the third round of the 2013 draft by the Oilers. In 70 NHL games, he has scored only 14 points and in 18 games this season, he only has three points.
Slepyshev recently became waiver eligible and is in the final year of his ELC.
Throughout his time with Edmonton, he has struggled to find a consistent spot in the lineup more often that not finding himself as the team’s 13th forward.
The return is likely to be underwhelming given his inability to get a foothold on an active playing role with the Oilers. What he does have going for him is that he is a young, still developing player with years of RFA eligibility left.
While I don’t see him getting more than a mid-round pick in return, I wonder if he could be a piece added to a larger deal.
Yesterday we saw the Coyotes trade Anthony Duclair and Adam Clendening for Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin. The return was underwhelming but given that the Coyotes were looking to move him for two years his value was pretty low.
Duclair in his own right has 190 NHL games and 81 points under his belt and is a year younger than Slepyshev.
All in all, don’t expect Slepyshev to net you a game changing player or pick.
Anton Slepyshev’s season so far
Source: Mark Spector, Verified Twitter Account, 1/11/2018, 2:05pm MST