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Report: Anton Slepyshev on trade block

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.

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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.

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All in all, don’t expect Slepyshev to net you a game changing player or pick.

Anton Slepyshev’s season so far

Season GP G A P +/- PIM PPG PPP SHG SHP GWG OTG S S%
2017-18 18 1 2 3 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 4.8
NHL Career 70 5 9 14 -4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 81 6.2

Source: Mark Spector, Verified Twitter Account, 1/11/2018, 2:05pm MST


  • jultz=2cups!??

    I’d be excited if it was klefbom on the block. Unless he starts playing like last year but I’m thinking last year was an anomaly for him. Trade him while he still has some value.

    • otter2233

      You piss and moan about “typical Oilersnation” running good players out of town now you suggest doing the same to Klefbom like he’s the only player struggling this season, typical bradleypi hypocrisy… Congrats on at least one post without generalizing or insulting every other Oiler fan though for a change! Good job sport!

      • jultz=2cups!??

        Lol. Who’s more important to the team than klefbom that is “struggling”? He’s supposed to be the #1 on this team and he’s playing like a number 6. No points and he’s clearly scared of contact out there. Maybe he’s injured, but lots of guys play hurt. You guys never gave jultz the benefit of the doubt. Why does Oscar get a free pass? Please elaborate.

        • otter2233

          Free feel to actually read Crabman’s well thought out response to you as well so I don’t have to copy and paste it for you to ignore just like you typically do bradley…

          • jultz=2cups!??

            Klefbom is sitting at a cool -40 at even strength for his career and -12 this year. Wat a player!! Love his abs tho. Right boys? ??. Oh. Justin Schultz is +30 since the oilers traded him. Lol. And probably a tonne of powerplay goals on top of that. So yaaa. There ya go

        • crabman

          @Julz, Talbot. Sekera hasn’t played to his ability since returning.(he gets a pass because you can’t expect him to jump in mid season at mid season form). His line mate from last year Larson has struggled. The team defence as a whole has been bad.
          I gave Shultz the benefit of the doubt. I also knew he was asked to.do too much too soon and expected to be a #1 all situations Dman. That was never going to happen here and will never happen any where. Pittsburgh positioned him in the line up where he belonged and he flourished. good for him. but Shultz didn’t just have a half a bad season here. His confidence was shot when he left her and it was almost 2 full seasons in a row of poor hockey. Klefbom isn’t at that point yet. this time next year we may be in the same position and the comparison can be better made. But we could also see the same player Klefbom has last year, or better, and we will all be happy he is still an Oiler on a great contract.
          everything people are saying about Nurse this year was being said about Klefbom just 9 months ago. and this time last year there were plenty of people questioning if Nurse could ever turn into the player he is this year. Young Dman rarely progress in a straight line. I hope this year is just a hiccup in a long good career as an Oiler for Klefbom.

          • jultz=2cups!??

            Lol. You and crab man do realize that klefbom was jultz’ partner for a season? And just like classic oilersnation, you guys are twisting the story to make it sound like you guys were cheering for j Schultz when actually all you guys were blaming him for every loss and plain out disrespecting him every night. But klefbom was right beside him fishing pucks outta the net as well. You can’t fool me crabman and otter. Klefbom has had 1 decent season. Schultz has 2 Stanley cups. Lololol. Trade klefbom now! He’s injury prone and very average. Just saying

    • crabman

      I’ll give you Klefbom is having a bad year but I wouldn’t be so quick to give up on a 24 year old Dman who hasn’t quite hit the 300 NHL game mark. Klefbom has all the tools to be a very effective top 4D for years to come and he is on a great contract if he can live up to that. To give up on a player like that in a year that most of the team is underperforming has a huge potential to blow up in our face.
      That being said with Sekera, and Russel signed long-term and Nurse due for an extention and playing like a long-term piece of the team Klefbom might be the odd man out on the left side. I would entertain moving him for a simular player age/contract but plays right side and preferably some more offense. otherwise I don’t think trading him makes us better.

        • crabman

          @julz You’re right he would have more than 300 games. but he doesn’t and that’s the line in the sand most experts use to see what kind of player you got. I don’t like the idea of walking away from our best Dman from last year when he is just about to enter his prime.
          @GK1980 I don’t love the idea of trading Slepyshev right now unless he is just a part of a bigger deal. Not because his upside is so high but because the return for will more than likely be a similar tweener type player or a later draft pick. I would rather keep the player and maybe he find some consistency and play a depth roll. 4th liner who can play up for brief stints. he can skate, for check and will fire the puck. odds are we get a pick that turns into nothing or a player that if we are lucky is just a lateral move. No point in moving him.

    • crabman

      @julz, so you are talking about the time when Klefbom was a rookie playing with Shultz? are you blaming Klefbom for Shultz having a hard time because he played better when leaving the Oilers? that’s what it sounds like. Or do you blame the Oilers for his difficulties since he played better once he left here? And if you are such a Shultz fan and feel the Oilers trading him was a mistake seeing as he played well once properly used why are you in such a rush to run another young Dman out of town just half a season after a breakthrough season?
      Changing the subject from the merits of trading Klefbom to a “poor Shultz got a raw deal here” conversation shows your bias towards certain players not mine. and I did cheer for Shultz. He was a player on my favorite team and would have loved to see him flourish here and help us win.

  • bcoil

    I remind every one that Peter C told us all that this was going to be a 5 year plan to build a team that would be a constant contender not a one year wonder ,We are at a year 2.5 half way there .So lets all relax a little .Last year we over preformed this year we are underperforming .The journey to success is not a straight line it never is i am sure every one on here knows or should know that .