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KHL team is actively pursuing Anton Slepyshev

A recent article popped up this weekend about the KHL team, Salavat Yulaev Ufa, actively trying to get Anton Slepyshev to return to his home country to play for them. 

You can find the article here. Thankfully I had my friend, Google, translate it for me and I’m pretty sure I know the Russian language better than ever now! The article is pretty straightforward, multiple sources have confirmed that the team is trying their best to convince Anton to return home and play with them. Anton Slepyshev played with Salavat Yulaev for three seasons before he signed his ELC and joined the Oilers club in 2015.  He was originally a third-round draft pick in 2013 and put up a combined 38 points in the three seasons with Salavat Yulayev.

First of all, absolutely not! You cannot take Anton Slepyshev from us. If we lose another winger on our team I’m going to flip every table in sight and will have a miserable summer because of it.

Pros & Cons

Obviously, I would hate to give up Slepyshev to the KHL right now and think it would be a bad idea for the Oilers to let him go. Sleps will be an RFA at the end of the season and is currently getting paid $925K for the past year.

If the Oilers were to re-sign Slepyshev his next contract will likely fall at $874,125. He’s currently paid $832.5k annually and if qualified, he would get a 10 per cent raise on that figure.

There’s a good chance the KHL could offer Slepyshev not only more guaranteed money, but a bigger role on a team than the one he’s had with the Oilers during his time in North America.

After a pretty successful playoff outing last year, Anton Slepyshev had a rough start to the season as he injured his ankle in training camp. He’s been battling nagging injuries as the season goes on, which led him to play in a one game conditioning stint in the AHL. With that, Sleps has only played 35 games this year with the club and put up five goals and five assists. As much as the lineup has been mixed around this year, Slepyshev has found himself to be a consistent bottom six forward for us.

There has been a lot of conversation this season about what to do with Anton Slepyshev in the near future, but at the end of the day, I think it’s in the Oilers best interest to find a way to keep the guy in our bottom six.

Do you guys think there’s a chance Slepyshev would take an offer from the KHL? What kind of position would that put the Oilers in if it were to happen?

Slepyshev’s Career Stats

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 0 1 1 2 -5
2015-16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 49 13 8 21 28 -11
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 41 4 6 10 4 5 12 3 0 3 4
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 9 3 7 10 6 3
2017-18 Bakersfield Condors* AHL 1 0 0 0 2 1
2017-18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 35 5 5 10 2 -4
NHL Totals   87 9 12 21 8   12 3 0 3 4

 

  • Bigwreck

    I think the Oilers should definitely try to keep him. He still has a lot of potential and when given a consistent opportunity in the line up he has shown well. I have a feeling he may go back to Russia because of the money factor, and coach McClellan choice to play guys like caggiula over him. The Oilers have not done a good job with Russian players in past years I.e. Yakimov and Pyagin. Have to give young players ice time to let them develop.

  • Consultant

    Drafted five years ago, developed for five years and he is now right on the cusp of being a full time NHL’er, yep sadly this fits perfectly with the time we typically cut them loose.

    • puckle-head

      At least we won’t be lose a good player for nothing to another nhl team. I’d lose my mind if I had to watch Slepyshev go off and score more goals than lucic in the nhl.

  • puckle-head

    The oilers should try to keep him, but given that McClellan doesn’t seem to think he’s as deserving as Caggiula or lucic, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him bolt.

  • 24% body fat

    Chia had him on the trade block because he thought Caggulia was better. Again another stupid assessment.

    Slep will go to KHL because oilers have kept him down. His agent isnt stupid and when he sees the team needs a big right handed shot for the PP and he isnt getting his chance, he knows that he never will. He will get more ice time, money and closer to home in the KHL. Sad to see him go.

    And they didnt want to lose caggulia to waivers for nothing. HAHAHAHA now we actually lose and NHL player because of it.

  • Arfguy

    I like Slepyshev. I think he should stay. He’s playing on the top 2 lines and I think he’s more of a bottom 6 winger. If the Oilers can sign him to a 2-year, $2 million ($1 million AAV), it is worth trying. Slepyshev skates well and has shown to have pretty good hands and a pretty good shot. I think he’d fit better with Draisaitl than with McDavid. I can see the Oilers losing Slepyshev to the KHL. I would rather be able to keep him, but for decent money. I don’t want the Oilers overpaying with Anton.

  • Jimmer

    With so much money tied up with our Top 6 forwards we need to hit the “repeat button” with guys like Shleppy. This means: draft–>develop–>use—>trade for a cheaper bottom 6 forward before we are forced to pay him more than a 1.0 to 1.5 million. The only way we keep him if we think he is a legit Top 6 guy. If he isn’t….time to find someone else within your organization that will deliver a similar performance for less money.

  • RJ

    Cammalleri is a UFA at the end of the season. Trade deadline is passed. The playoffs are not happening.

    So why do guys like Slepyshev and Puljujarvi get less TOI than Cammellari?

    I’m all for players maximizing their earnings during their brief careers. If Sleppy can get more ice time and make more money, then he should.

    He’s not going to get better sitting in the press box.

  • Snoop Scottie Dogg

    He is as good as gone. The KHL will offer him $3MM. See ya!

    Too bad for the oilers though. It seems like he has the tool to become a regular NHL player but hasn’t quite figured out how to use them consistently. Say hi to Bogdan.

  • Finnaggled

    im not certain why everyone likes this guy. hes not an nhl’er at this point, hes not consistent enough to be, and the oil need pros today. guys like this are easily replaced in free agency. plus, does anyone else follow this guy on instagram?? constantly posting male model esq photos, and it sure aint macho

    • OilersFan999

      Who in free agency is gonna replace slep in free agency the right wing market is atrocious this year the only player with more then 25 points is grabner and none of them are as young

  • toprightcorner

    I think Sleppy has great potential but he really has to work on his decision making. He has a brilliant shot, top 3 on the team, but he has to learn when to shoot and when to pass. He can be in a great position to shoot and he makes a loe % pass or he doesn’t have a clear shooting lane and he tries to shoot it through a players shin guards. He also has to improve his timing to get to an open spot at the right time to take the pass for a scoring opportunity. He rarely gets a chance for a one timer or a quick shot from the face off circle, he usually gets the puck, skates to a shooting position and then shoots.

    If he could learn to find a hole and get to it, Connor or Leon get you the puck and with Sleppys hard, accurate shot, he could score 25+ goals that way. If he doesn’t learn that skill they he will destined to be a 3rd liner.

    If I were Slepyshev, I would resign with the Oilers for 1 year at the qualifying offer and put in some more work focusing on the skills of finding open ice for one timers and wrist shots. If he starts healthy and improves in that area, he could have his breakout season and score 20 goals and get 20 assists. That type of player will make $4 mill. If he goes to the KHL now, he may get $2 mill but he will never get more than that, or spend his career in the NHL and never have another chance to play with McDavid.

    Right now Sleppy is at best an avg 3RW with a 10 goal season pace, that should be easy to replace, but he culd be much more if he wanted. I just hope he gives it 1 more chance and surprise us all.

  • Anton CP

    Sooner or later that KHL will be bigger than NHL.

    Considering that they have already got into Chinese market with more expansion teams planned all over Eurasia that they will attract more money than NHL could with Bettman in charge. So maybe it is good for Slepy to enjoy his second career in KHL.

  • TKB2677

    If anyone can tell me with certainty that Slep is a decent NHLer then I will worry about him leaving.
    I had hopes for him at the start of this season based on the glimpses we got and his playoffs. I thought he would be a solid top 9 guy. Getting hurt didn’t help him and set him back. It took him awhile to get up to speed and get some traction. I know he complained about sitting for long stretches but in fairness, what has he done to earn a full time job? He will at times tease you with potential by playing well for a game or 2 but then will be invisible for multiple games in a row. Great example. The last week and a bit. Found himself with McDavid, scored a goal, looked good. Was invisible in the Rangers and the Yotes game. WHY? You complain about your role, getting sat for a long time and not getting a chance to show what you got. You find yourself in the line up, has been in the line up for a bit now. You end up on the line with the best player in the world. How the hell can you not be fired up and put forth your best effort longer than a game or 2? You want a chance to play and show what you have to offer, how do you go invisible longer than a shift or 2?

  • Spaceman Spiff

    Great Bearded Jesus, I hope we all don’t spend the next few weeks worrying about Anton Slepyshev.

    Listen … I think the Oilers should try to keep him, but I don’t think they should getting into a bidding war with the friggin’ K-League, either. I don’t have any problem offering him, say, $3M over two years (I guess?), but if the K-League offers him any more than that, let him go.

    He’s exactly the kind of guy you can replace via the free agent market.