I'm disappointed in how this is going as well wrt Slepyshev. I did notice though that Ufa has 16 forwards on their roster and that other than Hartikainen (23) and Filatov (23) the only forwards that get ice time are baiscally 25 or older. I may be wrong but this looks to me like a pattern in the KHL, with a few exceptions, they don't like to play the kids very much. So at 19 Slepyshev may be better off in the MHL.
The eastern Division of the KHL is not very high scoring. Slightly less than the NHL I'd say. So if you give a kid 4th line minutes with only a few shifts per period they are not going to put up many points. This is not really intended an excuse for Slepyshev since I have not seen him play, but rather is a real positive for Yakimov.
But at the same time, Yakimov's numbers are extremely impressive. Young Ovechkin never even cracked .5 ppg in Russia, I don't think.
Ovechkin had 27 points in 37 games and the RSL is a more defensive league than the KHL. That being said, no sane person expects Ovechkin like production from Yakimov.
That being said, even though it's only 12 games in, Yakimov has around Tarasenko/Kuznetsov production playing on the first line. If Sardachny can turn him into an even average skater, he'll be an NHLer, and if by some miracle he becomes a plus skater, we may have that big 2-way 2nd line center yet.