Oilers invite Russian Prospect Vladimir Tkachev to Training Camp
"The Edmonton #Oilers have invited undrafted Russian sniper Vladimir Tkachev to training camp. Tkachev, who was likely passed over due to the " Russian factor" & his small frame, posted 30 points in just 20 games for the #QMJHL Moncton #Wildcats this year after coming over from Russia midseason. He then added 7 goals and 9 points in just 6 playoff games, too. Prior to that, he’d had a cameo in the #KHL and posted 19 points in 16 games. Stylistically, Tkachev has been compared him to #TBLightbing rookie sensation Tyler Johnson and is projected as a potential second-line scorer and power play specialist (14 of Tkachev’s 30 regular season points came on the man advantage)."
"Tkachyov is a shifty and highly skilled Russian forward that loves to generate offensive chances. He skates very well and generates good speed, has explosive acceleration and impressive lateral quickness makes him elusive with the puck. The tiny forward is a magician with his hands. (August 2013)"
dnicks17 beat me to it... should have refreshed the page
Could be a decent signing though... if the guy can grow... at all... could be a good darkhorse longshot signing. Skillwise... obviously better than many other Oilers in the pipeline that will never see NHL ice either so he's worth a shot.
Last edited by nexttothemoon: 08-13-2014 at 04:54 PM.
I think it's been mentioned before... but drafting Russians (or in this case just letting them try out after going undrafted) is a bit of a moneypuck move.
We all know there is the Russian factor that pushes NHL teams away from drafting some Russian prospects... even skilled ones... so if the Oilers can take advantage of that... they may possibly get some talented players that they couldn't get otherwise.
Oilers obviously have to look at every angle possible as they aren't a premier destination so this is one way of trying to turn that disadvantage around... by finding prospects who themselves aren't particularly sought after because of factors beyond their actual playing ability.
And although camp invites are risk-free, what are they expecting to see from this kid? After Omark, Rajala, Rieder and the other half dozen undersized wingers who've gone through the system, what would he have that they didn't?