Boom Boom: Alexei Semenov
A perfect nickname for this towering Russian prodigy who has played his third season for the Sudbury
Wolves. Last season Alexei Semenov was named OHL defensive defenseman of the year and by all accounts this season should result with the same accolads.
A steady marked improvement in all aspects of his game will give him a legitimate chance of cracking the Oilers roster next season.His most appealing attributes are a perfect fit for the needs of the present Oilers blueline. His best qualities include his devastating open ice hits and menacing presence in front of the net. Alexei also provides a excellent shot from the point and would be an excellant alternativeon the second powerplay unit along side Tom Poti. Whats even more appealing to the Oilers managemnt is his wing span and mobility will make it near impossible to beat him one on one.A nice progression in his point total over the last two seasons give the coaching staff reason to believe some of that talent will come forth to the next level.99-00 GP-65 G-9 A-35 Pts-44 Pim-13500-01 GP-67 G-21 A-42 Pts-63 Pim-10600-01 Playoff’s Gp-12 G-4 A-13 Pts-17 Pim-17Adding Semenov to the mix could allow the Oilers to have 3 solid units on defense and pair the two offense defense with a solid efensive partner without tearing up the Jason Smith and Igor Ulanov duo. By pairing Alexei Semenov and Tom Poti together it would allow Tom to be more offensivly creative without having to worry about the backend. Plus an added bonus is since both of them are young they will have the time to develop into a deadly combination in the future.So be forewarned NHL a new titan is looming on the horizon and his looking to exact his own brand of banishment. There is a possibilty that his contribution next season could have a trickle down effect on the rest of the defense core by allowing them some needed rest during the season.