Artem Sergeev
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Artem Sergeev

Hometown:

Moscow Russia

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Birthday:

1993-02-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2012

Weight:

203 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: A product of the Dynamo Moscow youth hockey program, Artem Sergeev played for the Chicago Young Americans U18 midget major team. He scored 9 goals with 29 assists and had 68 penalty minutes in 35 games. He was selected by Val-d’Or in the second round (72nd overall) in the 2010 CHL Import Draft.

2010-11: Sergeev played in 64 games for Val-d’Or in his first season in the QMJHL. He was the leading scorer amongst Foreurs defensemen with 5 goals and 22 assists and was minus-13 with 40 penalty minutes. Val’d’Or won just 25 games but reached the playoffs after finishing fifth in the West Division. Sergeev had 1 assist and was minus-five in the four-game series with the powerful Quebec Remparts.

2011-12: Sergeev played for Detroit’s prospect team in the Traverse City Tournament before returning to Val-d’Or for a second season. He played 46 games for the Foreurs and represented Russia in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 7 goals with 13 assists and was minus-16 with 46 penalty minutes for the Foreurs, who finished under .500 but were second in the West Division. Sergeev had no points and 9 penalty minutes in three playoff games. In seven games for silver medal-winning Russia at the WJC he was plus-one with 1 goal and 1 assist. Sergeev signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Lightning in July, 2012.

2012-13: Sergeev made his pro hockey debut in an April game with Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Syracuse following his third season with the QMJHL’s Val d’Or Foreurs and played for host Russia in the 2013 World Junior Championship. He had no points nor penalty minutes and was -2 in his only AHL game. The Crunch finished first in the East Division and reached the AHL Finals against Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids. Sergeev did not play in any playoff games. He was the second-leading scorer amongst Val d’Or defensemen, trailing only Guillaume Geilinas. Sergeev scored 6 goals with 33 assists in 55 games and was +20 with 65 penalty minutes. The Foreurs finished fourth in the West Division and reached the second round. Sergeev scored 3 goals with 3 assist and was +3 with 12 penalty minutes in ten playoff games. In seven games at the WJC in Ufa he had 2 assists and was +3. Russia defeated Canada in overtime in the bronze medal game.

2013-14: Sergeev played for Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Syracuse in his first pro season. He scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was -11 with 50 penalty minutes in 68 games. The Crunch missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fifth in the East Division.

2014-15: Sergeev skated in five games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch in February — spending most of the season with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. He scored 1 goal with an even plus/minus and 7 penalty minutes in his brief stint with the Crunch. Sergeev scored 6 goals with 12 assists and was +8 with 17 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Everblades. Florida finished first in the East Division and defeated Orlando in a first-round series before falling to South Carolina. Sergeev did not see any action in the playoffs, appearing in his final game with the Everblades at the end of February, and was released from his NHL contract with Tampa Bay in April 2015, becoming an unrestricted free agent. 

Talent Analysis

Sergeev is a mobile skating defenseman when at his peak but has been inconsistent at times. When on his game, he is solid defensively and is equally adept at making a safe first pass out of the zone or carrying the puck. Though not particularly physical, he has good size and his potential is very intriguing.

Future

Sergeev spent most of the 2014-15 season with Tampa Bay's ECHL affiliate the Florida Everblades. In the second year of a three-year entry-level contract, he was released from that contract in April 2015 and is now an unrestricted free agent. With a surplus of high end defense prospects in the Tampa Bay pipeline, Sergeev was not likely to move up in the Lightning organization. His technical skills and skating ability suggest some NHL potential but he has a significant way to go to reach that level.

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