Evgeny Svechnikov
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Evgeny Svechnikov

Hometown:

Neftegorsk Russia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-10-31

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

1st Round (19th Overall), 2015

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Evgeny Svechnikov skated for the Ak Bars 1996-born team in Russia, competing in the U17 national championship series, and played for the Russia U16 team in the 2012 Youth Olympic Games. A teammate of Flyers’ prospect Radel Fazleev with the Ak Bars ’96 team, he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes in six games at the Russian Championship.

2012-13: Svechnikov played for junior club Bar Kazan in the MHL as a 16-year-old and represented Russia in three international tournaments. He scored 9 goals with 9 assists and was +3 with 34 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games for Bars Kazan. Bars finished fifth in the Eastern Conference. Svechnikov scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in the four-game playoff series against Mamonty Yugry. In seven games for Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship he had 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes. Svechnikov scored 7 goals with 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes in six games as the Russia U17  team won a silver medal at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge, falling 7-5 to Sweden in the final. Svechnikov had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in three games for the Russia U17 team at the Europe Youth Olympic Festival. He was selected by Ak Bars with the second overall pick in the 2013 KHL Draft and was drafted by Cape Breton in the second round (63rd overall) in the 2013 CHL Import Draft.

2013-14: Svechnikov made his KHL debut — skating in three games for Ak Bars Kazan — and had 27 points in 29 regular season games for the Bars Kazan junior team. He played for Russia in the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Canada and was with the Russia U18 team in both the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2014 World Junior championship. Svechnikov was -1 with no points nor penalties in limited ice time with the Kazan KHL club. He scored 14 goals with 13 assists in the MHL regular season and was +11 with 68 penalty minutes. Bars finished first in the Povolzhye Division and reached the playoff semifinals, falling to JHC Spartak. Svechnikov scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 14 penalty minutes in six playoff games. He was an assistant captain and was scoreless with 7 penalty minutes in five games at the WJAC. He did not score in four games and had 8 penalty minutes at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and scored 3 goals with 4 assists in five games, finishing +2 with four penalty minutes, at the 2014 WJC. Russia finished fifth in the U18 WJC, falling 3-2 to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

2014-15: Svechnikov skated for Cape Breton in the QMJHL in his first season in North America and was the Screaming Eagles’ third-leading scorer. He scored 32 goals and tied leading scorer Kyle Farrell for the team lead with 46 assists despite missing 13 games. An injury suffered while playing for Russia during the Subway Series kept him out in late November and he received a three-game suspension in March for an illegal hit. Svechnikov was +19 with 70 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games. Cape Breton finished fifth in the Maritimes Division, taking QMJHL finalist Quebec to seven games in a first-round playoff series. Svechnikov scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was -4 with 14 penalty minutes in the series with the Remparts. He had no points nor penalties in two games for Russia in the Subway Series. Svechnikov skated for Team Cherry in the 2015 CHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 17th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Detroit in the first round (19th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Svechnikov returned to Cape Breton for his second season with the Screaming Eagles, finishing second to Pierre-Luc Dubois in scoring despite missing 18 games. He skated for Russia’s silver medal-winning U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Svechnikov scored 32 goals with 47 assists and was +26 with 97 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games for the Screaming Eagles. Cape Breton finished third in the Maritimes Division, defeating Chicoutimi in the first round and facing Saint John in the quarterfinals. Svechnikov scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was +7 with 8 penalty minutes in his first 12 playoff games. He was -3 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in seven games for Russia at the WJC. Russia lost 4-3 to host Finland in overtime in the gold medal game.

Talent Analysis

Svechnikov’s greatest asset is his ability to find the open areas in the offensive zone; and, contributing to his offensive success, he also possesses quick, hard and accurate wrist and snap shots that often find the minimal open space opposing goaltenders allow. He’s a strong skater and, despite having limited experience playing on the smaller ice surface, is quickly becoming adjusted to the physicality of the North American game. He can often leave his defensive zone assignments unattended, but that’s something that should improve as he continues to get acclimated to the game on this side of the pond.

Future

Svechnikov signed a three-year entry level contract with Detroit in October 2015 after attending his first NHL training camp with the Red Wings. He returned to Cape Breton for his second QMJHL season with the Screaming Eagles in 2015-16 and was once again one of the team's leading scorers. A big, skilled winger with a nasty edge to his game, he could crack the lineup in Detroit in 2016-16 though he may start the year with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

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