Radel Fazleev
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Radel Fazleev

Hometown:

Kazan Russia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-01-17

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

6th round (168th overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Radel Fazleev played for the Ak Bars Kazan’s 1996-born that won the Russian national championship and he represented the Povlzhie region in Russia’s U-15 national tournament. Ak Bars won the Povolzhie region championship and Fazleev scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in five games at the Russian championships. In five games for Povolzhie he scored 1 goal with 5 assists.

2011-12: Fazleev skated for Ak Bars Kazan, which won the Russian U17 national championship, and he played for Russia’s U16 team in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. After winning the Povolzhie region championship, Ak Bars finished second in pool play to Avangard Omsk but defeated Omsk, 4-1, in the playoff round championship game. Fazleev scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes in six games at the Russian championships. He scored 1 goals with 3 assists in four games for Team Russia at the Red Bull Rookies Cup.

2012-13: Fazleev played in Russian junior hockey as a 16-year-old — skating in 9 games for Bars Kazan in the MHL and spending most of the year in the MHL B league with Irbis Kazan. He played in five tournaments for Russia’s U17 team including the 2013 World Hockey Challenge. He had no points nor penalties skating for Bars Kazan. Fazleev scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was +7 with 8 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games for Irbis and scored 1 goal with 2 assists, finishing -4 with 4 penalty minutes, in five playoff games. In six games for Russia at the WHC he scored 3 goals with 4 assists and had 2 penalty minutes. Russia lost to Sweden, 7-5, in the gold medal game. Fazleev was selected by Ak Bars in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2013 KHL Draft and was a first round pick (52nd overall) of Calgary in the 2013 CHL Import Draft.

2013-14: Fazleev played for Russia’s U18 team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before joining the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen; finishing the year skating with Russia at the 2014 U18 World Juniors in Finland. He played 38 regular season games for Calgary in his first season, suffering a broken wrist at the beginning of January that kept him out the lineup until the start of the playoffs. Fazleev scored 5 goals with 20 assists and was plus-1 with 12 penalty minutes. The Hitmen finished first in the Central Division before a first-round playoff loss to Kootenay. Fazleev scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was plus-4 in six playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists in four games for Russia at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and was an assistant captain for the U18 team at the World Juniors. He had 1 assist and was minus-1 with 2 penalty minutes in five games. Russia finished fifth after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. Fazleev was ranked 121st amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round (168th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Fazleev returned to Calgary for his second WHL season with the Hitmen and played in three games for the Russia U20 team. He scored 18 goals with 33 assists and was +23 with 36 penalty minutes in 71 regular season games for the Hitmen. Calgary finished first in the Central Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against Brandon. Fazleev scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was -9 with 6 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games. He had 2 assists in three games with the Russia U20 team but was not part of the squad that competed at the World Juniors in Canada. Fazleev signed a three-year entry-level contract with Philadelphia in May 2015. 

2015-16: Fazleev attended training camp with Philadelphia before heading back to Calgary for his third WHL season. He played for Russia in the Subway Series against the WHL all-stars and in the 2016 World Junior Championship. The leading scorer for the Hitmen, he scored 19 goals had 52 assists, one behind team leader and fellow Flyers’ prospect defenseman Travis Sanheim. Fazleev was +17 with 46 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games. The Hitmen finished third in the Central Division, falling to Memorial Cup host Red Deer in a first-round playoff series. Fazleev was -2 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He scored 1 goal and was -3 in two games for Russia during the Subway Series and was +3 with 1 goal and 2 assists in seven games at the 2016 WJC. Russia reached the gold medal game, falling 4-3 in overtime to host Finland. 

Talent Analysis

A two-way, versatile player, Fazleev has been steadily improving since he was drafted. After a tough first year in the WHL filled with an injury, Fazleev has demonstrated his scoring touch and his playmaking ability.

Future

Fazleev was one of the WHL's top playmakers in 2015-16 in his third season with the Calgary Hitmen and won a silver medal with Russia at the 2016 World Junior Championship. He will likely begin his pro career with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 2016-17. His creativity and offensive skill set compare favorably with the other young players coming out of junior hockey. If he can round out the other areas of his game and add the strength and bulk necessary to compete on a nightly basis he will be an effective second or third line forward.

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