NHL Prospects Roundup: Tkachev, Yakimov fuel Oilers win

By Ken McKenna
Ryan Murphy and Victor Rask - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes defensive prospect Ryan Murphy (7) celebrates his first period power play goal with Victor Rask in the Hurricanes win over the New York Islanders (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


Last night, it was Tampa Bay, and on Wednesday night, a pair of Russian forwards helped provide an offensive push that helped the Edmonton Oilers pull out a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Tiny Vladimir Tkachev, a presently unsigned camp invite who was passed over at the 2014 NHL Draft, and burly Bogdan Yakimov, an Oilers’ third round pick in 2013, combined on a pair of goals in a three-goal second period that provided all the offense the Oilers would need. Tkachev first setup Yakimov for the game-tying goal, with another assist going to Oilers defensive prospect Martin Marincin.

A little over three minutes later, Tkachev and Yakimov moved the puck down the ice with Tkachev setting up defenseman Justin Schultz for the game-winner.

The Oilers have to decide whether to sign Tkachev, but the diminutive forward is making that decision a difficult one for the Oilers’ brass.

Murphy produces in win over Islanders

Defenseman Ryan Murphy was a first round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes back at the 2011 NHL Draft. Offense was Murphy’s primary stock in trade, with the Hurricanes waiting patiently for Murphy to begin showing some of that offensive prowess at the NHL level. Murphy delivered on some of that promise on Wednesday night against the New York Islanders, albeit in a preseason game. The former Kitchener Rangers defender scored a goal and added an assist in his team’s 4-2 win over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The two-point performance earned Murphy the third star award on the night.

Senators’ Dzingel nets goal in win over Leafs

The Ottawa Senators swept a pair of split squad games from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. One of the stars for the Senators in the game in Toronto was former Ohio State University star Ryan Dzingel. The forward was named the third star in a 4-3 shootout win over the Leafs, with Dzingel’s point coming on the game-tying goal that took the game to the eventual shootout win.

In the game in Ottawa, a 3-2 win for the home team, Senators’ forward prospect Matt Puempel pumped home a rebound on the power play to give his team a 2-0 lead over the Leafs.

Sam Carrick of the Leafs was named the third star in the loss, scoring a goal and adding an assist on the night.


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