This is my first autograph from Anton Slepyshev of the Edmonton Oilers. Although Anton was a 2013 draft pick by the Oilers, he only begun his NHL career in 2016 after playing a couple of season in Russia. I managed to get this one after sending it through the Edmonton Oilers’ office which presumably was sent along to him. He returned this card, signed in blue sharpie, in 102 days.
It’s a little surprising to me that the Oilers have had as much patience with Anton as they have had to this point. With the young talent (that the Oilers seemingly have year after year) that’s entering the lineup on a yearly basis, I’m not entirely sure how much longer the management have with Anton. He isn’t a point producing machine as once touted by others:
June 2013 – To the surprise of many, Anton Slepyshev was passed over in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft after being ranked as a second round prospect by most services. The fact that 30 teams passed over him makes one wonder what the issue was because he was certainly worthy of a late round flyer. Slepyshev is a big powerful forward with a sniper’s mentality who gets around the ice with ease. He is prone to falling into scoring slumps and periods of inactiveness but when he is on his game, he is a scoring threat. He packs a good shot with a quick release and can operate as an average passer as well. Playing for Novokuznetsk and Ufa in the KHL, Slepyshev compiled seven goals and nine points in 26 games. Brendan Ross
Slepyshev is a big winger with great hands and a blazing top speed. When combined with his strong hockey sense in the offensive zone, he is tough to catch. His physical game needs a bit of work and he sometimes does not dig as deep into tough areas as he should.
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