If you don’t recognize the name Sergey Tolchinsky, it’s because he hasn’t been drafted and he’s not part of an NHL organization, but that did not stop him from impressing the Carolina Hurricanes’ coaches, GM and fans at development camp this past week.
“He was probably the biggest surprise or explosive guy this week that really made people look at him” said head coach Kirk Muller.
From Michael Smith at hurricanes.nhl.com
Tolchinsky, who was at the development camp on an invite basis, scored two goals in yesterday’s scrimmage, the first one coming off some fancy stickhandling skills. His second goal gave Team White a 3-2 lead in the third period.
The Russian native also showed his speed and determination all week in camp, along with his superb stickhandling, which is his best asset.
Last season, Tolchinsky played in 62 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL, scoring 26 goals and 25 assists, but was not drafted in the 2013 NHL Draft because of his small stature.
At the beginning of the season, Tolchinsky came in at 5-7 and 152 lbs, but told Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer that he is now 5-8 and 164 lbs. Not a huge increase, but shows that the forward has grown over the past year.
After choosing only four prospects at the NHL draft this past season, it would be a good idea for the Canes to add Tolchinsky to their prospect pool by giving him an entry-level contract.
Tolchinsky’s a skilled forward, whose main weakness is his size, but that never kept down other players like Martin St. Louis.