The Carolina Hurricanes have been busy on the prospect trail this season, especially in the last week, signing Daniel Altshuller, Dennis Robertson and Phil Di Giuseppe this year.
One prospect, Sergey Tolchinsky, was signed over the summer, but is arguably the most exciting of the bunch with his offensive skills. To see that offensive flair, just watch this video:
Despite the excitement in scoring goals like that, Tolchinksy is probably not as close to the NHL as some may hope.
While Brock McGinn and Di Giuseppe (he’s a longshot) could fight for a spot on the Canes roster next season, Tolchinsky should probably spend another year in juniors.
For one his size is a concern. At 5-foot-9 and 170 lbs, according to Hockey’s Future, the Russian native is not at the weight that is needed for the grind of an 82-game season. He may have put on some weight during the season, though.
Then there’s also the positives of just letting a prospect to develop. If there’s no reason to rush a player and he’s playing at a competitive level, just let that prospect mature. Prospects’ developments are hurt when they are rushed, but that doesn’t happen when the time to mature is given.
With 91 points in 66 games, Tolchinsky, lit up the OHL this season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, but the Hurricanes need to be smart with how they handle the prospect and just give him the time he needs.
In the 2015-16 season, Sergey Tolchinsky may be ready.