Eligible for the draft in 2013 and signed as a free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes that summer, Sergey Tolchinsky has made a name for himself by showcasing his dazzling repertoire of moves.
Still being only 19 years of age last year, the young Russian seemed out of place during the Hurricanes' pre-season as he seemed to struggle adjusting to the pace of the NHL . However, going into training camp last season he displayed exceptional numbers in the OHL with Sault St. Marie recording 31 goals and 60 assists in 66 games while being an asset on the powerplay.
Fast-forwarding at now 20 years old, Tolchinsky has continued to shine with spectacular dekes he is well known for since his spectacular 6 goal performance at the U-17 World Juniors in 2012. Impressively, he managed about the same point totals in 2013-2014 this year but appearing in five fewer games. For the record, 30 goals and 65 assists in 61 games.
Tolchinsky’s skill set is far from going unnoticed; take a look at what sweet dangles he’s been putting on in his third development camp with the club.
Day 1: Patience is a virtue
Day 2: Between the legs day
Only a featherweight at a buck seventy, it’s hard to imagine him making the ‘Canes’ roster this season. If he can add fifteen to twenty pounds he’ll have a better chance not getting broken in half by a Milan Lucic-like hit although his speed does help in that aspect. We might have to see Tolchinsky work his magic in the minors before he’s able to take on the big leagues. But if he continues to produce and perform like he has been, the road to the NHL will be shorter traveled than longer.
Without a shadow of a doubt this kid is a lightning-fast, natural goal scorer. If the Hurricanes need a scoring aid, they know where to find it.