It was officially announced today that former Oilers winger Anton Slepyshev has re-signed with his KHL team. He will play with CSKA Moscow for an additional two seasons (ending in 2022).
Who is Anton Slepyshev?
Slepyshev, was drafted by the Oilers in the 3rd round of the 2013 NHL Draft. After his draft, he played with the KHL team Salavat Yulaev Ufa. Here, he played 94 games, scoring 18 goals, adding 15 assists for 33 points. He came over to North America for the 2015-16 season, playing mostly for the Bakersfield Condors, the Oilers’ AHL affiliate. In 49 games, he scored 13 goals and 8 assists for 21 points.
In 2015-16, he played in 11 NHL games but spent the majority of the next two seasons playing with the Oilers. Over those 3 seasons, he played in 102 NHL games, scoring 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points.
Since his time ended as an Oiler after the 2017-18 season, he joined CSKA Moscow of the KHL. His first season back was much like his last. He scored 15 goals and got 10 assists for 25 points in 56 games. This past season, Slepyshev had a breakout season, scoring 18 goals with 27 assists for 45 points in 54 games.
As David Pagnotta indicated when the extension was rumoured, the Oilers did attempt to re-sign him before his rights expired.
It’s difficult to predict the future, but with Slepyshev’s previous NHL stint being nothing to write home about, it’s very possible he doesn’t get another shot in the league. However, if he continues to perform like he did this past season, it could convince an NHL team to give him another kick at the can. Especially if this season’s postponement has a longer effect on the cap, team’s may look to be more creative to supplement their roster.
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