The 2021 NHL draft goes to be a significant problem for scouts and GMs, however as at all times, there are hidden gems and sleepers to get enthusiastic about within the class. One such participant is BCHL Chilliwack proper winger Sasha Teleguine, a former prep schooler from Massachusetts with devastating abilities and really intriguing upside. The story will get much more fascinating whenever you discover out that his father is a Russian abilities coach.
“To be trustworthy, I would not be the participant I’m at present with out him,” Teleguine stated. “My dad has been the spine for me my entire life. The quantity of occasions he bought ice for ability periods, simply me and him 1-on-1 and rising up engaged on skating, edges and easy puckhandling…Even these days, earlier than I obtained out right here I might spend 4 or 5 hours every week with him engaged on small abilities that might translate in video games. He is been a elementary piece of the participant I’m at present.”
Victor Teleguine grew up taking part in within the famed Central Purple Military program again residence and round 1997, he got here to New York to show at a pal’s hockey camp. The skaters beloved what Teleguine was doing, so he stored extending his keep in America. Then he obtained a name from Purple Military legend Vladimir Lutchenko, who was operating his personal camp in Boston. Teleguine labored there with the two-time Olympic gold medallist and ultimately did ability improvement with the Boston Bruins. He additionally laid down roots within the space and in late 2002, Sasha was born.
However the child did not take to the sport immediately. The truth is, Sasha did not begin skating till he was seven.
“He actually did not wish to play hockey earlier than,” Victor stated. “Two years in a row I purchased him gear and after I put him on the ice, he began crying. So I put all of it away, I did not wish to strain him.”
Ultimately, Sasha caught the bug. He began pestering his father on the rink, asking for another shot.
“He walked round me for 2 weeks,” Victor stated. “And I used to be pondering, does he actually wish to attempt or will he give me one other headache?”
So Victor purchased his son one other set of apparatus. This time, the skates damage, so that they obtained him a distinct pair – and that is when the magic occurred.
“Hastily, he began skating immediately,” Victor stated. “That was in July and in September, he had already made the AAA workforce.”
Teleguine was off to the races and as a teen, he ended up taking part in for Thayer Academy, the prep faculty that boasts alumni corresponding to Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte (who now coaches there), Ryan Whitney and Charlie Coyle. Final yr, he led Thayer in scoring with 52 factors in 26 video games. It was time for the following step and numerous groups have been desirous about Teleguine – together with the BCHL’s Chiefs.
“We have been watching him at Thayer and he catches your eye immediately,” stated Chilliwack coach and GM Brian Maloney. “He is a reasonably fast and dynamic skater and never solely is he quick, however he is a bit of bulldog on the market. He is not afraid to get into the excessive site visitors areas and he is at all times driving his toes and taking pucks to the online.”
Teleguine has three factors in his first three video games for Chilliwack, who simply started their BCHL ‘pod’ season. He could also be removed from residence geographically, however the slot in British Columbia sounds good.
“Lots of it needed to do with the event,” Teleguine stated. “You do not actually come throughout numerous coaches like Brian Maloney; he was super-invested in my improvement. He was totally conscious of my offensive skills, however he made it clear that he needed to take time to work with me on D-zone play and positioning to assist me change into a whole participant. It was a straightforward determination; I’ve by no means had somebody so invested in me and that stood out from the opposite groups that reached out.”
In prep faculty, Teleguine might stand out based mostly on his particular person ability set, however he has already seen that within the extra aggressive and strategic BCHL, it might take extra.
“The puck abilities are there,” Maloney stated. “It was only a matter of engaged on different areas and breaking some unhealthy habits from highschool – studying to play away from the puck and stopping on pucks – however he has numerous nice attributes that may assist him be a terrific participant.
“He loves the sport – you possibly can inform he is always eager about it. He asks numerous questions and he at all times needs to run by means of his shifts on video. Generally I’ve to inform him to take a time without work and take a look at mentally and we’ll get again to work on it. He at all times needs to get higher and he is studying so much right here – we’re simply scratching the floor.”
And that is what is so intriguing in regards to the child. Whenever you watch him play for Chilliwack, you see a participant with wonderful imaginative and prescient and creativity, with the puck abilities to again it up. He additionally has quite a lot of NHL franchises buzzing for the draft, notably these with sturdy Russian scouting ties (humorous sufficient, Lutchenko was a long-time New York Rangers scout who just lately retired).
Because the son of a abilities coach, Teleguine has additionally been capable of skate and practice with quite a lot of professionals and school gamers through the years, whereas additionally rising up with Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman John Marino, whose dad is finest buddies with Victor. However the older gamers do not take it simple on Teleguine throughout these periods – one thing else Sasha thanks Victor for.
“He tells them to be laborious on me,” Sasha stated. “It helps me change into extra aggressive and it units the usual excessive so after I exit at my degree, I will be prepared for no matter hits me.”
However as soon as Teleguine turns into a completed product, will his opponents be prepared for him?