Undrafted Soo Greyhound Sergey Tolchinsky could still make NHL
By Ashley March
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds Sergey Tolchinsky did not get to hear his name get called in June at the National Hockey League Entry Draft. Despite being rated at number 56 by some scouting specialists, Tolchinsky sat in waiting. He did not let that get the better of him though.
Cornwall - July 26, 2013 - Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds Sergey Tolchinsky did not get to hear his name get called in June at the National Hockey League Entry Draft. Despite being rated at number 56 by some scouting specialists, Tolchinsky sat in waiting. He did not let that get the better of him though.
Instead of moping around about not getting called, Tolchinsky made an impressive mark at the New York Rangers prospect development camp. Signing to a tryout agreement with both the Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes, Tolchinsky was making heads shake with both teams wondering why he was left unchosen. Although the likes of both teams offering out a 3 year entry level contract seem slim, he's still making his mark.
Tolchinsky would only be able to be signed to the clubs that signed him to the tryout contracts. Out of both New York and Carolina, Carolina would seem a better fit as they are forming into a somewhat of a young team. If I were Jim Rutherford though, I wouldn't extend an offer and here's why.
Tolchinsky only has one year of OHL play under his belt. At only 5'8" and 160 pounds, he's still going to fill out. Another year with the Greyhounds would help him out tremendously and only increase his draft ranking for next year. In 62 games last year he amassed 51 points and he won't defect to Russia which seems to be the ordeal of the day. He's been training in North America since he was 12 so he's going to stick around for a while. Give him that extra year to mould into something spectacular. He might give Sam Reinhart, Aaron Ekblad and Connor McDavid a run for their money. Who knows?
The Soo Greyhounds start the 2013-2014 season off on Friday, September, 20th as they head to Sudbury to take on the Wolves.
Ashley March is a passionate hockey fan who is thriving to make her name known in the sports journalism industry. Her exceptional hockey knowledge will keep you informed at all costs. Currently writing for three other NHL teams as well as her own blog at March Hockey, she is proud to be writing for HometownHockey.ca and giving you her perspective. If you have questions or wish to contact Ashley, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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