Checking In: Sergey Tolchinsky profile

Checking In: Sergey Tolchinsky profile

No player on the Checkers last year had more hype coming into the season then Sergey Tolchinsky. The 5’8 winger from Russia signed with the Hurricanes organization in August of 2013, after going undrafted because other teams were not sure if his lack of height would translate to the professional level. Ever since signing, Tolchinsky has teased Hurricanes fans with multiple highlight plays in junior that have showed his potential as maybe an offensive threat in the NHL. In 2014-2015, he played his final season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, posting a personal career high for points in a season with 95. He would also represent Russia in the 2015 World Junior Championships and win a silver medal playing for his country. Tolchinsky would play his first game with the Checkers in the right wing slot on the third line. He jumped out of the gate quickly and put up 5 points in the first four games of the season, but unfortunately that hot start would cool off fast and he would only tally 6 more points for the rest of 2015. He was having trouble adjusting from the junior-styled game where he was able to affect the game more by holding the puck and creating chances for his teammates by himself because he was more skilled than most of his opponents The pro style game even in the AHL can be a big step up for guys coming in from junior because it is a team-oriented game with lots of passing and dumping the puck instead of trying to force a pass or a...
What are the odds that Sergey Tolchinsky makes Hurricanes 2015-16 opening night roster?

What are the odds that Sergey Tolchinsky makes Hurricanes 2015-16 opening night roster?

Had you asked me that question in June, I would have given Sergey Tolchinsky a 15% chance of making the Hurricanes NHL roster out of training camp. One positive is that the Canes are light at forward and will have a slot or even 2 that is there to be won in September and early October. The negatives are simply the general challenge of jumping straight from juniors to the NHL (for anyone) and also the need to Tolchinsky to adapt a little bit. The Canes have a couple recent examples of players trying to make this jump. In 2013-14, Brock McGinn blew the doors off the OHL collecting 43 goals and 42 assists on a good Guelph team in only 58 games. He looked pretty good in prospect camp in July and entered the 2014 Hurricanes training camp with a head of steam and forward openings to be won. It was evident fairly early in camp that he was not yet able to translate his game to the NHL level, and he was sent packing for a full season in Charlotte. The previous summer, Victor Rask came out of his 2012-13 season in juniors as a point per game player and with roster spots to be won in the Hurricanes 2013 training camp. He already had decent NHL size and had a buzz around him entering training camp.  He too could not make the big jump and required a full season in the AHL to round out his game against the next level of competition before winning a spot in the NHL the next summer. Even for players who...