The 2021 NHL draft goes to be a serious 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 expertise and really intriguing upside. The story will get much more attention-grabbing while you discover out that his father is a Russian expertise coach.
“To be sincere, I would not be the participant I’m at this time with out him,” Teleguine stated. “My dad has been the spine for me my complete life. The quantity of instances 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 acquired out right here I would spend 4 or 5 hours per week with him engaged on small expertise that would translate in video games. He is been a elementary piece of the participant I’m at this time.”
Victor Teleguine grew up enjoying within the famed Central Pink Military program again residence and round 1997, he got here to New York to show at a good friend’s hockey camp. The skaters beloved what Teleguine was doing, so he saved extending his keep in America. Then he acquired a name from Pink Military legend Vladimir Lutchenko, who was working his personal camp in Boston. Teleguine labored there with the two-time Olympic gold medallist and finally 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 instantly. In reality, Sasha did not begin skating till he was seven.
“He actually did not need to play hockey earlier than,” Victor stated. “Two years in a row I purchased him tools and after I put him on the ice, he began crying. So I put all of it away, I did not need to stress him.”
Finally, Sasha caught the bug. He began pestering his father on the rink, asking for yet one more shot.
“He walked round me for 2 weeks,” Victor stated. “And I used to be considering, does he actually need to attempt or will he give me one other headache?”
So Victor purchased his son one other set of kit. This time, the skates harm, so that they acquired him a unique pair – and that is when the magic occurred.
“Hastily, he began skating instantly,” Victor stated. “That was in July and in September, he had already made the AAA crew.”
Teleguine was off to the races and as a teen, he ended up enjoying for Thayer Academy, the prep college that boasts alumni comparable to Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte (who now coaches there), Ryan Whitney and Charlie Coyle. Final 12 months, he led Thayer in scoring with 52 factors in 26 video games. It was time for the subsequent step and a variety of groups have been all in favour of Teleguine – together with the BCHL’s Chiefs.
“We have been watching him at Thayer and he catches your eye instantly,” 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 bulldog on the market. He isn’t afraid to get into the excessive site visitors areas and he is at all times driving his ft 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.
“Plenty of it needed to do with the event,” Teleguine stated. “You do not actually come throughout a variety of coaches like Brian Maloney; he was super-invested in my improvement. He was totally conscious of my offensive talents, however he made it clear that he wished to take time to work with me on D-zone play and positioning to assist me turn into an entire 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 college, Teleguine might stand out primarily based 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 expertise 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 a variety of nice attributes that may assist him be an ideal participant.
“He loves the sport – you possibly can inform he is always eager about it. He asks a variety of questions and he at all times needs to run by his shifts on video. Typically 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 rather a lot right here – we’re simply scratching the floor.”
And that is what is so intriguing concerning the child. Whenever you watch him play for Chilliwack, you see a participant with wonderful imaginative and prescient and creativity, with the puck expertise to again it up. He additionally has a variety of NHL franchises buzzing for the draft, significantly these with sturdy Russian scouting ties (humorous sufficient, Lutchenko was a long-time New York Rangers scout who not too long ago retired).
Because the son of a expertise coach, Teleguine has additionally been capable of skate and prepare with a variety of execs and faculty gamers through the years, whereas additionally rising up with Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman John Marino, whose dad is greatest associates with Victor. However the older gamers do not take it straightforward 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 turn 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?