The large variety in disagreements between the authors continue (and doesn't really stop for the rest of the voting process). Next in line comes Ivan Telegin, former fourth round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers. Ivan dominated junior and rose his stock as a top prospect for the Winnipeg Jets and Atlanta Thrashers franchises; however, combination of pro-level struggles, a recent draft high in upside and injuries has caused this tall Russian to tumble down to 15.
Previous Rank: 9
Not bad for a fourth round pick
Ivan Telegin played for Saginaw Spirit in his first season on North American soil. Telegin climbed up into the team's top 6 during his rookie season. He finished as the fifth lead scorer and had the fourth highest points per game in Saginaw. He also placed twelfth for U18 points per game in the OHL. He got to play for Team Russia in the World Juniors, although wasn't as successful as Alexander Burmistrov. Both Burmistrov and Telegin were then drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer.
The next season Telegin passed a point per game, pacing second on his team and twenty-first for U19 players in the OHL. His Draft+1 points per game was exactly the same as Adam Lowry's, although due to differences in league the NHL equivalent of Telegin's points per game is higher. Ivan also did this while being moved to centre. Many scouts pointed out that Telegin's defensive game improved with the increased responsibilities of being at centre, but also indicated he still projected more as a speedy winger.
In the summer Ivan Telegin's was traded over to the Barrie Colts and he returned to the left wing. Together with Tanner Pearson and fellow Jets' prospect Mark Scheifele, Telegin was part of arguably the strongest line in all of the OHL. All three fell in the top fifteen OHL points per game played, with Telegin at thirteen. Telegin falls behind only Mark Scheifele for Jets' prospects Draft+2 points per game and for OHL career points per game played, outpacing J.C. Lipon, Eric O`Dell and Adam Lowry.
The next season proved to be less optimal for Telegin, as he struggled with the more positional game at the pro level. Coach McCambridge noted that Telegin's skills were exceptional but had relied on them exclusively too much through junior. Ivan's developmental learning was cut short however, as Telegin suffered from a sever concussion prior to the lockout ending. It became so severe that the Jets management told Telegin it would be ok to return in Russia for some rest, while under the comfort of being with family.
It appears though that all is well in the health department, as Ivan took part in a few games with the Jets over at the Penticton prospects tournament and the pre-season.
Where does Ivan go from here?
Well, Ivan Telegin has just been sent down to the St John's IceCaps' tryouts where we hope that Telegin can put together his great skills and tools and turn it into something special. He is big, fast, and knows how to quickly change speeds in order to confuse defensemen; the question is can he learn how to use these things at a NHL level.
If he can have a healthy season, there is a good chance he can start putting up some good numbers in the AHL this season on a re-stocked IceCaps squad. If the stars align and he figures things out, Telegin may push for a 3rd line role as early as next season. Would be nice to have a fast scoring LW behind Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane who can play competently top 6 when need be. Here's hoping!
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