#53 – Sacha Chmelevski, RW – Ottawa, OHL
TSN – N/A
Central Scouting – #43 NAS
ISS – #74
Future Considerations – #54
McKeens – #61
THN – #68
Craig Button – #103
Hockey Prospect – #152
COMPARABLE : Tyler Toffoli
UPSIDE : 2nd Line Offensive Winger
FLOOR : 3rd-4th Line Depth Winger
My comparable for Sasha Chmelevski is Tyler Toffoli who also happens to be a former Ottawa 67 and also a 2nd round pick (LA) in his own right. While I’m not 100% convinced that Chmelevski will turn out as good as that, I do think they both play the same kind of north/ south game. Toffoli is a dangerous shooter and while Chmelevski can really fire the puck, I think he’s an even better playmaker.
I think I like this guy a little more than most because I think he has the talent to be a Top-6 Forward at the NHL level but if it doesn’t work out quite as well as you’d hope, he is probably the type of player that can adapt his game and play more of a depth role like a Lee Stempniak for example. That’s where the value is for me with this player. I expect him to hear his name called in the 2nd round and if he falls lower than that, it would be excellent value.
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