Anyone who pays close enough attention to the Winnipeg Jets knows that their top prospect is Mark Scheifele. In this edition of Prospect Primer, we’ll take a lot at a player who has had some chemistry with Scheifele, Russian forward Ivan Telegin.
Telegin was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. At the time, he was coming off a strong rookie campaign with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, scoring 26 goals and totaling 44 points in 51 games. Each of the last two seasons, Telegin’s production has increased. In the 2010-11 season, Telegin took on the role as a playmaker and racked up 41 assists and averaged at least a point per game. Last season, Telegin joined the Barrie Colts, where he played with fellow Jets prospect Scheifele.
Primarily a center, Telegin moved to Scheifele’s wing with the Colts and he continued to produce, only the goal and assist totals balanced out. He amassed 35 goals and 29 assists over 64 games last season, proving to be a threat in different situations, as Barrie used him on the penalty kill.
This season, Telegin will play with the St. John’s Ice Caps of the AHL, while Scheifele returns to Barrie. There are plenty of question marks surrounding the Jets prospect, as he needed some repairs over the summer. He underwent a minor knee surgery and then later hurt his hand, requiring more than one surgery. The hand injury kept him unable to play until September, but he did partake in preseason play.
Telegin will be a player to keep an eye on in his first season as a pro. He has good size (6’3” 198 lbs.) and skates well, but the most talented players always dominate in junior hockey. Although he won’t have Scheifele centering him this season, he may be a benefactor of Alexander Burmistrov centering the Ice Caps’ top line during the NHL lockout.
It will probably take a couple of seasons before Telegin is ready to make the jump to the big league, but the potential of him and Scheifele as future Jets line mates is fun to think about.