Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the complete draft board after the completion of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Beyond The Numbers: Radel Fazleev

The Philadelphia Flyers selected Radel Fazleev with the 168th overall pick (6th round) in the 2014 NHL Draft. Radel Fazleev will is a C/LW for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Here are his basic stats:

Height: 6’0″
Weight: 175lbs
Games Played: 38
Goals: 5
Assists: 20
Points: 25

Fazleev is a teammate of the Flyers 2014 first round pick Travis Sanheim. Fazleev is a Russian who played in his country until this past season. His numbers do  not look very impressive, but there is more to Fazleev than just these numbers. Let’s go beyond the numbers and see why the Flyers took this Russian import with their sixth round pick.

First of all, Fazleev only played 38 games last season. Unfortunately, he sustained a wrist injury in early January that cut short his regular season. Therefore, he had a very limited time to adjust to the North American game. However, he should only improve in that regard over the next few years. Flyers director of scouting Chris Pryor had this to say regarding Fazleev:

I don’t think you want to say he’s an untypical Russian when you think of the Ovechkins and Malkins, but this guy plays a North American game. He’s a hard-working kid. Plays both ends.

Second of all, Fazleev was on an upward trend prior to his injury. After starting his season with 14 points (2G, 12A) in his first 25 games, he earned 11 points (3G, 8A) in his final 13 regular season games. As Fazleez grew throughout his first North American season, so did his production.

Finally, Fazleev had his most impressive numbers when he came back from his wrist injury. He came back for the Hitmens playoff series against Kootenay, earning seven points (3G, 4A) in six games. He then joined the Russian team for the IIHF U18 World Championships, earning an assist through five games. He is now in good position to be a part of the World Junior Championships next year.

When it comes to his style of play, Eliteprospects had this to say about Fazleevs game:

A creative playmaker with some raw but impressive tools. His skating while effective at the junior level could use some improvements. He battles along the wall and finishes his hits. His shot is strong and he has good touch around the net. His game is pretty inconsistent from shift-to-shift.

As things stand right now, Fazleev looks to be behind Jake Virtanen on the Calgary Hitmen depth chart next season. Virtanen was the 6th overall pick in the 2014 Draft after scoring 45 goals last season. If Virtanen is able to make the Canucks roster next season, Fazleev may even be able to see top line ice time.

Either way, Fazleevs playing time should increase and his experience on the smaller ice surface will help his growth. If he is able to stay healthy, he should develop into a skilled forward prospect.

 

More in this series:

Beyond The Numbers: Travis Sanheim

Beyond The Numbers: Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Beyond The Numbers: Mark Friedman

Beyond The Numbers: Oskar Lindblom

Beyond The Numbers: Jesper Pettersson

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