Left Wing Height: 6-1 Weight:
190 Shoots: Left Last Team: Seattle League: WHL Birthdate: February 12, 1981 Home: Moscow, Russia
from a rich hockey family. His father backed up
legendary goaltender Tretiak for the Red Army team in
the 1970's. Oleg has visa issues with his arrival to
North America, keeping him from playing for his native
country to this point. Was suspended last season for
hitting fellow Flame prospect Micky Dupont in the head
with his stick in a WHL playoff game.
The whole package. Size, speed, intensity, Oleg brings
it all to the ice… Saprykin likes the tough going,
getting suspended twice during his last season in the WHL. Made the
Calgary Flames out of training camp in 1999 before getting sent
back down to Seattle… made the team for good in the fall of 2000 ... Loves to get under opponent's
skin, but has the game to be more than an agitator.
The sky is
the limit for this Russian born forward. His natural
position is left wing, but he can also play center.
Should find himself as a scoring forward on either the
first or second line in the NHL. Could some day lead the
Flames in goals, points, and penalty minutes in the same
season. Top prospect..
NOTES2001 Highlights: Made the Calgary Flames out of training
camp in the fall of 2000. Found his stride in December 2000
scoring nine points in the month before suffering a concussion,
side lining him for all of January. Appeared to find his game
again late in the year. 2000 Highlights: Finished the 1998-99 season second only
in rookie scoring to the Calgary Hitmen's Pavel Brendl.
Disappointing 1999-00 season however, as Oleg missed almost a
third of the season either hurt or suspended. Unable to compete
for the Russian World Junior or World Championship team because
of visa issues with the Russian government.. Background: Taken eleventh
overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft as part of a two player, two
draft pick trade with the New York Rangers, bringing Marc Savard
to Calgary. Made a immediate impact in the Flames training camp
last season playing left wing for a kid line consisting of
Daniel Tkaczuk, and Rico Fata...