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Oleg Saprykin #19

2000-2001 Consistency Charts

Position: Left Wing
6-1 Weight: 190
Shoots: Left
Last Team: Seattle
League: WHL
Birthdate: February 12, 1981
Home: Moscow, Russia


Oleg Saprykin

Regular Season


Year Team GP G A PTS +/-  PIM GP G A PTS PIM
98-99 Seattle 66 47 46 93   107 11 5 11 16 36
99-00 Calgary 4 0 1 1 -4 2          
99-00 Seattle 48 30 36 66   89 6 3 3 6 37
00-01 Calgary 59 9 14 23 4 43          
Saprykin comes 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..
2001 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...



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