Weight: 168 pounds
Date of birth: September 15, 2000
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
OHL Draft: Round 2, 27th overall, 2016 Priority Selection
NHL Central Scouting pre-season: C Prospect
NHL Central Scouting mid-term: 58th overall, North American skaters
NHL Central Scouting final rank: Not available at this time
Diminutive Peterborough Petes’ pivot Semyon Der-Arguchintsev played minor midget hockey for Hockey Eastern Ontario AAA League’s CIHA Voyageurs White during the 2015-2016 season and thus eligible for the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection as opposed to the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. He scored 21 goals and added 49 assists in 46 games in AAA.
Der-Arguchintsev led the HEOMAAA in assists, points and was named the top rookie.
Der-Arguchintsev has a September 15 birthdate, making him the youngest player in the draft class. Had he been born one day later, he wouldn’t be eligible for the National Hockey League Draft until 2019. With that comes a lot of projecting as to what type of player he can become.
Der-Arguchintsev broke onto the OHL scene a season ago with the Petes. He scored 8 goals and 21 assists in 63 games. He finished the season 10th in assists among rookies and 13th in points.
Der-Arguchintsev currently sits tied for third on the Petes with 39 points – 9 goals and 30 assists. What is impressive is how effective he is with the man advantage – at least when comparing them to his overall stats. He has 5 goals and 14 assists on the power play – half of his production.
Der-Arguchintsev is more of a playmaker than a shooter. His 9 goals come on 83 shots (10.8%) so it’s not like he doesn’t possess some goal scoring ability, but his low shot total suggests that he looks to make a play before he shoots himself. The eye test will draw the same conclusions. That’s not a bad thing as long as you are playing with a sniper. He currently sits tenth among draft eligible players in assists.
Adding some much-needed muscle is important for Der-Arguchintsev. He has difficulty fighting through checks, winning puck battles and the strength to get to those hard areas. But there is no doubt when given the space, he has some of the softest hands, as shown on the powerplay with the extra space.
Der-Arguchintsev has excellent vision and is an extremely skilled passer. Finding lanes and making tape-to-tape passes is his bread and butter. If he can improve on his skating, he could create more space for himself and with that comes more opportunity.
Shooting more will give Der-Arguchintsev another dimension to his arsenal. He doesn’t possess an overpowering or heavy shot. However, accuracy is not an issue. Adding the already mentioned muscle could also help.
There is always room for a very skilled playmaker on an NHL lineup. Projecting whether Der-Arguchintsev will be more than a powerplay specialist will be key to his draft slot.