Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The 2019-20 Canadian Hockey League season is officially underway and early performances by six players from coast-to-coast have earned them a position in the debut edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week.

This week’s forward group is headlined by Peterborough Petes centre Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect who led the circuit with seven points, all coming as helpers, as he was dubbed the OHL On the Run Player of the Week. The Russian-born forward’s efforts guided the Petes to a 1-1-0-0 showing to begin the year.

Topping the charts in the WHL was Everett Silvertips captain Bryce Kindoff, who led all league scorers with six points counting three goals and three assists to help his club earn a split through the first two games of the new campaign. The veteran forward was recognized as the WHL On the Run Player of the Week.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Quebec Remparts right-wing Pierrick Dube, who potted a hat-trick Sunday to lead his club to a 6-4 victory over the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Across two contests, Dube has collected five points to come away as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

The blue line begins with Erie Otters defenceman and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Jamie Drysdale, who matched a franchise record Saturday in recording five points counting one goal and four assists in an 8-5 triumph over the Hamilton Bulldogs. The high-water mark draws Drysdale even with Steve Montador and David Froh as the only Erie rearguards to have scored five points in one game. Drysdale’s five points lead all OHL defenders.

Partnering on the back end is 19-year-old defenceman Seth Bafaro of the Vancouver Giants whose five points including two goals and three assists lead all WHL blue-liners in the season’s early goings. Bafaro enters Friday’s contest against the Portland Winterhawks as his club’s leading scorer.

Between the pipes, the top performance came from Seattle Thunderbirds netminder Roddy Ross, whose lone appearance proved to be busy as he turned aside 50 shots in an eventual 4-1 decision versus the Kamloops Blazers, giving the Philadelphia Flyers sixth round pick a leading .980 save percentage.



SEMYON DER-ARGUCHINTSEV of the Peterborough Petes. Photo courtesy of the OHL

Toronto, Ont.  – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the opening week of regular season action ending September 22 with seven assists in two games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-2.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Der-Arguchintsev’s four assists against Windsor
• HIGHLIGHTS: Der-Arguchintsev’s three assists against London

Der-Arguchintsev delivered a pair of multi-point performances, starting his season with three assists in a 6-4 road win over the London Knights on Friday. Der-Arguchintsev was dynamic on a line alongside Nick Robertson and Liam Kirk, following-up his three-point effort with four assists in Saturday’s 9-6 road loss to the Windsor Spitfires. He earned second star of the game honours in both outings.

A 19-year-old from Moscow, Russia, Der-Arguchintsev receives Player of the Week honours for the first time in his OHL career. The third round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2018 comes off a 46-point (6-40–46) season with the Petes in 2018-19 before he suited up in a total of 12 contests with Toronto’s ECHL affiliate the Newfoundland Growlers who went on to hoist the Kelly Cup as league champions. Der-Arguchintsev has recorded 133 points (26-107–133) over 195 OHL regular season contests. He was Peterborough’s second round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.

Also considered for the award this week was Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar of the Barrie Colts who finished tied for the league-lead with five goals while adding an assist as the Colts got out of the gate 2-0. Draft eligible Soo Greyhounds forward Jaromir Pytlik was also given consideration after he recorded two goals, three assists and five points, being named first star of the game in a pair of victories.

Semyon Der-Arguchintsev – Peterborough Petes – Player Profile

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 168 pounds

Date of birth: September 15, 2000

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Position: Center

Shoots: Right

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.

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Semyon Der-Arguchintsev of the Peterborough Petes. Photo courtesy of OHL Images

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.

Stat page of Semyon Der-Arguchintsev from Elite Prospects