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2018 NHL Draft Profile: Alexander Alexeyev is the prospect so nice they named him twice

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He’s a Red Deer Rebel with a cause

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Alexander Alexeyev

Position: Defenseman
Current Team: Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Date of Birth: November 15, 1999
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left

Rankings

#25 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
#42 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
#24 by ISS HOCKEY
#28 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
#22 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)

2017-18 Stats

45 GP/7 G/30 A/37 P/29 PIM (2/3/5 in 3 playoff games)

Alexander Alexeyev is a big left handed defenseman who put up solid offensive numbers in the WHL last season. His size and positioning allow him to make plays on both ends of the ice.

He seems to be a reach for the Blue Jackets’ pick at #18, but could be worth trading up for late in the first round or early in the second.

Scouting Reports

Alexeyev is an all-around solid defender. He will have to tighten his game as he won’t have the same time and space at the professional level, but his numerous qualities make him useful at both ends of the ice. He likely won’t be able to replicate his puck rushes in the same way in a faster-paced game, but he should still be effective from the offensive blue line.

It is expected that Alexeyev will break the point-per-game mark next season as he learns to better exploit opposing defences and be more active with the puck to create lanes for his shots. - David St-Louis, Eyes on the Prize

Alexeyev had a strong second WHL season, moving my impression of him as an NHL prospect from fringe at this point last season to a real player. He’s not a game breaker, but he has a lot of positive elements. He stands in at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, skates well for a big defenseman, and can handle the puck fine. He has a real calmness to his game in how he moves the puck. It’s that poise with the puck and his IQ that leads me to think he has a chance to be a top-four defenseman despite not having dynamic speed/skill. I don’t think that projection is a lock, as I have some questions about if his offense in the WHL will translate to the NHL, but he made enough plays this season to get on my radar. Alexeyev is solid defensively, too, using his strength and frame to win battles, and showing good positional play. Alexeyev was a top player for Red Deer despite dealing with significant personal tragedy, as his mother passed away suddenly in the middle of the season. - Corey Pronman, The Athletic

Alexeyev Highlights