Ivan Telegin Profile
2008-09: Telegin consolidated his role within Russia 92 playing as first line center. At the end of the season he bought out his contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk in order to play with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, which chose him in the annual CHL Import Draft.
2009-10: he played rather well at the Ivan Hlinka tournament with three points in as many games, then had a very good first season in the OHL, even if he struggled to keep his contribution at high level throughout the whole season. He has been named in the OHL Second All-Rookie team with his 26 points, 18 assists performance. In December and January Telegin skated at the WJC with team Russia, but had a limited role due to his young age. He was called for the U18s too, but for disciplinary reasons tied with the Kabanov-case he was cut from the team.
Ivan Telegin is a player who can play both winger and center and has an unusual style of play for a Russian. He likes to park himself in front of the net and make things happen from there, using also his anticipation skills to effectively read situations. He has a good decision making and he showed that he’s able to think and act very fastly, an important thing for the North American game. Telegin is a hard competitor and plays hard, being effective both in front of the net and on the corners, even if he doesn’t play tough and never exaggerates. He has a very good size at 6’3”, 200 lbs, but needs to learn how to take advantage of this in order to be even more effective. On top of that, Telegin is a very good skater and has a great mobility for a player of his size, even though this is something common with Russian players.
Ivan Telegin flew under the radar for the whole season and probably it will be the same on the selections day. He might be a second rounder with first round potential, even if he has to address some parts of his game in order to become a better player. He will probably take advantage of a further year in the Ontario Hockey League.
I adore the Canadian style - small rinks, a lot of hits. In Russia it's different - a lot of passes and little shots. I believe that the Russian hockey is not for me. My dream is to play in the NHL.
I do not regret moving to the OHL at all. There I progressed a lot and achieved what I wanted.
In the OHL I earn 50 dollars a week. But it's not about the money. If I wanted to earn money I would have stayed in Russia. But I have a dream to play in the NHL and for it I'm ready to live on 50 dollars.
There were a few teams that were interested in me at the Combine: the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings. Any team is good for me, but I'd like to end up in Washington with Alexander Ovechkin.