Physical: Height: 5’11, Weight 163lbs
TLN Top-20 Ranking From Last Year: 11th
Acquired: 2018 NHL Draft, Round 3, 76th overall
Next up in our 2019 prospect rankings, we have everyone’s favourite prospect, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev – or “SDA” for short.
SDA captured the heart of Leafs Twitter last September, with many on-ice and off-ice factors contributing to it.
On the ice, Der-Arguchintsev is a smaller, crafty playmaker with jaw-dropping puck skills and fantastic vision. He was a true swing-for-the-fences, boom-or-bust type pick in the third round. Those picks are always the most exciting for fans.
Off it, SDA looks incredibly innocent and has the 16th-longest name of any player ever drafted in NHL history. That’s so much fun! Semyon is also apparently quite the character. He was lauded by Leafs coach Mike Babcock for his “infectious personality” and, as a result, was kept on the preseason roster after all of the other recent draftees were sent back to their club teams.
“I was laughing today during a four-on-four drill [because] he was out second. Who decided he was coming out second? He decided,” head coach Mike Babcock said after practice on Saturday at MasterCard Centre. “That’s how he feels …
Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation