Sochi bound: Semin added to Russian Olympic team


After initially being snubbed, Alex Semin is going to the Olympics.

The Carolina winger has been added as an injury replacement for the Russian team headed to Sochi, the ‘Canes announced on Tuesday. Semin will replace veteran forward Sergei Soin, who was lost to a knee injury while playing for KHL club CSKA Moscow last week.

Semin, 29, has been productive since returning from a concussion earlier this season, and has 11 points in his last 12 games. That said, he was taken to task by ‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford over the weekend, as Rutherford said Semin “needs to get his act going,” and questioned his “will do to well.”

Semin has represented Russia in a number of international events, including two gold medal-winning teams at the World Championships (2008, ’12) and the ’10 Olympics in Vancouver.



Slepyshev earns final Oilers roster spot; Draisaitl to AHL

Anton Slepyshev, Anton Lander
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The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.

The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.

The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.

But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.

“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”

Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Canucks roll the dice on rookies, waive Vey and Corrado

Jared McCann, Connor McDavid, Ben Hutton

A preseason push by a number of Vancouver Canucks youngsters has left forward Linden Vey and defenseman Frank Corrado on waivers today.

The more surprising name of the two is Corrado, the 22-year-old who entered the season with an excellent chance of making the opening-day roster. However, it seems that rookie d-man Ben Hutton, 22, has been given the nod after finishing an eye-opening preseason with one goal and four assists in seven games. (This despite Hutton being waiver exempt. So it’s a risk for the Canucks, to be sure.)

It was the play of 19-year-old rookie Jared McCann that led, in part, to the waiving of Vey. (For more on that, click here.) Veteran Adam Cracknell remains with the team as well, to some surprise.

Rookie winger Jake Virtanen is also expected to be on Vancouver’s opening-day roster, though that’s no big shock.

Defenseman Alex Biega is also on waivers, as expected.