Sergei Tolchinsky has been cleared for landing in the Ontario Hockey League.
The 17-year-old Russian took to Twitter Thursday to announce he has received his visa and will be heading to Canada Sunday to join the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds.
Tolchinsky, the 12th overall pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, is one of the more dynamic players available in the 2013 NHL Draft.
“FC sees Tolchinsky as a wild card, a real game breaker at the junior level whose size is the only thing that holds him back in draft rankings,” said Dan Stewart, Future Considerations’ director of scouting. “He’s is a tiny but flashy, high energy forward who can burn you offensively if given just a little time and space. Sergei always is looking to attack – can beat you with a heady pass or by cutting through your entire team on his way to a highlight reel tally.”
Tolchinsky had 19 goals and 15 assists, along with a plus-minus rating of plus-17 in 51 games a year ago for CSKA Moscow of the Russian Junior League and was a standout at this year’s World Under-17 Challenge. In six games, Tolchinsky had six goals and helped Russia to gold.