In the spring of 2009, Telegin bought out his contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk in order to come to the Ontario Hockey League, after knowing the Saginaw Spirit selected him in the annual CHL import draft.
Having a reputation as a player who tries to perform at his best among the best competition in the world, the 20-year-old Telegin decided to join the Spirit, and hopefully be noticed by NHL scouts at some point so he can fulfill his dream of playing in the NHL.
According to the general consensus of scouts around the league, Telegin is a player with explosive speed, great size at 6'3" and high hockey IQ.
In 2011, the Barrie Colts acquired Telegin from Saginaw, and they asked the left-winger to play on Mark Scheifele's top line. With the high-end speed and hockey sense, Telegin enjoyed his best season in the OHL this year tallying 35 goals and 29 assists in 46 games. He was also a mainstay in the Colts' power play unit.
Telegin is far from the typical Russian mentality that he will be leaning toward playing in Russia for big money if he can't get what he wants in the NHL. He already showed that from buying out a contract with his hometown team in order to play in the OHL.
When he was interviewed by Russian press in 2010, he said, "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."
Are you excited about seeing Ivan Telegin in the Jets lineup real soon?
Also, Telegin has the size, speed and hockey smarts to become a full-time NHLer. He may be somewhat lacking in terms of high-end scoring touch, but he does put up solid offense for the team.
His dream is to play in the NHL as opposed to playing European hockey in the KHL. He said, "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."
Telegin is already half way there after signing his first professional contract with the Winnipeg Jets on July 26, 2011.
In September 2012, Telegin will likely join his Barrie teammate Scheifele in Winnipeg for the prospects camp, and also play some exhibition games during NHL training camp. If all goes right, Telegin looks to be headed to play for the Jets' AHL farm team St. John's IceCaps for most of the year. He may earn a call-up to Winnipeg if he impresses the coaching staff during his time there.
This is Joseph Trenton reporting on the Winnipeg Jets prospects.
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