Andrei Svechnikov

Andrei Igorevich Svechnikov (Russian: Андрей Игоревич Свечников, IPA: [ɐnˈdrʲej ˈiɡərʲɪvʲɪtɕ ˈsvʲet͡ɕnʲɪkəf]; born 26 March 2000) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was projected as a top pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft,[1] where he was drafted second overall by the Hurricanes.

Andrei Svechnikov
Svechnikov at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics
Born (2000-03-26) 26 March 2000
Barnaul, Russia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2018
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2018present

Playing career

Svechnikov began his junior career in North America with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He signed a tender with the Lumberjacks in May 2016, due in part to proximity to his brother's American Hockey League (AHL) team in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[2] Svechnikov had immediate success with the Lumberjacks, emerging as the team's leading scorer and finishing sixth in league scoring. He was named to the All-USHL Team and was declared USHL Rookie of the Year.[3]

Svechnikov was selected first overall in the 2017 CHL Import Draft by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Barrie Colts. Prior to the start of the season, he was highly regarded as a top prospect and was seen as a candidate for first overall.[4] Svechnikov won the Emms Family Award as OHL Rookie of the Year. At the end of the season, he was ranked the top-ranked North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, described as an elite skater and finisher.[5]

At the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Svechnikov second overall. On 1 July 2018, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina.[6] He made his NHL debut on 4 October against the New York Islanders,[7] and recorded his first NHL goal on 7 October in an 8–5 win over the New York Rangers, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to score an NHL goal.[8] On 29 October 2019, Svechnikov become the first NHL player to score a “Michigan” goal, where one lifts the puck on their stick to score a lacrosse-style goal.[9]

Personal life

Svechnikov is the younger brother of Evgeny Svechnikov, who was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.

Svechnikov originally comes from Barnaul in Siberia, but his family has relocated twice to access better teams and coaching for their sons. They first moved to the Moscow area, then Kazan.[10]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2016–17 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 4829295868
2017–18 Barrie Colts OHL 4440327267 8561112
2018–19 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 8220173762 93259
NHL totals 8220173762 93259


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 Russia U17 62356
2016 Russia WJC18 6th 52022
2016 Russia IH18 54150
2016 Russia U17 45382
2017 Russia WJC18 745910
2018 Russia WJC 5th 50552
Junior totals 3217173422

Awards and honours

Award Year
First All-Star Team 2017
Rookie of the Year 2017
Emms Family Award (OHL Rookie of the Year) 2017–18


  1. "2018 NHL Draft Rankings:'s Early Top 31 -". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. USHL (1 May 2016). "Andrei Svechnikov signs tender with Muskegon Lumberjacks". USHL. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  3. "All in the Svechnikov Family". Winging It in Motown. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. "Svechnikov to sign with Barrie of Ontario Hockey League". Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. "Svechnikov stays No. 1 in Central Scouting final rankings". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. "Canes sign Svechnikov to entry-level contract". Carolina Hurricanes. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. Dusterberg, Kurt (4 October 2018). "Islanders win Trotz debut in OT against Hurricanes". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  8. Psihogios, Steven (8 October 2018). "Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov becomes first NHL player born in 2000s to score". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  9. Pickens, Pat (29 October 2019). "Svechnikov converts lacrosse-style goal in Hurricanes win against Flames". Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  10. "Young Russian hockey star Andrei Svechnikov – and his mother – are loving their stay in Muskegon". Local Sports Journal. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Martin Nečas
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Ryan Suzuki

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