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THREE THINGS: Get to Know Slava Demin

Learn more about newly-acquired defensive prospect Slava Demin

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

ST. LOUIS - Along with goalie Malcolm Subban and a second-round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, the Blackhawks acquired defenseman Slava Demin, a fourth-round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018.

Here's what you should know about the newest Blackhawks defensive prospect: 


Demin is in his second season at the University of Denver, where highly-touted Blackhawks defensive prospect Ian Mitchell is finishing his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound sophomore is a mobile, physical D-man and has 23 points (6G, 17A) in 71 career games with the Pioneers. 

"We've spent a lot of time working with Ian over the last few seasons and I think we've got very a good read on (Demin)," SVP/GM Stan Bowman said. "He's a guy that when you go and watch Mitchell play, he always caught my eye. I noticed him even when I wasn't necessarily watching out for him. He's a good-sized guy at 6-foot-2, a smooth skater, he's got a pretty good well-rounded game for a young defenseman and we like the upside there."


For the second time this season, the Blackhawks acquired a 2018 draftee they had an eye on. Early in the year, it was defenseman Alec Regula, acquired from Detroit, and on deadline day, it was Demin. 

The 19-year-old was selected by the Golden Knights 21 picks ahead of the Blackhawks' fourth-round selection Philipp Kurashev two drafts ago.

"He's a player we got to know pretty well a couple years ago in his draft year," Bowman said. "We were comfortable with him and now that he's really taken that next step as well - I think he's had a really big jump forward this year - we like his game and we think he's somebody that has potential to be a good NHL player."


A native of Cypress, Calif. - just outside Anaheim - Demin came up through the Anaheim Jr. Ducks organization as a teenager before playing two seasons with the Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) and then heading to Denver.

His parents are immigrants from Russia and Demin told the Denver Post that he's fluent in Russian

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