But here’s the thing about Fazleev - he just wants to win by being a hockey player and a good teammate.
He leads the Hitmen in scoring with 52 points (16g-32a) in 45 games and has already recorded new career highs in scoring with his 52 points, having played 26 fewer games than last season.
But it’s an infectious and upbeat personality that makes him not only a popular guy in the locker room, but a leader on the ice.
His increase in ice-time and in stats year-by year are not because of his age or talent, but a byproduct of his hard work, dedication and proving to everyone around him that he is a reliable and honest hockey player willing to do whatever it takes to win.
“His development is steady and he’s progressing as a player,” said Flyers Player Development Coach John Riley. “The biggest thing on him is that he’s truly a 200-foot player. He works very hard in all three zones and he’s developed a little bit of a scoring touch this year.”
Fazleev enters his final year in the WHL with the Calgary Hitmen, and its apparent that he has taken that next step in his game, both on the scoresheet and as a go-to guy in the dressing room as much as he has on the ice.
At the World Juniors in Finland, the Russian team may not have even made it to the gold medal game if it weren’t for Fazleev.
In an overtime victory in the Quarterfinals vs. Denmark, Fazleev sent a beautiful cross-ice pass to fellow prospect Ivan Provorov, who fed it across the crease to Vladislav Kamenev for the game-winning goal for Russia to advance to the quarterfinal.
In the midst of the excitement, Fazleev didn’t even realize he wasn’t given credit for the secondary assist on the game-winning tally. To this day, he still may not even realize it, but that’s far from what matters to him. The victory was all he cared about.
“He’s done everything he’s needed to do every year to take the next step and he’s been outstanding for his team [in Calgary], but like all young players, he’s got to get a little bit quicker, a little bit stronger and hopefully next year he can play at the American Hockey League level or beyond,” added Riley.
With 2016 training camp off in the not-to-distant future, Fazleev and the Hitmen are in the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Division, and alongside fellow prospect, Travis Sanheim, they are looking to advance back to the Conference finals and have a chance to win the WHL league title in May.
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