BUFFALO -- Andrei Svechnikov, No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft, has benefitted watching his older brother go through the draft process on his way to becoming an NHL player.
Evgeny Svechnikov (6-foot-3, 212 pounds), 21, a left-handed right wing chosen in the first round (No. 19) of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, has gained valuable experience in the American Hockey League with Grand Rapids the past two seasons. He had four points (two goals, two assists) in 14 games with the Red Wings last season.