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Maple Leafs Semyon Der-Arguchintsev trying to be like Marner

Maple Leafs Semyon Der-Arguchintsev trying to be like Marner
Published On: Tue, Jul 10
Oct 10, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman (68) with the puck against Toronto Maple leafs in extra time at Air Canada Centre. Senators beat Leafs 5 - 4. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

Semyon Der-Arguchintsev was 13 years old when he left his family and flew across the world to live in a country with two official languages he couldna€™t speak a lick and one in which he was fluent: hockey.

To those on this side of the Atlantic who stumble over the pronunciation of the Russiana€™s name, the ones who call him a€œSammya€ or a€œSDAa€ for short, imagine how Der-Arguchintsev felt packing a suitcase and his trusting parentsa€™ support, then jetting from Moscow to Ottawa to pursue his dream at the same age most kids are barely allowed to babysit or mow the lawn.

Now a mature a€“ if slight a€“ 17, with a remarkable grasp of English, the affable Der-Arguchintsev is one giant step closer to realizing his mission.

The Toronto Maple Leafs made Der-Arguchintsev the youngest player of the 2018 draft class when they selected the crafty Peterborough Petes centre with the 76th-overall pick. Thata€™s some shrewd use of the bonus third-rounder GM Kyle Dubas scooped from St. Louis by trading down four spots in Round 1 from 25th to 29th.

That gif-ready smirk Dubas flashed to the camera before adding the Der-Arguchintsev pick could ripen into a full-blown LOL if the undersized forward develops into the impact player he believes he can become.

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