OILERS SIGN KYLE PLATZER TO ENTRY LEVEL DEAL

The Edmonton Oilers signed junior grad Kyle Platzer today, rewarding a strong junior season with a three year entry-level deal. Platzer’s career progress since draft day has been impressive and this signing was not a tough decision. In ranking him as the No. 9 propsect this winter I wrote:

  • When a 19-year old junior player steps up offensively, the reaction is (and should be) ‘so what?’ but in the case of Kyle Platzer the are two items that are important. He didn’t play a regular shift on a big line in his draft year and was traded in year two. Added to the increase in size (the second item), we may well be looking at a completely different player. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, he’s a 19-year old prospect whose NHLE (82, 9-21-30) doesn’t scream top 6F. On the other  hand, a two-way center with some skill is always in vogue so Platzer’s progress is a real positive for the organization. Platzer will probably sign with the Oilers in the spring and try his hand in the AHL fall 2015. If he ends up being a modern Kyle Brodziak? That’s my guess as an outer marker. Source

I’m not certain we have Platzer surrounded as a player. His final junior season really was an anomaly compared to the previous years and it’s important to identify the power-play points as a major reason for the uptick in offense. Let’s break it down.

KYLE PLATZER THREE YEAR LOOK

platzer three year trendA lot of the issue in regard 2012-13 was how he was used by his team. Edmonton chose Platzer from a deep London Knights team and we know for an absolute fact he played a very specific role.

  • Brock Otten, OHL Prospects, Spring 2013: Platzer did absolutely everything London’s coaching staff asked him to do this year, including seeing some time on the blueline to cover for injuries. That’s why he managed to (mostly) avoid the carousel many of London’s other younger players had to ride (like Jammes, Liberati, Pawley, etc) in 2013. His numbers don’t jump out at you, and they won’t with the barely 10 minutes of ice time he saw a game. But you have to assess him based on what he was able to do with that ice time (similar to Remi Elie who’s rated higher). Platzer may not be huge (pushing 5’11), but he’s a skilled player who also can provide energy and persistence away from the puck. You might notice Platzer outworking opposing defenses along the boards, or beating them to loose pucks, but he’s also clearly a very intelligent offensive player who is capable of putting up higher point totals. He did lead his Waterloo GOJHL team in scoring as a 16 year old in 2012. The one thing I admire about London is their ability to make younger players work hard to stay in the line-up. Ice time is earned, not given. And Platzer earned every second of time he received this year. Source

This season in Owen Sound he improved in all areas, including a significant spike at even strength. That’s a good (not great) number for a 19-year old and I think the Brodziak comparable applies. Let’s look at another player who arrived in pro with a two-way reputation and spiked in his final season of junior.

CURTIS HAMILTON THREE YEAR LOOK

hamilton three year lookThere are similarities between the two, including a major jump in power-play opportunities in the final year and significant PK time. At even strength, Hamilton was the more consistent player but part of that had to do with Platzer’s handling in London mentioned by Mr. Otten.

I think a reasonable career path for Platzer is to spend the next two or three seasons in Bakersfield, learning the finer points of the pro game and cultivating that wide range of skills. He delivered in a big way and you can’t punish a prospect for taking full advantage of an opportunity. His offensive numbers this season (NHLE 82GP, 12-17-29) are probably beyond the actual ability of the player but that puts him in Kyle Brodziak territory so we’re still in the range.

THE MONEY

We don’t know the dollars yet for Platzer but a guess would be in the $925,000 times three range, including bonus dollars.

  • Darnell Nurse, No. 7 overall. $925,000 per year with an $850,000 per year bonus. ($1.775M if he cashes everything).
  • Marco Roy, No. 56 overall. Unsigned.
  • Bogdan Yakimov, No. 83 overall. $925,000 per year.
  • Anton Slepyshev, No. 88 overall. Unsigned.
  • Jackson Houck, No. 94 overall. Signed an ATO and we wait.
  • Kyle Platzer, No. 96 overall. Signed and we wait for contract details.
  • Aidan Muir, No. 113 overall. Unsigned.
  • Evan Campbell, No. 118 overall. Unsigned.
  • Ben Betker, No. 158 overall. $925,000 a year estimated.
  • Greg Chase, No. 188 overall. $925,000 per year, similar to Yakimov’s contract.

If you see the contract numbers (for Betker or Platzer) please pass along.

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23 Responses to "OILERS SIGN KYLE PLATZER TO ENTRY LEVEL DEAL"

  1. VanOil says:

    Good for Platzer.

    I hope he enjoy’s his time in pro hockey.

    OT article about Fayne from the Devils prospective: http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2015/4/4/8341129/the-fate-of-mark-fayne

  2. Younger Oil says:

    I have always really liked Platzer. Just has always seemed like a scrappy underdog to me, and I’ve always loved that. While he is far from the most skilled, the kid just gives it his all at every game he plays, and he always seemed to get a goal in the Pentiction Tournament whenever he played, even got one in the preseason against Calgary IIRC.

    I view Platzer as a Reider 2.0, and I’m pulling for the kid every step of the way.

  3. Marc says:

    LT – do you have Moroz’s EV-PP splits for his draft +2 year to hand?

    Moroz’s point totals in his draft and draft +1 years were almost identical to Platzer, but his draft +2 year was 20 pts lower. I wonder how much of that was Platzer’s PP production?

    May be another good comp.

  4. Lowetide says:

    Marc:
    LT – do you have Moroz’s EV-PP splits for his draft +2 year to hand?

    Moroz’s point totals in his draft and draft +1 years were almost identical to Platzer, but his draft +2 year was 20 pts lower.I wonder how much of that was Platzer’s PP production?

    May be another good comp.

    Moroz didn’t have a huge PP career in junior

    http://lowetide.ca/2014/12/24/no-18-prospect-winter-2014-mitchell-moroz/

  5. Marc says:

    Lowetide,

    It was the EV points I was most interested in comparing. Platzer had more in fewer games, so that’s a good sign.

  6. VOR says:

    I think we are all asking the wrong questions. If we asked the right questions we might well find the answer is players like Kyle Platzer and Greg Chase. Bottom line is the Oilers d will continue to look like shit until the team finds more forwards that can win puck battles at both ends of the ice. D, even the best off them need time and space to move the puck. Forwards, and I include Centers in this, sometimes have to buy their D that time and space in blood, sweat, and tears. That game requires warriors. Whatever else we can say about Platzer as a prospect in junior he is a warrior.

  7. Oddspell says:

    LT, in 2014-15 you have Platzer playing 62 games at even strength, 62 games on the PK, 62 games on the PP but 68 games overall.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Oddspell:
    LT, in 2014-15 you have Platzer playing 62 games at even strength, 62 games on the PK, 62 games on the PP but 68 games overall.

    Crap. Mistake on my part. The GP should all be 68.

  9. Oddspell says:

    Lowetide,

    And here I’d just assumed some VERY specialized deployment!

  10. flyfish1168 says:

    Sens failed. But Tuesdays game still important.

  11. Tarkus says:

    flyfish1168:
    Sens failed. But Tuesdays game still important.

    Ahhh…but the Leaves’ win means the Oilers can’t catch them. Oilers will be picking no lower than 4th overall. BUF can’t catch us, and ARI likely won’t.

    Not holding too much hope PIT misses playoffs, let alone win the draft lottery with a 1% chance.

  12. stevezie says:

    I’m torn. Ever since I was a boy, the Pens have been my team in the east. I love the Pens. But they are a distanct second, and it is a beautiful dream…

  13. jfry says:

    that fayne article paints a really positive picture of Pouliot. Maybe he hasn’t gotten enough play this year from us? Is this starting to look like a solid contract?

  14. Lowetide says:

    jfry:
    that fayne article paints a really positive picture of Pouliot. Maybe he hasn’t gotten enough play this year from us? Is this starting to look like a solid contract?

    It’s an excellent contract. I liked him from the start

    http://lowetide.ca/2014/07/23/re-14-15-benoit-pouliot-woodstock/

  15. Gordies Elbow says:

    Damn, that’s a hell of a draft.

  16. Hammers says:

    Question is WHO of the 4 unsigned stays unsigned ? Question 2 ) Who are we saying good by to on the current list ?

  17. Bank Shot says:

    VanOil:
    Good for Platzer.

    I hope he enjoy’s his time in pro hockey.

    OT article about Fayne from the Devils prospective: http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2015/4/4/8341129/the-fate-of-mark-fayne

    Corsi did a just terrible job of predicting Mark Fayne’s performance this season and no one ever says boo about it.

    Good for Platzer. Hopefully he is more Tobias Rieder and less Curtis Hamilton.

  18. VOR says:

    Bankshot, there are any number of reasons that Fayne’s possession numbers deteriorated year over year. The most likely is he has been struggling to learn a new system and new team mates. I don’t think anyone actually believes that possession numbers are consistent throughout a players career, nor that they remain constant when a player changes teams. It is pretty clear you can’t build a winning team by acquiring all the best possession players available each year. Raw possession numbers are simply markers, a way of identifying players who might be of interest.

  19. VanOil says:

    Bank Shot: Corsi did a just terrible job of predicting Mark Fayne’s performance this season and no one ever says boo about it.

    Good for Platzer. Hopefully he is more Tobias Rieder and less Curtis Hamilton.

    In the comments section of that article you will see others try and use other statistical methods to quantify Fayne’s performance.

    I left that article with a different, and possibly sadder impression; the Oilers are so hopelessly lost as a team they can consistently take capable NHL defenders and make them look bad.

    Yes, Nick Schultz, Andrew Ference and Mark Fayne all have there limitations as players. (Fayne imho the best of the 3 by a large margin) But all 3 were able to play passable defense on good defensive teams in the NHL before becoming Oilers.

    This leads me to conclude that the problem with the Oilers defense is not only one of personal. The problem lays higher up in the organization. Personally I would follow the Friendly Giant’s advice and look up, way up, to the Oilers 1979 first round draft choice.

  20. Bank Shot says:

    VOR:
    Bankshot, there are any number of reasons that Fayne’s possession numbers deteriorated year over year. The most likely is he has been struggling to learn a new system and new team mates. I don’t think anyone actually believes that possession numbers are consistent throughout a players career, nor that they remain constant when a player changes teams. It is pretty clear you can’t build a winning team by acquiring all the best possession players available each year. Raw possession numbers are simply markers, a way of identifying players who might be of interest.

    I agree with your approach and think its the most reasonable way to go about things.

    I see some others viewing corsi as the the single most defining statistic about a hockey player.

  21. GCW_69 says:

    Are we comparing apples to apples here? Didn’t Hamilton play his draft plus 2 year in the AHL?

    On the draft plus method, would we not need to compare Hamilton’s .806 EV PPG vs Platzers .348?

    Is there another comparable, even if not on the Oilers, that would be better?

  22. Marc says:

    GCW_69:
    Are we comparing apples to apples here?Didn’t Hamilton play his draft plus 2 year in the AHL?

    On the draft plus method, would we not need to compare Hamilton’s .806 EV PPG vs Platzers .348?

    Is there another comparable, even if not on the Oilers, that would be better?

    I didn’t look properly last night, but it actually seems like Moroz is a much better comp for Platzer than Hamilton.

    MOROZ 2011-12 WHL 66, 11-8-19 .288 66, 5-1-6 .091 66, 0-0-0 66, 16-9-25 .379
    MOROZ 2012-13 WHL 69, 10-17-27 .391 69, 3-4-7 .101 66, 0-0-0 69, 13-21-34 .493
    MOROZ 2013-14 WHL 70, 26-24-50 .714 70, 9-4-13 .186 70,0-0-0 70, 35-28-63 .900

    Moroz’s EV scoring was a bit lower than Platzer in his draft year, but a bit higher in Draft +1 and Draft +2. Platzer’s special team scoring in his Draft +2 make his overall scoring numbers in that year look much better than Moroz’s.

  23. sliderule says:

    VOR,

    Clap,clap ,clap.

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