AN UPDATE ON THE 2016 DRAFT

The Edmonton Oilers have some good arrows from their 2016 draft crop, but there also worries on the horizon. The culprits? Injuries and the second round.

  • No. 4 overall—R Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (28, 1-7-8 NHL and 8, 2-4-6 AHL). Puljujarvi spent most of the first half in the NHL, and showed well. However, his confidence and TOI dwindling, the Oilers sent him to the minors—where he had an immediate and positive impact. Disappointing that his transition to the NHL will not go as smoothly as that of Patrik Laine, but he remains a brilliant stroke of luck for the Oilers.
  • No. 32 overall—L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (33, 11-31-42 WHL). He spiked offensively as expected, and was posting quality offense for a losing team, when injury hit again. This is a real concern, as Benson has NHL talent but fell draft day because of the injury worry. The latest from Steve Ewen of The Vancouver Province: Benson, the Giants captain, did skate with the team on Thursday, but he was wearing a black defencemen’s jersey. He had been wearing a red, non-contact jersey at recent practices.
  • No. 63 overall—LD Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit (37, 1-4-5 OHL). I have checked with my OHL sources several times, and they all tell me he is playing well. Neimelainen is a mobile defender, and posted pretty good offense a year ago, so this might be an anomaly. Either way, he appears on track as a prospect, and a big part of his value will be defensive.
  • No. 84 overall—LD Matthew Cairns, Fargo Force (17, 0-4-4 USHL) and Powell Rver Kings (10, 1-9-10 BCJHL). Big defender (6.02, 202) is more of a long-term prospect, and he wasn’t playing a lot in the USHL. His move to the BCHL seems to have sparked the offense, as he is at a point per game at that level currently. A nice article on the young man appeared in the Powell River Peak recently.
  • No. 91 overall—RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (34, 0-6-6 SHL). He is a big (6.03, 209) blue with skill, and the big news this year is that he is hanging in the SHL. He is averaging 9 minutes a night and making good progress. Turns 20 in May, splendid news he is able to play at such a high level and we hope for increased playing time.
  • No. 123 overall—G Dylan Wells, Peterborough Petes (36, 3.19 .914 OHL). Former NHL goalie Phil Myre told ISS that Wells is technically sound, and the Oilers took him No. 123 despite a poor 2015-16 season. This year has seen Wells establish himself as a legit prospect again, and Edmonton appears to have a goalie prospect worth signing.
  • No. 149 overall—L Graham McPhee, Boston College (26, 1-4-5 NCAA). Strong skater with two-way ability and scouting reports do talk about his skill. Freshman in college routinely get low ice time, so his offense is good based on the kinds of minutes he is likely getting.
  • No. 153 overall—RC Aapeli Rasanen, Sioux City Musketeers (20, 4-12-16 USHL). He has played well (although not since the WJs) and looked good at the World Juniors over Christmas (he was one of the better Finns in the game I watched). He has strained ligaments in his elbow, leading to his long layoff.
  • No. 183 overall—RD Vincent Desharnais, Providence College (19, 2-0-2 NCAA). Big righty defender (6.06, 210) has a couple of goals so far this year. Has played in 19 of 25 games, getting mighty crowded on the Providence blue line as recruits push their way up the depth chart.

SUMMARY

  • Plus Arrows: R Jesse Puljujarvi, LD Matthew Cairns, RD Filip Berglund, G Dylan Wells
  • On Track: LHD Markus Niemelainen, L Graham McPhee, RC Aapeli Rasanen, RD Vincent Desharnais
  • Clouds Gathering: L Tyler Benson

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34 Responses to "AN UPDATE ON THE 2016 DRAFT"

  1. Atc-Nate says:

    Hi LT,

    Just curious as to why size is listed for some prospects and not others? Oversight or lack of accurate information?

    Outside of Desharnais, Niemelainen is the loftiest of the bunch… Yet his height/weight isn’t listed.

    Really enjoy this series and the prospects one you do every weekend on ON. Pretty sure it’s the only reason a journey back that way these days.

  2. Lowetide says:

    Atc-Nate:
    Hi LT,

    Just curious as to why size is listed for some prospects and not others? Oversight or lack of accurate information?

    Outside of Desharnais, Niemelainen is the loftiest of the bunch… Yet his height/weight isn’t listed.

    Really enjoy this series and the prospects one you do every weekend on ON. Pretty sure it’s the only reason a journey back that way these days.

    Style, mostly. I don’t feel a need to pass along height and weight after the draft day item, but do reference it if it has been awhile since a player has been mentioned. As a for instance, I do not think there is a need to mention JPs size, but Desharnais is still a bit of an unknown to us.

  3. supernova says:

    How is David Quenneville doing?

    38 Games- 20 Goals 48 Points as a RHD.

    I know he is only listed as 5’8 but not taking him in the 5,6,7 round still frustrates me.

  4. Yak Efron says:

    McPoint!

  5. russ99 says:

    “I’m not a good shooter.” LOL!

  6. Yak Efron says:

    So they dont give him the Larkin head start, then are surprised he doesnt break the record.

  7. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Why does Larkin’s speed record stand when he got a running start?
    McDavid almost beat him from a standing start.

  8. Lowetide says:

    McDavid also skated his solo lap about five seconds after his original. Suspect the NHL wanted that Larkin record to stand.

  9. striatic says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    McDavid came within a hair of beating Larkin’s flying start “record” from an essentially standing start.

    Everyone knows who is fastest.

  10. russ99 says:

    Plus he coasted through the last turn, and they made him go again right after his heat. He’ll get it next year.

    The 10 goals tomorrow will make up for it,

  11. gogliano says:

    Bakersfield 2 – Tejas 1 after 1. JP with a goal.

  12. russ99 says:

    gogliano:
    Bakersfield 2 – Tejas 1 after 1.JP with a goal.

    Yes!!

  13. Yak Efron says:

    Also noticed he was waiting to go by the blue line like Larkin, and the ref specifically made him move up to the red line.

  14. GMB3 says:

    Wow McDavid blew Mckinnon away

  15. Yak Efron says:

    Gord bless Friedman.

  16. GMB3 says:

    Yak Efron:
    Gord bless Friedman.

    What did he say?

  17. Yak Efron says:

    Called out the Larkin head start.

  18. GMB3 says:

    JP with an assist. Struggling to get the puck out of his end from what I’ve seen so fat

  19. gogliano says:

    JP actually had an assist on that first period goal, and he just added another. 4 – 2 Bakersfield.

  20. Lowetide says:

    Nice evening already for JP. This guy is so good.

  21. Confused says:

    Lowetide,

    Expected return date?

  22. Professor Q says:

    If Puljüjarvi becomes an assist master, will McDavid finally learn to shoot?

  23. gogliano says:

    JP appears to now have lost an assist on that goal in the first.

  24. Professor Q says:

    Yak Efron:
    Gord bless Friedman.

    Did he make a case for McDavid over Larkin?

    I unfortunately slept late and missed the All-Star festivities. 😂

  25. Lowetide says:

    Confused:
    Lowetide,

    Expected return date?

    Deadline is my guess.

  26. Yakupov me says:

    Did Ellis ever steal that game. Shots were 46-17 for Texas!

  27. Cooldude says:

    Jesse Puljujarvi should be in the NHL now

  28. bbf_iii says:

    Here are the highlights from the Condors game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZOm4eiBzQ0

    Somehow, on that last goal, they said that both Hamilton and Descheneau tipped the shot, so Puljujarvi got his assist taken away. I assume they have a better angle somewhere?

  29. GMB3 says:

    bbf_iii:
    Here are the highlights from the Condors game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZOm4eiBzQ0

    Somehow, on that last goal, they said that both Hamilton and Descheneau tipped the shot, so Puljujarvi got his assist taken away. I assume they have a better angle somewhere?

    Haha shouldn’t he still get the second assist? Wtf lol.

    I watched a good portion of this game, Fayne is a stud in the AHL.

    Also saw Patrick Russell well at times.

  30. Professor Q says:

    GMB3,

    Yeah, it makes no sense. Oh well. I guess Fayne takes the 2nd Assist from his shot?

  31. bbf_iii says:

    Professor Q:
    GMB3,

    Yeah, it makes no sense. Oh well. I guess Fayne takes the 2nd Assist from his shot?

    Yup, Hamilton from Descheneau and Fayne.

  32. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Fayne looks great in those highlights.

  33. russ99 says:

    Puljujarvi needs to find his scoring touch, he’s up to 3 now. Assists aren’t the issue, he can already get assists at the NHL level.

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