CASINO BOOGIE

The work of ranking this year’s draft is almost complete. By this time it’s a matter of tracking the European prospects who spike (Heiskanen, Vesalainen, Brannstrom) and sussing out foot speed and statistical anomalies. One area I’m spending more time on this year? Goalies. Here is the latest look, very little movement and it’s mostly the European prospects. I have written a little more on the players who moved up this time, perhaps you can throw in some input on where they should be ranked.

THE TOP 125, 2017

  1. (1) RC Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). A complete talent but not an elite one.
  2. (2) L Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). A more dynamic offensive player than Patrick.
  3. (3) R Owen Tippett, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). He covers 3 important categories (size, speed, sniper).
  4. (4) L Elias Pettersson, Timra (Swe-1). Impressive talent, very skilled.
  5. (5) RD Timothy Liljegren, Rogle (Swe Jr). He is a mobile 2-way D with impressive skill. Liljegren is moving down lists, but I’m fairly stubborn.
  6. (6) LC Casey Mittelstadt, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Speed and skill, NHLE.
  7. (7) RD Cale Makar, Brooks Bandits (AJHL). Fast, exceptional puck-moving acumen.
  8. (8) RC Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). Complete skill set(NHLE: 30).
  9. (9) RC Gabriel Vilardi, Windsor Spitfires (OHL). Creative C with size, NHLE (33).
  10. (10) L Eeli Tolvanen, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL). Plus skater, NHL shot and release.
  11. (11) R Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). Smart, elusive, offensive.
  12. (13) RC Nick Suzuki, Owen Sound Attack (OHL).  Skill and creativity, a little one dimensional.
  13. (14) RC Robert Thomas, London Knights (OHL). Speedy forward, creative.
  14. (15) LC Lias Andersson, Linkoping (SHL). Throwback 2-way C, aggressive, quick. 5.11, 200.
  15. (24) LD Miro Heiskanen, HIFK (Sm-Liiga). Puck-mover, excellent vision and speed. 18:59 a night in the Sm-Liiga, I moved him up based on McKenzie spike. I can’t move him up any more than this because the offense hasn’t made an appearance yet. The justification for moving him up is contained in the story of Oscar Klefbom. We didn’t know much about his offense on draft day, but it is there all the same.
  16. (16) RC Martin Necas, Brno (Czech). High speed skill W, just 5.11.
  17. (12) LD Juuso Valimaki, Tri-City Americans (WHL). A big two-way D, smart, creative.
  18. (20) R Klim Kostin, Balashikha (MHL). Giant winger, good offense. Injured. He is rated No. 13 on the Bob McKenzie list, but I can’t see moving him up much more than this slot. There isn’t much math to his resume, although previous seasons are impressive.
  19. (17) C Michael Rasmussem, Tri-City Americans (WHL). Big C, physical, good skater.
  20. (18) LD Nicholas Hague, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Rangy, aggressive, emerging offense.
  21. (19) R Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets (WHL). Speedy W with skill. Good Oil option.
  22. (21) LC Alexei Lipanov, Dyanmo Balashikha (VHL). Impressive 2-way resume.
  23. (22) L Kristian Vesalainen, Frolunda (SHL). Big W, skilled, strong, can play L or R.
  24. (23) RD Conor Timmins, SSE Greyhounds (OHL). Smart, reads plays well, excellent passer.
  25. (25) LC Ryan Poehling, St. Cloude State (NCAA). Big skill C with an offensive reputation.
  26. (26) RC Morgan Geekie, Tri-City Americans (WHL). C w/2-way rep and emerging offense.
  27. (27) RC Ivan Lodnia, Erie Otters (OHL). Small skill C, great skater.
  28. (28) LC Joshua Norris, USNDTP (USHL). Two-way C showing good offense.
  29. (30) L Matthew Strome, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Strong 2-way W, offensive potential.
  30. (50) LD Patrick Brannstrom, HV71 (SHL). Undersized skill defender, outstanding skater. My biggest riser (I think) and it is typical of my rankings. We can’t really assess these players until the Euro reporting comes in and much of that gets written after the U18s.
  31. (31) C Mason Shaw, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Small skill C, terrific skills.
  32. (32) R Nicholas Henry, Regina Pats (WHL). Emerging scorer. Not fast.
  33. (33) LC Jaret-Anderson Dolan, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). Small, very quick skater and plus skill.
  34. (34) L Nikita Popugaev, Prince George Cougars (WHL). Big, good skater, plus shot, passer.
  35. (35) G Jake Oettinger, Boston University (NCAA). 35gp, 2.11 .927. Fabulous numbers.
  36. (36) R Aleksi Heponiemi, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Cerebral W with skill, anticipation.
  37. (37) RC Scott Reedy, USNDTP (USHL). Center with speed, range of skills, dynamic.
  38. (38) G Mike DiPietro, Windsor Spitfires (OHL). 51gp, 2.35 .917.
  39. (29) RD Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets (WHL). Huge D, awkward skater, good passer, tough. A conversation with Grant McCagg this week has me clipping Foote some here, mostly due to foot speed.
  40. (49) RC Joni Ikonen, Frolunda (Swe SuperElite). Small skill center with good speed. There is a buzz on him now we may see him as a first-round option on some final lists.
  41. (39) LD Noel Hoefenmeyer, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Fairly complete defender, good D and some offense.
  42. (40) LD Uro Vaakanainen, JYP (Sm-Liiga). Fast two-way blue with a good shot.
  43. (41) L Isaac Ratcliffe, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big winger, great skater, some skill.
  44. (42) LC Evan Barratt, USNDTP (USHL). Small finesse center with substantial skills.
  45. (43) LC Jake Leschyshyn, Regina Pats (WHL). Quality two-way C.
  46. (44) LC Shane Bowers, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Impressive two-way C, plus skill.
  47. (45) C Jesper Boqvist, Brynas (SHL). Average size, good speed and skill.
  48. (46) R Stelio Mattheos, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Excellent skater, heavy shot.
  49. (47) LC Morgan Frost, SSM Greyhounds (OHL). Smart, skilled, and emerging.
  50. (48) RD Henri Jokiharju, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). Smooth skating Finn OD, needs defensive work.
  51. (51) L Ostap Safin, Sparta Praha (Cze). Big forward, good skater, has plus skills. Nice range.
  52. (52) R Adam Ruzicka, Sarnia Sting (OHL). Big (6.04, 202) forward who plays intelligent game.
  53. (53) RD Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL). Two-way D, some nice boxcars.
  54. (54) RC Alexander Chmelevski, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Impressive skills, outststanding TP game.
  55. (55) L Alex Formenton, London Knights (OHL). An absolute burner, has some skill.
  56. (56) L Grant Mismash, USNDTP (USHL). Physical winger with some skill.
  57. (57) RD Ian Mitchell, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL). Undersized, mobile two-way defender.
  58. (58) F Andrey Altybarmakyan, St.Petersburg (MHL).  The math is strong on this one.
  59. (59) LC Marcus Davidsson, Djurgardens (SHL). Two-way center has some offense, nice range of skills.
  60. (71) L Jason Robertson, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Big winger with a good shot. Speed hurts him. His NHLE is 31, that puts him in the Top 15 if he possesses average foot speed, but the reports I have read have him as below average. My guess is he goes anywhere from No. 15 overall to No. 45 overall, but my list punishes lack of speed more each season. Perhaps this is the year I am finally punishing it too much.
  61. (60) RD Kale Fleury, Kootenay Ice (WHL). Fascinating prospect. Haydn’s brother. Range of skills.
  62. (61) LD Jack Rathbone, Dexter School (USHS). A bullet on skates, very skilled.
  63. (62) L Zach Gallant, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Fast skater, intelligent player, boxcars moving.
  64. (63) L Jonah Gadjovich, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Emerging PF, 40-goal man. Average speed.
  65. (64) RC Jack Studnicka, Oshawa Generals (OHL). Range of skills, quality offense. No buzz.
  66. (65) R Lukas Elvenes, Rogle (SuperElite). Highly skilled winger, terrific hands.
  67. (66) L Mackenzie Entwistle, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Big winger, who can skate, check, some skill.
  68. (87) LD Mario Ferraro, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL). Undersized OD with real offensive potential. Moving up the list.
  69. (67) RD Artyom Minulin, Swfit Current Broncos (WHL). Big defender with emerging skills.
  70. (68) L Maxime Comtois, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Skilled, good size, skating average.
  71. (69) RD Eemeli Rasanen, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Giant defender with skill, mobility.
  72. (70) LD Max Gildon, USNDTP (USHL). Size, speed, skill. Inconsistent or he would be higher.
  73. (72) L Jacob Tortora, USNDTP (USHL). He is a burner and he is skilled and he is small.
  74. (73) G Keith Petruzzeli, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). An actual giant goalie. Luedeke is on him.
  75. (74) C Kevin Hancock, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Draft re-entry having a fine offensive season.
  76. (75) LD Josh Brook, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Mobile, dependable, emerging. Could be a find.
  77. (76) G Daniil Tarasov, Ufa (MHL). Tall thin goalie impressed at U18s.
  78. (77) R Emil Oksanen, Espoo (Mestis). Skilled winger, great shot, he can scoot.
  79. (78) RC Nathan Schnarr, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big center with speed, a little shy offensively.
  80. (79) LC Jordy Bellerive, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Undersized, nifty and aggressive F with skill.
  81. (80) LD Robin Salo, Sport Vaasa (SML). Two-way defender, mature.
  82. (81) LD Cameron Crotty, Brockville Braves (CCHL). Intelligent two-way defender, great passer.
  83. (82) RD Dylan Coghlan, Tri-City Americans (WHL). 2-way defender, good skater, spiking offensively.
  84. (83) L Filip Chytal, HC Zlin (Czech). Two-way C, skilled, intriguing prospect.
  85. (84) C Fabian Zetterlund, Farjestad (SuperElite). Smart C, great shot, he is skilled.
  86. (85) LC Antoine Morand, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL). Very small, very skilled.
  87. (86) LD Markus Phillips, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Undersized two-way defender improved 16-17.
  88. (88) L Pavel Koltygin, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL). Two-way winger.
  89. (89) RC Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). 1998 born, too much skill to pass on.
  90. (90) LD Dylan Samberg, Hermantown High (USHS). Big (6.03, 190) mobile blue. Offense a mystery.
  91. (91) G Olle Eriksson Ek, Farjestads (SuperElite). Big goalie with a good track record.
  92. (92) LD Clayton Phillips, Fargo Force (USHL). Undersized OD, speed, great shot. Draft and follow.
  93. (93) W Jonas Rondberg, Vaxjo (Swe Jrs). Smart offensive winger with plus skills, lacks top end finish.
  94. (94) RD Reilly Walsh, Chicago Steel (USHL). Mobile puck mover, great passer and a plus shot. Some chaos.
  95. (95) L Ryan Hughes, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). 5.08, July 1999, 55 pts/65 games.
  96. (96) L Ivan Kosorenkov, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Undersized, 34 goals by getting inside.
  97. (97) L Rickard Hugg, Leksands (SuperElite). Intelligent two-way winger, playmaking skill.
  98. (98) LC Austen Keating, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Offensive center, more consistent this season.
  99. (99) LC Ben Jones, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL). I think he might be a sleeper. Playmaker.
  100. (100) LC Ivan Chekhovich, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL). Undersized skill forward, point-per-game.
  101. (101) G Maxim Zhukov, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Solid .912SP.
  102. (102) R Aatu Luusuaniemi, Karpat (Jr. Sm-Liiga). Winger with skill, excellent boxcars, zero buzz.
  103. (103) L Joel Teasdale, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL). Impressive season, smart and skilled, good speed.
  104. (104) C Igor Svyrev, Magnitogorsk (MHL). Skill center, impressive offense.
  105. (105) RC Greg Meireles, Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Smaller forward, speedy, responsible.
  106. (106) RC Kyle Olson, Tri-City Americans (OHL). Small and skilled, rising.
  107. (107) LD Jocktan Chainey, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Skating is excellent, smart defender, can move the puck.
  108. (108) L Ryan Moore, Flint Firebirds (OHL). Small and very skilled.
  109. (109) RD Filip Westerlund, Frolunda (SHL). Impressive passing skills, some chaos on D.
  110. (110) RD Luke Martin, Michigan (NCAA). Big, mobile defender plays intelligent game. Not a lot of buzz.
  111. (111) LD Antoine Crete-Belzile, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL). Two-way defender has had some injury issues.
  112. (112) G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, HPK (Jr. Sm-Liiga). Impressive size and good results.
  113. (113) L Vladimir Kuznetsov, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL). Good skater, skilled, with size. 1998.
  114. (114) RD Adam Thilander, North Bay Battalion (OHL). Impressive skills, could be massive value.
  115. (115) L Macauley Carson, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). A 30-goal season in a strong league.
  116. (116) LC Brayden Burke, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Lots of skill, undersized and 20.
  117. (117) LD Tyler Inamoto, USNDTP (USHL). He is a mobile 6.02, 196 defender.
  118. (118) LC Skyler McKenzie, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). Small F (5.07), very skilled.
  119. (119) LC Paul Washe, Fargo Force (USHL). Two-way C, a little shy offensively.
  120. (120) LD Michael Anderson, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Strong, good speed, defense.
  121. (121) R Artur Tyanulin, Ottawa 67’s (OHL). Skill F posted strong season.
  122. (122) R Austin Pratt, Red Deer Rebels (WHL). Power winger who can skate. Offense still uncertain.
  123. (123) G Alexander Samoilov, Armiya Moskva (MHL). .928SP, blossomed this year.
  124. (124) R Jonathan Davidsson, Djurgaden (SHL). Impressive skill W, I’ve ranked him 3 times!
  125. (125) RD Juho Korhonen, Karpat (Jr. Sm-Liiga). Small and very skilled puck mover. Great passes.

OILERS AT THE 2017 DRAFT

  • First Round: No. 24 overall
  • Third Round: No. 84 overall (FROM ST. LOUIS—this is payment for Nail Yakupov)
  • Third Round: No. 86 overall
  • Fourth Round: No. 117 overall
  • Fifth Round: No. 126 overall (FROM Vancouver—this is payment for Phil Larsen)
  • Fifth Round: No. 148 overall
  • Sixth Round: No. 179 overall
  • Seventh Round: No. 210 overall

OILERS MOCK (TENTH EDITION)

I hadn’t planned to do another one, but my RE series is getting pushed back so I have some spaces to fill on the schedule. Here goes.

  • First Round: No. 24 overall—RC Robert Thomas, London Knights (OHL). Speedy forward, creative. I have him ranked inside the top 15 overall, but he has a range of skills and the offense isn’t dominant so he will likely slip. Jeff Marek compares him to Bo Horvat, that’s a nice player this late in the first round. NHLE is 26.
  • Third Round: No. 84 overall (FROM ST. LOUIS—this is payment for Nail Yakupov)—R Emil Oksanen, Espoo (Mestis). Skilled winger, great shot, he can scoot. He has a nice range of offense skills and his wrist shot is mentioned often in scouting reports. Thinks the game well, perhaps he’ll emerge as a scoring option on one of the top two lines.
  • Third Round: No. 86 overallLD Josh Brook, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Mobile, dependable, emerging. I think the Oilers will invest in a defenseman at some point in their first three selections.
  • Fourth Round: No. 117 overall—RC Drake Rymsha, Sarnia Sting (OHL). I think Peter Chiarelli will spend a few picks on second-year eligibles and Rymsha has a lot of nice things. Brock Otten wrote about him here.
  • Fifth Round: No. 126 overall (FROM Vancouver—this is payment for Phil Larsen)G Shamil Shmakov, Novosibirsk (MHL). Giant goalie (6.05) with a good save percentage (.917).
  • Fifth Round: No. 148 overall—R Maksim Sushko, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Impressive looking player, offense is shy.
  • Sixth Round: No. 179 overall—LC Bram Scheerer, Edina (USHS). He has size and skill, draft and follow.
  • Seventh Round: No. 210 overall—L Ethan McIndoe, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). Has some elements of a power forward.

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24 Responses to "CASINO BOOGIE"

  1. dannyboy says:

    I dont mean to disrespect the thread with a totally off topic question LT, but has there been anything said about sekera’s injury? or the health of the rest of the D after last nights game….i suppose its smart for the Oilers to keep quiet on these things?

  2. Lowetide says:

    dannyboy:
    I dont mean to disrespect the thread with a totally off topic question LT, but has there been anything said about sekera’s injury? or the health of the rest of the D after last nights game….i suppose its smart for the Oilers to keep quiet on these things?

    Nothing so far.

  3. Todd Macallan says:

    Subsequently, I assume no news of a suspension for the off the top rope flying elbow by Macho Man Nick Ritchie last night.

    Should also mention, especially love Thomas and Brook in the current mock.

  4. Professor Q says:

    Could Timothy Liljegren take a Fowler/McDonagh-esque drop?

    Or is New Jersey not willing to pass up the chance to replace Larsson?

  5. Lowetide says:

    Todd Macallan:
    Subsequently, I assume no news of a suspension for the off the top rope flying elbow by Macho Man Nick Ritchie last night.

    Should also mention, especially love Thomas and Brook in the current mock.

    We could hear something tonight, but you’re right we’ve had about 24 hours since last night’s game. Yeah, I’m liking this draft more and more. Hope the Oilers can add three legit F prospects.

  6. Brantford Boy says:

    I can only hope a 6 foot 187lb C playing for Dale Hunter’s knights will fall to 24th… thanks LT… will know after Wednesday (according to 97) where we may be selecting… Go Oilers!

  7. Lowetide says:

    Professor Q:
    Could Timothy Liljegren take a Fowler/McDonagh-esque drop?

    Or is New Jersey not willing to pass up the chance to replace Larsson?

    He seems to be falling. I’ve looked at his season and there’s a lot to like. He playing in the top Swedish league and playing good minutes. I like him.

  8. leadfarmer says:

    If Chia was Lou he’d find a way for the league to gives us our second rounder back.

  9. Bittersomfan says:

    A year ago this would have been the most interesting thing you could read about the Oilers… :p

  10. digger50 says:

    There are always Gems hiding in the late first round. Would love it if the Oil can turn one up.

    Lt, are you Choosing who you think is the best pick or does your mock draft represent who you think the Oilers may select?

  11. Ryan says:

    dannyboy:
    I dont mean to disrespect the thread with a totally off topic question LT, but has there been anything said about sekera’s injury? or the health of the rest of the D after last nights game….i suppose its smart for the Oilers to keep quiet on these things?

    I just asked Tyler Henry and he says that Sekera has a “groin pull/strain.”

  12. Ryan says:

    digger50:
    There are always Gems hiding in the late first round. Would love it if the Oil can turn one up.

    Lt, are you Choosing who you think is the best pick or does your mock draft represent who you think the Oilers may select?

    Chiapete has to find Patrnak 2.0

  13. Ryan says:

    leadfarmer:
    If Chia was Lou he’d find a way for the league to gives us our second rounder back.

    Even Lou couldn’t achieve that feat at this juncture.

  14. GMB3 says:

    I see JP did not play for Finland yesterday. That’s dissapointing

  15. Doug McLachlan says:

    Did Eathan Bear score last night?

    I thought he broke his hand?

    What a great prospect.

  16. Professor Q says:

    GMB3:
    I see JP did not play for Finland yesterday. That’s dissapointing

    The coach said that he wants to save JP to use his speed and shot in specific scenarios.

    For some reason his current structure doesn’t use speed or size. But it might in games to come.

  17. Professor Q says:

    digger50:
    There are always Gems hiding in the late first round. Would love it if the Oil can turn one up.

    Lt, are you Choosing who you think is the best pick or does your mock draft represent who you think the Oilers may select?

    Especially now that most of the picks we were slated to have a chance at in the 20s have now moved into the Top 10…

  18. Lowetide says:

    digger50:
    There are always Gems hiding in the late first round. Would love it if the Oil can turn one up.

    Lt, are you Choosing who you think is the best pick or does your mock draft represent who you think the Oilers may select?

    I’m just choosing different names as a way for us to educate ourselves about the draft. I will pick the players I hope they choose for the final list in early June.

  19. Tarkus says:

    Doug McLachlan:
    Did Eathan Bear score last night?

    I thought he broke his hand?

    What a great prospect.

    Yes on all three counts. His goal was a PP point blast, so no apparent ill effects from the injured paw. He also assisted on the OT winner.

    Seattle lost Game 2 4-3 in OT tonight. Bear with another apple in the losing effort, leaving him 6-13-19 in 13 playoff games thus far.

    If / when he makes it to the bigs, the Oilers will finally have a RHD who can rifle the rubber. When was the last time the Oilers had that? Corey Power Potterplay? Bobo? Other?

  20. godot10 says:

    Professor Q:
    Could Timothy Liljegren take a Fowler/McDonagh-esque drop?

    Or is New Jersey not willing to pass up the chance to replace Larsson?

    I don’t think he Liljegren gets past Detroit.

  21. trencan says:

    godot10: I don’t think he Liljegren gets past Detroit.
    Timothy perfectly fits to Red Wings or Arizona. But there is also Makar so we will see the preferations of teams.. . There can also be similar scenario like previous draft with Chychrun. I personally see as best defenders this year Liljegren and Heiskanen. My top goalie for this draft is DiPietro in second round.

  22. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    I just can’t get over that Makar plays in the AJHL. It’s a bit of a step down from the BCHL in my mind, so I’m assuming Makar is playoff Karlsson levels of dominant to be ranked like that.

  23. JOFA says:

    Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

    Our Connor, Who art in Edmonton
    Hallowed be thy Name.
    Thy kingdom come.
    Thy will be done,
    On ice as it is in Edmonton
    Give us this day our daily win.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    As we forgive the Refs & Ducks who trespass against us,
    And lead us not into temptation,
    But deliver us from Bettman
    For Edmonton, the power,
    And the Cup are yours
    Now and forever.
    Amen

  24. Rondo says:

    I would trade up for Lias Andersson,. Seems like a great fit for the Oilers

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