OILERS AT 115: OSTAP SAFIN

Great damned pick. Bob McKenzie had him No. 51, I had him No. 52.

  • No. 52 L Ostap Safin, Sparta Praha (Cze). Big forward, good skater, has plus skills.

Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst: A big man with agility and first-step quickness? Sign me up! This draft doesn’t have as many goal-scoring power forwards as a year ago, but Safin is one of the few 1999’s who’s played well enough to earn a senior league promotion. He’s a big kid who fills the lane and can really overpower opponents. It almost unfair when he’s as the ice — he skates very well for his size and can be impossible to knock off the puck. A skilled power forward who skates well and has a very good shot, Safin checks a lot of blocks for what you’d want in a modern-day power forward. One aspect of his game that stands out is the way he can maintain balance and control the puck while extending his lengthy reach. Safin has extremely strong wrists and fires a hard shot with a quick release whether off balance or from his back foot. Safin is a very good skater for his size and possesses a soft set of hands, and he is capable of making neat little lead passes while absorbing hits. He’s looked good at several international tournaments, including the U18s where he collected four points in five games. Source

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40 Responses to "OILERS AT 115: OSTAP SAFIN"

  1. McSorley33 says:

    Wow.

    Great pick.

  2. Pouzar says:

    Love this one.

  3. CamRent BroBot says:

    Never seen him play but he sounds a lot like Slepyshev to me. Would that be a fair comparison LT? Can never have too much Slepy.

  4. doritogrande says:

    Love it. High boom-bust profile. #57 ranked THN.

    If there’s a team out there that already has a good stable of prospects and can afford to take a chance on a mercurial talent, Safin just might be your man. In terms of pure skill, he’s one of the top players in this draft. But scouts raise very large red flags when it comes to overall two-way effort and hockey sense. “He’s one of those kids that it doesn’t matter what round you take him in” one scout said. “If you’re right, he’s a home run, If yo’re wrong, he’s a bust”. Which will make Safin a wild card on draft day. His draft is chock full of serviceable players, but they’re the kinds of players who are a lot easier to find. It is lacking somewhat in star power, so some team will be willing to take a gamble on someone they think could turn out to be a star. “There’s no question he can produce, and he produces without being accountable”, said another scout. “He produces without effort. He can produce playing seven minutes a game, So the question is: can you get over that fact or can he get over that fact? Because without question, his tools are excellent”

  5. Diablo says:

    Most draft gurus had him going in the 2nd round.
    Very good value at this spot.
    The Oilers have been killing it this year at the draft!

  6. doritogrande says:

    Camrent Brobot: THN comp is Victor Rask. Absolutely love this pick. 6’4 Left shot RW already 200lbs.

  7. CamRent BroBot says:

    doritogrande,

    Thanks! Even better.

  8. DBO says:

    Love that they are going high skill, and if they go size he has to be able to skate. No more size with skating issues. Huge difference compared to part years.

    And love the goalie pick. He projects nicely, but of course voodoo .

    And on Hamonic. Oil didn’t have the needed picks to make that happen. I expect the Isles to use those picks to make a run at Barrie or one of the Vegas dmen. If you are Vegas do you trade Neal for that package? First line of Neal. Tavares. Eberle would be pretty damn good.

  9. Lowetide says:

    Pronman’s list likes the Oilers draft:

    Kailer Yamamoto No. 14
    Stuart Skinner No. 8 goalie
    Dmitri Samorukov No. 76
    Ostap Safin No. 77

  10. doritogrande says:

    Oil didn’t have the needed picks to make that happen.

    We did have the picks, we’re just smarter about how they’re utilized. Stephen Sheps just wrote a beauty of a post back in the Samorukov item.

  11. Diablo says:

    Lowetide:
    Pronman’s list likes the Oilers draft:

    Kailer Yamamoto No. 14
    Stuart Skinner No. 8 goalie
    Dmitri Samorukov No. 76
    Ostap Safin No. 77

    I’d be more annoyed with Chia about the Harmonic trade, except that they’ve done a great job at the draft table so far.

  12. treevojo says:

    If the options are Russell a 1st and 2 2nds or Hamonic I choose option A.

    The Oilers are going to need a pipeline of young players to make this run for a decade.

  13. doritogrande says:

    NYI pick at 139. There’s ANOTHER Sebastian Aho??

  14. Pouzar says:

    Jack Han‏ @ml_han 18s19 seconds ago
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    140 picks in and only 8 players drafted from QMJHL? yikes…

  15. DBO says:

    doritogrande:
    Oil didn’t have the needed picks to make that happen.

    We did have the picks, we’re just smarter about how they’re utilized. Stephen Sheps just wrote a beauty of a post back in the Samorukov item.

    Just went back. Excellent post and read on the Isles situation. Snow is going all in.

    Shattenkirk on multi year deal. And as I mentioned before, I expect a 1st and maybe another pick or prospect to go for Neal. They have the cap space. Fills a need. Tavares would have his best linemates and chance to make a run.

  16. Ribs says:

    Whoa. Big kid with great hands and smarts. I like it. A little work on his skating and this could be one helluva pick.

  17. Rondo says:

    Foo goes to the Hawks

  18. Pouzar says:

    Seriously. “Organic Improvement”.

    Alex Thomas‏ @Alex_Thomas14 6m6 minutes ago

    Replying to @JasonGregor
    That huge hole in the top four on defense is why. They need to add, have only taken a step back overall this summer.

    Jason Gregor‏Verified account @JasonGregor 2m2 minutes ago
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    Huge hole? Sekera isn’t retired. Allows 25 or 83 window to taste top-4 regularly. Oil very young. Organic improvement.

  19. doritogrande says:

    Um, Chi just took Foo’s brother. Might try to be enticing him there.

  20. Diablo says:

    doritogrande:
    NYI pick at 139. There’s ANOTHER Sebastian Aho??

    LOL they’re cloning them now in Finland/Sweden.

  21. doritogrande says:

    Pouzar: And at least one (Hishier) was an import. The QMJHL isn’t a strong league anymore.

  22. Doug McLachlan says:

    doritogrande,

    Since we are all draft experts here so in a “weak” draft it would be Hamonic and last pick in 4th Vladislav Kara (Leafs) for Klim Kostin (last pick in Rd one – to Pens) and Jake Leschyshyn (last pick in Rd two – to Vegas). The Flames did well but they paid a price.

  23. doritogrande says:

    We just took a Russian winger. Unsure who this kid is. Kirill Maksimov.

  24. Pouzar says:

    doritogrande:
    Pouzar: And at least one (Hishier) was an import. The QMJHL isn’t a strong league anymore.

    Nuts.

    They used to cover 8 picks in goalies alone at this point.

  25. J-Bo says:

    LT this is off topic but you need to send Woodguy your balance photo. He has become increasingly unbalanced in his assessment of transactions. Then anytime anybody challenges his viewpoint he just tells them to unfollow and mute him. This is simply unhealthy. I don’t know him so maybe his life is stressful these days or something, but if he continues he will actually undermine all the hard work on the WoodMoney stats. Just so you know I have never commented on his tweets so this comment isn’t coming because he was cranky with me, it was just me following his tweets and watching it play out.

  26. Diablo says:

    doritogrande:
    We just took a Russian winger. Unsure who this kid is. Kirill Maksimov.

    Bob had him as a honourable mention on his list.

  27. jonrmcleod says:

    doritogrande:
    We just took a Russian winger. Unsure who this kid is. Kirill Maksimov.

    Hockey DB says he was born in Ontario.

  28. doritogrande says:

    Doug:

    Everyone builds their team differently, I’ll concede that. Calgary’s trying to get back to the recipe that got them to the Cup final in 2004, strong D and goaltending to suffocate scoring changes.

    In my opinion, this is a foolish strategy, especially as it costs them valuable young assets.

    Again, your mileage may vary.

  29. stephen sheps says:

    jonrmcleod,

    dual citizen, born in the GTA, raised in Moscow, moved back to play hockey at 15 and keep his non-import eligibility to play in the OHL.

  30. doritogrande says:

    Hockey DB says he was born in Ontario.

    Yeah, I caught that too. No idea why the top tracker had him listed from Moscow, as he was born in Ontario and played for two OHL teams this year.

  31. StixMalone says:

    doritogrande:
    Doug:

    Everyone builds their team differently, I’ll concede that. Calgary’s trying to get back to the recipe that got them to the Cup final in 2004, strong D and goaltending to suffocate scoring changes.

    In my opinion, this is a foolish strategy, especially as it costs them valuable young assets.

    Again, your mileage may vary.

    Well they have the D but I don’t think they have the goalie. POHO Burke never changes…

  32. Doug McLachlan says:

    doritogrande,

    I think we are on the same page, actually.

  33. Mike says:

    doritogrande,

    I really like the oilers draft. But chia flushes excess value in trades, what GM has has lost more value in the last year than chia? No one.

  34. misfit says:

    Redline also mentions questionable hockey sense, and had him rated 88th. Compared him to Brian Bickell.

  35. anonymous says:

    J-Bo:
    LT this is off topic but you need to send Woodguy your balance photo. He has become increasingly unbalanced in his assessment of transactions. Then anytime anybody challenges his viewpoint he just tells them to unfollow and mute him. This is simply unhealthy. I don’t know him so maybe his life is stressful these days or something, but if he continues he will actually undermine all the hard work on the WoodMoney stats. Just so you know I have never commented on his tweets so this comment isn’t coming because he was cranky with me, it was just me following his tweets and watching it play out.

    You should call his mom.

  36. J-Bo says:

    anonymous: You should call his mom.

    Hahaha…

  37. N64 says:

    J-Bo:
    LT this is off topic but you need to send Woodguy your balance photo. He has become increasingly unbalanced in his assessment of transactions. Then anytime anybody challenges his viewpoint he just tells them to unfollow and mute him. This is simply unhealthy. I don’t know him so maybe his life is stressful these days or something, but if he continues he will actually undermine all the hard work on the WoodMoney stats. Just so you know I have never commented on his tweets so this comment isn’t coming because he was cranky with me, it was just me following his tweets and watching it play out.

    Very good form on your concern trolling today.

  38. N64 says:

    anonymous: You should call his mom.

    I can put you in touch with an outfit that used to do interventions to get folks out of the Moonies. They do rescues from analytics now.

  39. Clarkenstein says:

    doritogrande:
    Oil didn’t have the needed picks to make that happen.

    We did have the picks, we’re just smarter about how they’re utilized. Stephen Sheps just wrote a beauty of a post back in the Samorukov item.

    Yeah smarter like the picks for Reinhardt who just vanished into thin air!!

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