ROOKIE CAMP ROSTER RELEASED

The Edmonton Oilers have finally released the Penticton list and as expected it is deep on WHL kids. Expect high skill and some big hits from this group, which (surprise, surprise) looks very much like a Boston Bruins training camp list. Among invites, I believe Sahvan Khaira will turn some heads.

 THE ROOKIE INVITES 2017

  1. LC Lane Bauer, Kamloops Blazers. I always liked him, smart center plays a responsible game. He has skill and foot speed improved over his junior career—that’s going to be his issue as a pro.
  2. L Luke Coleman, Calgary Hitmen. Big winger with a long stride, he shoots the puck a lot but scored only 14 goals last season. He delivered 1.75 5×5/60 scoring via Prospect-Stats. One scout I spoke to suggested he looked like a player but the results offensively have been disappointing.
  3. R Trey Fix-Wolansky, Edmonton Oil Kings. He’s 5.08, 165 and highly skilled. I don’t know how much power-play time he’ll get (Yamamoto is the feature player) but TFW has skills. 1.69/60 at 5×5 via Prospect-Stats.
  4. RC Austin Glover, Red Deer Rebels. A 6.02, 187 center with good speed and two-way reputation. One update has him lacking high end offensive talent, he posted 1.86/60 5×5 Prospect-Stats.
  5. RD Sahvan Khaira: Huge defender (and Jujhar’s brother) went 70gp, 1-16-17 for the Swift Current Broncos. Reading about his progress last season, Khaira seems to have played with more of an edge and with that he impacted more plays.
  6. C-W Davis Koch: He’s a thin forward who has emerged as a solid offensive player. A nice skater, good playmaker and I think  he has improved without the puck. I like this player type. 2.22/60 5×5 Prospect-Stats.
  7. RC Steve Owre: WHL skill center is now finished in junior and at 21 this is a nice opportunity (especially if it turns into a rookie camp invite).  88 points in 71 games. Good skater. 2.83/60 5×5 Prospect Stats (overager).
  8. LC Grayson Pawlenchuk, Red Deer Rebels. He’s an effective two-way winger in the WHL, probably needs to be a little better offensively if he’s going to have a pro career. 1.42/60 5×5 Prospect Stats.
  9. LC Brandon Saigeon: Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) forward is 19 and scored 49 points in 66 games this past season. He has good size, reasonable speed and finally posted some good offense this past season. One of the more promising prospects among this group based on the numbers.
  10. LD Liam Schioler. He’s a big defender, most of his value will come without the puck. He’s a training camp invite and should see some time in Penticton. Jeffrey gave me the head’s up, and I thank him. Sounds like the Pats feel this young man can take a step forward.
  11. RD Austin Strand, Red Deer Rebels. He has size, grit and skates well. That’s a fine combination. He isn’t a top flight puck mover or passer, but can make a pass and is a two-way type.
  12. RC Ethan Szypula11-36-47 in 64 games for Owen Sound (OHL). Has a good shot. Brock Otten: Szypula is not a big guy (5’11, 170ish), but he plays a big man’s game.

THE OILERS ROOKIES 2017

  1. G Shane Starrett, 23. Strong college resume and this is his first year pro. With Eddie Pasquale as the second AHL option, Starrett may jump between Bakersfield and Wichita in 2017-18.
  2. G Dylan Wells, 19. Stopped 25 of 28 in his first outing for Peterborough. He has a good chance to make the WJ team and it’s important for him to repeat last season’s strong showing. The club drafted him on the downbeat, he’s paid them back in a big way since.
  3. G Stuart Skinner, 18. Oilers are very strong on Skinner, who stopped 39 of 43 in his first pre-season game for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
  4. LD Caleb Jones. Turns pro this fall, I can’t wait to see him use that speed in Bakersfield. Coverage will be the big item, he enters rookie camp as one of the most promising players on the roster.
  5. RD Ethan Bear. He should get plenty of playing time at rookie camp and in the McEwan-Nait game, Bear is one of the feature prospects for Edmonton this fall. He’ll be ticketed for Bakersfield and should be one of the early pro exits from camp.
  6. LD William Lagesson. He will be playing pro hockey in Europe this winter, it will probably be our only chance to view him. Has good speed, defensive defender.
  7. LD Ziyat Paigin. He played for Ak Bars Kazan (KHL) 17gp, 1-3-4 and Bakersfield (AHL) 5gp, 0-0-0 last season. He has 95 KHL and 5 AHL games, so is barely eligible (and it’s not 100 percent he’ll be in Penticton).
  8. RD Ryan ManthaDuplicates Bear’s skill set and he is a year older. He should get feature minutes in rookie camp, likely sent down with the first group of Condors.
  9. LD Dmitri Samorukov. His numbers with Guelph of the OHL (67gp, 4-16-20) suggest a defensive defender but the scouting reports are a little more glowing. Corey Pronman says he’s mobile and smart, he improved as the season rolled along and flourished at the U18’s.
  10. LC Joe Gambardella, 23He will be a star in the coming tournament, more mature and aggressive, he’ll deliver offense from turnovers and should play feature minutes. I think he could get some NHL time this year.
  11. L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants. The numbers and scouting reports tell us this is a substantial prospect, but history teaches us missing out on important development years at this age is damaging. I can’t tell you much, beyond what we all know. He needs to play. Hit 2.71/60 at 5×5 (estimate) on Prospect-Stats.
  12. L Kirill Maksimov. Niagara (OHL) 66gp, 21-17-38. The way he ended last season may suggest Edmonton stole a player in the depths of the draft. He should be one of the most skilled forwards in Edmonton’s camp.
  13. L Evan Polei, Red Deer Rebels. A big man (6.02, 227) who improved as his WHL career went along. Scored 30+ this past season. 2.28/60 5×5 Prospect Stats. AHL contract.
  14. R Kailer Yamamoto. He’ll be the star of the show and we’ll see plenty of offense from him in Penticton. Yamamoto is high skill, amazing talent.
  15. R Ostap Safin. He’s a very skilled winger and the Oilers may have gotten very lucky when he slipped on draft day. He has all kinds of offensive potential. Will play in Canada this winter.
  16. R Chad Butcher, Medicine Hat Tigers. Small winger (5.10, 172) was a Penticton invite one year ago. Speed main weapon, he posted more than 100 points this year. Every year there are a bunch of these player types who graduate to pro with eye popping numbers, and the pro level usually susses them out in about two or three years. He’ll need to pass some good wingers and stay healthy in order to progress as a prospect. Butcher had a 3.23 points-per-60 at 5×5 (estimated) via Prospect-Stats, one of the best totals in the WHL. AHL contract.

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37 Responses to "ROOKIE CAMP ROSTER RELEASED"

  1. Brantford Boy says:

    RD Sahvan Khaira… interesting…

  2. geowal says:

    Certainly an interesting group. It will be nice next year if we are describing Yamamoto, Safin, and a few other forwards the way we discuss Bear and Jones now.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    Brantford Boy:
    RD Sahvan Khaira… interesting…

    Yup, JJ’s brother.

    His PIMs jump out at you more than his point total in S. Current.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Can’t wait to see the giant Safin and Maksimov – I’m looking for one of these two kids to be a draft steal and become a material player for the Oilers in a few years.

    Great to have Safin playing in the CHL this year.

  5. stevebergeron97 says:

    Super excited to see Yamamoto, Safin & Maksimov 👍😃

  6. JDî says:

    Bob Green on that ‘other’ Oiler radio show right now.

  7. JDî says:

    Green says Benson won’t be ready for the ice in Penticton.

  8. Rocknrolla says:

    2 more Austins!

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    JDî:
    Green says Benson won’t be ready for the ice in Penticton.

    It does sound like he should be ready for the WHL season though:

    Bob Green on Benson: “I don’t think he will see on ice action at this tournament. We want to get him ready for the season with Vancouver.”

  10. Ducey says:

    Brantford Boy:
    RD Sahvan Khaira… interesting…

    Saw him play against the Oil Kings in the spring.

    Has similar mannerisms and stride to his brother. Big and strong and some grit.. Was really jumping into the play but not really sure what to do in the offensive zone.

    Kind of a poor mans Nurse, but nowhere near him in terms of dominance in junior.

  11. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ducey: Saw him play against the Oil Kings in the spring.

    Has similar mannerisms and stride to his brother. Big and strong and some grit.. Was really jumping into the play but not really sure what to do in the offensive zone.

    Kind of a poor mans Nurse, but nowhere near him in terms of dominance in junior.

    Does he have his brother’s speed?

  12. JDî says:

    Rick Dhaliwal‏ @DhaliwalSports

    Been told UFA Cody Franson is down to Edmonton or Chicago. Vancouver never called.

  13. Jethro Tull says:

    JDî:
    Rick Dhaliwal‏ @DhaliwalSports


    Been told UFA Cody Franson is down to Edmonton or Chicago. Vancouver never called.

    Franson at 1yr x $1M two way would be a great depth signing for Sekera covarge and Benning struggling.

    So it’ll be 3yrs x $3.5M, naturally.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Signing Cody Franson was always a good idea. I have written about it several times.

  15. McSorley33 says:

    JDî,

    Green says Benson won’t be ready for the ice in Penticton.
    *********************************************************************

    I still can’t believe he slid all the way to the 2nd round to the Oilers…..!

    Oh wait…I just figured out why he slid to the 2nd round.

  16. OriginalPouzar says:

    Franson you say?

    Has anyone around here been an advocate of signing Franson?

    I am absolutely on board with this assuming it would only be for 1 year.

    I am extremely worried about our D with Reggie out – that 2nd pairing is already a question mark and, if there is one more injury, things could get bleak.

    Franson would be a nice 3RD in replacement of Gryba and would let Gryba go back to being a true #7.

  17. Jethro Tull says:

    Lowetide:
    Signing Cody Franson was always a good idea. I have written about it several times.

    Yes if he’s a cheap depth signing. No if Sekera’s healthy, he wants too much term/money or his presence hinders the development and progression of the prospects to the big team. He made $3.3M last year……..

  18. Ducey says:

    OriginalPouzar: Does he have his brother’s speed?

    Hard to tell with D, but he is a very good skater. Big strides though. Might not have the feet to do the logrollers Waltz as the best D men can.

  19. SwedishPoster says:

    Unless Lagesson has improved his skating last season, I haven’t seen him in a year and a half but will try to catch some games with him in the SHL, I wouldn’t say his speed is good. His straight line speed is pretty good despite an ugly stride but one of his main issues last time I saw him was his agility and lateral mobility, he didn’t move very quickly sideways. He may very well have improved on this, the college route is great for working on such details. There’s also a good chance it has gotten better once he grew into his body, he seemed a little top heavy before.
    An underrated part of Lagesson’s game is his shot, it’s pretty damn heavy, just needs to speed up his release, hopefully that’s another thing he had worked on since I last saw him.

    While on the subject of swedish D. Filip Berglund has started off the preseason with Skellefteå. He’s been playing on the third pairing so far though there’s a risk he will be pushed down a notch, as the competition among the RHD is getting tougher and tougher. Ahead of him on the depth chart are two new signings, Jonathan Pudas who’s an established top 4 borderline top pairing D and Morgan Ellis who’s been a very good AHLer the last few seasons and imo probably is even better suited for the bigger ice surface. Both players shoot right. The other day they also added Mike Kostka on a pto, an experienced AHL-NHL tweener and also a right hand shot. If he’s signed that’s some stiff competition for Berglund, especially since it’s always an extra hurdle for a guy coming up from a clubs youth program competing with highly paid signings, it’s usually not enough to be as good or slightly better you have to clearly outplay the other guys. It’s a pretty good school but for D who needs the confidence to play with some risk to be efficient, like Berglund, it can be tough.
    On a positive note. Kostka has been played on the left side the first few on ice sessions and one of the vets just got sidelined for six weeks so there’s still good opportunity for Berglund to hold on to his top six spot, but if his TOI starts dwindling I really hope he pushes for a loan to allsvenskan to get more playing time and a chance to play without the threat of being benched with every mistake. It’s a big year for his developement.

  20. Lowetide says:

    Thanks for the update, Swedish Poster.

  21. Jaxon says:

    I was hoping they’d bring in two local RHD in Aaron Irving and Clayton Kirichenko. I see one is playing at UofA next year and the other at UofC. Missed opportunity in my opinion.

  22. Jaxon says:

    I’m all for Franson signing for one year even if it’s a slight overpay or for longer if it’s a value contact suitable for a #5#6 with a bit of PP time.

  23. Doug McLachlan says:

    Lowetide:
    Signing Cody Franson was always a good idea. I have written about it several times.

    I seem to recall something about this, yes.

    Wonder whether the sticking point is one year or two or the $ amount.

    Even though Chicago is right up against the cap, with Hossa poised to go LTIR the Hawks can actually offer Franson two years, if they want to, whereas I don’t think the Oilers can – at least not without making subsequent moves.

  24. stevebergeron97 says:

    https://twitter.com/AnthonyStella_/status/905117937304051712

    Safin has some great hands for a big guy.

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Its great to see him in Canada, stoked to have him in the CHL this year.

  26. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Signing Cody Franson was always a good idea. I have written about it several times.

    “…and coming down the track, we’re neck and neck ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be a real nail-biter here folks, between “Oilers Sign Franson” and “Three-For-One Trade”…here they go, Franson ahead by a nose but it’s only a second before Three-For-One narrows the gap and pulls ahead…back and forth these two titans of the turf battle to reach the finish line…Ladies and gentlemen, I can tell you, down from the field level, clutching his ticket nervously, Mr. Mitchell is well-nigh vibrating in anticipation of the result…here they come now, only yards to go, who will win? Who will cross the finish line and claim glory?…”

  27. dustrock says:

    Nice for Edmonton to be a destination for a UFA player looking for the playoffs.

    Then I saw Vancouver included for Franson 😀

  28. Jethro Tull says:

    Doug McLachlan: I seem to recall something about this, yes.

    Wonder whether the sticking point is one year or two or the $ amount.

    Even though Chicago is right up against the cap, with Hossa poised to go LTIR the Hawks can actually offer Franson two years, if they want to, whereas I don’t think the Oilers can – at least not without making subsequent moves.

    If the Hawks want a bidding war over Cody Franson, they can just have him. Good solid vet, but not what I would call an prospective part of the core group moving forward.

  29. Lowetide says:

    RexLibris: “…and coming down the track, we’re neck and neck ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be a real nail-biter here folks, between “Oilers Sign Franson” and “Three-For-One Trade”…here they go, Franson ahead by a nose but it’s only a second before Three-For-One narrows the gap and pulls ahead…back and forth these two titans of the turf battle to reach the finish line…Ladies and gentlemen, I can tell you, down from the field level, clutching his ticket nervously, Mr. Mitchell is well-nigh vibrating in anticipation of the result…here they come now, only yards to go, who will win? Who will cross the finish line and claim glory?…”

    I endorse this message.

  30. leadfarmer says:

    Franson is a vet player that teams routinely drop a second or third round pick to acquire at the trade deadline. Don’t see any reason to not do it now and save that pick. Whatever his warts are he’s better than Gryba and having extra defensemen never hurt anyone

  31. JDî says:

    The right side blue are going to be noticeable this year:

    Bear – 5′ 11″, 198 lbs
    Strand – 6′ 3″, and a heckuvalot more than 159 lbs according to elite prospects.
    Khaira – 6′ 3″, 218 lbs
    Mantha – 6′ 5″, 225 lbs

    And the three goalies come in at 18′ 11″.

  32. Ducey says:

    JDî:

    And the three goalies come in at 18′ 11″.

    If they need to change a bulb in the score clock, that will be handy.

  33. Gerta Rauss says:

    OriginalPouzar: Has anyone around here been an advocate of signing Franson?

    Nobody has said a damn thing all summer..!

  34. JDî says:

    Ducey: bulb in the score clock

    Ah, that takes me back.

  35. JDî says:

    James Wisniewski‏Verified account @jameswisniewski

    Still looking for a job or an opportunity, anyone want a former 50 PT right handed d man lol #nhl #olympics

  36. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer:
    Franson is a vet player that teams routinely drop a second or third round pick to acquire at the trade deadline. Don’t see any reason to not do it now and save that pick.Whatever his warts are he’s better than Gryba and having extra defensemen never hurt anyone

    The key here is that he’d be replacing Gryba on the opening night roster. I would slot him in at 3RD and keep Benning at 2RD, however, the key is that Gryba is no longer playing every game until Sekera is back (subject to Auvitu, Simpson or Stanton replacing him).

    It would be a fantastic add for one year.

  37. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: I endorse this message.

    I shall expect a cheque in the mail.

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