TRAINING CAMP PRIMER 2017: ALL THE PROSPECTS

With so few actual Oilers prospects in Penticton on the weekend, I thought it might be an idea to track back to the Top 20 Prospects list of summer. Below is the complete list, including players no longer in the organization. After the entire ranking, I have a few notes on additions I count as being prospects.

TOP 20 PROSPECTS, UPDATED

(This is the summer 2017 ranking, not a new ranking)

  1. (1) R Jesse PuljujarviEdmonton Oilers (NHL) 28gp, 1-7-8; Bakersfield (AHL) 39gp, 12-16-28. Destination 2017-18: NHL push, the Oilers have cleared the decks. The summer trades, free-agent signings and lack of activity with names still available is a giant neon tell. Peter Chiarelli wants Jesse Puljujarvi in the everyday lineup and inside the top 9F. If he can score 20, some big problems get solved.
  2. (2) R Kailer Yamamoto. Spokane (WHL) 65gp, 42-57-99. Destination 2017-18: Impact WHL winger, he could spend some time in the NHL at the start of the year. The period from now through the end of next week (September 22) will be vital. Yamamoto was quiet in Penticton, he’ll need to make a lot of noise in his first two NHL exhibition games. My RE had him going back to junior, I might be wrong about that prediction.
  3. (3) RD Ethan Bear. Seattle (WHL) 67gp, 28-42-70. Destination 2017-18: A full season in Bakersfield, possible NHL cup of coffee. Bear is a substantial prospect, incredible based on where he was chosen in the draft. It’s important to note he is not ‘a lock’ for an NHL career, as there is much for him to learn and overcome. I think his skill set is an excellent match for this team.
  4. (4) LD Caleb Jones. Portland (WHL) 63gp, 9-53-62. Destination 2017-18: A full season in Bakersfield, maybe NHL look-see.  He may be the best skater among defenders in the system and I was so impressed with his calm feet in Penticton. I’m not sure Jones is as natural a defender as some of these other kids, but his tools might be better. Does that make sense? I’m excited to see how he does this year.
  5. (5) L Tyler Benson. Vancouver (WHL) 33gp, 11-31-42. Destination 2017-18: A healthy and productive WHL season. He is skating now and Matty had a column up at the EJ suggesting the hope is Benson joins Vancouver in a month. He badly needs to play.
  6. (6) L-R Ostap Safin. Sparta Praha (CZECH) 8gp, 1-1-2. Destination 2017-18: Big minutes and strong boxcars in the QMJHL. Simon Boisvert had him No. 25 on his final list, just behind Yamamoto. He will play for Saint-John of the QMJHL this season, a massive break for us and I think a better spot for Safin. His Penticton experience (long stretches of pedestrian play followed by sheer brilliance) perhaps offers us a clue about this player and what he needs to work on.
  7. (7) LC Jujhar Khaira. Edmonton Oilers (NHL) 10gp, 1-0-1; Bakersfield (AHL) 27gp, 8-12-20. Destination 2017-18: Full season in the NHL, this is the time to establish an NHL career. I expect he’ll replace Matt Hendricks on the Oilers roster, possibly getting penalty-killing minutes as the season grows. He’ll need to chip in 7-10 goals on offense, that’s the only real question.
  8. (8) LD Ziyat Paigin. Ak Bars Kazan (KHL) 17gp, 1-3-4; Bakersfield (AHL) 5gp, 0-0-0. Destination 2017-18: AHL to start, but his pro resume should mean some NHL time in 2017-18. He’s a fun player to watch, that shot in Penticton give us an idea about his offensive potential. He made some very risky plays at the tournament, seems to have some of the riverboat gambler in him. Size and wingspan are his defensive calling cards.
  9. (9) G Stuart Skinner. Lethbridge (WHL) 60gp, 3.26 .905. Destination 2017-18: Strong year in the WHL, possible WJ’s appearance. He announced his presence with authority in Penticton, we’ll track his progress this winter and hope to see him at Christmas.
  10. (10) L Kirill Maksimov. Niagara (OHL) 66gp, 21-17-38. Destination 2017-18: Big step forward and a prominent role in OHL.  His two goals in Penticton will be talked about all winter long. He’s very skilled and a first-shot scorer is one of the top needs of the team. How many will he score this winter?
  11. (11) G Dylan Wells. Peterborough (OHL) 52gp, 3.07 .916. Destination 2017-18: Impact final OHL season, good chance to play at WJ’s. Year over year save percentage progress (.871 to .916) was amazing and his playoff performance (.930) added to the strength of his season. He is slated to get the college game tomorrow night and then we’ll watch him over the winter in the land of Roger Neilson.
  12. (12) LD Dmitri Samorukov. Guelph (OHL) 67gp, 4-16-20. Destination 2017-18: A strong OHL season and emergence as a top NHL prospect. Showed well at the Hlinka and U18’s, but his OHL report card was mixed. He needs to be consistent in the OHL but I was very impressed with his mobility in Penticton. Small sample size but enough to understand why Brock Otten was raving about him.
  13. (13) LC Joe Gambardella. UMass-Lowell (NCAA) 41gp, 18-34-52; Bakersfield (AHL) 6gp, 1-2-3.Destination 2017-18: Rookie pro should have offensive success in the AHL, could get NHL cup of coffee.  With an NHLE of 82, 13-25-38, he might be the most NHL-ready of the forwards who have yet to play a big league game. He could take a little time to adjust and may emerge as a winger (instead of center). Time in Bakersfield will figure out what he’ll be in the organization.
  14. (14) G Laurent Brossoit. Edmonton Oilers (NHL) 8gp, 1.99 .928; Bakersfield (AHL) 21gp, 2.67 .908. Destination 2017-18: NHL backup. It is his job now. My feeling is he gets this entire year to show what he can do, and unless he fumbles badly (requiring a deadline deal) this will be a full chance to establish himself as an NHL goalie.
  15. (15) RD Filip Berglund. Skelleftea (SHL) 47gp, 0-9-9. Destination 2017-18: One more SHL season before coming to North America. He needs to play regularly in the SHL and play more than he did a year ago. Swedish Poster had a fascinating update recently telling us there is more competition for playing time this fall. That’s good, he needs to push through and play a lot and competition is always a good thing.
  16. (16) L Joey Laleggia. Bakersfield (AHL) 67gp, 20-18-38. Destination 2017-18: More goals in the AHL, and an NHL callup to see if he can help in the NHL. From Boxing Day forward, he went 43gp, 18-13-31. He is waiver eligible and maybe they lose him. Otherwise, 25 AHL goals and some NHL time seem like a reasonable prediction.
  17. (17) G Nick Ellis. Bakersfield (AHL) 34gp, 2.69 .918. Destination 2017-18: Effective AHL starter, his first NHL action.  He posted superior numbers to Brossoit in Bakersfield, so at some level he has forced himself into the conversation. I think he’ll spend the year as starter in the AHL, maybe an NHL appearance if Talbot needs a week off in the spring and the standings allow.
  18. (18) RC Aapeli Rasanen. Sioux City (USHL) 38gp, 7-18-25. Destination 2017-18: Depth minutes at Boston College. He is progressing as a checking center with skill, speed being the one nervous item. Ideally he spikes a little offensively but college freshman often play so little we may get meager boxcars from him.
  19. (19) RD John Marino. Harvard (NCAA) 35gp, 2-13-15. Destination 2017-18: Another quality season in the NCAA, possibly in a more prominent role. A strong freshman season for Harvard has Marino’s stock on the rise. I think he may have more offense than the numbers imply the Harvard depth chart is pretty stacked with puck movers.
  20. (20) RD Ryan Mantha. Niagara (OHL) 65, 17-41-58; Bakersfield (AHL) 2gp, 0-0-0. Destination 2017-18: Top 6D in the AHL, a slight chance of some ECHL time. The 6.05, 225 defender is going to get a chance, which may include power-play time. His shot is impressive (based on the poor boards in Penticton) and he should get some chances in Bakersfield despite the crowd.
  21. (21) LD William Lagesson. UMass-Amherst (NCAA) 36gp, 2-6-8. Destination 2017-18: Establishing himself in pro hockey as a regular with Djugardens (SHL). He was loaned the Swede to Djurgardens IF in Sweden, but we got a chance to see him in Penticton. We may never hear from him again but Lagesson left a good impression.
  22. (22) LD Jordan Oesterle. Signed in Chicago.
  23. (23) LD Dillon Simpson. Edmonton Oilers (NHL) 3gp, 0-0-0; Bakersfield (AHL) 53gp, 3-8-11. Destination 2017-18: Mentoring the new kids in Bakersfield, waiting for an NHL recall. Played in his first three NHL games this season and was quietly effective. Signings of Yohann Auvitu, Ryan Stanton and Keegan Lowe mean he’ll have a harder time getting a recall this winter. I’m not going to bet against him.
  24. (24) L Graham McPhee.  Boston College 39gp, 2-8-10. Destination 2017-18: Increased minutes and offense in NCAA. We should begin to see what kind of offense he can deliver this season, as McPhee will be a sophomore with the BC program. These early college years are kind of vague because we don’t see these kids.
  25. (25) G Shane Starrett. Air Force (NCAA) 37gp, 1.99 .925. Destination 2017-18: Will battle for starting AHL job, he has an excellent resume. In his two NCAA seasons, he posted .924 and .925 save percentages, suggesting this is in fact his quality of play. At 22, he is a solid pro prospect. We’ve seen him once, he reads well and now the rubber hits the road.
  26. (26) RC Tyler Vesel. Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) 39gp, 14-21-35. Destination 2017-18: Another strong season in Omaha. Blossomed in his junior college season with Omaha. The numbers say he is emerging,but beware older college forwards who begin to post big numbers later in their career. I don’t think we’ve seen much from the Chiarelli administration on any plans they might have to sign him.
  27. (27) LD Markus Niemelainen. Saginaw (OHL). 59gp, 3-6-9. Destination 2017-18: Regular shifts with HPK in the Sm-Liiga. He is one of three second-round picks in 2016 who had uneven seasons and frankly I’m not sure what to expect from him. He needs a recovery season.
  28. (28) LC Skyler Brind’Amour. USNDTP (USHL) 8gp, 1-0-1. Destination 2017-18:  Big numbers for the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL. Draft and follow meets NHL bloodlines and there’s a lot of information missing. I am looking forward to seeing what he brings and based on size (6.02, 170) and Dad (Rod) he could be a far bigger man by the time he starts college with Michigan State in 2019. He is going from the USHL to BCHL, that’s a backward move in terms of competition. Curious.
  29. (29) L Aidan Muir. Western Michigan (NCAA) 20gp, 2-9-11. Destination 2017-18: Healthy and good numbers in final college season. He is 6.04, 212 and has one more year of college eligibility. His NHLE (18.5) suggests he may have pro-level offense and his size/style suggests the current Oilers management will have interest in him upon graduation.
  30. (30) RD Phil Kemp. USNDTP (USHL) 25gp, 2-2-4. Destination 2017-18: Yale University, where he’ll fight for playing time. Good size, a fine skater, he looked better than advertised in that summer tournament. I’m not sure he’s a puck mover but the young man can pass.
  31. (31) LD Ben Betker. Bakersfield (AHL) 30gp, 1-5-6; Stockton (ECHL) 5gp, 3-2-5). Destination 2017-18: He should emerge as an AHL regular. Gigantic blue (6.06, 228) turns 23 in the fall, so his time is now. He has good mobility for a player his size, but is getting overrun by the oncoming defensemen.
  32. (32) R Greg Chase. Bakersfield (AHL) 48gp, 3-11-14. Destination 2017-18: Will attempt to push through a very crowded depth chart to play regularly in the AHL. He has now played 76 games for Bakersfield, posting 5-18-23. This is a season where he must emerge. He has talent.
  33. (33) R Patrick Russell. Bakersfield (AHL) 68gp, 8-9-17. Destination 2017-18: Finding the range offensively. There is urgency here. He had a disappointing pro debut but still had 150 shots on goal. If he get a feature role we could see a spike in goals.
  34. (34) RC Kyle Platzer.  Bakersfield (AHL) 51gp, 1-7-8. Destination 2017-18: A strong showing in Bakersfield is a must for Platzer. He and Chase are in the same boat although I don’t think they are applying for the same job. If the script continues along the current path, Platzer will be in another organization this time next year.
  35. (35) LD Matthew Cairns. Fargo (USHL) 17gp, 0-4-4; Powell River (BCHL) 18gp, 2-14-16. Destination 2017-18: Slated for Cornell, he may play sparingly. I’m concerned that he didn’t play enough in Fargo. That’s a junior league and a drafted player should have no problems. Powell River numbers were better, but that’s a lesser league. When you draft a player in the third round and he isn’t a regular in the USHL following season, what does that say?
  36. (36) RD Vincent Desharnais. Providence (NCAA) 32gp, 2-1-3. Destination 2017-18: His junior season in the NCAA is straight ahead. There isn’t a lot of offense but the scouting reports are strong about him defensively. Handedness is an advantage.
  37. (37) L Joey Benik. Signed with Lillehammer (Norway).
  38. (38) L Evan Polei. Red Deer (WHL) 69gp, 33-29-62; Bakersfield (AHL) 1gp, 0-0-0. Destination 2017-18: ECHL and AHL time, trying to earn an NHL contract. An AHL-only contract, his size and skill (6.02, 227 and 33 goals) are intriguing. Good hands, speed the issue and we’ll see in a year. He was a quality junior and played well in Penticton.
  39. (39) R Dave Gust. Ohio State (NCAA). 39gp, 18-23-41. Destination 2017-18: Finding a role on an offensive line in Bakersfield. He is 23, 5.10, 174 and arrives on an AHL deal. I like his skills, he is small and that is a challenge.
  40. (40)  R Chad Butcher. Medicine Hat (WHL) 68gp, 27-76-103. Destination 2017-18: ECHL likely, needs to thrive. Small winger with range of skills, good offense. Speed main weapon, hire 10 of these at a time if they have speed. He was on fire in Penticton.
  41. (41) L Braden Christoffer. Bakersfield (AHL) 49gp, 5-3-8. Destination 2017-18: Living on the edge, hanging by a thread. Signed in a training camp fever, Christoffer has been unable to score enough or get enough playing time. This is a big season for him.

(That was the summer 2017 ranking, not a new ranking)

LATE ADDITIONS (ALPHA)

Since my summer list, there have been a few worth additions who I will consider for the winter list. Here they are.

  • R Mitch Callahan. Grand Rapids (AHL) 66gp, 16-27-43; Detroit Red Wings (NHL) 4gp, 0-0-0. Callahan performed very well over several years in the Detroit system, and is a productive player at that level. At 26, he’s going to need a break and the Oilers are a team that may have a need at the position.
  • LC Grayson Downing. Iowa Wild & Tucson Roadrunners (AHL). 59gp, 9-16-25. Edmonton signed him on the downbeat, he posted 40 points in 56 games as an AHL rookie in the previous year. He’s 25 and this coming season will be important for him.
  • R Brian Ferlin. Providence Bruins (AHL) 2gp, 0-0-0. His story is pretty amazing, coming off some significant injuries and I think this season is going to be about getting back to regular status. Chiarelli drafted him so that’s a real connection.
  • LD Keegan Lowe. Charlotte Checkers and St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) 71gp, 6-12-18. Lowe is in an interesting spot, he could see NHL time this year.
  • G Edward Pasquale. Grand Rapids (AHL) 29gp, 2.43 .919. He is 26, and his last three AHL seasons (.920, .919, .919) show a certain quality. I think he’ll play in the AHL all season.
  • R Ty Rattie. Chicago (AHL) 22gp, 2-3-5; St. Louis (NHL) 2gp, 0-0-0; Carolina (NHL) 5gp, 0-2-2. Of all the players signed around July 1, Rattie has the biggest opportunity to play in the NHL this season. In my opinion. He was a fine scorer in junior I bet the organization wants to have a long look at him in training camp.
  • LD Yohann Auvitu. Albany (AHL) 29gp, 5-8-13); New Jersey (NHL) 25gp, 2-2-4. Mobile defender is 28, older for a prospect. Had an unusual path to the NHL and has some things that make him attractive. He is creative and can move the puck effectively.

I’ll begin the Winter Top 20 in late November.

 

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40 Responses to "TRAINING CAMP PRIMER 2017: ALL THE PROSPECTS"

  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    Listed prospect I could see playing NHL games this year:

    1) Puljijarvi – I anticipate a full NHL season.

    2) Yamamoto – I really really really don’t see it and hope it doesn’t happen but maybe there is a couple of games – I would put the chances at <5%.

    3) Khaira – I anticipate he'll spend the full season with big club – if they only carry 13F and Slepy is ready, its between Khaira and Pakarinan for that last spot – the coach does like Pak but I don't think they'd subject Khaira to waivers as he has more of a future here than IIro I think.

    4) Broissoit – Almost assured to break camp with the team subject to a disappointing or huge surprise. 75% chance he keeps the job and runs with it

    5) Ellis – 25% chance he gets a recall on merit/disappointment – could play as injury replacement.

    6) Keegan Lowe – I think there is a 50% chance he'll get games when injuries start to pile up – I think he's around 10th or so on the depth chart

    7) Ty Rattie – 75% chance he plays games. 30% chance he breaks camp – injury or JP not being deemed ready.

    8) Auvitu – I'm certain Chiarelli signed him to play in the NHL – he may not stay all year but I think he'll play. Simpson, Fayne, Stanton would have to leap him in order to not make the team.

    9) Joe G. – I think he will fight with Malone for an injury call up for the bottom 6/PK type role.

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    Man does it ever make me smile to see Samorukov, Safin and Maksimov on that list in addition to Yamamoto.

    I know they are years away, and may never come, but the possibilities there excite me.

    Wells, Skinner and Starret also make me very happy.

    What a few seasons of procurement by our GM and his staff.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    A month until Benson joins Vancouver? I missed that. Geeeeeez, I thought he’d be playing well before then. That is negative news to my mind – maybe my expectations were unrealistic – I must have misinterpreted some prior information.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Interesting that you have Skinner rated ahead of Wells – I never really thought about who has more potential just that Wells is a year ahead on the development curve.

    I can’t imagine Skinner actually making the WJHC team but Wells has a real shot. Hopefully he can move up from #3 on the Canadian depth chart to #2 and grab the back-up role.

  5. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Interesting that you have Skinner rated ahead of Wells – I never really thought about who has more potential just that Wells is a year ahead on the development curve.

    I can’t imagine Skinner actually making the WJHC team but Wells has a real shot.Hopefully he can move up from #3 on the Canadian depth chart to #2 and grab the back-up role.

    These are rankings from summer, shortly after the draft. I’m not sure it’s germane to your post, but wanted to make sure everyone new that is just reviewing the summer top 20.

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    Do I post too many comments? I feel like I can clog a thread?

    Thoughts/opinions pop in my head and I post them as I read through. Maybe I should slow down.

  7. stush18 says:

    Small quibble alt but I would rank wells ahead of skinner.

    Longer track record, better numbers in a stronger league, likely total experience Canada’s junior team this winter.

    Not saying skinner isn’t as good or better, but I don’t see how you could say he looks like the better goalie prospect

  8. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Do I post too many comments? I feel like I can clog a thread?

    Thoughts/opinions pop in my head and I post them as I read through.Maybe I should slow down.

    Not at all. All are welcome unless they are abusive to others. You are a gentleman.

  9. Lowetide says:

    stush18:
    Small quibble alt but I would rank wells ahead of skinner.

    Longer track record, better numbers in a stronger league, likely total experience Canada’s junior team this winter.

    Not saying skinner isn’t as good or better, but I don’t see how you could say he looks like the better goalie prospect

    Wells resume is very inconsistent. Despite the strong season in 2016-17, his range of performance is a little concerning.

  10. Brantford Boy says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Do I post too many comments? I feel like I can clog a thread?

    Thoughts/opinions pop in my head and I post them as I read through.Maybe I should slow down.

    I must admit, I have wondered who your source is for the blogs leaked contents, I suspect McCurdy… I usually read the thread, refresh the page and you have 4 comments already… whereas I’m still processing the article… probably why you are a lawyer and I am a lighthouse keeper… I guess the real question is do you drink to much? If the answer is yes, you might post to much as well 😉

  11. oscarmike says:

    Leon Draisaitl 2010-2011 29games, 97 goals 192 points.
    Enough said!

  12. Brantford Boy says:

    Stealing stush18 word ‘quibble’… how can you rate Broissoit that low in the prospect pool? Unless this is like your draft posts “this list likes skill”, “this list likes speed” etc… he is almost guaranteed the backup role and about to ‘graduate’ past the prospect pool (25 games for goalies if I recall)… he should be rated number 2! Put another way I hope Broissoit plays way more than Yamamoto this season. Even if this list is based on ‘importance of development’ I still see him higher… my 2 cents, back to drinking… and reading OP’s thread(s)…

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    Do I post too many comments? I feel like I can clog a thread?

    Thoughts/opinions pop in my head and I post them as I read through. Maybe I should slow down.

    Brantford Boy: I must admit, I have wondered who your source is for the blogs leaked contents, I suspect McCurdy… I usually read the thread, refresh the page and you have 4 comments already… whereas I’m still processing the article… probably why you are a lawyer and I am a lighthouse keeper… I guess the real question is do you drink to much?If the answer is yes, you might post to much as well

    There is your problem – refreshing and processing. Let the thoughts free-flow on to the screen.

    Definitely don’t drink too much – haven’t had a drink in 5 years and 26 days.

  14. OriginalPouzar says:

    Do we want to talk about the arena fiasco blowing up in Calgary?

    I’d rather talk about prospects.

    While we can “quibble” about PC’s trades and negotiating skills with certain free agent signings, I think we can all agree that his talent procurement in his 2.3 years here has been sensational.

    Do we remember the prospect depth before he arrived?

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    The list provides me with great hope for value contracts for the next number of years – my issue is I’m not so sure any current prospect will be able to step in at forward next year.

    Maybe Kailer but he may be AHL bound.

    Benson – well, until he plays hockey games……..

    The other newbies are at least a couple years away I would think.

  16. Ryan says:

    Lowetide: Not at all. All are welcome unless they are abusive to others. You are a gentleman.

    Off topic, but how do you think Pronman has Puljujarvi at 18? That’s pretty lofty territory on his list.

    I don’t think a homer would even have ranked him that high.

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan: Off topic, but how do you think Pronman has Puljujarvi at 18? That’s pretty lofty territory on his list.

    I don’t think a homer would even have ranked him that high.

    I think that he sees him as full value for his 3rd overall pedigree and the player he was projected to be pre-draft.

    It seems many Oiler fans are a bit down on Jesse from last year but I don’t think his performance was out of line with reasonable expectations.

    With that said, we do need a turn north this season from JP.

  18. Lowetide says:

    Brantford Boy:
    Stealing stush18 word ‘quibble’… how can you rate Broissoit that low in the prospect pool?Unless this is like your draft posts “this list likes skill”, “this list likes speed” etc… he is almost guaranteed the backup role and about to ‘graduate’ past the prospect pool (25 games for goalies if I recall)… he should be rated number 2!Put another way I hope Broissoit plays way more than Yamamoto this season.Even if this list is based on ‘importance of development’ I still see him higher… my 2 cents, back to drinking… and reading OP’s thread(s)…

    This IS the summer list. Nothing has changed.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Ryan: Off topic, but how do you think Pronman has Puljujarvi at 18? That’s pretty lofty territory on his list.

    I don’t think a homer would even have ranked him that high.

    Puljujarvi is a substantial talent. I don’t rank all teams so can’t speak to that, but he’s my No. 1 prospect for a reason. JP could explode, that’s possible, and even if he doesn’t he could help as a15-goal man on a third line. It does sound high but I don’t know the criteria. I have a great deal of respect for Pronman though.

  20. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Do we want to talk about the arena fiasco blowing up in Calgary?

    I’d rather talk about prospects.

    While we can “quibble” about PC’s trades and negotiating skills with certain free agent signings, I think we can all agree that his talent procurement in his 2.3 years here has been sensational.

    Do we remember the prospect depth before he arrived?

    The Saddledome blew up?! 😱

    I hope no one got seriously injured or worse?

  21. Munny says:

    Lowetide: This IS the summer list. Nothing has changed.

    I think titling the list “Updated” and including the Summer 2017 Ranking in brackets as if it was something different than today’s ranking is confusing people. I know it did me.

  22. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Man does it ever make me smile to see Samorukov, Safin and Maksimov on that list in addition to Yamamoto.

    I know they are years away, and may never come, but the possibilities there excite me.

    Wells, Skinner and Starret also make me very happy.

    What a few seasons of procurement by our GM and his staff.

    A lot of As and Ms.

  23. Silver Streak says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Hey Pouzer……I too am amazed at your quick reply to each days posting….some might think you are a bit overactive, but as LT says you are a gentleman…..and I see you and I are “club-members”….good to see you are 5 years ” to the good “. Life is so sweet and simple this way….eh ?

    From what I saw of the rookie tourney, Skinner, Polei, and Butcher stole the show…

  24. JustWatt says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Interesting that you have Skinner rated ahead of Wells – I never really thought about who has more potential just that Wells is a year ahead on the development curve.

    I can’t imagine Skinner actually making the WJHC team but Wells has a real shot.Hopefully he can move up from #3 on the Canadian depth chart to #2 and grab the back-up role.

    I am ok with this as long as its a slow play. This kid needs to be 100% when he starts, no relapses this year. If this IS what’s going on then I like the organization’s new approach to the health of their players. It killed me two seasons ago when they kept McDavid out of the line-up for so long after his injury but it was absolutely the correct decision. I also hope this will extend to Sekera’s return. The team will likely need him in the worst way but it would be far worse to have him be a shadow of his former self, get hurt again prior to/during the playoffs, or both.

  25. McNuge93 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I think that he sees him as full value for his 3rd overall pedigree and the player he was projected to be pre-draft.

    It seems many Oiler fans are a bit down on Jesse from last year but I don’t think his performance was out of line with reasonable expectations.

    With that said, we do need a turn north this season from JP.

    I think the expectations were so high fr JP. He was said by some to be as good as Laine and then that SOB in Calgary had a pretty good year. I was a bit surprised he didn’t play in Penticton but maybe it’s management giving him a vote of confidence.

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    Silver Streak:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Hey Pouzer……I too am amazed at your quick reply to each days posting….some might think you are a bit overactive, but as LT says you are a gentleman…..and I see you and I are “club-members”….good to see you are 5 years ” to the good “. Life is so sweet and simple this way….eh ?

    From what I saw of the rookie tourney, Skinner, Polei, and Butcher stole the show…

    Yes, life is indeed much easier this way – I can’t imagine going back to where I was 6 years ago – Sometimes I can’t remember what was the truth and what was a lie – 5.5 months in rehab and, boom, life slowly came back. Somehow not losing my wife and/or my career is a bigger miracle than that golden ticket we received a few years back.

    Congratulations to you!

  27. Brantford Boy says:

    Lowetide: This IS the summer list. Nothing has changed.

    I’ve had a beer now and I think I figured out my mistake, sorry, I am kinda dumb… this is a list of what you consider the ‘best’ prospects in the system, not the most likely prospects to help the big club this year (2017-18)… otherwise the list would probably be (just for conversation):
    1. Puljujarvi
    2. Khaira
    3. Brossoit
    4. Rattie
    5. Auvitu

  28. Lowetide says:

    Brantford Boy: I’ve had a beer now and I think I figured out my mistake, sorry, I am kinda dumb… this is a list of what you consider the ‘best’ prospects in the system, not the most likely prospects to help the big club this year (2017-18)… otherwise the list would probably be (just for conversation):
    1. Puljujarvi
    2. Khaira
    3. Brossoit
    4. Rattie
    5. Auvitu

    Agreed. The system will send talent to the big league club again this year, JP could be a big addition.

  29. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Brantford Boy: the most likely prospects to help the big club this year (2017-18):
    1. Puljujarvi
    2. Khaira
    3. Brossoit
    4. Rattie
    5. Auvitu

    – Great post LT!

    – I agree, and further:

    – Pool, JarJar and Brossoit are locks. Rattie needs someone like Sleppy to miss the entire camp

    – Auvitu, a 28 year old french man, demoted from his old team, 30 games in the show, some sick skills and not so much on the D side: would be a hell of a story…Likely there for game 1: would bet the farm he isn’t come playoffs…

  30. Melvis says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    No, you don’t post too much. Obviously, (most over used hockey related adverb ever)…anybody who thinks so can just skip over various comments.

    And congrats on the other thing. That’s great,

  31. pts2pndr says:

    After watching all three of the games at the Young Stars tournament, I understand the early signing of Maksimov and Samorukov. I believe they could both be home runs! I think Sahvan Khaira would make a very good signing as well. All three have above average wheels!

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    I don’t believe they signed Maksimov, did they?

  33. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Deep list.

    I got to 15 or so before I thought “long shot at 100 NHL games”

    As deep as I can remember it.

    Really happy with Chiarelli and Green’s work so far.

  34. Woogie63 says:

    Last year at Penticton I was worried about JP’s lack of stopping and starting and he was not strong on the puck.

    This year Yamamoto looked really light and was easily handled by this peer group.

    TMAC’s break-out really needs strong wingers winning half board battles.

  35. stush18 says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Deep list.

    I got to 15 or so before I thought “long shot at 100 NHL games”

    As deep as I can remember it.

    Really happy with Chiarelli and Green’s work so far.

    I know lots of people were calling for greens head because of his involvement with gathering former oil kings, but honestly he has done a unbelievable job of procuring useful talent.

    His draft record is sparkling imo. Unbelievable to read a list like this, considering the amount of draft picks we’ve sent away

  36. stush18 says:

    Lowetide,

    Is there any chance on you doing a post on all the recruits brought in under greens watch?

    I really feel this guy isn’t getting enough credit. Considering his draft picks have been dealt away, we’ve procured some real good looking players.

  37. Munny says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Deep list.

    I got to 15 or so before I thought “long shot at 100 NHL games”

    As deep as I can remember it.

    Really happy with Chiarelli and Green’s work so far.

    Even at 20, Mantha and Lagesson have reasonable shots. Chia has put together a great prospect list despite having to spend some good draft picks.

  38. Lowetide says:

    stush18:
    Lowetide,

    Is there any chance on you doing a post on all the recruits brought in under greens watch?

    I really feel this guy isn’t getting enough credit. Considering his draft picks have been dealt away, we’ve procured some real good looking players.

    I haven’t written about the college and graduating juniors, but have written about his draft picks.
    http://lowetide.ca/2017/07/21/re-2017-18-bob-green-baker-street/

  39. N64 says:

    Woodguy v2.0: I got to 15 or so before I thought “long shot at 100 NHL games”

    We might need to sign 14 on that list to a 8 year contract extension just to get him to 100 (if Talbot keeps playing 70+). 😉

  40. OriginalPouzar says:

    Looking forward to seeing the lineup for tonight’s game.

    The verbal from Bob on OilersNow yesterday was a strong lineup so I anticipate a similar lineup to Friday night with all four of the “fab 4” D along with Samorkov and Lagesson as well as Yamamoto, Joe G., Maksimov and Safin. That’s just my assumption though based on the verbal.

    I believe we know Wells will start.

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