The Oilers have had success drafting overage players both in Europe (Markkanen, Haakana, Pisa, Luoma) and in North America (Brodziak, Syvret, Roy).
In fact, their only real success with European players since Prendergast took over as head man have been with overagers in Europe and kids who have come over to play in the CHL (Hemsky).
Omark had a nice season in the SEL (55gp, 11-21-32) and his scouting report is interesting: A flashy player with first-class technical skills and hands. Very creative player with good hockey sense and natural scoring ability. Defense is okay, although it can be fine-tuned. Good skater with great agility and moves. Additional strength and muscles would not hurt.
Omark is small, 5-9. That’s Bobby Sheehan territory. Still the scouting report is interesting and Kevin Prendergast loves him (“Cogliano without the speed”) so after the 08-09 season ends and his contract is up in Sweden this is a player who might sign an entry deal with the Oilers.
Although Edmonton has had a lot of Swedes audition recently (Johansson and Almtorp) it’s been a terribly long time since the Kingdom of Sweden has blessed the Oildrop with a real talent. The last guy worth talking about was Bengt Gustafsson and he played for the WHA Oilers.