This is Kelsey Tessier. He is somewhat similar to three of the Oilers most recent first round selections in that he’s skilled and he’s undersized. That descrption would fit Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano and Rob Schremp from recent draft seasons.
Tessier is very small (estimates range from 5-5 to 5-9 and weighs about a buck 65) and extremely skilled. Last fall, ISS wrote about him “Has the talent to pull you out of your seat. High hockey IQ and leadership skills. Excellent core strength allows him to protect the puck well. Finds seams, picks corners. His vision is second to none. “
He went to Shattuck-St.Mary’s, he put up nice numbers in both of his QMJHL seasons with the Quebec Remparts:
- Age 16 63gp, 23-27-50 .794ppg
- Age 17 68gp, 36-45-81 1.19ppg
He was born in January so he’s an early birthday relative to other draft eligibles (Sam Gagner is just 5 months older). Among the things that make him a prospect of interest for the Oilers is his goal total. Tessier’s 36 goals tied him for 19th overall in the Q this season.
The Oilers select 22nd in this year’s draft, and although Tessier is unlikely to go that high he’s certainly an interesting prospect for any team looking for offensive players.