The Edmonton Oilers took the BPA and added another marksmen in round one. Now it’s time to add more to the prospect list in day two. There’s good talent available.
ROUND TWO PICKS DURING MBS ERA
- 2008: None
- 2009: C Anton Lander
- 2010: F Tyler Pitlick, D Martin Marincin, L Curtis Hamilton
- 2011: D David Musil
POSSIBLE SECOND ROUND PICKS
- L Pontus Aberg NHLE 11-9-20. Speed winger with good skill level, Corey Pronman tells us he played about 10 minutes a night in the SEL (making his production very good). I had him #12 in my top 30, he should be outstanding value for the team taking him.
- D Dalton Thrower NHL 7-13-20. Exactly the kind of player teams look for in one significant way: he improved a great deal from September to March. Fine skater with good offensive ability, he’s also a hard hitter and an agitator. Oilers haven’t said a word about him but I can’t imagine they’re unaware of his skills.
- D Matt Finn NHLE 6-13-19. Mobile defender with good speed–this defense crop never ends–and looks like a decent candidate to push through and have an NHL career as a PP defender. Finn is not as physical as some of the other kids and that might impact where he goes.
- D Damon Severson NHLE 3-13-16. Makes the list for a nice range of skills and his size will make him stand out for some teams (6.02, 200 at age 18). Streaky offense, not as promising offensively as some of the others in this year’s draft.
- L Tim Bozon NHLE 13-12-25. I like this player a lot, he’s a good skater with a plus shot and good footspeed. Described as a terrific passer and his shot is rated as being one of the best in the draft. Thinks the game well too, and there’s not much left to criticize.
- R Sebastian Collberg NHLE 0-0-0. Played in the SEL this season but didn’t get a lot of playing time.Collberg did play well at the World Juniors (6, 4-3-7) and his scouting report suggests good things offensively. Speed is his calling card and elite prospects tells us he doesn’t shy away from traffic.
- D Ludvig Bystrom: (Pronman) Bystrom is a pretty advanced puck-moving defenseman who earned very limited minutes in the SEL this year but really showed his potential to log significant two-way time during international events. His hockey sense is pretty high-end and is evident when you watch him play as he makes so many simple, smart plays consistently all over the ice while displaying a flashy element to his game as well.
- L Phil Di Giuseppe: (Craig Button, tsn) Phillip is a good sized winger who plays a hard driving game and makes it difficult for defenders. He is a very good skater with quickness, that may be better than his speed, and allows him to create opportunities for himself and his team. His agility and balance is strong and he’s very difficult to push away from where he desires to go.
- D Ville Pokka: Described as having a nice range of skills, reports stop short of suggesting he has a complete skill set. Intriguing offense at the lower levels, had a strong playoff. He is well regarded by some and barely mentioned by others, but would seem to be a good bet to go in the top 75.
- L Martin Frk: (Craig Button) Martin is a goal scorer. He wants to score, is hungry to score and is that player who is lurking for the chance to score. He plays a straight ahead game and is more of a shooter. He has a good shot and can beat goaltenders with it down the wing and it’s a heavy shot. His skating is good in straight lines and he creates separation between himself and defenders.
- R Colton Scissons (Craig Button) Colton is a straight ahead up and down winger. There is not one area of his game that stands out but he is consistent in his effort and plays a dependable and responsible game. He works hard and plays with a tenacity that can wear down opponents. His skating is good and along with strong balance, it allows him to play strong along the boards and in 1-1 physical battles.
- G Oscar Dansk: (McKeens) Dansk is arguably the best stick handler in the draft. He plays a hybrid style that is both calm and collected and has solid net coverage thanks to his 6’2 frame. Dansk had a strong regular season but faltered in the playoffs, however his performance to conclude the season at the World U18 Championships led to a silver medal despite being pulled in the gold medal game. Dansk is a composed goalie with solid fundamentals
- L Nicolas Kerdiles: (Craig Button) Nicolas is a very skilled and talented player. He is a very good skater, effortless with speed, quickness and agility and he uses it to his advantage to create offensive chances. He is a hard player to defend against because he changes speed and keeps defenders off balance but he can quickly strike because he has very good sense and recognizes when an opportunity is there or about to be there. He has very good puck skills and a good release on his shot and passes the puck so well.
- R Brian Hart: (Craig Button) Brian may draw some comparisons to former NHL player Bill Guerin. Bill possessed excellent speed at 18 years of age and it’s something that Brian will have to improve upon to be considered in the same skating class. The comparison is apt in the sense that they are both hard driving players who engage physically and have the size to not only gain advantages for themselves, they have temperaments that can make an opponent hesitant to want to engage with them.
- C Mike Winther: Speedy center sounds like a poor man’s Todd Marchant based on scouting reports. Scored 32 goals in a very good league and has a nice range of skills. Craig Button loves him.
- C Lukas Sutter: A hard-nosed and physical centre for the Saskatoon Blades. He plays physical, hits hard and isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. He’s defensively responsibly and was counted on to play in key defensive situations all season long, including as one of the teams top penalty killers.
- L Coda Gordon: An impressive goal scorer who lacks size and is not a speed merchant. I have no idea where he goes in the draft but man he’s an interesting offensive prospect.
- C JIMMY VESEY. Took some time to develop but has a nice resume and might end up emerging a quality offensive player. Vesey is 6.02, 200 so if the scoring falters he might be able to catch on as a 2-way forward with decent hands. Turner 19 last month.
- D ESA LINDELL. With (Jokerit) went 48, 21-30-51 in the Finnish junior league this season and is 6.02, 190. He may end up being that ridiculous offensive talent from the blueline Edmonton needs. His name isn’t as unique as Reijo Ruotsalainen but his numbers scream special.
- F MITCH MOROZ. Oilers drafted Travis Ewanyk in the third round a year ago and Moroz is a similar player going down a similar path. Moroz is not a player who will (likely) find a home on a scoring line but Edmonton Oilers value “energy” on the 4th line and enforcer types. He is a little raw as a player but has enjoyed a nice run during the post-season.
- D CALLE ANDERSON. Impressive defender from the Farjestad factory and might be available in this area. speeds mentioned in the thread below that Redline was disappointed in him this year but at this point in the draft you’re trying to catch lightning in a bottle.
- F FRANCIS BEAUVILLIER He’s a stringbean and doesn’t appear to be a feature player, but he scored 16 even-strength goals in 67 games (tied for 2nd on the team). He’s a terrific skater and apparently played quite a bit on the PK. Might be worth a later selection.
- D DILLON FOURNIER: Defender with plenty of offense should get a lot of interest at the draft. Plus skater and puck mover, he had some shoulder problems this season. LH, but Corey Pronman saw him playing right side which is a small plus arrow. He seems to have some chaos in his game, but I haven’t read anything that makes me believe he’s the second coming of Marc-Andre Bergeron.
- L BRADY VAIL: Two way winger who made huge progress season over season and is described as being a very good shadow for some of the OHL’s best opponents. Add that to 22 goals and 52 points and he’s certainly worth 3rd round consideration by the Oilers.
OLDER PROSPECTS (MOSTLY ’92s)
- Paul DeJersey, BCJHL: Late-blooming PF with skill, described as deadly in close, shifty for a 200-pounder and with hands that are unbelievable.
- Matthew Beattie, USHS: Tireless worker with skills to match the effort.
- Jordan Martinook, WHL: 6.0, 209 and described as a power forward. Good foot speed for his size and a plus shot from what the internet tells us.
- Erik Thorell, SEL: Thorell is a speedy, slightly undersized forward with good hockey sense and a fearless approach to the game.
- Nikita Gusev, Rus Jr: Small and ridiculously talented forward who stomped the Russian junior league with 30 goals in 34 games.
- Michael Houser, OHL: Goalie has been passed over before but a .925SP and some playoff fame should get him a look at this year’s draft.
As I write this, the draft is one round old. With so much yet to be decided, we plan on having an enormous number of guests to cover every possible angle. Scheduled to appear:
- Jason Gregor from the JG show on Team 1260.
- Dustin Nielson from Nielson and Fraser on Team 1260.
- Thomas Drance Managing Editor of Canucks Army.
- Kent Wilson, Nations Overlord and managing editor of Flames Nation.
- Cam Charron, Leafs Nation managing editor.
- Robert Cleave from Jets Nation.
- Corey Graham, Team 1260 ESNL host and Oil Kings PBP.
- Kent Simpson, Team 1260 and Oil Kings color commentator.
- Andrey Osadchenko from All Hockey.
Day two of the most wonderful time of the year. Hope you can tune in.