OILERS AT 123: JOEY LALEGGIA

5.10, 180 defender. he’s 20 and clearly has some offense (43, 11-27-38 U Denver).

Pronman: Laleggia enters his third draft-eligible season after a very successful first WCHA season where he was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year. He’s a good skater with a great offensive mind who would be a nice shot in the dark pick in the mid-rounds due to his notable offensive upside. He flashes high-end hockey sense with his quick game processing and he’s really effective moving the puck out of his own end and controlling the blue line on the power play. Laleggia has solid puck skills as well, at times showing above average, but he is a much better passer than he is an individual creator. He skates well, moving fluidly in all four directions. His main weakness is his physical game, which is below replacement level. I’ve seen him listed at 5’10″, which is generous in my opinion as he looks pretty small on the ice, and he is not effective at all when he’s engaging. Despite his hockey smarts, I don’t see him as being effective defensively to any notable degree at the pro level.

Stu MacGregor:Joey Laleggia is not a big guy, but he skates well, moves the puck intelligently. Quick-pass guy. He gets the puck up ice. Real good hockey sense.”

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32 Responses to "OILERS AT 123: JOEY LALEGGIA"

  1. Traktor says:

    http://lowetide.ca/blog/2012/06/the-92s.html

    Traktor said:

    “The best 92 is Joey Laleggia.

    I actually drafted him in a mock draft in 2009 and then again in another mock draft in 2010 lol.

    38 points this year on the blueline for U. of Denver as a freshman.”

    Yes!!!!

  2. Chris says:

    Apparantly this year is the year we’re going to draft guys who we hope will come on strong late in their careers outside the first round pick. Its hard to really get too worked up about any of that though as outside the first round the chance of a team finding an NHL player is statistically pretty abysmal.

  3. PunjabiOil says:

    5″9 defenceman, 92 born over-ager.

    Lets hope he’s Visnovsky.

  4. Undisclosed_Personal_Reasons says:

    Tied Keith’s point record in the BCHL.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcRnW0jLQLo

  5. Lowetide says:

    Traktor:
    http://lowetide.ca/blog/2012/06/the-92s.html

    Traktor said:

    “The best 92 is Joey Laleggia.

    I actually drafted him in a mock draft in 2009 and then again in another mock draft in 2010 lol.

    38 points this year on the blueline for U. of Denver as a freshman.”

    Yes!!!!

    Traktor said it, remember it well. Well done young man!

  6. PunjabiOil says:

    Omark’s still an Oiler…

  7. skidplate says:

    From Hockeysfuture.com:
    “5. Joey LaLeggia, D
    Freshman, University of Denver
    5’10, 180 lbs. Shoots: L
    DoB: 6/24/92

    Joey LaLeggia was a highly touted defenseman coming into the NCAA this season and he didn’t disappoint. The Burnaby, BC native earned both the WCHA and National Rookie of the Year honors after leading the nation in freshman defensemen with 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) playing in all 43 games for the Pioneers. His 38 points also ranked third among all defensemen nationally and tied for fourth among all rookies. LaLeggia was one of the nation’s most consistent point producers. He proved to be a vital cog on Denver’s power play unit and took over the quarterbacking duties after the injury to sophomore David Makowski.

    LaLeggia is blessed with superb offensive instincts and can make things happen whenever the puck is on his stick. He is an excellent skater with great feet and utilizes his speed quite effectively in making plays. The defenseman really sees the ice well and makes good decisions with the puck. He can make really nice outlet passes and is very creative in his breakouts. LaLeggia has a very good stick and does a good job of taking away lanes. He possesses a good shot from the point and can get pucks to the net. One of the biggest knocks on LaLeggia is his defensive zone play. While he has made strides in that area, it is still a work in progress. And that should continue to improve as his collegiate career moves forward.”

  8. Smarmy says:

    LT is right. The Oilers always go “weird” and hunt for big game beasts for a bit then go back to finding diamonds in the rough.

    I would like them to take a goalie with the next pick and I want that goalie to be Andrei Makarov.

  9. Chris says:

    Khaira’ s career path looks a bit like Dustin Penner’s deemed two small to play junior but hits a big growth spurt and winds up going the US college route. That could actually wind up being a good pick for us.

  10. eidy says:

    I’d take ebert

  11. PunjabiOil says:

    Khaira said he’ll play in the WHL if the Oilers want him to.

  12. Professor Q says:

    Has Houser been picked yet? Might be a good late pick.

  13. DBO says:

    Seems like they took Lucic hopefuls early, then overagers who will come in to the AHL in next year or two and “grow with the kids”. 2015 new arena Stanley Cup Champs! Too soon?

  14. Marc says:

    Chris:
    Khaira’ s career path looks a bit like Dustin Penner’s deemed two small to play junior but hits a big growth spurt and winds up going the US college route. That could actually wind up being a good pick for us.

    Gregor says in his live blog:
    “Khaira has a scholarship to Michigan Tech, but Everett just traded for his rights, and he said he’ll talk to the Oilers about what route is best for his career.”

  15. voxwah says:

    Sounds like he’s good friends with Nuge. That’s cool and things like that are what buy you those extra UFA years down the road. Nice job Stu.

  16. jonrmcleod says:

    Calgary drafted the Home Alone kid at #124.

  17. nelson88 says:

    Chris:
    Khaira’ s career path looks a bit like Dustin Penner’s deemed two small to play junior but hits a big growth spurt and winds up going the US college route. That could actually wind up being a good pick for us.

    +1 on this. Outside of the obvious in the 1st round i think this kid will be the Gernat/Reider of this draft for the Oilers.

  18. striatic says:

    La Leggia is RNHs buddy from Burnaby or something.

    looks like a good pick even if that wasn’t a factor though. at this point in the rebuild taking overagers at D seems calculated and a good idea, generally.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Professor Q:
    Has Houser been picked yet? Might be a good late pick.

    Agreed

  20. fuzzy muppet says:

    So when are they going to acquire actual NHL defensemen???

  21. skidplate says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    Free agency and hopefully Schultz and trade

  22. Chris says:

    Its nice to see that we can bring that classic Oilers nepotism to a new generation by drafting an overager on the basis that he’s RNH’s BFF.

  23. DBO says:

    Winnipeg got the Monsters rights for a 7th in 2013, Just an fyi

  24. TheOtherJohn says:

    Know this is a reach, but could go with BPA and select Seth Jones?

    Laleggia sounds like Charlie Huddy

  25. godot10 says:

    DBO:
    Winnipeg got the Monsters rights for a 7th in 2013, Just an fyi

    Wasn’t it a conditional #7…i.e. only if he signs.

  26. DBO says:

    godot10,

    you are correct sir

  27. SpotTheLoon says:

    Why would the Oilers draft Doogie Howser?

  28. nathan says:

    93rd pick: ‏@GabeLandeskog92 Congrats to my best friend since minor hockey @ErkanGustafsson for getting drafted today. Oilers fans, you got a good one! ‪#Proudfriend‬.

    123rd pick: ‏@RNH_93 Huge congrats to my boy @JLeggy21. Welcome to the oil.

    Surely Yakupov has a friend?

    On the other hand Malkin credits the veteran Gonchar. And Azarenka credits Khabi’s family. So I guess we are not burying Nik in the AHL this year. Not Winnin’ for MacKinnon.

  29. shawnmullin says:

    I watched this young man play when I was still working for Trail and he was in Penticton… a man among boys the way he could handle the puck, create offence and blast one timers. Just an exceptional player. May have been the best guy in the whole league and he was still a kid. Size is an issue obviously, but if he made it to post-college free agency he would have probably been one of the most heavily chased guys.

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