ENTRY DRAFT ’14: OILERS AND THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN

The Edmonton Oilers finally saw some return on their Swedish investments in 2013-14. Oscar Klefbom struggled in game one, but thereafter showed improvement each shift, and he ended the season having made a solid first impression.

NHL TOTAL PLAYERS/SWEDISH PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL

  • 2013 NHL draft—211 total players, 26 from Sweden
  • 2012 NHL draft–211 total players, 21 from Sweden
  • 2011 NHL draft, 211 total players, 25 from Sweden
  • 2010 NHL draft 210 total players, 21 from Sweden
  • 2009 NHL draft, 211 total players, 22 from Sweden
  • 2008 NHL draft,  211 total players, 19 from Sweden
  • FINAL TALLY: 1265 total players, 134 from SEL
  • PERCENTAGE: 10.5%

OILERS TOTAL PLAYERS/SWEDISH PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL

  • 2013 NHL draft—10 total players, 0 from Sweden
  • 2012 NHL draft–7 total players, 1 from Sweden
  • 2011 NHL draft–9 total players, 1 from the Sweden
  • 2010 NHL draft–11 total players, 1 from the Sweden
  • 2009 NHL draft–7 total players, 2 from the Sweden
  • 2008 NHL draft–5 total players, 0 from the Sweden
  • FINAL TALLY: 49 total players, 5 from the Sweden
  • PERCENTAGE: 10.2%

The Oilers use the Swedish talent pool exactly average. However, the club has been using some dear picks on Swedes.

SWEDISH PLAYERS DRAFTED DURING STU MACGREGOR ERA

  1. Johan Motin, 103rd overall in 2008 (1 NHL game)
  2. Magnus Paajarvi 10th overall in 2009 (218 NHL games)
  3. Anton Lander 40th overall in 2009 (94 NHL games)
  4. Oscar Klefbom 19th overall in 2011 (17 NHL games)
  5. Erik Gustafsson 93rd overall in 2012

The important thing to look at here? Where the players were selected. Sweden, unique among European countries, is an area the Oilers are willing to invest first-round selections. That probably isn’t a factor this season, but suggests there’s a significant pull toward Tre Kronor. By the way, Corey Pronman told me today the Oilers must sign Gustafsson or lose him this weekend.

TOP PLAYERS FROM SWEDEN, 2014 DRAFT

  1. L William Nylander—Pronman: Probably the most skilled player available in the draft.
  2. R Kevin Fiala—Described as a game breaker, he’s a quality prospect.
  3. L Jakub Vrana—Has a complete skill set, only question is how much will he score?
  4. R David Pastrnak—He’s a first-shot scorer with speed and skill. Outstanding prospect.
  5. L Adrian Kempe—Skill winger with size and a nice range of skills. Determined player.
  6. R Anton Karlsson—Big, strong forward with speed and skill. Enigma. 1st rder on talent alone.
  7. D Marcus Pettersson—Tall, rail thin blueliner shows two-way ability. Needs a burger.
  8. L Leon Bristedt—Remarkable offensive prospect, small and one assumes hunchback since no one talks about him.
  9. D Julius Bergman—Impressive defenseman with size and a nice range of skills.
  10. D William Lagesson—Has NHL size and some impressive boxcars.
  11. D Sebastian Aho—Undersized, puck moving defenseman. Fascinating prospect.
  12. R Oscar Lindbolm—Powerful two-way winger with some range of skills.
  13. G Jonas Johansson—Big goalie with a bunch of nice save percentages. .914 in 4 SHL games.
  14. G Linus Soderstrom—Another big goalie, and more nice save percentages.
  15. D Emil Johansson—Traditional two-way defender, can move the puck well, average size.
  16. D Adam Ollas Mattsson—Monster Swedish defenseman, has fallen down rankings since September.
  17. D Lawrence Pilut—Another undersized skill defenseman.
  18. D Andreas Englund—Big, strong and mobile defender.
  19. R Lucas Wallmark—Impressive skill, average speed. He was also eligible a year ago.
  20. D Gustav Forsling—Mid June birthday, posted nice numbers.
  21. D Andreas Soderberg—Monster on blue.

Sweden is killing it these years. I like any of the top five, but they’ll be long gone before Oilers get a chance to select their second player. I also like the sounds of Bristedt, Bergman, Lagesson, Aho, Lindholm and the goalies. Sweden: You’re the new Finland for Oiler fans!

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26 Responses to "ENTRY DRAFT ’14: OILERS AND THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN"

  1. Lynas1 says:

    I like the idea of getting a goalie from either Russia or Sweden. Hope they do.

  2. bendelson says:

    Kempe appears to be an MPS-type with speed to burn. The difference being Kempe isn’t allergic to physical play – he seeks it out.

    I wonder what the actual hang-up is with Karlsson.
    Enigma.
    This narrative follows him around and yet has he not captained several teams in the past few years? Captain Enigma!

    Two very interesting players mid to late 1st round.

  3. BrazilianOil says:

    Hey Lt,i just reas you ON post and realase taht your rooster is pretty similar than i made a few days before http://capgeek.com/armchair-gm/roster/16352 , so i like it. But the problem with both roosters would be the 15/16 season when Yak, marincin etc. Will have an upgrade on their contracts.

    Sorry for answer here, but i think due the boring days pre draft you could ask the guys here to make their roosters, like : the rooster you love mact will do and the roostr you think mact will do.

  4. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Fiala is Swiss, right?

    So this is players from the SHL, not Swedish players… ? got it.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Rom: Yes, and Pastrnak/Vrana are Czech.

  6. Woodguy says:

    Sweden is not the new Finland sir.

    Not today.

    Not ever.

    Not unless you go back and change the ethnicity of many players.

    Starting with Risto.

  7. Woodguy says:

    Blasphemer.

  8. Lowetide says:

    lol. Ha! I love the Finns, we’ll look at them tomorrow. There are TWO gems. One goes in the first round, and the other they’ll have to make trade to get (should go top 60).

  9. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide:
    lol. Ha! I love the Finns, we’ll look at them tomorrow. There are TWO gems. One goes in the first round, and the other they’ll have to make trade to get (should go top 60).

    I think the last good Fin was Niinimaa.

  10. pboy says:

    I have a feeling that the Richards boys are both going to be available this summer. The Rangers are very likely to buy out Brad Richards and there’s no way the Kings are going to pay 5.75 to Mike Richards to be their 4th line Center. My guess is MacT goes hard after one of these guys to be 2nd line Center and to bring a veteran, winning atmosphere guy into the locker room. Mike Richards is an Oiler on draft day.

  11. Lowetide says:

    This is brilliant, beautiful hockey. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s ever been better than this, because this is as good as it gets. Incredible.

  12. VanOil says:

    Lowetide:
    This is brilliant, beautiful hockey. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s ever been better than this, because this is as good as it gets. Incredible.

    This is the caliber of hockey that team Canada was playing in Sochi, but in this series both teams are playing it. Bob Cole when this series ends should drop the microphone with pride.

  13. Kitchener says:

    See what Kane is doing? That’s what Yak could look like in a few years. Pure offensive dominance. I saw him do that in junior and suspect it’s just a matter of time.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Kitchener:
    See what Kane is doing?That’s what Yak could look like in a few years.Pure offensive dominance.I saw him do that in junior and suspect it’s just a matter of time.

    Which is exactly why you don’t trade him.

  15. One-Timer says:

    Lowetide: Which is exactly why you don’t trade him.

    Kane looking very Conn Smythe-ish once again. If there’s a future playoff MVP on the Oil, I would want it to be Yak more than anyone else.

  16. Caramel Obvious says:

    Yeah, that was some game.

  17. Andy P says:

    I look at our coaching staff and their incompetence with players like Yak and Schultz and even Gags and wonder if this will ever end.

  18. HallDown says:

    I have this funny feeling that Draisaitl could click perfectly with Yakupov. Draisaitl has the slick pass for Yak’s nasty shot. Plus, we could call them “The Axis Line!”

  19. mumbai max says:

    HallDown:
    I have this funny feeling that Draisaitl could click perfectly with Yakupov. Draisaitl has the slick pass for Yak’s nasty shot. Plus, we could call them “The Axis Line!”

    Except that the Russians were Allies. Assuming that is the Axis you were referring to?

    You can easily make a case that the Russians, not the western nations won the war. The costly eastern front kept the Germans diverted. Using very round numbers, the Russians lost 20 million of the 60 million people killed in WW2. That should never be forgotten.

  20. Marc says:

    HallDown:
    I have this funny feeling that Draisaitl could click perfectly with Yakupov. Draisaitl has the slick pass for Yak’s nasty shot. Plus, we could call them “The Axis Line!”

    I think you mean the ‘Molotov-Ribbentrop’ line.

    Or perhaps the ‘Line of Brest-Litovsk’

  21. sliderule says:

    Lowetide: Which is exactly why you don’t trade him.

    If Eakins was Hawks coach Kane would have not seen the ice after coasting in and letting King score from slot.
    He kind of looked like Yak on that play.
    Hawks coach takes advantage of players strengths and doesn’t obsess on weaknesses.

  22. cabbiesmacker says:

    VanOil: Bob Cole when this series ends should drop the microphone with pride.

    I was thinking more along the lines of Bob Cole should just put down the microphone and go away….forever. He’s always let his pathetic favoritism shine through and this series is no exception.

    I guess learning how to pronounce Chicago would be too much to ask.

  23. mumbai max says:

    cabbiesmacker: I was thinking more along the lines of Bob Cole should just put down the microphone and go away….forever. He’s always let his pathetic favoritism shine through and this series is no exception.

    I guess learning how to pronounce Chicago would be too much to ask.

    Wow. Learn to pronounce ‘respect’. The dude is 80, and has been coming to work for 45 years and doing his best. Most people think of him as an icon, unlike most of the bland and faceless replacements. Most games you barely know who is calling the game. BORING. Keep going Mr. Cole. JOE….SAKIC

  24. nycoil says:

    mumbai max,

    I’m not old enough to have listened to Foster Hewitt, so for me Bob Cole is the voice of hockey. Yes, he has lost the ability to keep up with the game the last five years so his play-by-play game calling has suffered, but he still has that voice; I take him over Doc Emerick any day of the week (I can’t stand Emerick– a sky hook is a basketball term, not hockey–but that’s who we get on most national games on NBC here in the US).

    Also, I don’t think there is even any argument that without the Soviets the Allies lose WWII in Europe, so agree with your premise.

    I can’t see Yak ever turning into Kane. Hoping more for Stamkos-lite with that one-timer; Kane has always had an ability to find the prime scoring areas of the ice without getting clocked–elusiveness/shiftiness, whatever you want to call it, he has always had that and a tendency to show up in big games. I know clutch is nonsense, but let’s say he “rises to the occasion.” I see Hall and Eberle both being able to do that should we ever get there.

    If Nylander were 6’1″ where would he go in this draft? Top 3?

  25. cabbiesmacker says:

    mumbai max: Wow. Learn to pronounce ‘respect’. The dude is 80, and has been coming to work for 45 years and doing his best. Most people think of him as an icon, unlike most of the bland and faceless replacements. Most games you barely know who is calling the game. BORING.Keep going Mr. Cole. JOE….SAKIC

    I’d respect him more if he just walked away like he should have years ago. He can’t keep up to the game as it transpires and like I said earlier..he’s a hapless homer who lets it show bigtime. Can’t pronounce player names properly. etc etc etc

    Pastures calling Bob. Take the call.

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