OILERS AT 91: WILLIAM LAGESSON

I had him at No. 77, he’s an interesting two way player. A few notes from sources:

    • ISS Lagesson shows traits of a good two-way defender with some intrigue in the offensive zone as he displayed flashes of a big shot. Good mobility, foot speed and overall skating ability for a defenseman of his size. Good presence on the offensive  point, great shot that he is able to get through traffic and keeps it fairly low to the ground. Good release, doesn’t need a full wind-up to get pucks off. Physicality should be a bigger facet to his game to give him that defensive upside and promise that he shows on the puck. William shows a good basis for the two-way game with a good shot and mobility when running the offensive point. Upside remains at the raw stage, project type.
    • McKeens: A favourite of coach Andres Eriksen at the 2014 World U18 Championships; Lagesson played quality minutes and finishedthe tournament with three goals .. a scrappy, physical hard-nosed competitor who competes for every inch on the ice .. an ‘in your face’type of defender who reacts quickly to loose pucks and is able to identify threats .. under-stated offensive ability as the third highestscoring defenseman in the SuperElit J20 behind only Aho and Kylington; both of whom graduated to the SHL .. employs a better than averageshot and good hockey sense .. improved on his puck handling ability following the 5 Nations tournament in February showing the abilityto shift out of danger to create added time and space for himself and not just dumping it down the ice .. feet are subpar especiallywhen defending in a reverse movement, resorting to skating forward which makes him easy to blow by .. speed and power is not quitethere yet despite having a short, stocky build with a developed core ..plays with sand paper and is not unlike Ulf Samuellson in his abilityto get under the opponents skin to goad them into penalties.
    • Elite Prospects: A strong defenseman that can put up some points, but plays more convincingly in his own zone. Likes to get involved in the rough stuff and has a pretty good physical game. Strong positionally, but could work some on his skating skills. (EP 2014)
    • Stu MacGregor: “He makes a good first pass and has some hockey sense but I can’t emphasize how much he wants to battle and compete. One-on-one he’s a warrior. Doesn’t hurt that he’s coming over here to get used to the ice surface. He’s probably going to college after Dubuque.”
    • Martin Lunden: “Solid pick at 91. made a huge impact in with jr team. 1st team coach loves him (former U20coach Rönnmark). good size, average+ puck handling. He doesn’t stand out in the SHL, but he’s a 17 y/o playing with men so no wonder. He doesn’t make a fool out of himself though..”
    • More information here.

 

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  1. Jon K says:

    William Lagesson

    D 6-2/195 22-Feb-96
    YEAR TEAM GP G A PTS PIM
    2012-13 Frolunda (Swe J18 Elit) 20 1 12 13 60
    2013-14 Frolunda (Swe Jr) 44 8 12 20 30

    McKeen’s:

    A favourite of coach Andres Eriksen at the 2014 World U18
    Championships; Lagesson played quality minutes and finished
    the tournament with three goals .. a scrappy, physical hard-nosed
    competitor who competes for every inch on the ice .. an ‘in your face’
    type of defender who reacts quickly to loose pucks and is able to
    identify threats .. under-stated offensive ability as the third highest
    scoring defenseman in the SuperElit J20 behind only Aho and Kylington;
    both of whom graduated to the SHL .. employs a better than average
    shot and good hockey sense .. improved on his puck handling ability
    following the 5 Nations tournament in February showing the ability
    to shift out of danger to create added time and space for himself
    and not just dumping it down the ice .. feet are subpar especially
    when defending in a reverse movement, resorting to skating forward
    which makes him easy to blow by .. speed and power is not quite
    there yet despite having a short, stocky build with a developed core ..
    plays with sand paper and is not unlike Ulf Samuellson in his ability
    to get under the opponents skin to goad them into penalties.

    The Hockey News:

    Character guy plays a two-way game; mobility needs work.

    Edit: I have to log off for the day, but I’ll come back and try to add the bios for draft picks later.

  2. wheatnoil says:

    Other than the fact that he’s adding to the ridiculous glut of left handed defenseman prospects, this sounds like a pretty reasonable pick. The fact that he can stay in Sweden for a couple years allows the Oilers to make some decisions on the current group of D-prospects before bringing him over if he continues to improve.

  3. Bag of Pucks says:

    Skill with size. MacT you Magnificent Basterd (misspelled to stay on theme)

  4. Younger Oil says:

    Eliteprospects: A strong defenseman that can put up some points, but plays more convincingly in his own zone. Likes to get involved in the rough stuff and has a pretty good physical game. Strong positionally, but could work some on his skating skills. (EP 2014).

    Seems like a good pick on paper, but another left handed Dman is not what we need.

    Looks kinda like Taylor Hall though, maybe it’s something to do with that.

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=86158

  5. danny says:

    Not sure about his eye glow, but the kid sure has FLOW.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/455642743436767232/L933B_Y7.jpeg

  6. Lowetide says:

    Interesting player. He had a nice WJ’s I suspect they saw him good, but I’m always in favor of skill over goaltending or stay at home/coke machines.

  7. Caramel Obvious says:

    Was he the best D available in the spot?

  8. Lowetide says:

    Caramel Obvious:
    Was he the best D available in the spot?

    I had a few ahead of him, including two Oil Kings. That doesn’t mean anything, mind.

  9. PaperDesigner says:

    They take Zachary Nagelvoort at 111. Goaltender, so, who knows.

  10. Henry says:

    How long before this kid is an Oil King?

  11. wheatnoil says:

    slambanna:
    Nice write up here:

    http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2014/6/15/5805294/william-lagesson-2014-nhl-draft-prospect-profile

    From that link…

    “By the way, the Dubuque Fighting Saints drafted Lagesson with their first pick in the USHL Draft in May. That doesn’t necessarily mean he will come to North America shortly. Especially if there’s an opportunity to play with the senior team next season. Then again, I doubt Dubuque would have used their first pick on someone they didn’t have some confidence of coming over. We’ll see.”

  12. Tarkus says:

    Henry:
    How long before this kid is an Oil King?

    Not likely. This was Nagelvoort’s 3rd year of draft eligibility. Born Jan 1994.

    And being a Michigander, his territorial rights would belong to the OHL anyway.

  13. Clarkenstein says:

    Henry:
    How long before this kid is an Oil King?

    That was my first thought!

  14. Henry says:

    PaperDesigner:
    They take Zachary Nagelvoort at 111. Goaltender, so, who knows.

    Smart to take goalies in college. You can watch him develop for free as long as he starts.

  15. Bar_Qu says:

    Pointing out the Oilers have a bunch of LHD right now as a talking point about this guy is meaningless. IF he plays, it is at least 5 years down the road (he’s a “project”).

    I like this pick, simply because you can’t have too many good D bubbling under, and if the Oil got him 20 after he was projected, then this is a value pick, regardless of where he ends up.

    Well done MacT and the gang.

  16. Woodguy says:

    Lagesson has Tom Gilbert hair.

    That’s good enough for me.

  17. Henry says:

    Tarkus,

    Sorry, I was referring to Bjorn Borg. Twitter had him going to Iowa, he belongs in Edmonton.

  18. Tarkus says:

    Henry:
    Tarkus,

    Sorry, I was referring to Bjorn Borg.Twitter had him going to Iowa, he belongs in Edmonton.

    Gotcha. Carry on!

  19. rickithebear says:

    Phanuef with gunnerson last 3 years
    2.09 EVGa/60
    without ginnerson
    3.01 EVGA/60.

    gunnerson
    is a 29% shots inside box area and 14.6% (elite) success rate last 3 years.

    He was a ufa target i hoped for next year.
    Stl usually signs these players.

  20. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Not getting my hopes up. I suspect we won’t hear much about him in the coming years.

  21. raventalon40 says:

    Bar_Qu:
    Pointing out the Oilers have a bunch of LHD right now as a talking point about this guy is meaningless. IF he plays, it is at least 5 years down the road (he’s a “project”).

    I like this pick, simply because you can’t have too many good D bubbling under, and if the Oil got him 20 after he was projected, then this is a value pick, regardless of where he ends up.

    Well done MacT and the gang.

    Trade brewing for Gernat or Marincin, then. IMO. Book it.

  22. raventalon40 says:

    No Edgars Kulda yet? #Surprised.

  23. supernova says:

    Nice pick. Decent value. We are starting to run out of swedes, feel like Lander is gone soon.

    “Competes for every inch” ” not unlike Ulf Sameulson in the ability to get under opponents skin”

    We need that

    He has time to work on skating.

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