NO. 9 PROSPECT (winter 2014): KYLE PLATZER

Kyle Platzer is gaining traction as a prospect, with a range of skills and a major spike in the boxcars as a kicker. For Oilers’ fans, it could mean a two-way center is on the way via the suddenly flourishing 2013 entry draft. He was part of the dizzying return in the trade of the No. 37 overall pick two years ago.

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PREVIOUSLY NUMBER NINE ON THE WINTER LIST

  • December 2004: G Devan Dubnyk (171)
  • December 2005: L Tony Salmelainen (70)
  • December 2006: D Jozef Hrabal (0)
  • December 2007: G Devan Dubnyk (171)
  • December 2008: D Cody Wild (0)
  • December 2009: L Teemu Hartikainen (52)
  • December 2010: C Anton Lander (94)
  • December 2011: R Tyler Pitlick (10)
  • December 2012: R Tyler Pitlick (10)
  • December 2013: D Martin Gernat (0)

This has been a soft area over the last decade, the Oilers drafted Dubnyk in the first round in 2004 and he was No. 9 overall a couple of times during his progression. The list does highlight the ‘so close and yet so far’ nature of the MBS era, as Hartikainen, Lander and Pitlick have shown enough promise to receive NHL auditions. They have not delivered—at least not yet—and that is the story of the last five seasons at number nine.

 

 WHAT THEY SAID ON DRAFT DAY

  • Brock Otten, OHL Prospects: Platzer did absolutely everything London’s coaching staff asked him to do this year, including seeing some time on the blueline to cover for injuries. That’s why he managed to (mostly) avoid the carousel many of London’s other younger players had to ride (like Jammes, Liberati, Pawley, etc) in 2013. His numbers don’t jump out at you, and they won’t with the barely 10 minutes of ice time he saw a game. But you have to assess him based on what he was able to do with that ice time (similar to Remi Elie who’s rated higher). Platzer may not be huge (pushing 5’11), but he’s a skilled player who also can provide energy and persistence away from the puck. You might notice Platzer outworking opposing defenses along the boards, or beating them to loose pucks, but he’s also clearly a very intelligent offensive player who is capable of putting up higher point totals. He did lead his Waterloo GOJHL team in scoring as a 16 year old in 2012. The one thing I admire about London is their ability to make younger players work hard to stay in the line-up. Ice time is earned, not given. And Platzer earned every second of time he received this year.
  • Redline Report: Platzer, while not as big and strong around the net as Elie, recorded five points (2G, 3A) in his first five playoff games, to go along with a +6 in the plus/minus category. Platzer, who had five goals all season in his 4th line role, uses speed and instincts around the offensive end to pop into openings and create dangerous chances.

 

POINTS BY DISCIPLINE, KYLE PLATZER

PLAYER EV PP PK TOTAL
PLATZER OHL 2012-13 65, 4-17-21 .323 65, 1-0-1 65, 0-0-0 65, 5-17-22
PLATZER OHL 2013-14 66, 12-11-23 .348 66, 9-3-12 .182 66, 1-0-1 66, 22-14-36
PLATZER OHL 2014-15 24, 6-10-16 .667 24, 2-9-11 .458 24, 1-1-2 24, 9-20-29

Platzer was a depth player in his draft year, the Oilers reached to take him no matter the skill set (he didn’t play a lot, as described by Brock Otten above). In his draft +1 season it was more of the same until a trade to Owen Sound, where (as you can see) he got significant power play time. This season Platzer blossomed and is currently doubling last season’s EV offense and almost tripling the PP totals. That my friends is a nice curve.

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 PREVIOUS TOP 20 RANKING

  • Summer 2013: 20
  • Winter 2013: 21
  • Summer 2014: 30
  • Winter 2014: 9

The ranking reflects the enormous bump in offense and is also a tell about what is valued on this list. A complete player’s skills—offensive ability with an extra element like checking or power-play ability—represent a potential prospect treasure. Platzer’s development could be a big damn deal.

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING THIS SEASON

  • Klye Platzer on Kyle Platzer: “It’s a combination of skill and grit that I’m trying to incorporate. It just so happens that it has translated into more points.” Source
  • Kyle Platzer: “I probably added about 20 pounds.” Source
  • Kyle Platzer: “Some people need to work on their skill. My needs were definitely that physical maturity. I added some mobility to my workouts so I wasn’t just a big guy that couldn’t move. When you put on that much weight you still want to keep your speed.” Source

THE FUTURE

When a 19-year old junior player steps up offensively, the reaction is (and should be) ‘so what?’ but in the case of Kyle Platzer the are two items that are important. He didn’t play a regular shift on a big line in his draft year and was traded in year two. Added to the increase in size (the second item) and we may well be looking at a completely different player. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, he’s a 19-year old prospect whose NHLE (82, 9-21-30) doesn’t scream top 6F. On the other  hand, a two-way center with some skill is always in vogue so Platzer’s progress is a real positive for the organization.

Platzer will probably sign with the Oilers in the spring and try his hand in the AHL fall 2015. If he ends up being a modern Kyle Brodziak? That’s my guess as an outer marker. It’s important for the Oilers to cash some of the group 2011-2013, as the 2010 draft looks like it may be only two deep (Hall, Marincin). One of these draft years needs to provide two or more value contracts. Kyle Platzer is an excellent candidate.

2013 NHL DRAFT

  • Darnell Nurse, No. 7 overall. Good arrows, already played 2 NHL games. A bright future ahead. No. 2 overall prospect.
  • Marco Roy, No. 59 overall. Injuries have impacted him since draft day. Inside the Top 20.
  • Bogdan Yakimov, No. 83 overall. Mammoth Russian progressing smartly. No. 4 overall prospect.
  • Anton Slepyshev, No. 88 overall. Slick Russian winger running in place in the KHL. Candidate for winter 20.
  • Jackson Houck, No. 94 overall. Enjoying a good season. Candidate for winter 20.
  • Kyle Platzer, No. 96 overall. Emerging as a quality NHL prospect this year. No. 9 overall prospect.
  • Aidan Muir, No. 113 overall. Now in college, scoring a little. Candidate for winter 20.
  • Evan Campbell, No. 128 overall. Scoring well in college this year. Candidate for winter 20.
  • Ben Betker, No. 158 overall. Huge defender continues to progress. Candidate for winter 20.
  • Greg Chase, No. 188 overall. Signed a contract, strong camp, weird WHL season so far. No. 6 overall prospect.

The 2013 draft is tracking very well after Year 1. Two players have made it to the NHL for a cup of coffee and men like Greg Chase and Kyle Platzer have jumped their draft number in the 17 months since draft day.

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24 Responses to "NO. 9 PROSPECT (winter 2014): KYLE PLATZER"

  1. Pouzar says:

    I wonder if MacT had “let’s re-stock the cupboard and get the development machine started” in mind when he made that trade. There could be a ton of guys from that draft in the A next year. Love it.

    Did I mention Yakimov is awesome?

  2. stush18 says:

    One of the most fristerating thing is how we handle our prospects. Drouin is arguably a much better prospect then drai and tampa has been putting him in and put of the lineup, depending on how he plays. Same with lazar and horvat. And they are more developed. Seriously Mact should have done a nashville and signed everyone he could have this summer in order to fill the roster out.

    Why do we overvalue and undersevelop our prospects? Seriously i am hard pressed to find any other organizations that act on prospects like we do. Nelsons doing a great job, but thats not what im worried about.

    Im so worried we will end up gagner-ing drai and ruining him. All because mact is hnable to do his job properly. Now we are going to have to give up an asset for a fix that should have been solved over summer.

    Its been a tough couple weeks. Rant over.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Keven Bouchard gave up 5 goals tonight, so they brought in the backup and he gave up 6. Val D’OH!

  4. sliderule says:

    Lowetide:
    Keven Bouchard gave up 5 goals tonight, so they brought in the backup and he gave up 6. Val D’OH!

    He was highly recommended by Chabot.

  5. geowal says:

    Greg Chase is 2G 1A in 4 games and -3 since arriving at the Royals. Seems like he’s finding the offense there anyways.

  6. Yak2 says:

    stush18:
    One of the most fristerating thing is how we handle our prospects. Drouin is arguably a much better prospect then drai and tampa has been putting him in and put of the lineup, depending on how he plays. Same with lazar and horvat. And they are more developed. Seriously Mact should have done a nashville and signed everyone he could have this summer in order to fill the roster out.

    Why do we overvalue and undersevelop our prospects? Seriously i am hard pressed to find any other organizations that act on prospects like we do. Nelsons doing a great job, but thats not what im worried about.

    Im so worried we will end up gagner-ing drai and ruining him. All because mact is hnable to do his job properly. Now we are going to have to give up an asset for a fix that should have been solved over summer.

    Its been a tough couple weeks. Rant over.

    Have you looked at their team? There’s depth all around. We don’t have that necessity at C.

  7. Kmart99 says:

    Fasth is on a good run here in his last 7gp, there’s no excuse for this team to only have 2 wins in that span.

    .960 OTL
    .912 L
    .882 L
    .923 L
    .824 L
    .952 W
    .935 W

  8. The Great Gazoo says:

    Kmart99:
    Fasth is on a good run here in his last 7gp, there’s no excuse for this team to only have 2 wins in that span.

    .960 OTL
    .912 L
    .882 L
    .923 L
    .824 L
    .952 W
    .935 W

    There are some nice numbers there, for sure. Now work out their SH% (or rather, G%) through those games, and you’ve got your answer to the 0 wins.

  9. McSorley33 says:

    Buffalo wins in a SO….

  10. Lowetide says:

    Zach Nagelvoort stopped 24 shots tonight, but left before the game was over. so, better SP and a nice turnaround from a struggling start.


    Nagelvoort has been in between the pipes for each of the Wolverines past five victories, earning high praise from Michigan coach Red Berenson as he continues to tighten his grasp on the starting role.

    http://www.michigandaily.com/sports/michigan-scores-three-first-period-goals-blowout-win-over-rpi

  11. Gerta Rauss says:

    I’ve got to admit this Calgary team is fun to watch

    That Arizona goalie has put together a nice 1st period

  12. Gerta Rauss says:

    I like the fact that the Oilers have a number of C working their way through the system-Platzer, Chase, JJ, Yak2 – quite the change from year’s past

    No idea if any of them will make it, but drafting and developing is step 1

  13. TemujinBC says:

    stush18,

    On Horvat, not sure if you saw this video

    http://youtu.be/3dOr43A_bwo

    The scene is from last week. Welcome to the bigs, Bo, you are here to stay.

    Kyle Platzer has a great hockey name.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Two point night for Pitlick, Barons win. Nice.

  15. eidy says:

    Chase with a goal. Houck as well.

  16. The Great Gazoo says:

    Carolina should change their team name to The Red Sea: http://i.imgur.com/Qqd8wqP.gif

  17. stush18 says:

    TemujinBC,

    Ya i did haha

    Yak2,

    Do you mean they dont have a necessity at c? Mot being a jerk just confused at what ypur saying.

    I still have a hard time convincing myself that macT did all he could to get a c this summer. The depth chart is ridiculously shallow.

  18. Hammers says:

    Looks like 6 guys to at least make the Barons from that 2013 draft .. Even Nurse should spend some time in OKL . I think Nelson will have a decent team with potential to be a top team . Even if Klefbom moves up and Lander up or out via trade or back to Sweden . I’m hoping McT does the right thing with ALL these prospects . Still wondering just how close Pakirinen & Yakimov will be for next year.LT do you expect Pilick and Lander to get some Oiler games this year ??

  19. stush18 says:

    I am really confused as to where the blame lies right now as to why we cant win.

    Starting at the top i really think mact is stuck in a hard place. We were so bare in prospects and any depth that we are basically just reaching the point where any team should be, let alone our cupboards overflowing with prospects. In order to not send us back to the dark ages, we have to be willing to wait and draft and develop properly, in a “red wing” fashion. Problem is is we waited while tambo did nothing while he should have been restocking our cupboards. That being said, mact has made a few gambles that im not sure i agree with. Fayne? Yes. Pouliot? I thought it was an overpay at the time, but he is still more of what we need. Nikitin? I think it was an overpay and he may be suffering from JJ wonky back syndrome, but that was not a good bet at that money. We dont have nearly as much free money as people have suggested. Plus, mact has left us hanging at c.

    Personally, before the pouliot signing i had us getting a centre and starting leon on 3lw.

    Coming to eakins, i am confused as hell. He talks the talk, deploys the forwards as well as anyone could hope. However, the defense confuses the hell out of me. We all see that fayne and petry should play more, so i dont understand why they arent. The nikitin thing is making everything seem worse then it is, if we remember when he was healthy at the start of the year, he was playing well. Eakins seems to understand deployment for the most part, and is being hindered with the play of his defense.

    However. This team cannot score, and it gives up too many A quality chances. The powerplay is dreadful, and not only can we not sustain pressure, we can hardly even set up on the pp. i know hall has backed him, but what else can he publicly say? Hartley has gotten a lot more out of worst roster. His players seems to want to battle for him. Ken holland said that babcock is a guy that holds his team accountable, and has a demeanour that makes the team want to follow him. Nothing against eakins, but i dont get that feeling from him and the team. When players make stupid plays, sit them. When players dont play how they should, sit them. If the need to be scratched, scratch them. Hold players accountable to your message. That is the only way we are able to tell if it is the players or coach that is responsible. If we continually scratch players for not listening and for playing wromg, yet we keep losing, well maybe it is the coach and his system. Not saying thats the case, but we will not know until eakins starts holding people accountable. This obviously is made easier with more depth, which falls on mact. Although to be fair, i think our depth is getting a lot better.

    Finally, the players. We have basically flipped an entire team. This roster is much better then the past few years, but we still cannot score or defend properly. Anyone thats played any level of hockey should agree that there really is no coaching in the offensive end. On the powerplay? Yes, but you have to outwork the pk, otherwise you will not score.

    Really hockey is simple. Support the puck, protect the house, drive the nets, stay in front of your man, finish your checks, when in doubt toey out, etc. i dont understand why so many of our players are missing these fundamentals in there games. This isnt coaching really, its a lack of drive and effort. I spend every game shouting and waving at the tv over missed checks, shots high and wide, stupid pinches, no awareness in the defensive zone, and just plain old puckwatching.

    If i were mact, i would try and parlay ebs into a top pairing dman, and schultz into a centre. Then tell eakins to run his roster, and to hold players accountable through less minutes, scratching, and rewarded ice time for good play. Then if the team isnt delivering, get rid of eakins.

    Ebs and 3rd for shattenkirk and reaves? According to eklund.

    Schultz for helm? Anisomov? Couts? Schenn? I have no idea what hes worth anymore. But grab a c.

  20. frjohnk says:

    Really, really, really liking the arrows of this 2013 draft.
    Still early but it could be the draft that proves to be the backbone of the oiler team over the next decade.
    Nurse could be Dman we need/want
    Yak2 , and Chase could be solid contributors to the mid six.
    Sleppy could be a widcard. Might be a big skilled winger.
    One of Platzer and Houck could surprise and make bottom 6.
    And never count out a big man who has mobility (Betker).

  21. 99thoilerfan says:

    I hope Yak2 can help Yak1 …………

    Love to see what Gene could do with that……….

  22. denbanc1 says:

    Why we can’t win in the West? Top three Oiler coaches are from the east. Pouliot, Nikitin, Fayne, Ference, joensu, Purcell all from the Eastern conference. Do you see a trend here? Maybe in time these players will learn how to win in this conference, but it’ shouldn’t be a surprise that the players we have signed were slow out of the gate this fall. Nor should it be a surprise that players who look good in the East may not look so good playing out west.

    Coaches and Players who have little experience against their opponents in the West are also not going to be as good mentoring rookies.

    I think we need more Peron and Hendricks and less Purcell and Pouliot.

  23. Bruce McCurdy says:

    denbanc1,

    Interesting theory, though Nikitin played in the West until CBJ moved east in 2013-14. Ference also had quite a few years in the west though that was a while back.

  24. denbanc1 says:

    Thank you for your response, I respect your opinion a great deal. I forgot to mention Aulie and the Marlie rejects.

    I think that Fayne and Pouliot before his injury are and were coming along well, but I think it helps explain debacle 2 along with the fact that Eakins failed to use the Exhibition season to meld in all of the new players.

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