Peter Chiarelli will like William Lagesson, because he is physical, skates well and has a good frame. He needs to work on his coverage, but you can say that about every man on this list. One problem for the young Swede: We are at No. 16 on the Top 20 list, and Lagesson is is the seventh defenseman among the top 15, and the sixth left-handed blue (Nurse, Reinhart, Davidson, Jones, Paigin, now Lagesson). With Andrej Sekera and Oscar Klefbom already established with the big club, there is a lot of competition for this player.
PREVIOUSLY NO. 16 ON THE WINTER LIST
- December 2004: L Brock Radunske (0) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2005: L Slava Trukhno (0) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2006: D Theo Peckham (160) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2007: D Mathieu Roy (66) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2008: L Teemu Hartikainen (52) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2009: L Toni Rajala (0) (GM: Steve Tambellini)
- December 2010: D Taylor Chorney (87) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
- December 2011: G Frans Tuohimaa (0) (GM: Steve Tambellini)
- December 2012: G Olivier Roy (0) (GM: Steve Tambellini)
- December 2013: R John McCarron (0) (GM: Steve Tambellini)
We are now well into the land of the distant bells, the blacktop long gone and at this point in the road, electricity and indoor plumbing are a luxury. Theo Peckham could have had a career in my opinion, but it was derailed by the errors of youth. One note: Just because we are talking about failed propsects, many of these names were at one time valuable draft picks. Brock Radunske (No. 74 overall), Theo Peckham (No. 75 overall) and Taylor Chorney (No. 36) were all chosen when real value should have been the expected return.
WHAT THEY SAID ON DRAFT DAY
- Corey Pronman: “He’s a guy I had rated around 60. I’ve seen him play well many times, he’s a player I really like. At the U-18 level, in the tournament in February and in April, he was a top player for Sweden U-18s). He’s a physical defenseman he skates well and defends well. I don’t think he’s a sterling offensive player, but he has average puck moving ability. He won’t be in the World Juniors this year. I think this is a guy who is going to be a very good prospect and the Oilers got good value where they picked them.”
- 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.
- McKeens: 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. 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 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..”
PREVIOUS TOP 20 RANKING
- Summer 2014: No. 13
- Winter 2014: No. 15
- Summer 2015: No. 20
- Winter 2015: No. 16
Lagesson does not possess a strong offensive dynamic, so his ability to climb this list is limited. That said, I do value things like being named to National teams and Lagesson is on Sweden’s radar for all major tournaments.
- Lagesson on being part of Sweden’s WJ team, January 2015: “I’m really excited about it. It’s a great opportunity for me, and it’s going to be a great experience. I was a little surprised at first, but the (Team Sweden) coach came over and watched one of our games about two weeks ago, and that’s when I kind of knew I had a chance to make the team.” Source
#Oilers haven't seen much of 2014 pick William Lagesson, who missed last year's camp. Here this year. Big kid. Looks every bit of 6-2, 197.
— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) July 2, 2015
- U. Massachusetts hockey coach John Micheletto: “There’s a lot to like in (Lagesson)’s game. He’s a prototypical two-way defenseman that we value here. Mobile and smart enough to defend on the big ice, but also can use those tools to exploit the big ice on offense.” Source
- His D partner at UMass, Ivan Chukarov: “He’s really reliable. He’s aggressive, strong on his feet. “Also, he’s really smart with moving the puck. Sweden is getting a top-notch defenseman. He makes it easy playing with him.” Source
Team Sweden William Lagesson Team USA Blue Erik Foley, Caleb Jones, Colin White pic.twitter.com/cPGWbUFumR
— DraftBuzz Hockey (@draftbuzzhockey) August 3, 2015
Lagesson is an extremely interesting prospect. His NHLE this year (82GP, 3-7-10) does not inspire, but the scouting reports and ongoing verbal surrounding the player suggest he should be held in high regard. You only get snapshots of these kids during summer camp (D William Lagesson. Taller and bigger than I thought he’d be, wiry kid, smooth skater. I like him) and so much depends on their personal development. We can hope for more offense, but the scouting reports and the results since his draft march in lock step in this area.
THE 2014 DRAFT
- Leon Draisaitl No. 3 overall and turning into an impact player before our eyes. Has now passed 50 NHL games, so is officially a graduate from the list and will not appear on the summer edition. Fantastic picks, Mr. MacTavish and Mr. MacGregor. No. 2 prospect, Winter 2015.
- William Lagesson No. 91 overall and starting well in his freshman NCAA season (18GP, 2-4-6). Most of his value will be defensive and his inclusion again on the Swedish national team for the WJs is another positive arrow. No. 16 prospect, Winter 2016.
- Zach Nagelvoort No. 111 overall and the return in the Mike Brown trade. He started the season slowly, and has only mildly recovered. A candidate for the Winter top 20.
- Liam Coughlin No. 130 overall and is now part of the Chicago Blackhawks prospect umbrella. Peter Chiarelli dealt him to the ‘Hawks for goalie Anders Nilsson. No longer in organization.
- Tyler Vesel No. 153 overall and not making offensive progress in his sophomore NCAA season. A candidate for the Winter top 20.
- Keven Bouchard No. 183 overall and started the year 9GP, 4.86 .839. Since then, he is 3.30, .904. A candidate for the Winter top 20.