COMBING THROUGH THE HINTERLANDS

by Lowetide

Over the last couple of weeks, I have examined the minor leagues for possible trade acquisitions that might fit the Edmonton Oilers at the deadline, or in summer. On the weekend, I had a look at some of the names who might be available from NHL rosters while also fitting into Peter Chiarelli’s plan. This afternoon, instead of running another top 30 for the 2016 draft, I thought it might be an idea to look at each of the 30 NHL teams and examine their prospects lists outside North American pro (CHL, College, Euro pro and amateur). I will do it in two parts, beginning with this post. Will the Oilers trade for picks, prospects or young AHL players? It is an interesting question.

The AHL looks are here:

The NHL look is here:

JUNIOR, COLLEGE AND EUROPE (teams 1-15)

  • Anaheim Ducks: D Jacob Larsson is a teenager posting points (13 in 40gp) in the SHL. Good size, mobile, creative. C Julius Nattinen is a playmaking center for the Barrie Colts of the OHL (54 points in 41gp), has a range of skills. R Nick Sorensen is 21, quick, fast and brilliant—he would be an outstanding add who could help soon. He has 19 points in 33 SHL games. D Marcus Pettersson is tall, rail thin and shows two-way ability. Turns 20 in May.
  • Arizona Coyotes: C Christian Dvorak is a great skater and has terrific skill. His point total (101 in 47gp) is fantastic, and he does appear to have some ability beyond pure offense. R Conor Garland was a great pick a year ago and would be a fine trade target this coming deadline. He is skilled, has 111 points in 51 games, and despite being small, would appear to have a future.
  • Boston Bruins: G Daniel Vladar was an inspired pick last summer and is money (.921) in the USHL at this time. C Danton Heinen is a college center with skill, posting 31 points in 30 games with U. Denver. Has a great shot.
  • Buffalo Sabres: R Hudson Fasching. Throwback player who has developed nicely since being drafted. He is a big winger with some skill (33 points in 29gp). C Giorgio Estephan is a fine skill player (63 points in 51 games) who lasted way too late at the draft. C Eric Cornell is a great possession player and has posted impressive offense this year with the Peterborough Petes (70 points in 56 games).
  • Calgary Flames: C Andrew Mangiapane, who we discussed forever on this blog before draft day, is killing it (80 points in 47 games) with the Barrie Colts. D Rasmus Andersson is a smart 2-way D with some chaos in his game, progressing nicely. Almost a point per game in the OHL.
  • Carolina Hurricanes: R Lucas Wallmark, impressive skill, average speed, 21 points in 41 SHL games. C Nicolas Roy is a rugged forward with skill, 74 points in 51 games in what is a major spike in his draft +1 junior season.
  • Chicago Blackhawks: R Beau Starrett. Huge (6.05, 205) winger who works hard and wins corner battles. Not playing a lot in university (Cornell), but he fits the Chiarelli skill set. R Roy Radke. He is a 6.03 power winger whose offense (34 points in 55 games) has improved this season.
  • Colorado Avalanche: R Connor Bleackley. Gritty winger with skill, someone similar to Colby Armstrong based on resume. D Kyle Wood. Giant (6.05, 217) defender can move and has some offensive ability.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: R Keegan Kolesar. He is a big (6.02, 217) winger who has improved offensively (57, 30-29-59) with Seattle Thunderbirds.
  • Dallas Stars: D Niklas Hansson. A raw talent when drafted, he is a talented offensive defender with all kinds of useful tools. He is 21, has 21 points in 37 SHL games.
  • Detroit Red Wings: D Vile Saarijarvi. Small, highly skilled defender is having a strong season in the OHL with Flint (47, 11-22-33). G Joren Van Pottelberghe. Giant Swedish goalie, I would put a Detroit or Nashville goalie on all procurement lists. He has been very good in international competitions.
  • Edmonton Oilers. D Ziyat Paigin. Giant Russian (6.06, 209) is having a strong KHL season (46, 9-19-28), is a legit prospect. A re-draft of 2015 would  have him much higher. D Ethan Bear. Another 2015 pick from the deep, he is posting a substantial offensive season (58, 16-41-57) and is progressing well. D Caleb Jones makes it a trio from the 2015 draft, a good skater with a range of skills, his offense (55, 9-37-46) is far better than previously reported.
  • Florida Panthers. D Ian McCoshen. He is a very nice prospect, combining size, speed and two-way ability. He has been very consistent in college. C Jayce Hawryluk. A quality offensive center who also plays a strong game without the puck. He is 5.10, 197 but plays a more complete game than a lot of the smaller forwards mentioned here.
  • Los Angeles Kings. D Erik Cernak. Big defender, reports have him as a wrecking crew who can move. L Austin Wagner is a speedy winger who can score, having a nice year with the Regina Pats.
  • Minnesota Wild. C Joel Eriksson-Ek. Impressive C, complete range of skills with offensive ability. He is 36, 8-6-14 in the SHL this year. D Carson Soucy is from tiny Irma AB (about two hours south of Edmonton), he is 6.04, 210 and can skate. Attending Minnesota-Duluth and have a decent junior season.

Final 15 on Wednesday.

 

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Ca$h-McMoney!

Having watched a ton of WHL hockey this year, I am comfortable reporting the following on Jayce Hawryluk, over and above his ability: He might very well be the most effective pest in the WHL. I’d say he is by a long shot.

Mr DeBakey

Buffalo Sabres….. C Giorgio Estephan is a fine skill player (63 points in 51 games) who lasted way too late at the draft

I had him penciled for the Oilers 86th pick.
Of course, they didn’t keep that pick
But 152nd? Sheesh.

Los Angeles Kings. D Erik Cernak. Big defender, reports have him as a wrecking crew who can move.

Just think if the Oilers would’ve had a pick early in the 2nd round – before the 43rd.
Damn.
Oh well maybe this year a big, mobile RHD will be available early in the 2nd.

Truth

Here’s to hoping Caleb turns out to be the best of the Jones’

square_wheels

Mr DeBakey,

so we can develop and trade him for magic beans !!

there you go bringing up Petry again

slamsfingersindoorscreamsfuckyouMacT

Younger Oil

While Benning is concussed we should probably offer him Purcell in exchange for Horvat and/or Virtanen.

Gayfish

Truth:
Here’s to hoping Caleb turns out to be the best of the Jones’

So let me get this straight, Popeye is 6’8, Seth is 6’4 and Caleb is 6’nuthin. What are they eating in that house?

Younger Oil

Don’t know if this has been posted, but some people in the past have shown interest in this story.

http://www.tsn.ca/bankrupt-nhler-in-fight-with-parents-over-family-home-1.441730

I feel so bad for the guy. His parents are scum.

G Money

Hey, in the previous thread, there were some WOWY data requests, yes?

I’m running STL (will post viz for Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo) and ANA (will post viz for Vatanen).

Already posted to Twitter the link for NYI data, and the viz for Hamonic (http://i.imgur.com/o83R1Ql.png).

Any other team/player of interest?

JD_Wry

Some great comments from Thoroughly Meaty Ogre Coach:

http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=4&id=943172

kinger_OIL

– Great write-up LT! Picks or prospects, sequence of events is package up combo of proceeds from Purcell, Jultz etc, with other roster players to get the right mix, plus gather cash for (R)/FA’s

– The lack of “tips” from either management or MSM is encouraging: Chia is running a tight ship.

– A really big trade would be welcomed, so LT can write-up a combo sail-on and analysis, and we your faithful readers can argue the merits of the players coming in.

– I’ve never understood why the “bottom-feeders”, don’t trade amongst themselves more: ie. OIL to Columbus: “OK we both have big problems, what’s a hockey trade to make both of us better?”

G Money

Question: is there a definitive NHL handedness database out there somewhere?

As in player X shoots left/right?

Centre of attention

G Money:
Question: is there a definitive NHL handedness database out there somewhere?

As in player X shoots left/right?

I always use elite prospects for guys who are not full time NHL players yet.

Other than that I use hockeydb

JD_Wry

G Money,

I have a friend who can close his eyes and see almost any player that he has watched play – including guys from all the leagues he’s played in, from NCAA through to the beer leagues, and tell you what hand they shoot, their skating style, and what kind of helmet they wore. It’s spooky.

Melman

JDï™,

Interesting bits at the end: sounds like TMc likes the Nuge on his roster and that we’ll be seeing Klef in April or Sept. 🙁

rickithebear

G mom:

Your memory is short.

The biggest advocate for balls was LT:

He liked Rob Volman,s balls.

He pushed them.

He held them in high regard.

Most remember the first time we saw Robs balls.

Some grabbed them sooner than others.

Hockey Buddha

Lowetide, Thanks for keeping the candle burning on this team. Love your articles! Consistently, the best analysis of the Oilers anywhere, that I’m aware of, for the past decade. You’ve created a hockey-wise community here. It’s a pleasure.

JD_Wry

rickithebear,

Thanks RTB. The spit-take with red wine looks great on my work notepad.

JD_Wry


KHL News – English
‏@KHLNewsEN

Update on the Kovalchuk situation: LifeNews is reporting that Kovalchuk was sent back to St. Petersburg for violation of team rules.

rickithebear

Younger Oil:
While Benning is concussed we should probably offer him Purcell in exchange for Horvat and/or Virtanen.

As we know Gaudreau gets the shit kicked out of him facing first comp.

Granlund is 22 years old.
His ev g pace is 11 to 12 even goals.
His ev g per gm pace is better than h. Sedin.

Facing 2nd 3 Rd comp with hurdler/Gaudreau he is 2.01 Evp/60

Facing 1st comp with Bouma / Jones he is 2.34 EVP/60

flyfish1168

rickithebear: As we know Gaudreau gets the shit kicked out of him facing first comp.

Granlund is 22 years old.
His ev g pace is 11 to 12 even goals.
His ev g per gm pace is better than h. Sedin.

Facing 2nd 3 Rd comp with hurdler/Gaudreau he is 2.01 Evp/60

Facing 1st comp with Bouma / Jones he is 2.34 EVP/60

johy yahoo is asking for Tarasenko level money

Centre of attention

Eric Engels ‏@EricEngels 2m2 minutes ago
It’s been that kinda night. Spoke with a member of another team’s management on the phone; Montreal’s Lars Eller is on the market.

LT called this one from about 10 miles away.

GCW_69

Younger Oil:
While Benning is concussed we should probably offer him Purcell in exchange for Horvat and/or Virtanen.

I hear that Virtanen kid had been a disappointment. Maybe they would take Schultz for him since they were looking for a defender in the Hunter S deal.

Centre of attention

Centre of attention:
Eric Engels ‏@EricEngels2m2 minutes ago
It’s been that kinda night. Spoke with a member of another team’s management on the phone; Montreal’s Lars Eller is on the market.

LT called this one from about 10 miles away.

*begins watching the rest of MTL game to scout Eller*

JD_Wry

Centre of attention: *begins watching the rest of MTL game to scout Eller*

*only plays well against junior teams*

JD_Wry

Lowetide: Blue balls are the best.

Said no man, ever.

Woodguy

Lowetide: Just ask Woodguy. He knows them off by heart.

Do you want me to turn this car around mister?

Woodguy

rickithebear:
G mom:

Your memory is short.

The biggest advocate for balls was LT:

He liked Rob Volman,s balls.

He pushed them.

He held them in high regard.

Most remember the first time we saw Robs balls.

Some grabbed them sooner than others.

Some balls are held for charity
And some for fancy dress
But when they’re held for pleasure
They’re the balls that I like best
My balls are always bouncing
To the left and to the right
It’s my belief that my big balls
Should be held every night

JD_Wry

Say everybody have you seen my balls
They’re big and salty and brown
If you ever need a quick pick me up
Just stick my balls in your mouth

flyfish1168
G Money

Hmmm, Rickiballs, Loweballs, Woodballs, Just Do Balls, and Fish Balls have really dropped the ball … s … with this thread.

Pouzar

JDï™:

KHL News – English
‏@KHLNewsEN


Update on the Kovalchuk situation: LifeNews is reporting that Kovalchuk was sent back to St. Petersburg for violation of team rules.

Meh…WG says we don’t need anymore left shot dmen.

Last one I swear!?

LoDog

G Money:
Question: is there a definitive NHL handedness database out there somewhere?

As in player X shoots left/right?

If nhl.com can be trusted…

173 Lh d have played at least one game thia year. 104 Righties.

Games played and more is all there. Would be nice to know the number of “quality” players in each group.

Pouzar

Lowetide: I liked it but didn’t post it originally. The earliest mention on this blog (that I can find) is via Pouzar:

Pouzar says:(Edit)
December 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Ok…last one………..promise.

Michael Grosso ‏@RumorBreak 1m1 minute ago
Major names are being tossed around between Oilers and Habs. Yakupov, Kassian, Scrivens, Eller, and Barberio have been mentioned per source.

https://lowetide.ca/2015/12/27/g37-2015-16-oilers-at-flames/comment-page-1/#comments

I mentioned Eller in previous seasons, but not this one, before Mr. Grosso tweeted and our man Pouzar posted. Credit where due.

Lol thx…I haven’t posted any of his rumours since but he does seem to know something. He’s got some stuff out there today as well.

Centre of attention

Rishaug said on the radio today that he thinks some contenders are thinking “its not a deep draft” and some late firsts could be in play for rentals.

If Chiarelli gets a first for Purcell I forgive him for Rienhart.

Unwashed Oilfan

G Money,

Hey don’t forget about me….. unwashed balls 😉

rickithebear

Woodguy: Some balls are held for charity
And some for fancy dress
But when they’re held for pleasure
They’re the balls that I like best
My balls are always bouncing
To the left and to the right
It’s my belief that my big balls
Should be held every night

Drunk Neighbors wives listening to acdc in the afternoon.
Missed 35 of 100 school days each term. All three years of high school.

My wife is aware of my past.
Her classic line.
You know they are either dead or in their 80,s

stevezie

Pouzar: Meh…WG says we don’t need anymore left shot dmen.

Last one I swear!

Well sure, he’s already got the opening night lineup full of ’em.

flyfish1168

G Money:
Hmmm, Rickiballs, Loweballs, Woodballs, Just Do Balls, and Fish Balls have really dropped the ball … s … with this thread.

Moneyball

G Money

Unwashed Oilfan,

Oh … no. No no no no no!!!

G Money

flyfish1168,

LOL, that sorta works, doesn’t it! Better than “G Balls” too.

G Money

LoDog: If nhl.com can be trusted…

173 Lh d have played at least one game thia year. 104 Righties.

Games played and more is all there. Would be nice to know the number of “quality” players in each group.

Thanks! NHL.com was literally the *last* place I would have looked!

Sad, that.

Now to figure which of those sources I can scrape.

Also! WOWYs for
Vatanen http://i.imgur.com/5sAyoQS.png
Shattenkirk http://i.imgur.com/9R4953x.png

(more sensible y limits to better show differentiation)

JD_Wry

Elliotte Friedman Verified account
‏@FriedgeHNIC

MON announces Tom Gilbert out for the year. Knee surgery.

rickithebear

LT:

Only thing worse than blue balls.
For a married man is going to bed angry with your wife.
Thinking you slammed the fight.

“Nair on the balls”

The Trade Guy

Rickibear cutting class leaning on his transam flicking cigarettes at nerds.

Then become a nerd.

square_wheels

G Money,

Carolina for old Square-Balls !!

JD_Wry

rickithebear: “Nair on the balls”

So smooooooth.