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.