One of the great things about tracking prospects this season is the increased statistical coverage. We’re still hundreds of thousands of years from tracking CHL time on ice (how would you do that, anyway?) but the shots totals are now available across most of the prospect landscape. It’s more than we had a year ago (at least in the WHL) and gives us an extra view of these young players.
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- New Lowetide: Oilers draft and college returns
- New Corey Pronman: Mid-Season draft rankings
- New Jonathan Willis: Darnell Nurse development compares favorably to Ristolainen
- New Tyler Dellow: Penalty killing forwards (this is an excellent article) of the West
- Lowetide: Do you trust Peter Chiarelli?
- Lowetide: Which way you going, Brandon Davidson?
- Pierre Lebrun: A chat with Peter Chiarelli
- Lowetide: Putting together optimal lines after the deadline
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers planning for summer.
- Lowetide: Central Scouting and where the Oilers shop for talent
OILERS FORWARDS, 5X5 PER 60 2017-18
- Jesse Puljujarvi 11.5
- Kailer Yamamoto 11.02
- Connor McDavid 8.9
- Patrick Maroon 8.61
- Mike Cammalleri 8.22
- Anton Slepyshev 8.00
- Zack Kassian 7.17
- Leon Draisaitl 7.01
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 6.82
- Drake Caggiula. 6.65
- Ryan Strome 6.61
- Milan Lucic 6.31
- Jujhar Khaira 6.10
- Mark Letestu 4.74
- Iiro Pakarinen 4.74
CHL SHOTS, 2017-18
- Cameron Hebig 238 in 48 (4.96)
- Tyler Benson 141 in 36 (3.92)
- Kirill Maksimov 158 in 41 (3.85)
- Ostap Safin 157 in 42 (3.74)
- Kailer Yamamoto 55 in 21 (2.62)
Yamamoto had a strong shot total per 60 in his nine NHL games but his WHL number this year is low. As we have nothing to compare (WHL didn’t have shot totals a year ago), this is us. What’s more, despite a strong surge offensively in January, his shot rate per game remains well below the others:
- Yamamoto through end of December: 32 in 13 (2.46)
- Yamamoto in January: 23 in 8 (2.88)
We’re still finding out about Kailer Yamamoto and what he can do, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of player he becomes at the NHL level. He’s far from a volume shooter based on what we know at this time.
Other Forward Prospects in the System
- Aidan Muir 58 in 19 (3.05) (NCAA)
- Ty Rattie 118 in 42 (2.81) (AHL)
- Tyler Vesel 67 in 26 (2.58) (NCAA)
- Joey Laleggia 86 in 42 (2.05) (AHL)
- Graham McPhee 48 in 26 (1.85) (NCAA)
- Patrick Russell 75 in 42 (1.79) (AHL)
- Aapeli Rasanen 32 in 21 (1.52) (NCAA)
- Joe Gambardella 25 in 25 (1.00) (AHL)
We’re looking across leagues here and ages, but it’s an interesting group all the same. I don’t think it’s too severe to suggest Ty Rattie is the most offensively capable forward on this list. It’s also true that a man like Graham McPhee is not yet 20 and he has 11 goals in the NCAA so far this year.
Who are the candidates for Connor McDavid’s shooter? There is only one. Jesse Puljujarvi. That’s a fact.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260. It’s Bell Let’s Talk Day, plus we’ve got a gigantic dose of the sports.
- Alex Thomas, The Oilers Rig. The Super Bowl plus Edmonton in the second half. I talked to Alex on the weekend and he’s hearing Maroon rumors in Boston.
- Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs. Tyler Yaremchuk caught up with the young winger yesterday and talked about his season.
- Corey Pronman, The Athletic. Corey’s mid-season draft ranking is out, and it’s spectacular. We’ll chat about an interesting draft pool.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!