Caleb Jones was chosen in the deep 2015 draft. ISS described him as a “composed two-way defenseman who brings mobility and crisp, efficient puck movement. I didn’t list him, not even on the USHL secondary list. Scouts did a helluva job with Caleb Jones.
Sweden gave us Oscar Klefbom in 2011, and tried to give us Erik Gustafsson one year later. William Lagesson looks like he’s a player, but Edmonton hasn’t shopped Sweden since 2016. Will that change?
The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of the group. INSANE OFFER IS HERE!
- New Lowetide: Dave Tippett’s roster deployment in Arizona and what it might mean for the Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: Why Ken Holland’s worst years in Detroit tell us the most about how he’ll fare in Edmonton
- Jonathan Willis: Three offseason scenarios and how each one would affect the Oilers salary cap
- Lowetide: Examining the Oilers’ goaltending options in free agency.
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s Oilers could go the high octane procurement route but will need a driver
- Lowetide: How much can Connor Brown help the Oilers?
- Lowetide: Dmitri Samorukov is off to the Memorial Cup and is the Oilers’ fastest rising prospect
- Jonathan Willis: Craig MacTavish leaves the Oilers, signalling the first major front office change under Ken Holland
- Lowetide: What kind of coach should Ken Holland hire for the Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: Every Oilers AHL prospect, rated by how close they are to the NHL
- Jonathan Willis: A resurgent Andrej Sekera gives the Oilers much-needed defensive options
- Lowetide: Is Joe Gambardella destined to become the Oilers’ next Fernando Pisani?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Protector, supporter, confidant: Connor McDavid’s mom, Kelly, is his off-ice rock through good times and bad
- Lowetide: An offseason plan for Ken Holland to remodel the Oilers roster.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland steadfast that buck stops with him as new Oilers GM.
- Lowetide: How will Ken Holland proceed in Year 1 as Oilers general manager?
- Jonathan Willis: What does the arrival of Ken Holland mean for the Oilers coaching search?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Prioritizing the roster issues that await Ken Holland in Edmonton.
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s procurement list for his rumored move to Edmonton will include front-office personnel
- Jonathan Willis: A Milan Lucic trade is at the top of the to-do list for the Oilers’ next GM.
THE FINAL USHL 2019 LIST
1 LC Jack Hughes, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). He’s 5.10, 168 but an absolute rocket who takes no time at all to reach high speed, and he can make hockey plays at peak speed consistently.
2 LC Alex Turcotte, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). A strong two-way reputation, he is skilled and an excellent skater. Spiked late in rankings due to fading healthy worries.
3 LC Trevor Zegras, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). Undersized and highly skilled, elusive and aggressive with very good speed. I think he’s a Ken Holland type.
4 R Cole Caufield, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). He’s small, fast and a ridiculous scorer. Quick release, accurate. Does he drive to danger areas?
5 LD Cam York, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). The latest impact puck mover out of the USHL, great speed, passing and creativity.
6 L Matthew Boldy, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). Bigger winger with skill, he’s strong on the puck and can score goals.
7 R Bobby Brink, Sioux City (USHL). Small, fast and very skilled, he’s an intelligent player with great vision. He could be a bargain.
8 L Egor Afanasyev, Muskegon (USHL). His numbers are outstanding, plus he’s a big forward with a powerful stride and an excellent shot. I like him plenty.
9 G Spencer Knight, US National Team (USHL). A .929 save percentage in the USHL and a mountain of positive scouting reports have him as the top goaltender in this year’s draft.
10 L Robert Mastrosimone, Chicago (USHL). Some scouting reports have him as a top tier scoring prospect, he has skill for sure.
11 L Vladislav Firstov, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Skill winger has a plus shot and delivered impressive results in his first North American season. I think he’ll land in the third round but that shot might get him drafted sooner.
12 RD Drew Helleson, US National Development Team (USHL). Impressive puck moving defender, his speed/size will make him popular on draft weekend.
13 LD Henry Thrun, US National Team (USHL). He’s a two-way defender who delivered sold offense (23 points in 28 games). Lacks one outstanding skill, that might cause him to slide.
14 RC Shane Pinto, Lincoln/Tri City (USHL). Big RHC is intriguing because of his size (6.02, 192) and scoring prowess (28 goals in 56 games). He’s a November 2000.
15 LC John Beecher, US National Development Team (USHL). Center with good size and two-way ability, Black Book has him as having “certain power forward elements to his game” including a strong skating style.
16 LD Alex Vlasic, US National Development Team (USHL) Big defender who will probably make his living on the defensive side of the puck, he’s 6.06, 192.
17. R Judd Caulfield, US National Development Team (USHL). He’s a power forward who HockeyProspect.com said “is capable of penetrating through defense using his above-average hands and excellent edges” a year ago.
18 L Marcus Kallionkieli, Sioux City (USHL). He scored 29 goals in 58 games, that’s excellent production. He’s 6.01, plus shot, he could be a steal in a deep draft of USHL scorers.
19 LC Matias Maccelli, Dubuque (USHL). He’s got all kinds of skill, that’s going to get him drafted. A October 2000, he was dominant (62, 31-41-72) in the USHL last season.
20 RD Ronnie Attard, Tri-City (USHL).He’s a 1999, so all of the numbers are skewed. Still, he’s a giant with a bomb for a shot and that has appeal.
21 LD Ryan Johnson, Sioux Falls (USHL). Smart, mobile defender who hasn’t shown offensive ability.
1 LD Philip Broberg, AIK (Allsvenskan). He’s big and can skate like the wind, while also displaying puck moving ability. Offense may be shy, but Swedish blue can fool you.
2 RD Victor Soderstrom, Brynas (SHL). Impressive offensive player. Good skater, good decisions, very quick. A terrific prospect.
3 F Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda (SHL). I liked him a year ago, no reason to change now. A bona fide shooter, he has more clarity in his game now.
4 LD Tobias Björnfot, Djurgardens (SuperElite). Outstanding speed, he has impressive offensive talent but is an adventure without the puck.
5 L Nils Hoglander, Rogle (SHL). A small skill winger, he can beat defensemen clean. More playmaker than scorer, but has a quick release and an effective shot.
6 R Albin Grewe, Djurgardens (SHL). Rugged winger with skill. I think he’s the kind of player who will be drafted by Boston, Philadelphia or Anaheim.
7 LC Karl Henriksson, Frolunda (SuperElite). Small and very skilled forward, he is a cerebral player in the offensive zone. He might be a steal.
8 RW Simon Holmstrom, HV71 (SuperElite). Elite Prospects: A deft skater with some explosiveness to his game.. has remarkable passing ability and likes to set up teammates from below the goal line.
9 LD Albert Johansson, Farjestads (SuperElite). The scouting reports give us a picture of a fairly complete defenseman. That’s the best scouting report.
10 LC Oscar Bjerselius, Djurgardens (SuperElite). Good speed and size, he’s a solid two-way forward with enough offense to project him into pro hockey. Does he have enough offense to play in the NHL someday?
11 RD Simon Lundmark, Linkoping (SHL). A fascinating player, Lundmark’s scouting reports talk about his vision and outstanding outlet passing. He may go late but the potential is impressive.
I have now completed the main leagues and nations for the 2019 draft. I’ll have final rankings June 1. The last four days have seen a lot of names listed, here they are by region:
- WHL 22
- USHL 21
- OHL 18
- QMJHL 16
- Finland 11
- Sweden 11
- Russia 7
- Hinterlands 6
Add in Alex Newhook (BCHL) and we’re at 113 names for 100 slots. I will tell you the big news of this draft is the USHL’s dominance compared to its own past. How that finds its way into history will be told over the next decade.
The most powerful word in the English language is “free” and it appears the Oilers have procured a talented player for only money. How talented? First the verbal, from our friend Swedish Poster.
“He is a great skater, not just top speed but excellent acceleration as well, can go full throttle both with and without the puck. Pretty good puck control and beats guys by quickly changing directions with the puck on his stick, his hands are pretty good but not much of a dangler. Will for sure be on highlight reels as the recipient of big hits as he has a tendency to get blown up once in a while when going full speed and trying to move around the D.”
“Second in goals this season but not a great finisher even if it’s gotten better, he just creates so much with his speed. Can make and take a pass but just average playmaking skills, can be creative with the puck at times though.”
“When teams manage to slow him down he’s much less of a threat but has gotten better at the meat and potato stuff in the offensive zone, keeping play alive. Carl Hagelin is the most common comparison I’ve seen and it’s a pretty good one.”
Decades of “the Oilers have re-signed Lennart Petrell” have worn me down, but I have to say this fellow appears to be from a different aisle than the normal spring signing. Calgary and Boston were strong on him, Edmonton was definitely fighting some good procurement departments on this one. And they won! Is it the Hollandaise?
50-MAN LIST (47)
As my article for The Athletic this morning drove home, the biggest issue on this roster is at forward. Yesterday’s signing addressed an area of need and we should expect more shuffling at all three forward positions over the summer.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260. We don’t get a media avail, but there’s lots to discuss. Steve Lansky will touch base on the Raptors, NHL finals and Vladdy Guerrero. Frank Seravalli from TSN will discuss the Oilers coaching situation, SCF and breaking news. Matt Iwanyk will continue his series on how he can make you better if you’d just listen to him and Eric Fawcett from North Pole Hoops will be by to talk Raps and chuckle as I try to pronounce North Pole Hoops. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!