I think the gap between Edmonton’s first and second pick in the 2019 NHL draft is far smaller than the gap between No. 8 and No. 38. The TSN cover photo frames it even more strongly than my rankings (I had Broberg No. 16 and Lavoie No. 26) back on draft day.
This isn’t Evan Bouchard and Ryan McLeod, not at all. If we’re honest, there’s a chance Edmonton drafted a better player in the second round than the first, based purely on offensive potential.
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, here’s an incredible Offer!
- New Lowetide: Is there anyone left in free agency who can help the Oilers?
- Lowetide: Will the 2019-20 Bakersfield Condors be the Oilers’ best minor-league team ever?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The Oilers have a new amateur scouting director. What can we learn from Tyler Wright’s track record at the draft?
- Lowetide: The Oilers are finally recovering from the wayward 2014 Draft
- Lowetide: Projecting Darnell Nurse’s next contract and possible trades
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A missing mom, aching feet and looking for Kevin Lowe: A week in the life of Oilers prospect Raphael Lavoie
- Lowetide: What to do when Connor McDavid rests: The Oilers’ ideal No. 2 line for 2019-20
- Lowetide: Adding a scorer will be Ken Holland’s first big move as Oilers GM
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What the Oilers’ depth chart looks like now and where they go from here
- Jonathan Willis: How often do goalies like the Oilers’ Mike Smith rebound?
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s roster moves clear the way for Oilers top prospects Tyler Benson and Kailer Yamamoto.
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Ken Holland promises long-term rewards for an approach light on short-term improvements
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Trade market now most likely place for Oilers to find scoring winger
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘He comes as advertised’: Philip Broberg’s skating makes him development camp standout for Oilers
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers plan to skew younger on defence could open the door for Evan Bouchard, Dmitri Samorukov
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
- Lowetide: Are these Jesse Puljujarvi’s final days with the Edmonton Oilers?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ranking the Oilers’ trade assets from the high-priced diamonds to those needing fresh starts
- Lowetide: Oilers GM Ken Holland is shopping for 20-goal scorers on a budget. What will he find?
Questions and Answers
Will Kailer Yamamoto return healthy this fall? I wonder about wrist injuries for skill players.
If Ken Holland is done making moves, how many rookies make the big club in the fall? I’ll guess Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody, Caleb Jones, plus Euro players Joakim Nygard and Joel Persson. Many recall rookies during the season, too. I’m cheering for Joe Gambardella.
How much offense will Philip Broberg bring? He scored 2-7-9 in 41 Allsvenskan games (14:33 per game), that works out to 0.91 points-per-60. I couldn’t find a breakdown in toi by discipline. He did score 2-4-6 at evens, 0-3-3 on the power play, and had 83 shots on goal.
In his draft year, Oscar Klefbom scored 23, 1-1-2 in the SHL. That’s 0.62. Filip Johansson was drafted No. 24 in 2018 by the Minnesota Wild, he played in the Allsvenskan, scored 0.24 per 60. He played in the same league draft +1, posting 0.28 per 60. Where does that put us in estimating Broberg? About where we started, but at least we have some first blush stats.
Last season, including playoffs, Raphael Lavoie scored 52 goals in 85 games. Kailer Yamamoto scored 42 in 65 games in his draft year. McDavid? 44 goals in 47 games. Showoff. Point being, Lavoie is one of the best pure scorers drafted by Edmonton in the last five years. He has a clear path to the NHL, beginning next fall.
Joel Persson seems to be the forgotten man when we discuss the opening night lineup. What about a defensive group that lines up Klefbom-Larsson; Nurse-Benning and Russell-Persson? It makes sense from an experience point of view and gets the lefty-righty back on its axis. Plus you add a puck mover to the group, and a power-play option to the lineup.
Cooper Marody is the dark horse among the forwards, but he has some real advantages. He can play center or wing, and is exceptional with the puck on his stick. As a complementary option for the top two lines, he makes a lot of sense. Dave Tippett has Zack Kassian and Alex Chiasson as veteran options who can provide size and some skill, plus Sam Gagner who has experience and plenty of skill. Marody’s assets include a small cap hit, fantastic vision and passing, and the important “if he flourishes this year you have something to build on” card.
Yost will be a guest on the Lowdown today, we’ll chat about the concerns over this team, and what Ken Holland could have done differently.
Dennis Bernstein from The Fourth Period got talking about the LA Kings and some shopping the club is doing this summer. He had an interesting take on Jesse Puljujarvi as a possible target and did discuss Todd McLellan and reasons why there is interest. Also talked about possible targets for the Oilers. Bernstein: “As for the return, I’ve heard that winger Matt Luff is a favorite of new head coach Dave Tippett, who identified the winger as a target for the expansion draft had Tippett chose to exercise more patience in Seattle.” Source
There remain several interesting names, at this point in summer the team has maybe enough for one signing above $1 million. At some point, and we’ll discuss later in July, we’re going to see PTO’s offered and accepted and that should be a strong list. Tippett made out like a bandit with late summer additions in Phoenix.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy morning gets started at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear: Travis Yost from TSN, as we look at the biggest problems facing the Oilers for 2019-20. Gabe Lacques from USA Today will join us at 11 to chat mlb and trade deadline, plus your comments and questions. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk to you soon!