We haven’t heard much about Philip Broberg since draft weekend, but the information is filtering through via summer tournaments and good reporting. Corey Pronman of The Athletic caught up with Sweden world junior coach Tomas Monten, who was very positive about Broberg and his skills: “I don’t know why anyone would be skeptical. He’s a young kid, he needs to grow. His skating is awesome.” Complete article is here.
We haven’t talked much about the scouting staff and changes after the draft, so with August dawning it’s probably a good time to have a look under the hood.
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: Kailer Yamamoto has the talent to win a job with the Oilers on merit, if he’s healthy.
- Jonathan Willis: Jesse Puljujarvi still has upside and the Oilers’ patient approach is the right one
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Dave Tippett on rounding out his coaching staff, fixing Oilers’ special teams and using Connor McDavid
- Lowetide: Handicapping the Oilers’ young defencemen and their chances of replacing Andrej Sekera
- Lowetide: Is Kirill Maksimov progressing as the Edmonton Oilers’ next great hope for a true homegrown sniper?
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers ease pressure on crowded defensive pipeline by trading John Marino to the Penguins
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What the 2021-22 Oilers might look like after their steady build toward contender status
- Lowetide: Joel Persson is ideally situated to win an opening night roster spot with the Oilers
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What the 2019-20 Oilers might look like without trade missteps.
- Lowetide: Finding the best candidates for the final two spots on the Oilers skill lines in 2019-20.
- Jonathan Willis: Projecting the Oilers’ opening night lineup, line combinations and more.
- Lowetide: Does the James Neal acquisition impact Oilers’ prospects in 2019-20?
- Lowetide: Oilers’ acquisition of James Neal could add badly needed scoring to the top two lines.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland puts his stamp on the Oilers with first big move in Lucic-Neal trade
- Jonathan Willis: Ken Holland ends an ugly situation for the Oilers by trading Milan Lucic for James Neal
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Potential free-agent options for the Oilers in 2020
- Jonathan Willis: Which Oilers defencemen can make an outlet pass?
- Lowetide: Looking ahead to Oilers training camp: 35 players for 23 jobs
- Jonathan Willis: Josh Archibald won’t fix the Oilers’ biggest problems, but he’ll help with some key issues.
- Lowetide: Will the 2019-20 Bakersfield Condors be the Oilers’ best minor-league team ever?
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
If I woke you up at midnight, could you give a complete history of Oilers drafting? You’d need to make coffee, but yes. I think drafting well, and developing properly, is the most important element in an organization’s success. Example: Oilers draft record 1979 through 1983. In selecting Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Andy Moog, Grant Fuhr, Steve Smith, Jeff Beukeboom and Esa Tikkanen, Barry Fraser provided a cluster so bright they won Stanley five times in seven years.
Give me the list of scouting directors and years they were in charge. Okay, well, this is a bit of a moving target but here goes: Fraser (1979-2000, he was here during some of the WHA era, too); Kevin Prendergast (2001-2007); Stu MacGregor (2008-2014); Bob Green (2015-2019 and possibly beyond). Keith Gretzky came in during the Green era and had a positive (imo) impact on procurement.
They hired Tyler Wright, where does he fit? Based on the Oilers site, it looks like Keith Gretzky is assistant general manager, with Bob Green in Gretzky’s old job and Wright in Green’s scouting director chair. That’s a guess, though.
How did Green do? If we use “two actual NHL players per year” as a line in the sand for success, Green’s 2015 looks like it could pass the threshold (McDavid, Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear). I don’t believe in giving credit for McDavid, but the next pick was No. 117, if the Oilers get a player that late I think we can call it a pass. Calgary got defensemen Rasmus Andersson (No. 53), Oliver Kylington (No. 60) and forward Andrew Mangiapane (No. 166). Oilers would need both Jones and Bear to cash in order to match Andersson and Kylington.
What about 2016? Yeah, that’s the nut for sure. Jesse Puljujarvi and Tyler Benson need to cash, as Dylan Wells is the only other signed player from that draft. Calgary drafted Tkachuk and Dube, but Tyler Parsons is off the pace among the earlier picks. Adam Fox and Eetu Tuulola look like excellent picks, while the Oilers don’t have any player in the back half of the 2016 draft with that kind of resume.
Who will they sign from that 2016 draft? At this point, it’s difficult to point to a specific player. The Oilers still have signing rights to Markus Niemelainen, Filip Berglund, Matt Cairns, Graham McPhee and Aapeli Rasanen. I like Berglund but he isn’t a lock to be signed.
Who is the best unsigned prospect from the 2014-2018 drafts? Tough question. I think Michael Kesselring has the most potential, but he’s a raw talent with miles to go. It was John Marino but he was traded, and it might be Hayden Hawkey but the Oilers control his rights for only two more weeks. All of that understood, I’ll say Phil Kemp.
Did Ken Holland impact the 2019 draft? Yes, I believe so. Philip Broberg is more a Holland pick imo than an Oilers selection. We didn’t hear about Broberg until after Holland arrived, that’s kind of anecdotal but is also true. Edmonton chose no players from the WHL or OHL, in all previous drafts the Oilers chose at least one player from the WHL or OHL in every previous draft.
You haven’t talked much about the 2019 draft? I’ve given my opinion on each man, and ranked three of them inside the top 20 (with one honorable mention) here.
Among the group chosen No. 100 overall and later, who do you project as the best prospect? Matej Blumel. Although he was drafted in his second year of eligibility, Blumel is a speed merchant who can score goals. I like him plenty.
How many rookies do you have on your RE? I have Gaetan Haas, Joakim Nygard and Joel Persson in my RE model, I believe none of them count as rookies. Among ‘traditional’ rookies, I have nine players getting at least a game.
NINE? Yes. This season should see a lot of turnover, for several reasons. As defencemen like Evan Bouchard get recalled, it’s likely we’ll see veterans sent away. It might not happen until the deadline, but you could see Jones, Bouchard and Lagesson (as an example) in the starting lineup in March. Same thing up front, Benson, Marody, Yamamoto, Gambardella, Currie and Russell are all pushing, plus I have Nygard in Bakersfield to start the year.
Some of those defensemen will get pushed down when the Oilers sign Kevin Shattenkirk. I don’t think the player will sign in Edmonton, and frankly the organization is wise to find out about Joel Persson this winter. Edmonton has put itself in a position where the management doesn’t know about a ton of players, so a one-year freeze on adding veteran blue (as they appear to be doing) is wise.
Give me your RE 23-man roster! No.
When will you publish? In August sometime.
Why wouldn’t you have started already? I did. The first official piece came out July 12. You missed it. My RE on Tyler Benson is here and includes discussion about where he might land (and when) on the Oilers roster.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy Thursday morning gets kick started at 10, TSN1260. We’ll talk to Darrin Bauming from TSN1290 in Winnipeg about the Blue Bombers-Argos game that kicks off tonight’s doubleheader. Daniel Gallen from Penn Live will pop in to give an update on Philadelphia Eagles camp and we might have a Cowboys and mlb guest when the mics go on. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!