Although it seems impossible, there are prospects who attend rookie camp and make the NHL team in the same season. All the time.
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- New Lowetide: Connor McDavid’s 2019-20: Pushing for 50 goals while Dave Tippett loads up the Oilers’ top line
- New Lowetide: Estimating reasonable expectations for the 2019-20 Edmonton Oilers: A difficult journey
- New Jonathan Willis: How much money will Darnell Nurse make on his next NHL contract?
- New Lowetide: Ken Holland’s measured summer leaves Oilers outside playoffs.
- New Jonathan Willis: Can Mikko Koskinen be a quality starter for Oilers in 2019-20?
- New Lowetide: The 2019-20 Oilers and value contracts: A period of transition
- New Corey Pronman: Oilers No. 9 farm system.
- New Jonathan Willis: Jesse Puljujarvi signs one-year deal in Finland, dashing hopes he would return to the Oilers
- Lowetide: Jay Woodcroft joins Claude Julien and Todd Nelson as key coaches in Oilers prospect development
- Lowetide: Is Riley Sheahan an ideal fit for the Oilers as their No. 3 centre?
- Lowetide: Oilers coach Dave Tippett might have to take drastic action in order to find a second outscoring line in 2019-20
- Lowetide: Oilers end summer still shy on first-shot scoring wingers
- Lowetide: Connor McDavid and optimal line chemistry: The Oilers need to abandon enforcer fixation and add a skill winger
- Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi’s biggest hurdles: Bad timing and the indifference of the Oilers.
- Lowetide: Projecting the Oilers 2019-20 Opening Night Lineup
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Dave Tippett on rounding out his coaching staff, fixing Oilers’ special teams and using Connor McDavid
- 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
- Jonathan Willis: Projecting the Oilers’ opening night lineup, line combinations and more.
- 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
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
This blog annually lists the rookies for camp and then a large group of people say “no one from this list will play in the NHL this season” and we bat that back and forth. Here are the men who made the Young Stars roster over the last several years and then played in the NHL same season:
2018: Evan Bouchard, Caleb Jones, Joe Gambardella, Cooper Marody, Kailer Yamamoto
2017: Kailer Yamamoto, Ethan Bear
2016: Jesse Puljujarvi, Matt Benning, Drake Caggiula
2015: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Anton Slepyshev
2014: Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Laurent Brossoit, Bogdan Yakimov, Jordan Oesterle, David Musil
2013: Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin
2011: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Ken Holland and Dave Tippett may not employ Bouchard and the rest but my guess is that at least one of these men finds their way to the NHL this season:
Goalies (3): Stuart Skinner, Olivier Rodrigue, Dylan Wells.
Left Defense (4): Jaxon Bellamy, Ethan Cap, Brendan De Jong, Dmitri Samorukov.
Right Defense (3): Evan Bouchard, Logan Day, Vincent Desharnais.
Center (4): Cameron Hebig, Steve Iacobellis, Cooper Marody, Ryan McLeod.
Left Wing (5): Tyler Benson, Liam Keeler, Beau Starrett, Jakub Stukel, Nolan Vesey.
Right Wing (4): Raphael Lavoie, Kirill Maksimov, Ostap Safin, Kailer Yamamoto.
Price for Puljujarvi
If the Oilers trade JP before the start of the season, and I think it’s a distant bell, a young AHL plug and play in his entry deal would seem to be an acceptable return. Here are some candidates and their AHL numbers from a year ago:
Alex Barre-Boulet. He is 22, his rookie AHL season (at 21) saw him deliver 74, 34-34-68 (.92). He is quick and skilled, plays RW most of the time according to reports.
Jordan Kyrou. He would be a very good target. Righty forward, he is 21 and last year (at 20) scored 47, 16-27-43 (.92). Impressive skater, great skill.
Denis Gurianov. He is 22 and last year (21) was his second AHL season. He was 57, 20-28-48 (.84), and has size, skill and a scorer’s touch. Fine skater.
Taylor Raddysh. He is 21, he was 20 as a rookie and posted 70, 18-28-46 (.66) as a rookie. Big winger is a scorer, he played on McDavid’s Erie Otters in 2014-15.
Eeli Tolvanen. He is 20, played at 19 as an AHL rookie in 2018-19. Posted 58, 15-20-35 (.60) and may be regarded as having a more substantial future than Puljujarvi.
Julien Gauthier. He is 21, he was 20 in his second season (October 15 birthday) last year. Posted 75, 27-14-41 (.55) in year two in the AHL. Corey Pronman’s report on him in the recent Hurricanes prospect ranking is legit encouraging but Gauthier isn’t full value for JP.