The Edmonton Oilers loved to draft kids who attended the combine during the 2010’s. It was a tell for draft nerds like me. Want some facts?
Between 2010 and 2018, 40 of the 70 Oilers draft picks attended the NHL combine. Ken Holland’s Oilers drafted just two of six picks from the 2019 Combine, indicating a possible change in the weather. Or, nothing.
Looking at the first three picks of each draft 2010-2018, 25 of 27 picks ’10-’17 were at the combine (Leon Draisaitl was the only attendee in 2014, meaning William Lagesson and Zach Nagelvoort were the only outliers). That was before the Holland tunnel.
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 Athletic, check it out here.
- New Lowetide: Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and the Oilers’ need for veteran insurance
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Why the Oilers should protect these 8 skaters in the Seattle expansion draft
- Jonathan Willis: Why Carl Soderberg is an intriguing free agent possibility for the Oilers
- Lowetide: Oilers prospect Raphael Lavoie’s possible impact in his first year pro
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The good, bad and ugly of the Oilers’ last 15 years of free agent signings
- Lowetide: Why you should be worried about William Lagesson’s future in Edmonton
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Remembering the goal that made Fernando Pisani a cult hero in Edmonton
- Lowetide: The Oilers’ 2016 draft remains an enigma, with a glimmer of hope
- Jonathan Willis: The parallels from the fall of Alexander the Great and the 2006 Oilers
- Lowetide: 5 AHL forwards who offer the Oilers a chance to buy low on real talent
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Agape’: Why Oilers prospect Cooper Marody wrote a song about Colby Cave
- Jonathan Willis: Connor McDavid’s recovery is just one of 2020’s incredible Masterton stories
- Lowetide: Every prospect in the Oilers system and what’s next for each player
- Lowetide: Oilers minor leaguers over 40 years, and Jay Woodcroft’s current role
- Lowetide: Charting Theodor Lennstrom’s future with the Oilers
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Projecting the Oilers’ black aces and how much they’ll play
- Jonathan Willis: Projecting the Oilers’ lineup for their play-in series versus the Blackhawks
- Lowetide: Could the Oilers draft a defenceman in the first round?
- Lowetide: Why the Oilers should extend Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as soon as possible
- Lowetide: Oilers farmhand Josh Currie’s small window of opportunity
- Jonathan Willis: Misguided priorities helped turn the Oilers’ 2010 rebuild into a debacle
- Lowetide: Oilers greatest areas of need for the 2020 draft
On this blog, June 1, 2015, I wrote the following: It’s NHL combine week and there’s plenty of information for fans to sift through. Among the most interesting? WHY are some of these kids invited? The short answer is that NHL teams have requested the outliers, the players who don’t appear on Central’s top 75 and get invited because there’s significant interest. Any NA prospect outside No. 100, or Euro outside top 20, is an intriguing invite.
D Caleb Jones is No. 115NA. He is Seth’s brother, interesting prospect. More of a defensive defender, he’s a mobile player and has average size for the pro game (6.0, 194).
2020 COMBINE LIST
There isn’t one. However, I have my list, and Central Scouting’s, so decided to go through their four lists and find names that didn’t make my list. The only reference to Caleb Jones on my blog previous to the draft is the one above and I like to be thorough. Here goes.
- LW Maxim Beryozkin, Lokomotiv (MHL). A big winger with a fairly complete game.
- RC Ethan Cardwell, Barrie (OHL). A good player, he has goal-scoring ability and spiked after a trade to Barrie.
- LC Tanner Dickinson, SSMarie (OHL). Undersized skill player, reportedly St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, and New York Islanders were most interested in him.
- RD Brock Faber, USNTP (USHL). Solid defender, his scouting report is similar to Philip Kemp.
- LD Wyatt Kaiser, Dubuque (USHL). Promising player, mobile and can play defense.
- RW Alex Laferriere, Des Moines (USHL). Small one dimensional winger with impressive skills.
- LD Christoffer Sedoff, Red Deer (WHL). Big defenseman with some skill, nothing stands out.
- RD Jack Thompson, Sudbury (OHL). Fine skater, good defender, has no dominant skills.
- LD Jacob Truscott, USNTP (USHL). Good puck moving defenseman who can pass and transport.
THE TOUCH LIST
Kevin Lowe used to have a ‘touch list’ of players the team would ponder drafting late each summer, when the main list had dwindled to almost nothing. Based on Tyler Wright’s past, and Ken Holland’s past, I think these players could go to Edmonton later on.
- LC Benjamin Baumgartner, Davos HC (NLA). Small, speedy center is 20 and is mentioned by several sources as a strong sleeper pick. He would be a great later selection for Edmonton.
- LD Jacob Dion, Drummondville (QMJHL). Late breaker, he’s undersized, highly skilled with some chaos. MA Bergeron type, a very impressive player with the puck on his stick.
- LD Anton Johannesson, HV71 (SuperElite). I have him on my final list (No. 104) but he could go later and would be real value in the last three rounds.
SURPRISE FIRST ROUND OPTIONS
Holland taking Philip Broberg early in the first round a year ago suggests to me Oilers fans should be prepared for anything. Yesterday we discussed goalie Yaroslav Askarov as a first-round option, here are some more.
- LD Yan Kuznetsov. He’s a big man already (6.03, 201) and can skate very well. Offensively there isn’t much going on but he’s playing NCAA and that means he isn’t getting a push on the power play. If Holland liked Broberg, and he did, he’ll like Kuznetsov.
- LW Rodion Amirov. Fast winger with skill, numbers haven’t popped yet. I think previous Oilers management had sworn off Russian prospects like I should swear off carbs after the Nail Yakupov Experience, but Holland isn’t in that club.
- LW Brendan Brisson. USHL speed demon with skill, lacks size but Holland has been aggressive about adding speed since he arrived.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN 1260, oh my there’s much to discuss. Michael Chandler from The Score will discuss opening day in the EPL, we’ll talk to Wayne’s Sports Cards about a valuable McDavid card and we’re working on a baseball guest who can make sense of it all. As if. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!