Philip Broberg is a big man, despite also being a teenager. He’s still 18 by the way, turns 19 tomorrow (June 24). He played offside and a defensive role at the WJ’s, and his SHL time didn’t involve power-play minutes. Jim Matheson has the Oilers inviting him over for the July camp. He won’t play, but what if he did? What should we expect?
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- New Lowetide: 10 things to look for at Oilers training camp and the 2020 playoffs
- New Lowetide: Oilers’ July 2015 orientation camp produced a watershed of NHL talent
- Lowetide: Do Oilers fans expect feature minutes from Tyler Ennis on top line?
- Lowetide: Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and the Oilers’ need for veteran insurance
- 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
- 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: 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 greatest areas of need for the 2020 draft
BROBERG 2019-20 SHL
Soderstrom was drafted three spots after Broberg, he’s a different player type and appears destined for a successful NHL career. The season above was his second in the SHL, compared to Broberg’s first. Soderstrom was 18-28 as an SHL rookie, and scored just four points (0.35 points per 60). Soderstrom is four months older than Broberg. The team GF-GA totals are without each player, so Soderstrom’s goal differential is impressive.
Broberg is unready for NHL action, and he’s incredibly young for a player who has been drafted and has already clocked in his draft +1 season. He is 20 months younger than Evan Bouchard. He is just seven months older than Kaiden Guhle, one of the top defensemen in this year’s draft.
I read a lot of worry about Broberg, and he’s raw compared to some of these other Swedish blue (who are well schooled) but I think the range of outcomes for Broberg are fairly exciting. He’s a rugged player with calm feet, and Red Line compared his style to John Carlson.
All I care is that everyone is healthy. I don’t know if these players can get from the current spot to the bubble, but the process is ratcheting up and that has benefits. If the playoffs go, music! If not, we’re closer to draft day.
PUNCH IMLACH AND YOUNG BLUE
HOCKEY IS A BATTLE: I moved in a lot of guys, especially on defence. I knew I was going to give Mike Pelyk a lot of work, Jim Dorey was a real tough egg from Tulsa and he was going to get a shot at it. Another tough guy was Pat Quinn, and a real surprise in camp was Rickey Ley, a junior from Niagra Falls with no pro experience. So we had all those guys, plus Tim Horton, Marcel Pronovost and Pierre Pilote.
I knew that with all these young guys there were going to be mistakes. They were going to cost us goals. But I was going to have a team that would try and would play entertaining hockey. I knew we would be life and death to make the playoffs.
Imlach made the playoffs with a young blue that season and several of those men would play a long time in pro hockey. Jim Dorey was a terror, Jim McKenny took a little time to establish himself but enjoyed a career. Mike Pelyk was highly touted, Rick Ley was one of the toughest small defensemen I’ve ever seen. Brad Selwood and Brian Glennie were kicking around somewhere.
Bringing it back to the Oilers, I think a fan of the Maple Leafs in 1969 would have bet on Jim Dorey and Mike Pelyk among the young group based on the 68-69 season.
By 1973, McKenny and Pelyk were in Toronto, with Glennie, recent draft picks Ian Turnbull and Bob Neely, and a Swedish import named Borje Salming.
We have in our minds how things will go. Broberg continues to develop, eventually replacing Klefbom or Nurse who are dealt away for need. Broberg and Jones remain, along with the expensive veteran (one of Klefbom or Nurse).
Plans change. Wait for the kids to establish themselves at the highest level, and don’t move a muscle to replace Klefbom or Nurse until one of the kids has passed them.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260, we have a helluva show for you. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal will talk HHOF and Kevin Lowe’s resume for the honour. Joe Osborne from OddsShark gets us ready for the coming MLB season at 11. Steve Dryden, Sr. Managing Editor of Hockey for TSN, will also talk about the Hall and a unique summer that may see some overdue honours. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!