When last we checked on Edmonton’s prospects, several were posting strong starts to their seasons but only one forward (Jesse Puljujarvi) was rolling along at a 25+ NHLE and no defensemen were near 25 NHLE. That was three weeks ago. Where are we now?
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OILERS PROSPECTS 2020-21 STATS AND NHLE
JESSE PULJUJARVI (28.5)
A few weeks ago, Puljujarvi was scoring at an impressive rate (8 games, 5-2-7) with a strong 32.4 NHLE. Since then, he has scored 1-2-3 in five games and his season totals (13 games, 6-4-10) give him an NHLE of 28.5. He is still enjoying a fine season but is a little shy of 30 points NHLE. That’s my unofficial line in the sand for a skill line and confirms the uncertainty of where JP will play. I’m excited about his return and will be interested to see where he lands. Projection for 2020-21: No. 3 right winger in Edmonton.
DYLAN HOLLOWAY (27.3)
Last time we looked at the NHLE for 2020-21, Holloway’s season was still a week away. Since then, he played in two games, scoring in both and giving fans an impressive view of what kind of speed and skill he brings to every shift. The sample is minute, but he clearly has a story to tell offensively.
EVAN BOUCHARD (24.9)
Bouchard is coming on now, I expect we’ll see a strong finish for the puck mover as we get closer to NHL camps opening. When we last visited he was 3-3-6 in 13 games (13.6). Since then he has hammered the Allsvenskan, scoring 3 times and adding 7 assists in six games. His season totals (19 games, 6-10-16) are outstanding.
WILLIAM LAGESSON (24.2)
Lagesson got off to a great start in the Allsvenskan (10 games, 3-5-8 NHLE 23.6), he played just one game after that point in the month (picking up an assist). Lagesson signed his NHL deal and hasn’t played since. His current numbers are 11 games, 3-6-9, 24.2 NHLE.
RYAN MCLEOD (23.2)
Last time we checked McLeod was scoring rapidly in Switzerland (7 games, 2-3-5, NHLE of 27.6). Since then he has a goal in three games and is at 10 games, 3-3-6. That’s an NHLE of 23.2, down slightly from last time but still trending well.
DMITRI SAMORUKOV (21.1)
I’m loving his season, just a wonderful step forward for a player who has some unique qualities. When last we chatted about his NHLE is was 22.0 (21, 2-5-7). Since then he has played four games with one assist and remains on track for an impressive season.
RAPHAEL LAVOIE (18.5)
Raphael Lavoie is having success in the Allsvenskan. He began well (10, 6-3-9 NHL: 26.6) but has slowed down recently (six games, one goal). He sits 16 games, 7-3-10 at this time. NHLE: 18.5
MATEJ BLUMEL (17.8)
This is a potentially exciting development as Blumel has matched last year’s point total with 21 Czech league games to play. After starting 0-2-2 in four games, he continues running hot with 1-2-3 in six games. His current totals are 10 games, 1-4-5, 17.8 NHLE. Potentially a massive year over year upswing.
PHILIP BROBERG (16.3)
Broberg got off to a fast start (13 games, 1-4-5) but hasn’t added many points in the most recent five games (one assist). He is currently 1-5-6 after 18 games, that’s a 16.3 NHLE. Broberg is not an offensive defenseman, Of more concern is his even strength on ice goal differential, now 9-14 (-5). He began the year strong but recent weeks have seen some faltering. That’s to be expected, especially when taking on more of the defensive load.
THEODOR LENNSTROM (15.0)
Veteran (he is 26) is likely to get a chance in training camp, possibly at No. 7D or maybe more if there are injuries. He began the season 1-1-2 in nine games and is 1-1-2 in the most recent four games (13, 2-2-4). He could be Anton Belov or he could be Jan Hejda, impossible to know until he runs some sorties against NHL players. What we do know for sure is that his time is now: If Lennstrom is going to have an NHL career, the season to come will be vital.
MAXIM BEREZKIN (14.8)
Berezkin played 14 games through early November with a pair of assists. At that time, his NHLE was 9.4 and Berezkin played two more games to place his KHL totals at 16, 0-2-2. He also scored 1-3-4 in four MHL games, and his NHLE is reflected based on those games.
MAXIM DENEZHKIN (14.7)
So many interesting story lines among Edmonton’s prospects this year. When we checked in November early, he was in the VHL (12, 2-3-5) and scoring reasonably well. Since then, he has played in five games, going 1-2-3. That makes 17 games, 3-5-8 for the season and a small NHLE bump. These Russian cats are worth following, gents.
KIRILL MAKSIMOV (14.7)
We have a pulse! Last time we visited he was six games into his KHL season with zero points. In the last three games, he is 1-1-2. If this guy can post a strong KHL season, music! He has scoring talent.
FILIP BERGLUND (13.3)
Berglund has had some injury issues, he has played just three games with no points since our last look. His season (11 games, 1-2-3) so far isn’t far away from previous campaigns. I’ve always liked Berglund and he is playing a more prominent role (four additional minutes per game). There might be an NHL player here.
MARKUS NIEMELAINEN (10.1)
He is having a better year and that’s encouraging. When we last left him, Niemelainen (11 games, 0-3-3) and he hasn’t played since. Injury likely, his boxcars are less than half of Niemelainen’s story.
JEREMIAS LINDEWALL (3.0)
Big forward playing in the Allsvenskan, he scored a goal in early November and nothing since (10 games, 1-0-1). A long way to go, he’s just getting started.
Tyler Benson is playing in the Swiss second league, has played seven games and scored 1-4-5. Patrik Siikanen has played five Liiga games with no crooked boxcars. Tomas Mazura is playing in Sarja U 20 (Finland) and is 3, 1-2-3 with nothing shaking since early November.
Ilya Konovalov isn’t playing much but when he does good things happen. In 9 KHL games this season, his save percentage is .927. Olivier Rodrigue is in the Austrian league and has played six games with a .912 save percentage. Both goalies are matriculating well.