The Oilers prospect depth was greatly improved by 2020’s draft, we’re seeing terrific early results. How many of these first half performances are real?
I’m proud to be writing for The Athletic, and pleased to be part of a great team with Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis. Here is our recent work.
- New Lowetide: The Bakersfield Condors will be competitive in the coming AHL season
- New Athletic: How we’d run the Oilers: Maximize primes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl
- New Eric Duhatschek: How a stint in Sweden prepared Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard for NHL camp
- Lowetide: How will the Oilers find chemistry with no preseason games?
- Jonathan Willis: After a brilliant rookie Oilers season, how high is Ethan Bear’s ceiling?
- Lowetide: How secure is Zack Kassian’s role on Oilers’ top line?
- Lowetide: Oilers’ signing of Slater Koekkoek could be about more than depth
- Lowetide: Why fans should expect an Oilers playoff berth in Canadian division
- Jonathan Willis: Dave Tippett has more options now thanks to versatile Oilers forwards
- Lowetide: 7 big questions facing the Oilers heading into next season
- Lowetide: What if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins doesn’t sign with the Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: Left-side logjam will force the Oilers to make a choice, and perhaps a sacrifice
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s 2020 Oilers offseason report card
- Lowetide: Theodor Lennstrom is the Oilers’ latest European bet on defence
- Lowetide: Why Anton Forsberg could win the Oilers’ backup job in 2020-21
- Jonathan Willis: Team Draft vs. Team Trade: Which collection of all-time Oilers is better?
- Lowetide: Seattle Kraken expansion mock draft 5.0: Who could the Oilers lose?
- Lowetide: Why McDavid and Nuge together could be key to Oilers’ playoff success
- Lowetide: Projected training camp roster for the 2020-21 Oilers.
NHLE’S FOR 2020-21
- Carter Savoie (NCHC) 12 games, 8-5-13 (39.0 NHLE)
- Ryan McLeod (NLA) 15 games, 4-7-11 (28.3)
- Jesse Puljujarvi (Liiga) 16 games, 7-5-12 (28.0)
- Dylan Holloway (Big-10) 2 games, 2-0-2 (27.3)
- Matej Blumel (Czech) 25 games, 8-8-16 (22.8)
- Raphael Lavoie (Allsvenskan) 28 games, 13-8-21 (22.1)
- Evan Bouchard (Allsvenskan) 23 games, 6-11-17 (21.8)
- Maxim Denezhkin (VHL) 30 games, 6-15-21 (21.8)
- Philip Broberg (SHL) 23 games, 2-6-8 (17.0)
- Dmitri Samorukov (KHL) 35 games, 2-6-8 (15.1)
- Matt Cairns (NCHC) 10 games, 0-4-4 (14.4)
- Aapeli Rasanen (Liiga) 19 games, 3-4-7 (13.7)
- Filip Berglund (SHL) 11 games, 1-2-3 (13.3)
- Mike Kesselring (H-East) 8 games, 0-3-3 (12.1)
- Phil Kemp (Allsvenskan) 8 games, 1-1-2 (11.1)
- Kirill Maksimov (KHL) 12 games, 1-1-2 (11.0)
- Markus Niemelainen (Liiga) 14 games, 0-3-3 (7.9)
- Skyler Brind’Amourt (ECAC) 9 games, 1-2-3 (7.7)
- Jeremias Lindewall (Allsvenskan) 19 games, 2-2-4 (6.2)
- Maxim Berezkin (KHL) 25 games, 0-2-2 (5.3)
Savoie was known as a scorer before the draft, but the scouts saw some things that caused worry. If Savoie continues on this track, going to be some teams kicking themselves. This young man is a marksman.
These are fun to do but can also inform. One of the things about Ryan McLeod’s first AHL season that stood out for me was his even-strength scoring. As it turns out, he had enough offense to post solid numbers in the NLA. Remember, McLeod was over a point per game in the world’s best junior league in his draft year. That’s an important line in the sand.
The top-10 performers here are the people you’d expect, plus Blumel and Denezhkin. This is a weird year, but getting production from the prospects you’re counting on is a good thing any time.
Evan Bouchard had a strong showing in Europe, that Duhatschek piece is worth reading.