Oilers at 90: Luca Munzenberger

by Lowetide

I did not have him on my list, Red Line ranked him No. 187 overall. He’s a bigger defender, a November 2002, he did play at the WJ’s for Germany and is on his way to college (Vermont).

Ryan Kennedy at SI has an article here, a partial quote from a scout: “A little on the rugged side and he made that good first pass. He wasn’t on our radar prior to the tournament but he showed well and looks like a draft.”


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Bulging Twine July 25, 2021 - 12:10 am

Watching the video provided on another post from the World Jr’s…sheesh! I like his own zone defending! Very pleasantly surprised.

Got a few years now to work on his puck play

€√¥£€^$ July 26, 2021 - 12:36 am

I watched the same. He lined up a lot with the 1st line, but I have to say he needs a lot of work.

The good, he is strong and skates very well. He is very aggressive and really challenges the puck carrier at the blue line.

The bad, he passes like Russell (lots of boards and out, or in the skates or out of reach). But is certainly no Matt Cairns, he is a legit NHL prospect.

If you go within reach, he will make hard contact. He also is active in moving opponents out of his goalie’s sight lines.

He will be interesting to follow at Vermont. I predict he will turn out to be a more effective Kemp…. The Larsson replacement, although he is a lefty, he played RD.

defmn July 24, 2021 - 3:31 pm

Paul Almeida
Luca Münzenberger played for Leon Draisaitl’s youth club, the Cologne Sharks. I’m German the Kölner Junghaie.

rickithebear July 24, 2021 - 2:44 pm

Physical smothering defender:
Dare I hope?
A future Top 60 def dman.
this yr most (80%) of the rounds were 2.00 GA or lower in 15 series 4 wins.
1 – 3G .75GAA
2 – 5G 1.25 GAA
1 – 6G 1.50 GAA
7 – 7G 1.75 GAA
1 – 8G 2.00 GAA
2 – 9G 2.25 GAA
1 – 10G 2.50 GAA
The last 3 series: .75; 1.25 & 1.75.
this has beeen going on for a long time.

We have 4 – Bottom 40 Dmen (=2 D prs) each giving up more than 1.00 evga in 16-18min of play. That is xGA nearer to 2.25 without even the PKGA.

Offences do not outscore Def in Playoff series
It rarely happens.
But when it does Alot are driven by Injuries thru playoffs and Brutal Reffing calls. (Ie. Physics law breaking good goal calls & Phantom majors, etc.)

Lowetide July 24, 2021 - 2:49 pm

I thought of you when reading about von Bülow after he was drafted.

DevilsLettuce July 24, 2021 - 2:08 pm

Awesome name, Leon’s already texting him, who the hell knows this year hopefully woodcrofts brother isn’t full of it.

Kenny looking at Leon, we will purge Germany together you and I.

I wonder what the eventual Munzenberger combo will feature.

Pescador July 24, 2021 - 2:12 pm

I guess double patties, really stinky cheese, an aggressive salad
wash it all down with a red bull
Either way you’re going to remember it!

RocklandRascal July 24, 2021 - 11:51 pm

Lol. Now available at Bobby Nick’s for the Lowe price of $25 per Combo with extra sauerkraut and a side of bangers.

Jordan July 24, 2021 - 2:00 pm

I don’t know a thing about this player other than what’s been reported here.

I do know a lot about Oilers draft history Moar Biggar is a real thing for Oilers 3rds and a lot of value has been lost with these picks in the last 20 years.

Hope these Oilers scouts have returned to the Days of being able to find D men
As easily as looking for darkness at midnight. Thyev been on fire the last handful of drafts so I’m more hopeful now than I would have been 7 years ago.

Prairie_Sentinel July 24, 2021 - 1:44 pm

The Bourg, the Berg, and the Bear – sounds like a sitcom

Oil2Oilers July 24, 2021 - 1:14 pm

Chiasson draft reports sound remarkably similar to how the old Chiasson actually plays

Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 1:21 pm

Interesting tidbit about Chiasson here:


Sounds kinda like The Bourg re: having a deceptive shot.

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual July 24, 2021 - 1:31 pm

Except Jake can skate 🙂

N64 July 24, 2021 - 1:14 pm


With the 114th pick in the 2021 #NHLDraft, the #RedWings select center Red Savage.

Wolfpack July 24, 2021 - 1:13 pm

Why, oh why, does the name David Musil pop into my head.

Bulging Twine July 25, 2021 - 12:05 am

Moves better than Musil

PokeCheck July 24, 2021 - 1:09 pm

Oilers take RW Jake Chiasson (#90 on LT’s list, Brandon Wheat Kings. Good size, improved offensively.)

Todd Macallan July 24, 2021 - 1:13 pm

Like the pick, back to the WHL for LT!

Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 1:09 pm

Jake Chiasson to the Oilers at 116.

Scouting report:


PokeCheck July 24, 2021 - 1:04 pm

2 picks out from 116, the best available from LT’s list –

24 LW Eric Alarie, Moose Jaw Warriors 6.01, 196. Big PF with plus skill.
36 LW Joshua Roy, Sherbrooke Phoenix. High-end skill, could go higher.
41 RC Connor Lockhart, Erie Otters. Probably the best skater among OHL eligibles.
48 RC Justin Robidas, Val d’Or Foreurs. He’s Yvan Cournoyer small, bullet on skates.
51 LC Lorenzo Canonica, Shawinigan Cataractes. Another skill center, great skater.

71 RD Jacob Guévin, Muskegon Lumberjacks. Offensive defenseman, fine skater.
73 LD Graham Sward, Spokane Chiefs. He’s 6.02, 169. Physical mobile shutdown blue.

84 G Brett Brochu, London Knights. Under radar goalie delivered a .919 SP as a rookie.

jp July 24, 2021 - 1:42 pm

Just a couple more names and you would have gotten to Chiasson 🙂

Diablo July 24, 2021 - 1:01 pm

Price on Reinhart was more than the Oilers could afford but less than I expected him to go for. Sabres must have really Levi.

Sierra July 24, 2021 - 1:05 pm

you don’t think the Oilers could afford their 1st and goalie prospect?

Diablo July 24, 2021 - 1:06 pm

We don’t have a goalie prospect with Levi’s hype from the tournament of small sample size … I assume Buffalo locked into Levi as a player of extreme interest. Any of Skinner, Konovolov, Rodrigue may end up having better careers but they don’t have any trade cache right now.

Harpers Hair July 24, 2021 - 1:09 pm

And the pick isn’t until next year.

Would have been a much better bet than Hyman.

defmn July 24, 2021 - 1:36 pm

IF Reinhart would agree to an extension of his contract I agree. I guess that is the piece of info we don’t have but should come to light.

Harpers Hair July 24, 2021 - 1:40 pm

I’m guessing that was the hold up after the trade was revealed last night.

godot10 July 24, 2021 - 2:01 pm

The Oilers were looking for someone to play left wing.

Oil2Oilers July 24, 2021 - 1:01 pm

That this pick was recruited by and will be coached by Woodcroft is promising. It shows that the Oilers did some homework and have a development plan.

Reja July 24, 2021 - 1:05 pm


Oil2Oilers July 24, 2021 - 1:08 pm

No Todd Woodcroft at Vermont

Pescador July 24, 2021 - 1:16 pm

Any relation to Jay?

defmn July 24, 2021 - 1:43 pm

His brother according to Nugent-Bowman. I presume that is where the intel came from.

Rondo July 24, 2021 - 1:00 pm


Red Savage

Justin Robidas

GordieHoweHatTrick July 24, 2021 - 12:58 pm

Is Chicago in Canada now?

jzed July 24, 2021 - 12:53 pm

If we are walk about already, expect to see some unpronounceable names on the way

belcolt July 24, 2021 - 12:50 pm

Shift-by-shift video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfdk1IIWQ68&t=214s

Appears to defend very well, mobility looks solid.

Obviously not a math pick, picked for his defending no doubt. Does reportedly have a bomb of a shot and passing looks alright, so maybe a little untapped offensive potential.

Probably could’ve been available later but it’s a weird draft and I’m guessing they didn’t want to take a chance.

Sierra July 24, 2021 - 12:44 pm

At 90?

Diablo July 24, 2021 - 12:43 pm

Big and mean, quick and has a bomb of a shot. Sounds like he has good tools. He’s going to college where he’ll marinate for the next few years, then slide in at the pro level and keep the d-man pipeline churning.

Germany is still a low key underscouted place to grab talent. Their top players get much more international experience playing high level competition.

Pescador July 24, 2021 - 12:42 pm

Absolutely love this player
Absolutely hate where he was drafted
Why do scouts talk themselves into these kinds of reaches?

Diablo July 24, 2021 - 12:53 pm

At this point, the teams draft lists are all over the map, especially this year, given the limited scouting done. Need to stick to your list and draft the players where you have them … not based on someone else’s opinion.

Pescador July 24, 2021 - 1:18 pm

I agree with you, the list is the problem

YKOil July 24, 2021 - 12:41 pm

Given what was available on the board, not a great pick imo. Would have been available later.

Weird draft year to be sure.

GordieHoweHatTrick July 24, 2021 - 12:33 pm

Long live the leftorium!

godot10 July 24, 2021 - 12:42 pm

Klefbom and Jones are gone. Keith is 38. Lagesson is at best a tweener. Russell is probably in his last year.

Not much after Nurse, Broberg, and Samorukov anymore.

GordieHoweHatTrick July 24, 2021 - 12:45 pm

Ya they grow up fast

GordieHoweHatTrick July 24, 2021 - 12:57 pm

I imagine the oilers are alone thinking he was BPA

Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 12:30 pm

In addition to The Bourg, we now have “The Berg”.

godot10 July 24, 2021 - 12:28 pm
Tarkus July 24, 2021 - 12:27 pm

Scouting report on Munzenberger (halfway down the page) :


Younger Oil July 24, 2021 - 12:24 pm

Hard to believe he wouldn’t be available in a later round, disappointing pick.

Victoria Oil July 24, 2021 - 12:31 pm

Agree 100%. I understand if the scouts liked him, but I’m sure the Oilers could have gotten him later. Poor drafting strategy.

russ99 July 24, 2021 - 12:43 pm

What if we trade the 4th to Toronto?

PokeCheck July 24, 2021 - 12:24 pm

A nice walkabout pick?

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