PF 2011

Lowetide
April 24 2011 08:56AM

The day Boston drafted Milan Lucic, it was not obvious to all the Bruins had selected a future impact forward. He had size--6.02, 204 according to Central Scouting--but he wasn't at the top of the scoring charts (9 goals all season) and his PIMS (149) suggested long stretches in the sin bin for feeling shame. The Edmonton Oilers need a "Milan Lucic" and right soon--where is he? 

At this point in time the Edmonton Oilers sadly lack big men with a wide range of skills. Steve MacIntyre is one of the best enforcers in the NHL currently, JF Jacques can skate extremely well for a big man but in both cases these men are mostly "stick optional" types. Jacques fit the PF bill quite well coming out of junior but lost an enormous portion of his fine motor skills when his back injuries began to take their toll.

So, along with grabbing the right guy at #1 overall and not blowing the LAK pick later in the first round when he takes a defenseman, Stu MacGregor and the scouting staff need to find a Lucic among the youngsters available this summer.

ANYONE ON THE HORIZON?

The Oilers current group of roster players doesn't boast anyone who fits the bill (I believe Taylor Hall will be able to take care of himself, but no one in their right mind wants #4 dictating the physical tone of an NHL game), but there are some bubbling under candidates:

  • Tyler Pitlick turns 20 in November and is 6.02, 188. However, he had only one fighting major with Medicine Hat this season and 31 PIMS overall. His goal/pim numbers (27/31) don't really have that Lucic feel.
  • Drew Czerwonka turns 19 in July and is 6.02 197. He would be my choice for strongest PF candidate of the bubbling under group as he clearly is a game rooster (6 fights in the WHL) and his goal/pim ratio (14/78) more closely resembles the player we're looking for at this spot. Czerwonka has played some with skilled men on the Kootenay Ice roster and I think he's a player of great interest moving forward.

WHAT'S AVAILABLE IN THE DRAFT POOL?

Anyone hoping Travis Ewanyk would slip through the cracks unnoticed is sol this morning as his performance at the U18's turned some heads and got people talking about his range of skills. Jim Matheson talks about Ewanyk in his Sunday morning column here and will no doubt be reading about him more this spring. The Pipeline guys have Ewanyk blogging for them here. I count 10 fighting majors on his resume this past season.

Austen Brassard of the OHL's Belleville Bulls is also getting some notice. He's 6.02, 191 had 5 majors in the OHL and has good footspeed for this player type. There are some questions about his hockey sense but he's definitely a player to follow in this category.

Stefan Noesen is from Plano, Texas and is 6.01, 195. Although he didn't fight that much, his reputation is as a hard working, physical forward who won't back away from the rough stuff. He scored 34 goals for Plymouth (OHL) this season so there's a lot of skill with this player.

ANY DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH?

By the time we start talking about a player as a potential draft pick, one imagines NHL teams have a bunch of foolscap on said prospect. I think Medicine Hat winger Kale Kessy might be just what the doctor ordered for the Edmonton Oilers. He's 6.03, 185 and scored 65gp, 10-14-24 129pims for the Tigers this season. 9 majors. There are several youtube highlights including this one.

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#51 Shapeman
April 25 2011, 08:44AM
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buttermilk buscuits wrote:

The big Finn on the Oilers seems like the closest in the Oilers org right now, havent seen this Czerwonka kid yet, but Heartz has Ok Speed, good finish around the net, good along the boards..we just have yet to see him fight.. Not saying this type of PF has to fight all the time, but what makes Lucic so Imposing is the fact that he drops the mitts time to time and when he does he usually comes out on top..he probably scares most Dmen in the league..he can probably get away with more because of his toughness.. Nobody is scared of Avery..why? Because when he does drop em he isnt as tough as his mouth would at first have you believe.

Well I know Lucic didn't scare Jim Vandermeer. Vandy won and he was smiling the whole time. Hell he smiles and laughs during every fight! I guess I'm saying we should resign him as a 6/7 d man for next year.

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#52 Peterborough
April 25 2011, 09:49AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

disarray of epic proportions...when fans walk into the arena tomorrow night they will see the drums full of kool-aid and wonder what might be in the offing...excitement like this is absolutely springlike...

doug you slug...this failure is written in stone

hawks led the series two games to three on resurrection sunday... hawks now take a commanding three games to three games lead and more hawks are coming !!!

It's like Christmas but when your a kid and its fun! Frolik's deke actually gave Schneider spasms! Soooo sick! GO HAWKS GO! GO HAWKS GO!

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#53 OILERSORDEATH
April 25 2011, 09:52AM
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Shapeman wrote:

Well I know Lucic didn't scare Jim Vandermeer. Vandy won and he was smiling the whole time. Hell he smiles and laughs during every fight! I guess I'm saying we should resign him as a 6/7 d man for next year.

I totally agree, he's a tough as hell D-man who's sheer a battler. I say sign him as 6/7 guy for sure

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#54 Clay
April 25 2011, 10:27AM
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LT - You've spoken before of Mark McNeill with the LA pick. Would he fit this bill or is he too "skilled".

6'2" 210lbs, 53PIMS with 3 fighting majors. A lot of scouting reports call him "hard nosed".

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#55 db7db7db7
April 25 2011, 11:40AM
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Cal Clutterbuck

Nuff said... Do whatever you need to get him!!!!!!!

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#56 db7db7db7
April 25 2011, 11:43AM
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@db7db7db7

Same goes for Ryan Clowe!!!!

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#57 thebiggestmanintheworld
April 25 2011, 12:28PM
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What doritogrande said...

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#58 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 25 2011, 02:06PM
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We need a Dale Hunter clone, he was a nasty sommbeach. 5'10", played like 6'2".

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#59 jon
April 25 2011, 02:35PM
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I wonder if the oil could do the 2009 draft again if they would opt for Kassian or Ellis over Paajarvi. I wouldnt mind Kassian over Magnus, we have enough skilled guys and not enought beasts

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