COMBINE LIST RELEASED

Lowetide
May 04 2012 07:35AM

The NHL combine list is out and if the past is any indication it offers Oilers fans a road map for the draft.

The top of the draft features young men from exotic places like Nizhnekamsk, Russia (Yakupov) and White City, Saskatchewan (Murray). The NHL combine list has in the past featured a large number of Oiler picks inside every pack. In the past couple of years Edmonton has called out a baker's dozen from the (about) 200 invitees (100 per season).

  • 2010 (7): Tyler Bunz, Brandon Davidson, Taylor Hall, Curtis Hamilton, Martin Marincin, Ryan Martindale, Tyler Pitlick.
  • 2011 (6): Travis Ewanyk, Oscar Klefbom, David Musil, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Samu Perhonen, Tobias Rieder

That's the heart of both Oiler drafts this decade.An average number (200 divided by 30 teams) would be 6 or 7; Edmonton procured 13 from the list.

The list usually gets some additions and some of these kids won't be able to  do the testing but will be around for the interviews. Bolded players are the ones I think EDM may have a strong interest in.

 

WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU

First Name Last Name Birthplace Team League Pos
PONTUS ABERG Stockholm, Sweden DJURGARDEN SWEDEN LW
JOSH ANDERSON Burlington, ON, Canada LONDON OHL RW
CALLE ANDERSSON Malmo, Sweden FARJESTAD JR. SWE-JR. D
ANDREAS ATHANASIOU London, ON, Canada LONDON OHL C/LW
ROBERT BAILLARGEON Springfield, MA, United States INDIANA USHL C
PATRIK BARTOSAK Novy Jicin, Czech Republik RED DEER WHL G
FRANCIS BEAUVILLIER Sorel-Tracy, QC, Canada RIMOUSKI QMJHL C/LW
DYLAN BLUJUS Buffalo, NY, United States BRAMPTON OHL D
TIM BOZON St. Louis, MO, United States KAMLOOPS WHL LW
LUDWIG BYSTROM Orskoldsvik, Sweden MODO JR. SWE-JR. D
CHRIS CALNAN Boston, MA, United States NOBLES HIGH-MA RW
TREVOR CARRICK Stouffville, ON, Canada MISSISSAUGA ST. MICHAEL'S OHL D
CODY CECI Ottawa, ON, Canada OTTAWA OHL D
SEBASTIAN COLLBERG Mariestad, Sweden FROLUNDA SWEDEN RW
BRIAN COOPER Anchorage, AK, United States FARGO USHL D
RYAN CULKIN Montreal, QC, Canada QUEBEC QMJHL D
OSCAR DANSK Stockholm, Sweden BRYNAS JR. SWE-JR. G
MATTHEW DEBLOUW Chesterfield, MI, United States MUSKEGON USHL C
PHILLIP DI GIUSEPPE Toronto, ON, Canada U OF MICHIGAN CCHA LW
MATHEW DUMBA Regina, SK, Canada RED DEER WHL D
RADEK FAKSA Vitkov, Czech Republic KITCHENER OHL C
MATTHEW FINN Toronto, ON, Canada GUELPH OHL D
FILIP FORSBERG Ostervala, Sweden LEKSAND SWEDEN-2 C
DANE FOX Chatham, ON, Canada ERIE OHL C
MARTIN FRK Pelhrimov, Czech Republic HALIFAX QMJHL RW
ALEX GALCHENYUK Milwaukee, WI, United States SARNIA OHL C
BRENDAN GAUNCE Sudbury, ON, Canada BELLEVILLE OHL C
ARTUR GAVRUS Ratichi, Belarus OWEN SOUND OHL C/LW
JON GILLIES Concord, NH, United States INDIANA USHL G
ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS Riga, Latvia DUBUQUE USHL C
CODA GORDON Calgary, AB, Canada SWIFT CURRENT WHL LW
MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO Khabarovsk, Russia QUEBEC QMJHL C
BRIAN HART Cumberland, ME, United States EXETER HIGH-NH RW
KENTON HELGESEN Grand Prarie, AB, Canada CALGARY WHL D
TOMAS HERTL Prague, Czech Republic SLAVIA CZREP C
TOMAS HYKA Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic GATINEAU QMJHL RW
MAX IAFRATE Baltimore, MD, United States KITCHENER OHL D
MARK JANKOWSKI Hamilton, ON, Canada STANSTEAD COLLEGE HIGH-QC C
BEN JOHNSON Hancock, MI, United States WINDSOR OHL C/LW
ERIK KARLSSON Lerum, Sweden FROLUNDA JR. SWE-JR. C/LW
NICOLAS KERDILES Lewisville, TX, United States USA U-18 USHL LW
JUJHAR KHAIRA Surrey, BC, Canada PRINCE GEORGE BCHL LW
SLATER KOEKKOEK Winchester, ON, Canada PETERBOROUGH OHL D
JOONAS KORPISALO Pori, Finland JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR. G
SCOTT KOSMACHUK Richmond Hill, ON, Canada GUELPH OHL RW
BRETT KULAK Edmonton, AB, Canada VANCOUVER WHL D
SAMUEL KURKER Boston, MA, United States ST. JOHN'S PREP HIGH-MA RW
CHRISTOPHE LALANCETTE Roberval, QC, Canada ACADIE-BATHURST QMJHL RW
SCOTT LAUGHTON Oakville, ON, Canada OSHAWA OHL C
ESA LINDELL Vantaa, Finland JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR. D
HAMPUS LINDHOLM Helsingborg, Sweden ROGLE JR. SWE-JR. D
OLLI MAATTA Jyvaskyla, Finland LONDON OHL D
JARROD MAIDENS Niagara Falls, ON, Canada OWEN SOUND OHL C/LW
ANDREY MAKAROV Kazan, Russia SASKATOON WHL G
MATIA MARCANTUONI Woodbridge, ON, CANADA KITCHENER OHL C/RW
MICHAEL MATHESON Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada DUBUQUE USHL D
STEFAN MATTEAU Chicago, IL, United States USA U-18 USHL C
JAKE MCCABE Eau Claire, WI, Unites States U. OF WISCONSIN WCHA D
BROCK MCGINN Fergus, ON, Canada GUELPH OHL LW
JAMES MELINDY Goulds, NL, Canada MONCTON QMJHL D
MITCHELL MOROZ Edmonton, AB, Canada EDMONTON WHL LW
RYAN MURRAY Regina, SK, Canada EVERETT WHL D
LOGAN NELSON Coon Rapids, MN, United States VICTORIA WHL C
CRISTOVAL NIEVES Syracuse, NY, United States KENT SCHOOL HIGH-CT C
DANIEL O'REGAN Berlin, Germany ST. SEBASTIAN SCHOOL HIGH-MA C
VYACHESLAV OSNOVIN Russia CHELYABINSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. C
FRANK PALAZZESE North York, ON, Canada KITCHENER OHL G
JAKE PATERSON Mississauga, ON, Canada SAGINAW OHL G
TANNER PEARSON Kitchener, ON, Canada BARRIE OHL LW
VILLE POKKA Tornio, Finland KARPAT FINLAND D
DERRICK POULIOT Estevan, SK, Canada PORTLAND WHL D
NIKOLAY PROKHORKIN Chelyabinsk, Russia CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR. LW
GRIFFIN REINHART North Vancouver, BC, Canada EDMONTON WHL D
TANNER RICHARD Markham, ON, Canada GUELPH OHL C
MORGAN RIELLY Vancouver, BC, Canada MOOSE JAW WHL D
KEVIN ROY Greenfield Park, QC, Canada LINCOLN USHL C
HENRIK SAMUELSSON Pittsburgh, PA, United States EDMONTON WHL C/RW
JORDAN SCHMALTZ Madison, WI, United States GREEN BAY USHL D
DAMON SEVERSON Brandon, MB, Canada KELOWNA WHL D
DEVIN SHORE Ajax, ON, Canada WHITBY OJHL C
PATRICK SIELOFF Ann Arbor, MI, United States USA U-18 USHL D
COLTON SISSONS North Vancouver, BC, Canada KELOWNA WHL C
BRADY SKJEI Lakevill, MN, United States USA U-18 USHL D
GEMEL SMITH Toronto, ON, Canada OWEN SOUND OHL C
ZACHARY STEPAN Hastings, MN, United States SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS HIGH-MN C
CHANDLER STEPHENSON Saskatoon, SK, Canada REGINA WHL C/LW
ANTHONY STOLARZ Edison, NJ, United States CORPUS CHRISTI NAHL G
MALCOLM SUBBAN Toronto, ON, Canada BELLEVILLE OHL G
LUKAS SUTTER St. Louis, MO, United States SASKATOON WHL C
TEUVO TERAVAINEN Helsinki, Finland JOKERIT FINLAND LW
DALTON THROWER Squamish, BC, Canada SASKATOON WHL D
MATT TOMKINS Edmonton, AB, Canada SHERWOOD PARK AJHL G
FRANCOIS TREMBLAY Baie-Comeau, QC, Canada VAL-D'OR QMJHL G
BRANDEN TROOCK Edmonton, AB, Canada SEATTLE WHL RW
JACOB TROUBA Rochester, MI, United States USA U-18 USHL D
BRADY VAIL Hendersonville, NC, United States WINDSOR OHL C
MIKKO VAINONEN Helsinki, Finland HIFK JR. FINLAND-JR. D
ANDREI VASILEVSKI Tyumen, Russia UFA 2 RUSSIA-JR. G
JIMMY VESEY Boston, MA, United States SOUTH SHORE EJHL LW
NICHOLAS WALTERS Edmonton, AB, Canada EVERETT WHL D
BRANDON WHITNEY Centreville, NS, Canada VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL G
THOMAS WILSON Toronto, ON, Canada PLYMOUTH OHL RW
MIKE WINTHER Olds, AB, Canada PRINCE ALBERT WHL C
NAIL YAKUPOV Nizhnekamsk, Russia SARNIA OHL RW
DANIIL ZHARKOV St. Petersburg, Russia BELLEVILLE OHL LW

 

 

 

 

 

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#1 Slayer636
May 04 2012, 07:46AM
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My first FIST! A few bolded players I don't know anything about. I will have to look into that.

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#2 Sliderule
May 04 2012, 08:04AM
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I don't know whether Samuelsson will still be around but he looks like a solid second round pick for the Oil.

It looks like his game will translate real well to NHL

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#3 John Chambers
May 04 2012, 09:01AM
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I would not at all be disappointed if we left the draft with a top-pair calibre defenseman and Alex Galchenyuk, in exchange for Yakupov and some spare change.

The defensemen rankings have been up and down like the sun ... too risky IMO. Galchenyuk and RNH seem like an enviable 1-2 combination at C.

Short of that it's got to be Nail.

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#4 freeze
May 04 2012, 09:07AM
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@Sliderule

Agreed. He seems like he has the sandpaper the Oil need. I wonder if he would be a stretch at 32?

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#5 Goilers
May 04 2012, 09:12AM
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I'm very interested to see how Ryan Murray does at the WC. If he impresses, I could see the Oilers taking him at 1.

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#6 Goilers
May 04 2012, 09:13AM
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And as for Samuelsson, I agree. If the Oil could snag him at 32 I would be a happy fan.

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#7 michael
May 04 2012, 09:13AM
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I like H.Samuelson at 31. My thought is that the Oilers need to talk to Tbay about getting one of thier 2cd roundrs. I like Mitch Moroz just as much as I like HS. Thier games are silmilar and they would bring the size,skill and character the Oilers need going forward on thier 3rd and 4th lines.

The Oilers will be almost set in thier top 6 if they draft Yakupov. I still would like a center with more size moving forward on the 2cd line. But as has been discussed previously teams can win with a center of Gagne's size on thier 2cd line.

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#8 John Chambers
May 04 2012, 09:14AM
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@ Goilers

Then I hope he falls flat on his face.

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#9 RexLibris
May 04 2012, 10:51AM
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John Chambers wrote:

@ Goilers

Then I hope he falls flat on his face.

lol

I've been thinking the same thing. I started watching Samuelsson just after he joined the Oil Kings and pretty quickly decided that he was the guy I wanted the Oilers to target with either an acquired late-1st round pick or their 2nd round pick (31st probably with New Jersey having to forfeit). Ever since then, as much as I enjoy seeing what he can do, part of me is hoping that he gets suspended or does something to turn scouts off of him.

He is a nasty, unpleasant character and I have a strong feeling that he will dominate the WHL next season.

Players that I think the Oilers would do well to target are Samuelsson and Moroz, as mentioned by earlier commenters.

Another player that has stuck out to me is Cody Corbett. Whenever I see him play all I can think is "he looks like a Detroit player, simple, efficient, intelligent".

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#10 madjam
May 04 2012, 12:01PM
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Is this the year to abandon the draft and shoot for the playoffs by dealing Yakupov ? I doubt it , with MacKinnon the prize for next years futility .

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#11 Fresh Mess
May 04 2012, 02:38PM
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^^^Seriously? You are all ready talking about another last place finish

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#12 Quicksilver ballet
May 04 2012, 04:39PM
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@ Fresh Mess

If they do trade down, with the dropoff after Yakupov, the player the Oilers get probably doesn't make the club next season/or plays a minimalist role barely making a difference. If this were to occur, they're left with the same old 29th place squad they had last year.

The Oilers best/youngest players are too young to carry the load themselves, with questionable goaltending and the veteran support on this club, it isn't worth a boatload of.....could very well be same old same old next year.

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#13 Deeg
May 04 2012, 05:04PM
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LT, how did you pick the ones in bold letters as ones the Oilers may have a strong interest in?

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#14 coco crisp
May 04 2012, 08:24PM
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Nick Walters made the combine.... wow

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#15 RexLibris
May 06 2012, 11:51AM
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Deeg wrote:

LT, how did you pick the ones in bold letters as ones the Oilers may have a strong interest in?

Just glancing at each bolded player, I would guess that he took the concensus top three forwards, three defenders and then the WHL players that play on teams that MacGregor has shown an interest in over previous seasons. As for some of the others (Winther, Vesey, Sissons, and Matteau) I really have no idea, at least not without having the time to look into their scouting reports and such.

I suspect that the Oilers are going to go BPA in round one and then take a look at a heavy, offensive, nasty power forward in round two. Round three, because of the two picks I suspect we'll be seeing a forward/defenseman combination of picks (love to see them get Moroz and Corbett here, but I'm a little biased by the Oil Kings proximity).

Again, these are just my guesses based on many hours of reading LT's work and poring over the Oilers' draft records these past few years.

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#16 RexLibris
May 06 2012, 11:34PM
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Okay, I had a little time, so here are the copy and pasted scouting reports on some of these "other" names.

*All were taken from thescoutingreport.com and are dated from January of this year.

LC Stefan Matteau – USNTDP (USHL)

DOB: Feb. 23/94 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.01 | Weight: 210lbs

Matteau’s game translates well to the professional ranks which makes him valuable as a relatively safe bet in this range. He has pro size as well as an effective skill set that will suit the physical rigors of the NHL. Matteau shoots well, makes the simple play with the puck and brings a physical edge to his game. What Matteau lacks in pure foot speed, he makes up with an efficient skating stride that should allow him to gain quickness as he continues to get stronger.

RC Colton Sissons – Kelowna (WHL)

DOB: Nov. 5/93 | Shoots: R | Height: 6.01 | Weight: 189lbs

With good size and a lethal shot, Sissons undoubtedly projects on the high end as a top-6 winger in the NHL. His game is not without question marks, though – as he currently has a team-worst -15 rating. Sissons could also benefit from using his teammates better as evidenced by his low assist totals, however has certainly shown a knack for being a hard worker on the ice. Sissons was recently named captain of his team for the upcoming CHL top prospects game, which proves his ability to lead by example on the ice.

G Malcolm Subban – Belleville (OHL)

DOB: Dec. 21/93 | Catches: L | Height: 6.01 | Weight: 188lbs

With his style of play in net, Subban seems a lot like a throwback QMJHL goalie from the 90′s with his lightning quick reflexes and athleticism in goal. After playing Midget hockey as a 16-year-old, Subban has finally started to fill out his lanky frame and the increased strength has made a big difference in his play. Subban has very good lateral ability and does a great job of making recovery saves on 2nd and 3rd chances. He has great hands and does a good job of making saves in traffic and using his quick reflexes to make saves that few goaltenders can make.

LW Tanner Pearson – Barrie (OHL)

DOB: Aug. 10/92 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.00 | Weight: 200lbs

While his pace has slowed slightly, Tanner Pearson continues to be an offensive threat every night. A classic late bloomer, Pearson found chemistry early in the season with the rest of his team and has not looked back since. Pearson thinks the game on an extremely high level; he consistently makes great decisions with the puck and is able to thread passes through traffic with ease. He also does a great job in putting himself in great position, he is a player who the puck just seems to find time and time again. While Pearson will be eligible for his 3rd time this season, he has emerged as a legitimate NHL prospect and with no glaring weaknesses in his game, he’s earned his spot in our rankings.

RC Mike Winther – Prince Albert (WHL)

DOB: Jul. 9/94 | Shoots: R | Height: 5.11 | Weight: 175lbs

Mike Winther is the kind of competitor that every coach loves to have. With an excellent shot, second to-none work ethic, and excellent two-way play, Winther certainly has all of the tools to be a very strong player at the next level. The biggest issue in Winther’s game right now is simply strength – standing at 5’10” and listed at 170 pounds – Winther will certainly need to get stronger to compete at the next level. Even with his small stature, however, Winther plays a fearless kind of game as he goes into the hard areas and competes with players much larger than him. As the season has worn on, Winther has seemingly only gotten better and been a shining star on a generally poor team.

RW Henrik Samuelsson – Edmonton (WHL)

DOB: Feb. 7/94 | Shoots: R | Height: 6.02 | Weight: 195lbs

Samuelsson was a mid season pickup for the Oil Kings from Modo in Sweden after spending last season playing with the US U17 Team. Samuelsson is a gritty forward who wins board battles and excels at maintaining offensive zone puck possession. He can play center or the wing equally effectively and is at his best below the hash marks where he uses his size to his advantage. It was a rough first half of the year for Samuelsson, but after a quick start with Edmonton, don’t be surprised if you see the big power forward as a big riser in the Final rankings.

LD Cody Corbett – Edmonton (WHL)

DOB: Dec. 14/93 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.00 | Weight: 210lbs

Corbett has been a big-time addition for the Oil Kings this season and has improved considerably already throughout the first half of the season. He has a tremendous shot and does a great job quarterbacking the power play. Corbett is strong positionally and for a two-way player, does a good job of battling in the corners and handling physical forwards. Corbett continues to be a player who has flown under the radar a bit in the shadows of his teammates Griffin Reinhart and Mark Pysyk, but his blend of intelligence and physicality makes for an enticing package moving forward.

As for Jimmy Vesey there really isn't much out there on the interwebs (out of respect for LT I won't call it the Al Gore). I found a link to an East Coast amateur hockey site that had a list of local products and their NHL Central Scouting ranking where Vesey was listed as a B rated LW out of Belmont Hill school. He is 6'1", 200 lbs and was ranked 77th of NA skaters by Central Scouting back in early April. This could be the Oilers pulling a bit of sleight of hand and counter-intelligence, or they may really feel that they have got a Boston-area stud forward here. The Oilers have seemed to like to take an unknown Eastern product in the last couple of drafts but we all remember Troy Hesketh so we shall see.

If LT is right and these are the names that the Oilers are most interested in it would certainly appear that Center and Wing are their two most obvious areas of focus for this draft, and understandably so. They have a glaring need for depth center prospects that can develop in junior (or overseas) for another year or two and be insurance to the development of Pitlick, Hamilton and Hartikainen.

The only other name on that list that stands out to me is Tomas Hertl as a possibility. MacGregor hasn't put much into the Czech leagues lately, but then again he had never drafted someone from Germany before last year and Rieder looks alright.

Artur Gavrus might be intersting, he was 5'9" and 150lbs when he was drafted in bantam last year. He might be a good pick for Montreal or Calgary.

One last thing, I don't see any Slovakians on the list, so can we assume that the Oilers are at the very least hiding their next Slovakian tall-tree defensive dynamo?!

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