THE 2014 DRAFT (OILERS)

Lowetide
July 20 2014 08:17PM

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The Edmonton Oilers flew in to PHL with a small list of needs and one target. Result: They covered all bases. Big franchise center? Check. Goalies of the future? Check. A bunch of men who they don't need to sign in two years? Check and mate.

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I expect we'll hear that Leon Draisaitl has been signed by the Oilers any day now. The timing of his selection (Friday) and Sam Gagner's trade (Sunday) combined with the crickets we've heard since suggests the die was cast by the time Craig MacTavish hit the main stage at the draft.

Red Line: Huge German centre is tenacious in puck pursuit with his relentless forecheck often creating chances for linemates. Dominates the game down low with outstanding puck protection. Constantly outthinks the opposition and knows where his outlets are at all times. Has learned to use his size to carve out space for himself and effectively separate opponents from the puck. Strong hockey sense in all three zones leads to good positioning. Traditional playmaking centre finds ‘mates with crisp, accurate passes. Intelligent, two-way, classically schooled centre. Outshone Reinhart in head-to-head action against Kootenay.

I'd bet the Oilers' scouting database has dozens of reports on Draisaitl, maybe as many as they had on the Nuge. Offensively, NHL equivalencies suggests the big German is on par with the Boy from Burnaby, and I believe we'll get a long look at Leon this fall in Edmonton. Jason Gregor reported this week he's at 215 pounds, which makes him Arnott the great.

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Our man Leon is something else. Already.

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The "flow" has a nice story to tell and a range of skills. I don't think we're looking at a puck moving expert here, but he can handle himself offensively and defensively.

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  • Lagesson shows traits of a good two-way defender with some intrigue in the offensive zone as he displayed flashes of a big shot. Good mobility, foot speed and overall skating ability for a defenseman of his size. Good presence on the offensive  point, great shot that he is able to get through traffic and keeps it fairly low to the ground. Good release, doesn’t need a full wind-up to get pucks off. Physicality should be a bigger facet to his game to give him that defensive upside and promise that he shows on the puck. William shows a good basis for the two-way game with a good shot and mobility when running the offensive point. Upside remains at the raw stage, project type.
  • ISS Scout S.Cocker: “Strong two-way defender who does everything well. Competes in his own zone and shows good battle and a strong stick”.

  • ISS Scout O.Lahdesmaki: “Bit slow with the puck at times, while challenged under pressure. Smart and effective defensively. Not flashy, but has enough frame, hockey sense, which make him mid-rounds talent for the NHL Draft”.

  • At the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in 2013, Lagesson had two points (1-1-2) in four games for the Sweden Under-18 team.

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  • The Hockey Writers: Nagelvoort adds some size to Oilers future goaltending hopefuls with a 6’2 190lbs frame. He had a great season for Michigan where he held a 2.20GAA and 0.929SV%. But the most impressive stat might be a 63-save performance in March against Penn State that holds as the new record for most saves by a Wolverines goaltender. He’s been passed over in two drafts already and was in his last year of eligibility which may have more to do with a lack of exposure having spent the last three seasons prior in the NAHL. Nagelvoort is a project like Lagesson and the Oilers may get exposed for reaching with this pick. They’ve been off the mark alot on goaltenders in recent drafts and it’s still early to see what they have in the 20-year-old. He projects to stay in college for another season or two before turning pro.
  • Nagelvoort on how he found out the Oilers drafted him: “I actually got a text from my Mom."
  • Nagelvoort on being drafted by Edmonton: "I'm ecstatic. Obviously, it's a dream come true. Edmonton is one of the teams that I had spoken with and I thought there was a possibility that they'd be calling my name. I'm really excited to be part of their organization."

I've learned over the years that first blush on a draft day can sometimes lead us to crazy conclusions. A strange name and a lack of draft pedigree might lead us to believe Nagelvoort is a wasted pick. However, that .929 save percentage is something else. No guarantees, but this is an interesting player.

  • Kirk Luedeke, 2013: Simply put, we love this kid (Liam Coughlin) who is unranked by Central. In fact, we think his name should come up a whole lot more in draft discussions given his 6-foot-3 frame and scoring touch. As it stands, we wouldn’t be shocked to see an NHL team with an entrenched New England presence grab him in the final rounds. Coughlin is a winner; the USHL’s Clark Cup champion Dubuque Fighting Saints agree, taking him 30th overall in that league’s draft."
  • Trevor Timmons (Habs scouting director) had him on the radar in 2013 (article here). "He’s my sleeper. He’s a strong, aggressive player. He’s been playing a lower level, but our Boston scout (Bill Berglund) recommended him."

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  • Stu MacGregor: “He’s a scorer. He had a tremendous year and he’ll be going to Nebraska-Omaha where Dean Blais is a competitive coach who develops players.”
  • Vesel on being drafted by the Oilers: "It feels good to be drafted by Edmonton. They have a lot of young, skilled forwards. I'm very excited for my future."
  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey:To summarize: not big, not fast, not gritty, not young. But he can score; three straight seasons of 70+ points in 50-ish games clearly indicate the guy has more than a clue of what to do around the net. Low penalty minutes totals, sounds like he’s the Jordan Eberle Of The USHL. How that might translate to higher leagues is very much an open question.

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  • Stu MacGregor: “It’s always difficult with goaltenders when they don’t play a lot but we had an eye on him from the previous year and I happened to be at a game this season where he did play and had a period at the Memorial Cup. He’s a guy with potential. He’s very fit and strong and he’s willing to put in the work. Freddie Chabot and Sylvain Rodrique (goalie coaches) know him really well and have worked with him.”
  • More MacGregor: We had a bit of an eye on him from the previous year, and I just happened to be at a game that he did play, and he did get a period at the Memorial Cup that I was there at. He’s a guy with potential … he’s very fit, he’s very strong, so he’s willing to put in the work to get better. Freddy Chabot and Sylvain Rodrigue know him really well, so that helps. They’ve been involved with him, and they used that experience to [advise] that he’d be a prospect.

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#1 Sorensenator
July 20 2014, 08:25PM
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FISTICUFFS

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#2 OiledStatGuy
July 20 2014, 08:57PM
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LT, what are your thoughts on us filling the power forward role? Given...

Vancouver - Virtanen

Anaheim - Ritchie

Phoenix - Perlinni

Minnesota - Tuch

Even Calgary tried to compensate with Smith in second round.

Here's hoping we don't get a trend in the West of big nasty teams winning regularly.

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#4 Stat
July 20 2014, 09:18PM
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I'll guess Drai is the only player that plays more than 50 games in the NHL

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#5 oilers2k10
July 20 2014, 09:41PM
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Lets hope Draisaitl can be what we hoped Arnott would do HERE. Different types of players but I bet Drizzy puts up similar point totals throughout his career..all hopefully with tbe Oil. I do wonder though what Arnold the Great is up to these days...would probably be a good fit somewhere in the org

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#6 GCW
July 20 2014, 09:59PM
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The Oilers went into the draft with lots of needs.

The Oilers prospect pool:

Weaknesses: The Oilers' wing position is lacking depth and the forward group as a whole needs higher end talent.

Edmonton's goaltending prospects have improved with the addition of Laurent Brossoit but still need more starting caliber talent.

The Oilers also lack defensive prospects of note on the right side.

I am not sure how good a job they did filling needs. The draft should be to fill the prospect pool, not the NHL roster. Adding Leon adds a high quality centre to the mix, but the forward pool is still very weak. They still have no right shot defenders. They added two goalies of random abilities, so one could argue they made some progress there.

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#7 Derek
July 20 2014, 10:08PM
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Arnott was an overrated player when he played with the Oilers. Very soft.

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#8 gongshow
July 20 2014, 10:31PM
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Derek wrote:

Arnott was an overrated player when he played with the Oilers. Very soft.

Arnott was still young when he was run out of town by the local fans. Your recollection of the player is different from mine as I recall him as one of those big,strong centers that we would kill for sometime this decade.

As a side note - one of the hockey ops guys that I knew who had been with the team during those years thought that it was a crying shame that the fans (with help from the media) had run him out of town.

He thought he was a good hockey player and an even better person. He also said that Arnott was very gracious and respectful to everyone from the towel boys on up.

Same fellow wondered aloud why the fans and media had such a hate on for a kid like Arnott yet a guy like Bucky was universally adored around here.

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#9 Derek
July 20 2014, 10:40PM
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gongshow wrote:

Arnott was still young when he was run out of town by the local fans. Your recollection of the player is different from mine as I recall him as one of those big,strong centers that we would kill for sometime this decade.

As a side note - one of the hockey ops guys that I knew who had been with the team during those years thought that it was a crying shame that the fans (with help from the media) had run him out of town.

He thought he was a good hockey player and an even better person. He also said that Arnott was very gracious and respectful to everyone from the towel boys on up.

Same fellow wondered aloud why the fans and media had such a hate on for a kid like Arnott yet a guy like Bucky was universally adored around here.

I thought he became a good player later in his career, whether that was going to happen in Edmonton who knows, but as an Oiler fan back then I was glad he was traded.

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#10 Kevin Blowe
July 20 2014, 10:45PM
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The fans ran Arnott out of town because they believed in their management at the time. Now us fans are trying to run Lowe and company out of town with no luck with last place finishes on a year out basis. This organization to me has turned its back on the fans.

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#11 Kevin Blowe
July 20 2014, 10:45PM
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The fans ran Arnott out of town because they believed in their management at the time. Now us fans are trying to run Lowe and company out of town with no luck with last place finishes on a year out basis. This organization to me has turned its back on the fans.

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#12 Kevin Blowe
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The fans ran Arnott out of town because they believed in their management at the time. Now us fans are trying to run Lowe and company out of town with no luck with last place finishes on a year out basis. This organization to me has turned its back on the fans.

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#13 Sorensenator
July 20 2014, 10:58PM
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Kevin Blowe wrote:

The fans ran Arnott out of town because they believed in their management at the time. Now us fans are trying to run Lowe and company out of town with no luck with last place finishes on a year out basis. This organization to me has turned its back on the fans.

Explain how the organization has turned their back on the fans. Do you not think Mac T has legitimately tried to improve the team?

Shea Weber isn't coming to save the day, in fact no teams are giving up their top pairing defensemen, even for Taylor Hall.

Kevin Lowe is just a scapegoat, nothing more. If he were to get hit by a bus tomorrow, Mac T would continue in the same direction which is improving this team.

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#14 The Last Big Bear
July 20 2014, 11:00PM
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Stat wrote:

I'll guess Drai is the only player that plays more than 50 games in the NHL

... in 2014-15.

Yeah, probably.

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#15 KozyMel
July 20 2014, 11:04PM
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"Freddie Chabot ... know him really well and have worked with him.”

Sounds like Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk

Kiss of Death.

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#16 Oilers
July 20 2014, 11:06PM
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Lowetide.

Are u drunk? Beside #3 we got nothing.

Oh I know fans will write blah blah blah... Hold out the hope.

Until Lowe and Mac T gone we got nothing

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July 20 2014, 11:18PM
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@Sorensenator

I personally don't want Lowe removed because I think it will help going forward. I want Lowe removed because we were in the position to have to rebuild in the first place. The way the rebuild has turned out is just all the more reason to remove him.

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#18 The Don
July 21 2014, 02:18AM
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"Freddy Chabot and Sylvain Rodrigue know him really well, so that helps. They’ve been involved with him, and they used that experience to [advise] that he’d be a prospect."I hope he's a dud so Chabot can get canned. He never developed a goalie. Feel sorry for Scrivvens and Fasth who's play is going to dip, another long year coming.

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#19 Rdubb
July 21 2014, 08:03AM
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Lowetide, and all other analysts, writers & reporters MUST start learning the meaning of "PEDIGREE", which is: "the history of the family members in a person's or animal's past especially when it is good or impressive". This is straight from the thesaurus.... it is someone's "bloodline", not what they did this past season or that past season or where they played hockey, it has to do with what their parents, grandparents did, and maybe they can do the same because they have their blood in their system.... Or maybe I'm wrong? I don't think so, so please, start using the word PEDIGREE properly...

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#20 Jacques Strap
July 21 2014, 08:03AM
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People forget - the fans and media ran Arnott out of town because he was an objectionable kid who had trouble "getting into it" on game nights. He grew out of that in Jersey, but I don't know that he ever would have playing in the fishbowl. I think the trade was a gift to him and we got back Bill Guerin. Win-win in my book.

None of that has anything to do with our big German. He'll be fine as long as we keep Terry Jones away from him.

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#21 HardBoiledOil
July 21 2014, 08:52AM
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OiledStatGuy wrote:

LT, what are your thoughts on us filling the power forward role? Given...

Vancouver - Virtanen

Anaheim - Ritchie

Phoenix - Perlinni

Minnesota - Tuch

Even Calgary tried to compensate with Smith in second round.

Here's hoping we don't get a trend in the West of big nasty teams winning regularly.

and the Oilers took big Leon Draisaitl, so we all got our big players, so it evens out. Calgary not only took big Hunter Smith as well, but also large Austin Carroll from the Victoria Royals who had 34 goals and 114 PM's. (i wish we could have snagged him first!). the Flames also have tough Emile Portier in the system from last year's draft....has size and a scoring touch to go with his toughness. and San Jose also took pest-like Swiss player Noah Rod as well as big and tough Alex Schoenborn.

it certainly seems like the Western Conference teams continue to load up with some size, but let's not forget the Oilers have plenty of size coming down the pipeline shortly in Moroz, Khaira, John McCarron, Yakimov and Chase up front as well as big d-men like Nurse, Musil, Gernat, Klefbom and Davidson so i'm not overly concerned about whether or not we have enough size in the system to keep up with other teams in our conference.

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#22 HardBoiledOil
July 21 2014, 08:58AM
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Sorensenator wrote:

Explain how the organization has turned their back on the fans. Do you not think Mac T has legitimately tried to improve the team?

Shea Weber isn't coming to save the day, in fact no teams are giving up their top pairing defensemen, even for Taylor Hall.

Kevin Lowe is just a scapegoat, nothing more. If he were to get hit by a bus tomorrow, Mac T would continue in the same direction which is improving this team.

fans need to give MacT some credit here. he's a smart man and he has a very good grasp on the fans opinions and judging by the moves he's made, seems to agree with some of the moves the fans have been crying for (such as improving goaltending as an example). maybe he was given the job without due process (and we still don't really know this to be an actual fact), but i like the moves he has made so far and i'm willing to give him a chance to try to build a winner!

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#23 madjam
July 21 2014, 10:12AM
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With Gagner gone it puts a lot of pressure on Draisaitl to emerge this season . Gagner did little to help top 2 lines last season and Arco and Landers will do the same or worse . Progression of our young core incumbent upon a big upswing in our top two lines essentially . We need a top 1-2 center this season more than a top 1-2 defenseman as it currently stands , or all the work MacT. has done will be minimalized . Emergence of Nurse might help defence .

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#24 Joy S. Lee
July 21 2014, 12:17PM
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gongshow wrote:

Arnott was still young when he was run out of town by the local fans. Your recollection of the player is different from mine as I recall him as one of those big,strong centers that we would kill for sometime this decade.

As a side note - one of the hockey ops guys that I knew who had been with the team during those years thought that it was a crying shame that the fans (with help from the media) had run him out of town.

He thought he was a good hockey player and an even better person. He also said that Arnott was very gracious and respectful to everyone from the towel boys on up.

Same fellow wondered aloud why the fans and media had such a hate on for a kid like Arnott yet a guy like Bucky was universally adored around here.

I remember something else, and I think it was the last (playoff?) run before Arnott was dealt.

Arnott absolutely, unequivocally, purposefully... quit, when the team needed him most. Quit trying, quit playing. He forced the Oilers to trade him. There are many factors that play into things, but I hated him for that.

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#25 OiledStatGuy
July 21 2014, 08:59PM
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@HardBoiledOil

Draisaitl is puck protection, not grit in top six.

Oil are a further step behind with this draft measuring on the grit scale. Grit isn't everything, unless you are too far behind.

Yes, we at least have some bigger bodies in system with possible edge but no signs of a top six.

Poirier and Chase are middleweights.

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