July 05 2014 09:49PM
The Edmonton Oilers 2014 draft basically comes down to Leon Draisaitl, William Lagesson and a bunch of guys. We've discussed Leon the Professional at length, and we'll discuss the bunch of guys later. Tonight: William Lagesson.
Corey Pronman is a helluva draft guru, and his description gives Oiler fans a very nice overview of the player. Another Musil—with speed!—but lacking that defensive acumen that makes Musil an attractive prospect.
- A big, strong defenseman who is nasty to play against, Lagesson also chipped in three goals for the Tre Kronor at the world under-18s. Already 6-foot-2 and nearly 200 pounds, Lagesson was picked up by Dubuque in the first round of the USHL draft, so perhaps we’ll see him over here sooner than later. Draft eligible in 2014.
Stu MacGregor, Edmonton Oilers
- “He makes a good first pass and has some hockey sense but I can’t emphasize how much he wants to battle and compete. One-on-one he’s a warrior. It doesn’t hurt that he’s coming over here to get used to the ice surface. He’s probably going to college after Dubuque.”
- Lagesson was Sweden’s best defenseman in this game and was effective in different areas of the game. He did a good job using his body to separate the opposing players from the puck and he won quite a few battles deep in his zone. He was very aggressive on 1-on-1 battles and he took a bad penalty doing it. I also thought he moved very well around the ice and he showed it by joining the rush a few times. He seems to have some interesting tools and the upside to play a solid two-way game. Skating needs work.
- “Solid pick at 91. made a huge impact in with jr team. 1st team coach loves him (former U20coach Rönnmark). good size, average+ puck handling. He doesn’t stand out in the SHL, but he’s a 17 y/o playing with men so no wonder. He doesn’t make a fool out of himself though..”
- A favourite of coach Andres Eriksen at the 2014 World U18 Championships; Lagesson played quality minutes and finishedthe tournament with three goals .. a scrappy, physical hard-nosed competitor who competes for every inch on the ice .. an ‘in your face’type of defender who reacts quickly to loose pucks and is able to identify threats .. under-stated offensive ability as the third highest scoring defenseman in the SuperElit J20.
International Scouting Services
- 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.
There is some conflicting information in these scouting reports—foot speed and offensive prowess are a little all over—but it's pretty clear William Lagesson is a talented prospect with a strong future.