The Best of Youtube Scouting

Ladies and gentlemen, Linus Omark.

Now, I’m not really a big fan of scouting by video clip, but if I were I’d be salivating. Omark scores in every situation – garbage goals from in front of the net, quick goals on the rush, and gritty goals off of the cycle. His goal at 4:03 was a special move. What statistics we have are good; he led his team in scoring and finished third in the entire Elitserien.

We won’t know until next year of course, but Linus Omark has a good chance at being the best player the Kevin Lowe-era Oilers have drafted out of Europe.

  • Hippy

    Q wrote:

    @ Chris:
    Chris, get a new box of cornflakes. Someone urinated in yours.

    Yeah. Let's get all horny about a skilled 170 lb kid playing against 170 lb kids on the big ice. I just watched 5:14 of no-check midget hockey. Geez. Sam Gagner would eat this kid for breakfast, let alone Detroit's stick boy.

    Euroschremp indeed. Maybe we should see him in a few big boy games before locking up his 5 year, $8 Million/yr contract hey?

  • Hippy

    So far I like what I have seen on you tube and read about Omark. Sadly our team is stacked with a pile of 5'10'' 180lbs forwards. I would hate to be in management's position this off-season as they will be needing to make some tough decisions about guys like Nilson, Cogs, Pouliot, Schremp, Reddox, etc… considering we have Eberle and Omark coming up in the next year or two.
    What the oilers need to do is tank the rest of the season, blow out a few of the old guys that aren't getting it done and admit the fact that we TRUELY need to rebuild this team. We have a plethora of good young talent. Save the $$$'s for a few years down the road when our team has a legit shot at making a run at the cup.
    I was at last night's game, and it was sad to see that Jacques, Stortini, Brodziak, and maybe Gagner were the only oil out there that seemed to care what was going on on the ice. Horc, Hemmer, Penns, need to show some more effort out there and show that they actually care about winning hockey games.

  • Hippy

    Oil can win tonight they are right back in it.Calgary isn't playing that well and we have to play them twice. My only concern is Roli, he is starting to look very tired and we really can't give me a day off. I think Sheldon is dead tired also and it has affected how he is playing.

    GO OILERS GO

  • Hippy

    @ albundy:

    So, the Oilers two best players (and only two with any sack at all) are looking tired.

    The Flames are nine million times better than the Oilers, have a psychotic as a coach who has probably been calling them every name in the book.

    Yeah, we've gottem right where we want 'em.

  • Hippy

    @ David S:

    For starters, Omark's going to be on an entry-level deal, so there will be a cap on how much he can make. Secondly, I don't think anyone's talking about anything more than a two-way deal; Omark himself said he'd be willing to play in the AHL first because his dream is to play in the NHL and he'll do whatever it takes.

    Aside from all that, aren't you being just a little pessimistic? Omark has yet to prove anything in North America, but from Rickibear's list it seems clear that 21-year olds don't usually finish in the top ten of SEL scoring, and those that do have a nice track record over here.

    Not that they're the same, but I wonder if you would have been as automatically dismissive of Henrik Zetterberg, another small (at the time) Swede who put up inferior numbers to Omark in the SEL before coming over to North America?

  • Hippy

    David S wrote:

    Yeah. Let’s get all horny about a skilled 170 lb kid playing against 170 lb kids on the big ice. I just watched 5:14 of no-check midget hockey. Geez. Sam Gagner would eat this kid for breakfast, let alone Detroit’s stick boy.
    Euroschremp indeed. Maybe we should see him in a few big boy games before locking up his 5 year, $8 Million/yr contract hey?

    Hyperbole at it's finest. Schremp! that poor skating fool. His 18 year old Junior year said he was never going to be anything better than a <50 Pt player. Entry level contracts my man, entry level.

    Katz chased the shiny toy and lost glencross. This guy is now a shiny new toy and will cost about 7.5M less for the next 3 years. The scary thing is the list I posted says he has a chance.

  • Hippy

    I can't hope anymore… it just hurts too much these days. i am thinking "next year" and if the Oilers win the table then I will be ecstatic, but if they don't I won't be heartbroken.

    I have been thinking that we have a contract that is ahrd to unload and one that is a dream (Horcoff/Hemsky). I am just speculating here (obviously), but if Tambo marketed those two as a package I wonder what he could get in return?

    Only problem with that speculation is that those two are players I want to stick around. Horcoffs contract is too high, but he is our best faceoff guy and two way forward, and he doesn't float. Hemsky is… well… Hemsky.

    But… you have to give something up to get something back, and I imagine you could get a pretty amazing player for those two. I am not even sure if I want that to happen, but thought I would put it out there for comment.

  • Hippy

    Cam wrote:

    Only problem with that speculation is that those two are players I want to stick around. Horcoffs contract is too high, but he is our best faceoff guy and two way forward, and he doesn’t float.

    Pretttttty sure you don't need to worry about Horcoff going anywhere.

    There are 29 guys in suits laughing their @sses off every time they look at the Oilers pay sheet for next year….and the year after that….and the year after that….

    Chances of moving "Hork" = zero

  • Hippy

    Zamboni Driver wrote:

    Cam wrote:
    Only problem with that speculation is that those two are players I want to stick around. Horcoffs contract is too high, but he is our best faceoff guy and two way forward, and he doesn’t float.
    Pretttttty sure you don’t need to worry about Horcoff going anywhere.
    There are 29 guys in suits laughing their @sses off every time they look at the Oilers pay sheet for next year….and the year after that….and the year after that….
    Chances of moving “Hork” = zero

    He will if he is part of a Hemsky package. Hemsky is a very sweet deal.

    …and incidentally I apologize to JW… this was supposed to be an Omark blog and I dropped a trade spec on it. I was just thinking out load.

    For the record I like seeing our prospects doing well. It only takes one (like Zetterberg/Hemsky) to change the look of a team and it is always good to have hope. I don't have hope for this season anymore so I look to next year.

  • Hippy

    Things to note from what I saw – ya, you can't judge a highlight real on his full game package he brings. He seems to have decent speed as he is shown breaking away from a few dmen and forwards in the highlights. He likes to go to the net and shows good puck handling skills. He also uses his backhand like Sid does … some pretty cool goals in close.

    Is he the saviour ? No, probably not, but increasing your skill and competitiveness up front is a great start for next year.

    Just remember the shrimp in Chicago (Kane) that everyone second guessed. Wait to see how he does against NHL forwards and dmen, but why pretend he doesn't bring a level of excitement and skill ?

  • Hippy

    Great post yesterday, JW! Your subtle but penetrating insistence that PERHAPS Moreau's analysis is off was gold.

    The RedWings traded in their Russian 5, led by Fetisov on the blue, for a pack of Swedes, led by Lidstrom on the blue. There's something to it. Players don't go to Detroit for the downtown nightlife and scenery.

    I like the idea of bringing in a contingent of countrymen to work together.

    I also would love to see some Mike Grier types on this roster, who GRIND and HIT and KILL PENALTIES. They come from all countries.

    It's going to be a tough decision, but we need to thin the ranks of smallish guys for some players with jam, and bet the house those who stay can blossom. Let's sign this kid, before Detroit gets their Swedish tentacles into him.

  • Hippy

    I see a whole lot of cutting through the middle not looking at where he is going / heads down / no hitting…. he will last long in the NHL.

    Here is hoping he can adapt to the smaller ice and hitting.

  • Hippy

    Say what you want about YouTube scouting, but this video shows one thing pretty clearly: the guy can hit the corners of the net better than any Oiler on the roster.

  • Hippy

    This guy is an exciting prospect. There are no guarantees in life, but the numbers he has put up blow Brunstrum (and Thoresen) out of the water (to name a couple recent swedes coming over from the SEL). And at a younger age too.

    Is Patrick Kane a good comp?

    So, I guess Carolina won the Cole trade in the short term…

    Can anyone say "Ryan Ellis". We should draft him with our top ten pick