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

    @ Robin Brownlee:

    Honestly, I'm not sold on Omark's NHL upside at all. If I had to guess, I'd say he tops out in the Robert Nilsson class.

    But given that the prospects for the current season are ugly, it seems ok to indulge in some hope right now.

  • Hippy

    Who knows if this dude will pan out, but it kind of reminds me of all those Youtube clips of Schremp doing that lacrosse move in shootouts. Sigh. I guess we should be thankful our scouting staff doesn't phone picks in from Cabo…anymore…

  • Hippy

    @ Jonathan Willis:
    I had never actually been horrified at how bad a prospect had looked until I went out to Millennium Place several years ago to get s sneak peek at Alexei.
    To be fair, his season had been over for awhile and he was using skates and equipment borrowed from Cory Cross, but still, he looked like he'd never played the game before that day.

    I've seen enough guys who are wizards with the puck but lack the size, grit and desire to survive in the NHL to get too carried away by what Omark has shown so far.

  • Hippy

    I would like to know how big some of those D-men are trying to knock him off the puck, he sure looks like he has great balance. Need to see him on the smaller ice with less room, and if he makes the club he must move a couple smaller guys ie Nilsson+

  • Hippy

    Robin, I think you're missing your sarcasm button again.

    It's right here ~

    This being said, I for one wouldn't complain if Omark matches Hemsky on the Oilers' depth chart. It seems like a bit of a long shot, though; perhaps the Copper and Blue version of Fabian Brunnstrom?

  • Hippy

    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    And, really, that’s a pretty elite group, isn’t it?

    I have it on good authority that Alexei Mikhnov's mom occasionally stops by this site. There's no reason to be so mean.

  • Hippy

    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    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.
    And, really, that’s a pretty elite group, isn’t it?

    I thought with all the trouble they went through to get him in the draft, it might be Pouliout next year.

  • Hippy

    Supposedly his entry-level deal is currently being negotiated by management. Should be interesting to see if it has a clause that will allow him to be released back to Europe if he fails to make the big team.

  • Hippy

    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.

    And, really, that's a pretty elite group, isn't it?

  • Hippy

    Look at the time and space offered by the opposing D… Robin Regier would take his little head off! (Omark will probably look good against the likes of Tom Gilbert and will therefore earn a contract out of camp and go on to have an 11 goal season with an Oiler Squad that finishes tied for tenth in the west…)

  • Hippy

    P.S. Tell me if I'm crazy (I probably am)…

    Hemsky to Canucks for Cody Hodgson, and Willie Mitchell next year.

    Might as well rebuild with all the youth on the Oilers…Gagner, Cogliano, Eberle, Peckham, O'Sullivan, etc

  • Hippy

    I'm so bloody mad at the Oilers right now, I can't feel optomistic about much of anything. Go Flames Go, and I hope the Oil don't win another game- they don't need the playoff revenue anymore with Mr. Katz in charge, and it's so tight in the standings that a few losses might vault them higher in the lottery.
    Go (Insert Canadian team here) Go!!!

  • Hippy

    I late round home run is just what this team needs to complement the recent first round success stories.

    Now we just need to go 0-5 and hopefully grab a big forward. Kane/Schenn etc

  • Hippy

    I dont care about size or buy into any of that BS. If this kid can produce I dont care if he needs a phonebook to see over the dashboard.

    Isnt there a rumour out there that KHL teams are trying to poach him?

  • Hippy

    Is that skill and heart all in one? Do the Oil ever need that. For the first time, FMNF. Get rid of the pre-madonna's. Breathe some new life into the Oil.

    Pissed.

    B