The Edmonton Oilers drafted six men at the 2015 entry draft—honest!—and it’s time to get to know the other five.
Wayne Gretzky talks McDavid: “He’s a really mature kid for 18 years old, he’s been under the
spotlight for a long time, he’s handled himself both on the ice and off
the ice with nothing but respect and class. He’s going to
love playing here, it couldn’t be a better scenario for him. It’s great
for the Oilers fans, they’re going to get the chance to watch this kid
grow up.The thing about playing in Edmonton is, the people
here, they’ve been through it with myself and they’ve been through
Messier… they’re going to let him be, they’re going to treat him like an
Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey: Caleb Jones (D) is
another is at his first pro camp, and it’s a measure of success that it
doesn’t really show. He’s held his own, hasn’t stood out. Source
Jones on going to Portland Winterhawks: “The
‘Dub’ was just a better option for me. I’m really comfortable with
coach (Jamie) Kompon in Portland and his staff. He coached in the NHL,
so I trust him with my development to get to the next level. And the
game schedule prepares you for the pros.” Source
Future Considerations: Jones is a good skater,
with a good stride and good speed to join a rush and then get back
quickly. He shows some puck skill that would be expected of someone
related to Seth, who is a confident puck-carrier.
Red Line Report: Shutdown rearguard plays against the
opposing teams’ top line every night and refuses to give away even an
inch of space. Owns a laser shot that often finds the net – keeps it low
and often produces dangerous rebounds. A good skater who likes to take
the puck deep into the offensive zone and create chances, yet still has the speed to get back on defence.
McKeens: strong, physical defender – solidly-built
and a tenacious competitor .. not flashy skill wise, however makes smart
plays and packs a powerful shot.
ISS: Does a lot of things well, but mainly plays a
strong defensive and physical game. Strong in front of the net and along
the boards, doesn’t run around in the defensive zone and has good
The Scouting Report: John is a smooth skating offensive
defenseman…Good size…Is a play making defensenman…Has great poise with
the puck…Has the ability to run our powerplay.
D John Marino at Orientation Camp: Showed some nice flashes
offensively, good speed and a nice shot. Got involved physically, too.
You could see his age being a slight issue, but overall a nice job. Source
ISS: When Marino fills out his frame he shows the potential to be a
dominant two-way defenseman. Solid defensive positioning but at times
can be too aggressive in forcing the puck carrier and stepping up for
the big hit. Very much a project defenseman but has the unrefined tools
to be an interesting player down the road. Great puck carrier and makes
crisp passes. Carries the puck well. Underrated slapshot from the point
when he lets it go. Smart and simple decisions on the puck. Overall
skating is in constant development, adjusting with the added weight and
growth spurts. Source
World Juniors Reebok XLT setup pic.twitter.com/j82vrB9Tgc
— Tendy Gear (@Tendy_Gear) January 6, 2015
He’s big, he’s good and he’s a goalie (so add a teaspoon of voodoo, stir and wait several years).
Svoboda on Edmonton and McDavid: “Hometown Edmonton’s hockey, it is felt on every corner. Of course, during the camp, people were most inquisitive on superhvìzdu Connor McDavid. But it’s a super guy, absolutely normal. Pøekvapil to me. Do not pretend to. If he catches by man to exercise a chance, you can arrive, taps into the concrete.” (May not be exact, this is courtesy Google translate) Source
Here are some highlights of Oiler’s 7th round pick Ziyat Paigin from the WJC. https://t.co/LEFif78M19
— Jonathan McLeod (@jonrmcleod) June 28, 2015
ISS: Paigin’s upside is based around his raw frame
and active, intense defensive game. Long active stick and angles well,
needs to focus on foot speed and mobility which will benefit when he
adds muscle to his massive frame. Thrives in physical play,
likes to finish hits and mix it up along the wall. Can be beat wide by
quick opposition forwards catching him on the pivot. Decent skill-set on
the puck, although at his best when he simplifies his game.