WEEKEND UPDATE!

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We’re back! After a long spring and summer without prospect updates, we’re seeing some nice progression in the Okanagan and other hockey locales. Things will ratchet up heavily over the next two weeks but there’s already lots to be excited about for Oilers fans.

YOUNG STARS TOURNAMENT

Final game is tomorrow afternoon, some outstanding performances from high draft picks and those with zero draft pedigree. It’s been fun to watch the Oilers’ kids run over Canucks and Flames prospects, perhaps we’ll see that on a larger stage in the years to come.

  1. LW Josh Winquist 3GP, 3-1-4
  2. C Leon Draisaitl 2GP, 2-2-4
  3. LW Braden Christoffer 2GP, 2-1-3
  4. C Kyle Platzer 2GP, 1-2-3
  5. D Joey Laleggia 2GP, 1-2-3
  6. C Connor McDavid 1GP, 1-1-2
  7. LW Connor Rankin 2GP, 2-0-2
  8. RW Greg Chase 2GP, 0-2-2
  9. RW Cole Sanford 2GP, 0-2-2
  10. D Darnell Nurse 2GP, 1-0-1
  11. RW Anton Slepyshev 2GP, 1-0-1
  12. LW Mitchell Moroz 1GP, 0-1-1
  13. D Loik Leveille 1GP, 0-1-1
  14. G Eetu Laurikainen 1GP, 0.00 17 shots, 17 saves
  15. G Jordan Papirny 1GP, 3.00 .912
  16. G Keven Bouchard 1Gp, 4.48 .867

Laleggia leads in shots and you can read all the stats here.

USHL

  1. D John Marino 1GP, 0-1-1 (pre-season)

He’s 6.02, 185 and a righty shot. One year in the USHL and then he’s off to Harvard.

EURO

  1. D William Lagesson 4GP, 1-1-2 (Sweden U20 Int’l competition)
  2. D Ziyat Paigin 8GP, 0-1-1 (KHL)
  3. G Miroslav Svoboda 2GP, 3.50 .892 (Czech 2)

    Late injury update (or possible injury) from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug:

    • A-Mc

      It’s nice to see so many different names up there with a few points. Contribution is coming from everyone.

      It’s also nice to see that the team ISN’T being carried by Connor McDavid.

    • For Pete's Sake!

      I love that you put that picture of Ziyat Paigen at the top of this article! I can’t wait to see that big 6’7″ Russian playing at our prospects games next year! The passion on that kid’s face in that picture is exactly what we all crave for Oilers hockey in the next few years!

      • OilTastic

        i agree. i didn’t think much of this pick until i realized he was ranked as the #50 Euro player in the draft, still a little low, but i believe that he, along with d-man John Marino, both fell too far at the draft and the Oilers scooped them both up at the bargains spots of the 6th and 7th rounds. i’m hoping Paigan has a future here with his great size!

    • Spoils

      It seemed like it took forever, but it finally looks like the drafting and development system put in play in like 2009 is finally starting to pay off. Combine that with a situation in the NHL where young guys don’t actually need to be rushed onto the squad and the Oilers might finally be catching up to programs like Detroit and Chicago.

      Only good things to come. But if both Shlepyshev and Yakimov progress this year, that 2013 draft is going to look really special.

      • JackB

        I agree. 2013 might turn out to be the best draft in several years

        #7 Darnell Nurse

        #83 Bogdan Yakimov (3rd round)

        #88 Anton Slepyshev (3rd round)

        #96 Kyle Platzer (4th round) (had a good Young Prospects camp so far – two games)

        #158 Ben Betker (6th round)(big, but jury still out on him)

        #188 Greg Chase (7th round) (May be the REAL STEAL of the draft !!)

        Maybe the best since 1979 (Lowe, Messier, Anderson) and 1980 (Coffey, Kuri) . . . Imagine, Jari Kuri a 4th rounder!!

    • Spoils

      absolutely love the Young Stars tourney! Incredible amounts of talent out there and the stakes – NHL career vs. regional sales rep for best buy…

      There are a bunch of other rookie tourneys going on and I really wish the NHL was making a bigger deal out of them.

      awesome stuff.

    • The Soup Fascist

      This won’t be popular but MacT deserves some credit for the depth in the prospect pool. I’m glad he is still here to work with PC as an assistant.

    • Rob...

      I tip my hat to the Oilers/Flames/Canucks/Jets/Sportsnet techies. Other than a few minor hiccups with the streaming, it was fairly stable, and I appreciated being able to see the kids play.