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Oilers Prospect Update: Benson and Hebig are no joke

It’s looking more and more unattainable for the Condors to finish off the playoff push. The lineup has been somewhat consistent if not for the emergency call up this week for LB.

In the ECHL, the Thunder have stumbled somewhat but look to be in good position to finish off the playoff run. As I mentioned before it looks like Starrett has lost his starring role as starter which is disappointing.

The playoffs for the CHL roll on and the standout performances of both Hebig and Benson this week are noteworthy. As well as the rollercoaster that Swift Current’s Skinner finds himself on in their series.

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  • L Tyler Benson 6gp, 1-6-7 for Vancouver (WHL) (3gp, 1-3-4 this week)

  • LC Skyler Brind’Amour 7gp, 0-3-3 for Chilliwack (BCHL)
  • C Cameron Hebig 6gp, 5-2-7 for Regina (WHL) (4gp, 3-2-5 this week)
  • R Kirill Maksimov 5gp, 1-3-4 for Niagara (OHL) (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • RHD Filip Berglund 6gp, 0-2-2 for Skellefteå AIK (SHL) (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 5gp, 0-2-2 for Guelph (OHL) (4gp, 0-2-2 this week
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 5gp, 1-2-3 for Spokane (WHL) (4gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • LHD Markus Niemelainen 5gp, 0-0-0 for HPK (Sm-Liiga)
  • LC Bogdan Yakimov 5gp, 0-0-0 for Neftekhimik (KHL)
  • G Stuart Skinner 6gp, 2.90 .922 for Swift Current (WHL) (Two stellar outings and two pulls mid-game.)


  • RC Tyler Vesel 5gp, 0-1-1 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • C Colin Larkin 10gp 0-1-1 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Logan Day 4gp, 1-0-1 (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Caleb Jones 52gp, 2-14-16 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Dillon Simpson 61p, 4-14-18 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Ryan Mantha 41gp, 3-7-10 (did not play this week; Currently injured)
  • RD Ethan Bear 34gp, 6-10-16 (in the NHL)
  • LD Ryan Stanton 45gp, 2-6-8 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)

  • LD Ben Betker 39gp, 1-4-5 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Eric Gryba 24gp, 0-0-0 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Keegan Lowe 49gp, 2-12-14 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Ty Rattie 53gp, 21-22-43 (in the NHL)
  • L Ryan Hamilton 41gp, 6-15-21 (Did not play this week; Broke leg and likely done for the year)
  • L Joey Laleggia 62gp, 13-26-39 (3gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • RC Josh Currie 62gp, 19-24-43 (2gp, 0-3-3 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 62gp, 12-13-25 (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LC Grayson Downing 48gp, 4-19-23 (did not play this week)
  • LC Brad Malone 53gp, 13-18-31 (3gp 0.1-1 this week)
  • R Dave Gust 49gp, 11-9-20 (did not play this week)
  • LC Joe Gambardella 44gp, 12-5-17 (3gp, 2-0-2 this week)

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  • L Braden Christoffer 54gp, 6-8-14 (3gp 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 10gp, 1-4-5 (in the NHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 40gp, 6-7-13 (3gp, 1-2-3 this week)

  • R Zack O’Brien 37gp, 5-15-20 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • F Mitch Callahan 45gp, 2-7-9 (did not play this week; suspended for 20 games)
  • RC Chad Butcher 7gp, 1-1-2 (in the ECHL)
  • R Brian Ferlin 7gp, 1-0-1 (did not play this week)
  • L Evan Polei 24gp, 4-4-8 (3gp, 0-0-0 this week)

  • R Anton Slepyshev 1gp, 0-0-0 (in the NHL)
  • R Iiro Pakarinen 18gp, 9-4-13 (in the NHL)
  • LR Pontus Aberg 4gp, 4-2-6 with Milwaukee (in the NHL)
  • G Nick Ellis 20gp, 3.23 .897 (did not play this week)
  • G Laurent Brossoit 24gp, 2.79 .910 (two games)
  • G Shane Starrett 3gp, 3.71 .895 (did not play this week)
  • G Ed Pasquale 16gp, 2.60 .910 (Traded to Tampa Bay)
  • R Greg Chase 1gp, 0-0-0 (Traded to Springfield)
  • LD Ziyat Paigin 7gp, 0-0-0 (no longer in organization)
  • RD Mark Fayne 6gp, 0-1-1 (Assigned to Springfield)
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  • G Shane Starrett 35gp, 2.99 .913 (one game)
  • G Nick Ellis 2gp, 2.75 .925 (called up to the AHL)
  • RC Kyle Platzer 20gp, 8-14-22 (in the AHL)
  • F Lane Bauer 61gp, 9-28-37 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Zack O’Brien 12gp, 5-7-12 (in the AHL)
  • LC Travis Ewanyk 59gp, 13-16-29 (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • RC Chad Butcher 53gp, 9-24-33 (4gp 1-2-3 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 32gp, 8-9-17 (in the AHL)
  • R Greg Chase 17gp, 7-10-17 (Traded to Florida)


  • LC Bogdan Yakimov 56gp, 8-3-11 for Neftekhimik (KHL) (eliminated from playoffs in QFs by Traktor Chelyabinsk)
  • RHD Filip Berglund 44gp, 3-10-13 for Skellefteå AIK (SHL) (did not play this week; playoffs begin this week)
  • LHD Markus Niemelainen 43gp, 1-2-3 for HPK (Sm-Liiga) (eliminated from playoff contention; 12th place finish)
  • LHD William Lagesson 49gp, 1-12-13 for Djurgardens (SHL) (did not play this week; playoffs begin this week)


  • R Ostap Safin 61gp, 26-32-58 for Saint-John (QMJHL) (2gp, 0-2-2 this week; eliminated from playoff contention; 18th place finish; Signed his ELC)
  • C Cameron Hebig 66gp, 41-49-90 for Regina from Saskatoon (WHL) (1gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • R Kirill Maksimov 62gp, 34-46-80 for Niagara (OHL) (Playoffs)
  • L Tyler Benson 58gp, 27-42-69 for Vancouver (WHL) (Playoffs) – alumni of our Sponsor alert!
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 62gp, 11-23-34 for Guelph (OHL) (Playoffs)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 40gp, 21-43-64 for Spokane (WHL) (Playoffs)
  • G Stuart Skinner 56gp, 2.68 .914 for Swift Current (WHL) (Playoffs)
  • G Dylan Wells 56gp, 3.57 .898 for Peterborough (OHL) (Playoffs)


  • C Cooper Marody 38gp 16-34-50 (traded for last week)
  • C Colin Larkin 27gp 24-22-46 for UMass-Boston DIII (in the AHL)
  • RD Logan Day 26gp, 15-23-38 for Endicott College DIII (in the AHL)
  • RC JD Dudek 36gp 7-12-19 for Boston College (eliminated from playoff contention)
  • RC Tyler Vesel 36gp, 11-21-32 for Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) (in the AHL)
  • L Graham McPhee 36gp, 12-12-24 for Boston College (NCAA) (eliminated from playoff contention)
  • L Aidan Muir 27gp, 4-8-12 for Western Michigan (NCAA) (eliminated from playoff contention)
  • RC Aapeli Rasanen 32gp, 4-12-16 for Boston College (NCAA) (eliminated from playoff contention)
  • RHD Vincent Desharnais 36gp, 0-11-11 for Providence (NCAA) (Playoffs; eliminated from playoff in game against Notre Dame)
  • RD Philip Kemp 26gp, 3-5-8 for Yale (NCAA) (eliminated from playoff contention)
  • RD John Marino 33gp, 2-14-16 for Harvard (NCAA) (eliminated from playoff contention in semi-finals)
  • LD Matt Cairns 10gp, 1-0-1 for Cornell (NCAA) (eliminated from playoff contention in the semi-finals)
  • LC Skyler Brind’Amour 52gp, 10-14-24 for Chilliwack (BCHL) (eliminated from playoffs in QF by Prince George)
Report: NHLPA expected to approve 24-team playoff format

Source: Elite Prospects / HockeyDB


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  • Sammy27

    I watched the Guelph game ( only the third), but was pleased with Samorukovskating and involvement. I also noticed Merkley, and I’m no scout, but…please don’t draft him, he looked inconsistent, unaware of the play around him defensively and was very spotty with his engagement to the game. Talented though…

  • 24% body fat

    cairns neimeleinan brindamour muir deharnais larkin have never shown and ability or performance at any level that they would make the nhl. maybe neims. but instead of waisting picks on size and utility draft skill and trade for utility later. skill is worh more and have better odds of makkng the nhl. wake up oilers 80s hockey was left in the 80s

    • Sammy27

      Agreed, no more coke machines, however talent without drive is wasted, this merely kid has top 10 talent but is falling in the draft standings like a rock maybe because of his inference to the game? Jason Bonsignore was talented and large, but he didn’t have the drive to make the jump

    • crabman

      I think the drafting overall has been much better since Chiarelli took over. The only glaringly bad pick for me was Cairns. I don’t know where that came from. Neimeleinan had a good draft year and has done nothing since and anyone taken 5th round on is like closing your eyes and throwing a dart at a board. I do wish some of those would go towards skilled players but at that point in the draft there isn’t much left. It seems like he is using those picks on players that reportedly had good character and since they were going to college he wouldn’t need to know what he had right away. Maybe some late bloomers.
      But he drafted Yamamoto for skill over size. Benson is average size at best and drafted him for skill despite injury history. And in the McDavid draft he didn’t pick again until the 4th round.
      Chiarelli’s biggest problem with drafting is not enough picks. Giving up a 1st and 2nd for Rienhart and losing a 2nd and 3rd because of the Chiarelli and McClellan hires have really set the prospect group back.

      • fasteddy

        Chiarelli’s problem with drafting is he’s horrible at it; have you actually reviewed his track record? In 3 Oil drafts he’s had one player outside the first round that’s played any games at NHL level, (its way too early to say either way, I get that), that’s Ethan Bear….who by my eye looks like an excellent pick, but nonetheless there is zero evidence to suggest he’s drafted well-yet. As for his 8 drafts in Boston there’s no word other than horrendous to describe the results…..he picked 2 players outside first round that have played over 100 games; Mat Benning was one, the other Spooner. Two in 8 years. And his first rounders weren’t exactly a plethora of success either. I argued this point when people said “see, we now have a GM that knows how to develop players”….wrong; zero evidence to show that. And to now say he’s good at drafting….again, zero evidence to show that. Maybe some of those guys turn out, and that’s great, but to suggest a Benson is anywhere close to a producing NHLer at this stage is nothing more than fabrication. Hopefully he will be one day, but that’s a long way off if ever.

        • crabman

          @fasteddy, there is no evidence he isn’t drafting well.
          in three drafts he has only had 1 2nd round pick, Benson, and he is tracking well. last year all of Yamamoto, Skinner, Safin, and Maksimov are all tracking well.
          2016 looks like it could be a dud, average at best with Puljujarvi and Benson. If Benson can play 100 games in the NHL Chiarelli would have already covered his bet in his worse draft so far.
          2015 he won the McDavid sweepstakes but didn’t draft again until the 4th round. Already Bear looks like a great pick, from the 5th round non the less, and Jones is trending well.
          Considering experts say it takes 5 years before you start to know how a draft went there are more than enough good arrows at this point to be impressed with his drafting this far.

          • fasteddy

            No offence but you could say that about the other 30 teams too….trending well. Virtually every player drafted “trends well” in their lower leagues; that’s why they are amoung the very few that got drafted.

        • crabman


          2017 has 3 players out of 186 drafted past the 1st round who have played a game. 24 games total.

          2016 has 7 players out of 180 drafted after the 1st round who have played a game.

          2015 has 11 player out of 120 that were drafted in the 4th round on that have played and Bear is one of them. I only counted 4th round on as the Oilers didn’t have a 2nd or 3rd in 2015. That is a grand total of 21 players out of 486 drafted, in a round the Oilers had picks, outside of the 1st round in the past 3 years. That isn’t even a player per team and 1 of those 21 is an Oiler pick.

          As far as Boston’s draft record, I couldn’t care less. When I look at how he has done drafting for the Oilers I only look at drafts involving the Oilers in years that Chiarelli was their GM.

  • Elasmus

    Man if only Benson actually had an off-season to improve, he would be an utter star. I expect big things from him next year now that he has a chance to improve rather than having to heal. I find that its really difficult to improve over the course of an NHL season since you’re constantly focusing on the next game. Its really only the off-season when you get to analyze what you were doing wrong and fix the problems.