Oilers Prospect Update: SKINNER!

Spring is (finally) in the air in Edmonton. The Prospect update is slowing to a crawl. Just the two players in the playoffs (Skinner and Berglund) in their respective leagues and Wichita updates remain.

The Thunder sit on the brink of elimination, trying to come back from the dreaded 3-0 down. They currently sit at 3-2 in the series, with game six going tomorrow night at 6:05pm MT. Lane Bauer has been a shining star for the Thunder this week with three points in four games. While Shane Starrett has been getting shelled with the shots in each game being 39, 32, 31, 29, and 41. While his team has only mustered, 14, 27, 19, 31, and 17. It will be interesting to see if Shane can keep them in it.

In the WHL Stuart Skinner put his Swift Current Broncos over the top with a shutout in Game 7 of the Semi-finals against Moose Jaw. The Broncos now face Skinner’s former team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes and he has settled right in with two wins to go up 2-0 in the series to start. Game three goes Tuesday at 7pm MT.

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  • L Tyler Benson 7gp, 3-8-11 for Vancouver (WHL) (assigned to the AHL)
  • LC Skyler Brind’Amour 7gp, 0-3-3 for Chilliwack (BCHL)
  • C Cameron Hebig 7gp, 6-2-8 for Regina (WHL)
  • R Kirill Maksimov 10gp, 4-6-10 for Niagara (OHL) (3gp, 2-1-3 this week; eliminated from the playoffs)
  • RHD Filip Berglund 15gp, 0-4-4 for Skellefteå AIK (SHL) (3gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 6gp, 0-2-2 for Guelph (OHL) (assigned to the AHL)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 7gp, 1-3-4 for Spokane (WHL)
  • LHD Markus Niemelainen 5gp, 0-0-0 for HPK (Sm-Liiga)
  • LC Bogdan Yakimov 5gp, 0-0-0 for Neftekhimik (KHL)
  • G Stuart Skinner 16gp, 2.10 .935 for Swift Current (WHL) (three games, 6-0 shutout in game 7 against Moose Jaw; back-to-back one goal wins against Lethbridge)

WICHITA THUNDER (ECHL) – Kelly Cup Playoffs

  • G Shane Starrett 5gp, 2.55 .924 (five games this week; Wichita has been badly outshot this series, holding them in it)
  • G Dylan Wells 1gp, 16.39 .571 (did not play this week)
  • F Lane Bauer 5gp, 1-2-3
  • R Zack O’Brien 0gp, 0-0-0
  • LC Travis Ewanyk 2gp, 0-0-0
  • RC Chad Butcher 4gp, 0-0-0
  • L Evan Polei 4gp, 2-0-2
Ken Holland wants a deep playoff run, not the first overall pick


  • C Cooper Marody 3gp, 1-2-3
  • R Ostap Safin 9gp, 1-0-1
  • L Tyler Benson 5gp, 0-3-3
  • RD Dmitri Samorukov 5gp, 0-1-1
  • RC Tyler Vesel 11gp, 3-3-6
  • C Colin Larkin 16gp 0-2-2
  • RD Logan Day 6gp, 2-0-2
  • LD Caleb Jones 58gp, 2-15-17
  • LD Dillon Simpson 61p, 4-14-18
  • RD Ryan Mantha 41gp, 3-7-10
  • RD Ethan Bear 37gp, 6-12-18
  • LD Ryan Stanton 46gp, 2-6-8
  • LD Ben Betker 42gp, 1-4-5
  • RD Eric Gryba 24gp, 0-0-0
  • LD Keegan Lowe 49gp, 2-12-14
  • R Ty Rattie 53gp, 21-22-43
  • L Ryan Hamilton 41gp, 6-15-21
  • L Joey Laleggia 68gp, 15-28-43
  • RC Josh Currie 68gp, 20-26-46
  • R Patrick Russell 68gp, 14-13-27
  • LC Grayson Downing 48gp, 4-19-23
  • LC Brad Malone 55gp, 13-20-33
  • R Dave Gust 49gp, 13-11-24
  • LC Joe Gambardella 50gp, 13-6-19
  • L Braden Christoffer 63gp, 6-9-15
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 10gp, 1-4-5
  • RC Kyle Platzer 44gp, 8-7-15
  • R Zack O’Brien 43gp, 6-17-23
  • F Mitch Callahan 45gp, 2-7-9
  • RC Chad Butcher 7gp, 1-1-2
  • R Brian Ferlin 7gp, 1-0-1
  • L Evan Polei 30gp, 4-5-9
  • R Anton Slepyshev 1gp, 0-0-0
  • R Iiro Pakarinen 18gp, 9-4-13
  • LR Pontus Aberg 4gp, 4-2-6 with Milwaukee
  • G Nick Ellis 22gp, 3.21 .898
  • G Laurent Brossoit 29gp, 2.68 .912
  • G Shane Starrett 3gp, 3.71 .895
  • 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)


  • G Shane Starrett 38gp, 3.01 .912 (did not play this week)
  • G Dylan Wells 1gp, 16.39 .571 (did not play this week)
  • 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 63gp, 9-28-37 (did not play this week)
  • R Zack O’Brien 12gp, 5-7-12 (in the AHL)
  • LC Travis Ewanyk 60gp, 13-16-29 (did not play this week)
  • RC Chad Butcher 53gp, 9-24-33 (did not play 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)
  • 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)
NHL Network predicts a Blackhawks upset over the Oilers


  • R Ostap Safin 61gp, 26-32-58 for Saint-John (QMJHL) (eliminated from playoff contention; 18th place finish; Signed his ELC)
  • C Cameron Hebig 66gp, 41-49-90 for Regina from Saskatoon (WHL) (Playoffs)
  • 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 (signed ELC this 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)

Source: Elite Prospects / HockeyDB


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Source: EliteProspects, Verified Twitter Account, 4/01/2018 – 12:00 am MST

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  • OriginalPouzar

    Stockton Heat also missed the playoffs but there are some damn fine prospects that played on that team.

    Anyways, there is a huge influx of talent, real prospects, coming to Bakersfield next season – Benson, Lagesson, Marody, Hebig, hopefully Vesel, possibly Safin, possibly Yamamoto. Bakersfield should be a much more exciting team next year.

    One priority for me this off-season is to hire a real development coach – Fleming’s contract is up and I don’t imagine there is any thought of bringing him back – should be.

      • OriginalPouzar

        He very well might go back to the Q, that’s why I said “possibly”. If so, its essential that S. John get some offensive players added to their roster – after they traded Valeno last year, Safin was out on an Island.

    • fasteddy

      It’s mind boggling to me that people around here are more excited about a 20-something overall pick playing in the AHL than say a top 5 pick playing on the big team….cause now we are “developing” players… how backwards is that. Every team that picks lower is developing players; because they aren’t good enough to play right away. It’s not an organizational thing, it’s just a fact.

      Maybe it’s the access to information world we live in that people think because they hear or read about these players means they are great players…mostly on that list they aren’t. The odds of older free agent players, (Hebig, Vessey, Marist), having any impact in the NHL in their whole career is just slightly above zero. Lagesson is probably not a whole lot younger than players on the team that have played for years in the show already. Leaves Yamo and Benson; legitimate chance for Yamo to produce eventually on big team with development, and Benson intriguing because of pedigree but has underachieved to this point, (due to injuries). Not exactly a murderers row if you ask me. Every team in the league will add a similar stable of players to their group and hope a couple pan out eventually.

      I’m not saying anything revolutionary here, I guess just frustrated that this buzzword “development” gets thrown around as though it’s amazing what the team has going on because they will have some prospects in the AHL; you’d rather have Yamo in the A than say Draisaitl on the big team? Makes no sense.

      • crabman

        Having actual prospects playing in the AHL, and yes developing as players, is exciting. Yes most will probably never play past that level and some will actually never perform at the AHL level and be sent down to the ECHL before washing out of pro hockey all together. But for a team that has been lacking young developing players at that level, and therefore a lack of young players ready to push for and NHL spot, this is exciting. It gives some hope. People are hoping for a coach that puts player development 1st by putting these young players in prominent roles so they can get better and play big minutes. That has been a complaint I’ve read by anyone that follows the team. Flemming would rather play AHL vets that will never help the big club over young prospects who might someday be able to help.
        There is nothing wrong with the fans getting excited about this during a year the Oilers have been so disappointing.
        I can be excited about these prospects and still love my Oilers. Be excited to see what McDavid will do next year, and how good he and Nuge will be together. I am excited to see Draisaitl continue to play well and hope the team finds him a better winger. I’m excited to Nurse continue to develope and to see how well Klefbom can play with a shoulder that is 100%. My excitement for the future of this team doesn’t have to be limited to either the NHL or AHL. And considering this article is about the prospects I think it is fully appropriate to talk about those prospects in the comment section.

        • fasteddy

          My point was the reason the team hasn’t had many young developing players in the “A” is they’ve picked higher in the draft; a Draisaitl type player plays on the big team almost immediately, whereas a player picked 27th overall in the same draft is probably developing for a year or two in the “A” after junior. People say “we don’t have those guys”….no, we don’t; we have guys chosen higher that were ready, (theoretically), sooner.

          • crabman

            we have still had a real lack of 2nd round picks and beyond developing in the AHL. Especially this year. A team needs prospects developing no matter what round they come from. Oilers had 5 of their own drafted players playing in Bakersfield this year and only 2 are actual prospects, Bear and Jones.
            People are excited to see some more players the Oilers drafted enter pro hockey next year and more the year after.

    • OilerForLife

      Skinner needs to develop and moving him to the NHL right away is a really bad idea for a young goaltender. Firstly, the AHL is a big jump from the CHL and he should establish himself there. Goaltenders take more time to develop and moving him to the NHL before he’s proven himself makes no sense at all.

    • OriginalPouzar

      By next season do you mean the 2021/22 season?

      He’ll be back in junior next year and then likely at least 2 seasons of AHL time before there is any sniff of the NHL.

      Aside from guys like Cary Price, goalies take years.