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All About Dylan Wells

Two of the areas the Oilers have placed great focus on since Pete Chiarelli became the team’s GM in 2015 is in net and on defence. They’ve added a plethora of prospects at both positions, and one of the higher profile goaltenders that’s been brought in is undoubtedly Peterborough Petes netminder Dylan Wells. Over the past couple of seasons, Wells has been one of the OHL’s busiest goaltenders with a weaker Petes team but it’s now time for him to move forward in his career with his first full professional campaign. With an entry-level contract in his pocket, Wells is expected to start the year with the Wichita in what will certainly be a well-documented campaign for Oilers fans everywhere. What kind of impact should we expect from the young goaltender? Both Oilers fans and the organization itself will be excited to find out.

BIO:

Position: Goalie — Catches: Left
Born: January 3rd, 1998 — City: St. Catherines, Ontario
Height: 6 feet 02 inches — Weight: 182 lbs [188 cm/83 kg]
Drafted: 123rd overall (third round) in 2016
Junior Team: Peterborough Petes — League: OHL
Current Team: Wichita Thunder

NEWS AND SCOUTING REPORTS

Over at the Edmonton Journal, Bruce McCurdy spoke to Brock Otten from OHL Prospects about Wells’ development:

By season’s end, he just looked tired and had a tough time making the saves he did easily the year prior. But it’s way too early to give up on this talented young netminder. A summer off will do wonders to refocus him. The question is, where does he play in 2018/19? He’s going to battle the likes of Shane Starrett and Stuart Skinner for the back-up job in the AHL, with the two losers ending up in the ECHL. But would Edmonton rather he get a full workload in the OHL as an overager? I would harbor a guess that after this past season in Peterborough, the Oilers would prefer it be for another team, so a trade is possible. Or they could have the two pro rookies, Skinner and Wells, split time in the ECHL. I think that’s the most likely outcome.

At Dobber Prospects, Jameson Ewasiuk looked at Dylan Wells’ 2017-18 season:

Expectations were high for the young netminder going into the season after such an impressive 2016-2017 season and playoffs, where Wells was considered one of the best goaltenders in the entire OHL. Last season, the Peterborough Petes finished third last in the OHL and Wells won just 20 out of 56 starts. He finished the season with a mediocre 3.62 GAA and 0.896 SV%. The stats don’t tell the whole story though as the Petes struggled mightily and had just one point-per-game player and not one player had a positive plus minus rating. After the Petes’ season was completed, Wells signed an ATO with the Oilers’ AHL team, the Bakersfield Condors. Soon after Wells signed an ATO with the Oilers’ ECHL affiliate team, the Wichita Thunder, after not seeing any playing time with the Condors. He played in one game for the Thunder. At this point it’s hard to predict what the future holds for the young goaltender and with the Oilers’ inability to develop goaltenders, I would keep expectations low at this point.

Lowetide looked at Dylan Wells’ potential in April of 2017:

Wells and Peterborough are the first team through to the third round and look like a strong contender to make the OHL Finals later this spring. Dylan Wells has played well this season and is a bona fide NHL prospect. Edmonton chose him No. 123 overall, and he is delivering real quality (while facing more shots than any OHL goalie in contention). Dylan Wells is tracking very well. Miles to go, but his moment in the sun this week serves as a reminder that the Oilers 2015 and 2016 drafts show real promise. It appears some of these depth picks (Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear, now Wells) may end up playing in the NHL down the line.

PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS

  • ISS: Unranked
  • Future Considerations: Unranked
  • Bob Mckenzie (TSN): 55
  • Craig Button (TSN): 51

VIDEO AND HIGHLIGHTS

As always, Edmonton Future Watch put together an excellent compilation of Wells’ highlights from this past season:

Dylan Wells scores a goal!

Wells with a game-saver in overtime:

Wells wins one for the Petes in a shootout:

SEASON STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP GAA SVS% GP GAA SVS%
2012-13 Niagara North Stars Mn Mdgt AAA SCTAMM
2013-14 Niagara North Stars Mn Mdgt AAA SCTAMM 17 2.29 4 3.08
2014-15 Peterborough Petes OHL 27 3.96 .893
Canada Red U17 WHC-17 3 3.78 .838
2015-16 Peterborough Petes OHL 27 4.59 .871
2016-17 Peterborough Petes OHL 52 3.07 .916 12 2.51 .930
2017-18 Peterborough Petes OHL 56 3.62 .896
Bakersfield Condors AHL 0
Wichita Thunder ECHL 1 16.39 .571

TOURNAMENT STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP GAA SVS%
2013-14 Team OMHA White OGC-16 3 2.34 .920
2014-15 Team Blue U17-Dev 3 5.40 .851
2015-16 Team White U18-Dev 3 1.30 .939
Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 2 0.48 .971
OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0.00 1.000
2016-17 OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series

Stats provided by Elite Prospects

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  • OriginalPouzar

    That was definitely a tough season for Wells but I think it should be emphasized that the Pete’s were a really poor defensive team. Well faced a ton of shots and a ton of higher danger shots. He was shell-shocked.

    Hopefully he can get his confidence back turning pro this year.

    While many are down on this prospect, partially due to the the emergence of Stuart Skinner in the second half of this past year (and the playoffs), lets not forget, one year ago, Wells was listed as the more prominent prospect.

    Miles to go with both these guys and it will be interesting to see how they both do as first year pros (assuming neither go back to junior for overage seasons).

    • Beer_League_Ringer

      I see what you did there… I have no doubt that Koskinen is coming in to try and win the job. This excites me and I want competition for the #1 spot. The ability to pull Talbot after a goal on the first shot (12 times last season, really???) with confidence in the guy on the bench will go a long way for the team. Am I the only one that thinks the whole “NHL proven” thing is a bit overblown for goalies? The KHL is the second best league on the planet and whole “how will his Euro game transfer to N. America” doesn’t really apply IMO. I was a goalie all the way to tier 2 junior and I was just as good (or bad depending on who you ask) on any size of ice, floor hockey, street hockey, back-to-back games, and every time I moved up a level of competition. I think Koskinen will be fine in the NHL.

    • LAKID

      I hope he pushes Talbot back to backup and forces him to sign @1.5M or trade Talbot right out of the gate if he loses out to Koskinen. Talbot is a pretending starter time to move on Chia do your job or let Keith do it.