In mid-April, news came out that Oilers’ defensive prospect, William Lagesson, would be returning to North America after spending the year on loan to Djurgårdens IF of the SHL. Lagesson split his last four seasons between North America (NCAA and USHL) and Sweden, spending last season with Djurgårdens IF of the SHL. Now that Lagesson will be making his professional debut for the Oilers’ organization, it will be incredibly interesting to see how he acclimatizes himself to the American Hockey League. While there are no guarantees in life or in hockey prospects, Lagesson has the toolbox required to make the next step but it won’t come easy. With some patience and at-bats, the Oilers could have another capable defender in their ranks.
Position: Defence — Shoots: Left
Born: February 22nd, 1996 — City: Goteborg, Sweden
Height: 6 feet 02 inches — Weight: 198 lbs [188 cm/90 kg]
Drafted: 91st overall (4th Round) in the 2014 NHL Draft
College: Umass Amherst — League: NCAA
Current Team: Djurgardens, SHL
NEWS AND SCOUTING REPORTS
“A strong defenseman that can put up some points, but plays more convincingly in his own zone. Likes to get involved in the rough stuff and has a pretty good physical game. Strong positionally, but could work some on his skating skills.”
At Dobber Prospects, Jameson Ewasiuk broke down William Lagesson’s 2017-18 season:
After two seasons at UMass, Lagesson returned to his home country of Sweden on a loan by the Oilers to play in the SHL last season. Last year with Djurgardens, the young defender recorded one goal and 13 points in 49 games. He is expected to come back over to North America this season and although it might be a stretch for him to make the Edmonton Oilers roster out of training camp, Lagesson will be a solid addition to the Bakersfield Condors defense corps.
Assistant General Manager, Keith Gretzky, talked about Lagesson on Oilers Now:
William’s a big, stay-at-home defenceman. He’s a little older, bigger, stronger and he needs to play more games. This will really help him and his development.
Corey Pronman broke down Lagesson’s skill set before his draft year:
He’s a guy I had rated around 60. I’ve seen him play well many times, he’s a player I really like. At the U-18 level, in the tournament in February and in April, he was a top player for Sweden U-18s). He’s a physical defenseman he skates well and defends well. I don’t think he’s a sterling offensive player, but he has average puck moving ability. He won’t be in the World Juniors this year. I think this is a guy who is going to be a very good prospect and the Oilers got good value where they picked them.
In January of 2016, SBNation’s College Hockey blog named Lagesson the eighth-best NHL prospect amongst college defencemen.
He’s a physical, tough defender that could be a nice fifth or sixth blue liner for a NHL team down the road. His -3 plus/minus doesn’t look impressive when looking at it alone, but he’s on a woefully inept defensive team at UMass. He performed very well in all three zones at the World Juniors, and has proven he can be an aggressive, mean defenseman in his own end.
VIDEO AND HIGHLIGHTS
As expected, Edmonton Future Watch put together a wondeful compilation of highlights from Lagesson’s 2017-18 season:
Lagesson’s first goal with __ which came on a sneaky little wrist shot from the point:
It’s a little bit older now, but the USHL put together an interesting profile on Lagesson from his days at UMass:
|2010-11||HK Kings J18||J18 Div.1||–||–|
|2011-12||Frölunda HC U16||U16 Elit||11||3||3||6||6|
|Frölunda HC U16 “C”||U16 SM||5||5|
|Frölunda HC J18||J18 Elit||11||2||2||3|
|Frölunda HC J18||J18 Allsvenskan||14||1||1||2||5||2||-2|
|Sweden U16 (all)||International-Jr||3||1||1|
|2012-13||Frölunda HC J18 “A”||J18 Elit||20||1||12||13||60||16|
|Frölunda HC J18 “A”||J18 Allsvenskan||12||3||3||6||14||1||3||1||2||3||4||4|
|Frölunda HC J20||SuperElit||6||4||2|
|Sweden U17 (all)||International-Jr||17||1||1||16||5|
|2013-14||Frölunda HC J18||J18 Allsvenskan||4||1||1||4||5||2||2||4||10|
|Frölunda HC J20||SuperElit||44||8||12||20||30||27||3||1||1||2||1|
|Sweden U18 (all)||International-Jr||19||5||4||9||16||9|
|2014-15||Dubuque Fighting Saints||USHL||52||2||14||16||79||18||8||1||1||2||4||5|
|Sweden U20 (all)||International-Jr||12||1||1||16|
|Sweden U20 (all)||International-Jr||13||3||2||5||16||7|
|2016-17||UMass (Amherst) “A”||NCAA||36||2||6||8||28||-6|
|2013-14||Frölunda HC J20||JCWC||4||1||1||2||2||2|
|Sweden U18||Hlinka Gretzky Cup||4||1||1||2||2||3|