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All About William Lagesson

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


Elite Prospects looked at Lagesson’s skill set:

“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:

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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.


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As expected, Edmonton Future Watch put together a wondeful compilation of highlights from Lagesson’s 2017-18 season:

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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 0 0 0
2011-12 Frölunda HC U16 U16 Elit 11 3 3 6 6
Frölunda HC U16 “C” U16 SM 5 0 0 0 0 5
Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 11 0 2 2 0 3
Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 14 0 1 1 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 -2
Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 3 1 0 1 0 0
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 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
Sweden U17 WHC-17 6 0 1 1 12
Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 17 0 1 1 16 5
2013-14 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 4 0 1 1 0 4 5 2 2 4 10 0
Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 44 8 12 20 30 27 3 0 1 1 2 1
Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 3 0 3 6 5
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 WJC-20 7 0 1 1 8 1
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 12 0 1 1 16 0
2015-16 UMass (Amherst) NCAA 27 2 5 7 26 -6
Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 2 1 3 4 7
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 13 3 2 5 16 7
2016-17 UMass (Amherst) “A” NCAA 36 2 6 8 28 -6
2017-18 Djurgårdens IF  SHL 49 1 12 13 30 13 11 0 1 1 31 0


2010-11 Göteborg 2 TV-Pucken 8 0 2 2 0
2011-12 Göteborg “C” TV-Pucken 8 2 0 2 4 8
2013-14 Frölunda HC J20 JCWC 4 1 1 2 2 2
Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 1 2 2 3

Stats provided by Elite Prospects

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  • Serious Gord

    The guy is 22 1/2. Almost no chance he plays more than a handful of NHL games.

    He is the kind of poor quality depth I and others have been talking about.

    • Big Nuggets

      Pretty negative about a 22 year old. He isn’t exactly depth as he would have never been called up into the lineup until this season. This will be his first season to be considered depth to the NHL team and he is far from the first call up.

      He’s a 22 year old about to play his first pro seaaon in North America and he has shown to be competitive and strong defensively. What exactly are you complaining about?

    • fasteddy

      I agree wholeheartedly that he’s not likely to be an impact player; but don’t agree with the poor quality depth comment. Of course the Oilers could have made some better selections over the years, but everyone overlooks that they had a run of high draft picks. High first round picks rarely spend time in the minors; that’s why there have been no scorer-type depth players coming up; they were never down there. A classic example is Yamo; odds are he spends some time in the minors, and he is an offensive player …..but he was not a top 5, top ten pick. He’s exactly what the teams that are “developing “ players had/have; later pick that needs time. When you see Nashville or Det had a guy come up and play in the top two lines eventually, if you look that guy was their guy in that draft year. They didn’t have a Taylor Hall plus that guy….I’ve poured over past drafts and the evidence is very clear; there is virtually no such thing as developing later drafted players into top line producers. Of course it happens from time to time, but no team has a history that shows they have a better formula than any others.

    • OriginalPouzar

      To me this is the type of post that indicates the general problem with much of Oil Country. We all state that we should let our prospects develop and not rush them but then when a d-man hasn’t “made it” by his draft plus 3 season, he’s got no chance?

      This is the general development plan for most d-men drafted in the mid-rounds – draft plus 5 is generally when you might see them in the NHL.

      Lagesson is developing just fine and may have a shot at some NHL games this year.

  • Marcus

    The scouts referred to him as big, physical, strong, etc. The profile in the article has him at 5’11” and 170 lbs. We’re those his teenager stats or has he grown significantly since?

    • fasteddy

      Show me one player Keith has drafted that has exceeded expectations and turned into a solid NHL producer….it’s yet to happen. Of course it still could happen, but let’s not put the cart before the horse.

        • fasteddy

          Every player ever drafted was a potential nhl player; just because fans now have more access to information to read about players doesn’t make this year’s 5th round pick any more likely to make it than the one from 1995.

      • FISTO Siltanen

        Based on 3 years here in Edmonton? Okay I can’t.

        Based on his last year in Boston?

        David Pastarnak
        Ryan Donato
        David Heinen
        Anders Bjork

        All NHL players or trending that way with some early proven success.

      • Bills Bills

        Well I think there is this player named David or Donald or maybe Dean Pasternak, late first rounder that I doubt most expected to be on arguably the best line in hockey. Then there was also this kid Danton Heinen who scored 47 points last year as a rookie. Drafted in the 4th round in 2014. But I am sure you expected that to happen.

        I am also pretty sure the Providence Bruins are one of the top teams in the AHL. As Keith was head of their drafting for 2014-2016 I am sure he had a minor role in that happening.

        • fasteddy

          We drafted Draisaitl, Puljujarvi, McDavid those three years; what’s your point? (Pasternak was an excellent pick, not denying that). The bottom line is drafting is a very inexact science and Edm has not been spectacular by any stretch, but also not nearly as bad as they are made out to be when comparing to the rest of the league.

          • Bills Bills

            Fasteddy, the difference is that Pasternak was drafted 25th not 3rd or 4th overall. Have you ever even watched a draft? Every single year there are between 1-5 consesus can’t miss prospects. And even then, you still have players that don’t pan out. Remember Nail Yakupov, Alexandre Daigle, Patrik Stefan etc…. So to turn over a consistent amount of blue chip prospects, whether they make the NHL or not, shows a level of competency that was lacking in the Oilers organization. The fact that you are actually arguing this demonstrates either a complete lack of knowledge on your part or that you are an angry bitter little person with nothing better to do than to bitxh and moan. So which is it? BTW that question is rhetorical, I don’t want or care to know the answer. Just think before you make your post and save the rest of us the time of reading it.

      • OriginalPouzar

        Keith Gretzky has had two drafts with the Oilers – to expect any player drafted under his guidance to have become a solid NHL producer so far is kind of silly (there has been one hockey season since he’s run and Oilers draft).

        Out of 7 draft picks in 2017, 5 of them have huge up arrows (and that doesn’t even count Yamamoto).

        He has done a fantastic job so far.

        • fasteddy

          Find me a drafted player on any team that doesn’t have up arrows in first year or two after being drafted. I’m not trying to argue, simply saying look at the stats; a significant percentage of players drafted by ALL teams don’t become contributing NHL players, and no team or head scout has proven any more adept than the rest in the long run. We wax poetic over 5th round picks is what’s silly, not being a realist. I hope they all make it, but to suggest the team is drafting better now than in the past is purely speculation.

          • Daryl Katz

            the point being that it appears as though Keith’s pick may pan out to be more than Stu MacGregor’s awful picks were, though credit where it’s due, Lagesson was one of his picks before he was mercifully let go.

          • OriginalPouzar

            Lots of players don’t have up arrows in their draft plus 1 and plus 2 seasons – by up arrows I mean they are outperforming expections. Hence why I don’t give Yamamoto an up arrow right now (but an even arrow). Skyler Brindamour, I give him a down arrow but, the 7th round pick in the 2017 draft, Phil Kemp, likely to make Team USA this year (and was the last cut last year) – that is great progression for a 7th round pick – up arrow.

  • Svart kaffe

    If he turns into a decent but unspectacular bottom-pairing D like Davidson I’m happy. Doubt his ceiling is much higher than that but I’d love for him to prove me wrong. Not a bad guy to have in Bakersfield though.

  • OriginalPouzar

    I really started to take an interest in this prospect after seeing him at the 2017 tournament in Penticton. As a defensive first d-man with size, I expected him to be “plodding” but I was impressed with his skating and his ability to transition the puck.

    A defensive first d-man that can skate and move the puck? Yes please.

    From accounts, he had a great year in Sweden, earning the trust of his coach and, by the end of the year, he was playing over 20 minutes per game (which are big minutes for a younger player).

    Of course, he’s pencilled in for Bakersfield but he is a dark-horse of mine for NHL games this year – hopefully earning them on merit and not because the NHL team is decimated by injury.

    Personally, I have him ahead of Jones on the depth chart – not as far as potential but as far as readiness for the NHL – Jones struggled in his first year pro last year, he was better down the stretch but I think Lagesson is a bit more polished at this stage.

  • OilCan2

    The % success for later round picks is VERY small. Any win on this kid is about a 1 – 20 shot. He has proven to good at each level through college and Europe. I say he fits in around the middle of the Condors this year and can move up there. He also has the benefit of our new defence coach who is reportedly good with developing younger guys. Camp should be interesting next month.