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Oilers Prospect Update: Bouchard and CHLers in the spotlight

The CHL playoffs kicked off this week with all of our CHL prospects in a first-round matchup. Unfortunately, news has come down that Kirill Maksimov will miss the whole first round and Olivier Rodrigue has yet to play a game in the first two of his Drummondville Voltigeurs opening series.

Tyler Yaremchuk had a deeper look at which Condors could make the jump next year –

Which Condors Could Make The Jump?

Jason Gregor had a look at the season Marody has put together –

Marody Having a Great Rookie Season

Working through some reporting issues for the playoffs of individual leagues, but have broken off a second section for the CHL players (and will add the others as I find them)

Stats up to date as of Saturday March 23rd games played.

Playoffs

  • C Ostap Safin 2gp, 0-0-0 for Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • C Ryan McLeod 2gp, 0-2-2 for Saginaw Spirit (OHL) (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)

  • L Kirill Maksimov 0gp, 0-0-0 for Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) (did not play this week)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 1gp, 0-1-1 for Guelph Storm (OHL) (1gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • RD Evan Bouchard 1gp, 2-2-4 for London Knights (OHL) (1gp, 2-2-4 this week)

  • G Olivier Rodrigue 0gp, 0.00 .000 for Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) (did not play this week)

BAKERSFIELD CONDORS (AHL)

  • C Joseph Gambardella 48gp, 27-18-45 (in the NHL this week)
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 4gp, 2-2-4 (in the NHL this week)
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 27gp, 10-7-17 (1gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • C Tyler Vesel 52gp, 5-12-17 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Evan Polei 44gp, 9-10-19 (1gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • L Nolan Vesey 10gp, 0-2-2 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Mitch Callahan 52gp, 13-15-28 (1gp, 1-2-3 this week)
  • L Tyler Benson 59gp, 14-43-57 (1gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • L Brad Malone 41gp, 7-17-24 (in the NHL this week)
  • R Josh Currie 49gp, 24-13-37 (in the NHL this week)
  • C Cooper Marody 48gp, 16-37-53 (1gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • C Cameron Hebig 57gp, 11-14-25 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Braden Christoffer 41gp, 5-3-8 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R David Gust 50gp, 16-13-29 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R John McFarland 9gp, 0-0-0 (did not play this week)
  • C Luke Esposito 55gp, 3-15-18 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Patrick Russell 48gp, 17-19-36 (did not play this week)
  • R Ryan Spooner 7gp, 2-4-6 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • C Colby Cave 15gp, 6-12-18 for Providence Bruins (AHL) (in the NHL this week) 
  • RC Sam Gagner 43gp, 12-25-37 for Toronto Marlies (AHL) (in the NHL this week)
  • LD Jared Wilson 1gp, 0-0-0 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week) 
  • LD Kevin Gravel 5gp, 0-1-1 (In the NHL this week)
  • LD Caleb Jones 41gp, 5-20-25 (1gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LD Keegan Lowe 58gp, 0-17-17 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Ryan Stanton 57gp, 5-14-19 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Logan Day 55gp, 6-26-32 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Ethan Bear 46gp, 4-24-28 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD William Lagesson 58gp, 7-18-25 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • LD Jeremy Beaudry 1gp, 0-0-0 (released from PTO)
  • RD Ryan Mantha 0gp, 0-0-0 (did not play this week)
  • LD Jake Kulevich 24gp, 2-4-6 (did not play this week)
  • LD Brandon Manning 6gp, 0-0-0 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • G Al Montoya 11gp, 3.09 .879 (did not play this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 6gp, 2.99, .879 (did not play this week)
  • G Shane Starrett 36gp, 2.27 .921 (1 game, 5-4 SOL with 41 saves)
  • G Dylan Wells 9gp, 3.01 .902 (did not play this week)

WICHITA THUNDER (ECHL)

  • C Colin Larkin 40gp, 2-10-12 (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • R Ryan Van Stralen 50gp, 6-9-15 (2gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  • R John McFarland 10gp, 0-4-4 (did not play this week)
  • L Nolan Vesey 32gp, 3-7-10 (did not play this week)
  • LD Jared Wilson 42gp, 1-17-18 (2gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LD Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin 50gp, 1-7-9 (1gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  • LD Jake Kulevich 2gp, 0-1-1 (in the AHL this week)
  • G Stuart Skinner 33gp, 3.32 .900 (2 games, 6-5 OTL with 23 saves and 6-5 L with 12 saves)
  • G Dylan Wells 22gp, 3.04 .912 (did not play this week)
  • G Shane Starrett 1gp, 1.99 .963 (in the AHL this week)

EUROPE

  • C Bogdan Yakimov 18gp, 4-8-12 for Severstal Cherepovets and 32gp, 1-3-4 for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Avangard Omsk (KHL) (did not play this week)
  • L Patrick Siikanen 41gp, 17-22-39 for Blues U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) (did not play this week)
  • LR Anton Slepyshev 56gp, 15-10-25 for KSKA Moskva (KHL) (did not play this week)
  • LD Markus Niemelainen 50gp, 1-4-5 for HPK (Liiga) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Filip Berglund 52gp, 2-7-9 for Skelleftea AIK (SHL) (did not play this week)
  • RD Joel Persson 50gp, 6-25-31 for Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL) (did not play this week)
  • D Robin Norell 52gp, 1-5-6 for Djurgardens IF (SHL) (did not play this week)

CHL

  • C Ryan McLeod 29gp, 7-17-24 for Saginaw Spirit and 32gp, 12-26-38 Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) (in playoffs this week)
  • C Ostap Safin 15gp, 3-8-11 for Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) (in playoffs this week)
  • L Kirill Maksimov 63gp, 40-39-79 for Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) (in playoffs this week)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 59gp, 9-34-43 for Guelph Storm (OHL) (in playoffs this week)
  • RD Evan Bouchard 45gp, 16-37-53 for London Knights (OHL) (in playoffs this week)
  • G Olivier Rodrigue 48gp, 2.41 .903 for Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) (in playoffs this week)

COLLEGE AND BEYOND

  • L Graham McPhee 29gp, 3-6-9 for Boston College (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • C Joey Dudek 39gp, 7-5-12 for Boston College (NCAA) (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • C Aapeli Rasanen 33gp, 5-2-7 for Boston College (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • C Skyler Brind’Amour 52gp, 13-31-44 for Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (did not play this week)
  • LD Matthew Cairns 30gp, 2-2-4 for Cornell (NCAA) (did not play this week)
  • RD John Marino 32gp, 3-8-11 for Harvard (NCAA) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • RD Michael Kesselring 26gp, 6-10-16 for Fargo Force (USHL) and 33gp, 2-10-12 for Des Moines Buccaneers (2gp, 1-1-2 this week)
  • RD Vincent Desharnais 39gp, 6-7-13 for Providence (NCAA) (2gp, 1-0-1 this week)
  • RD Philip Kemp 30gp, 3-5-8 for Yale (NCAA) (1gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • G Hayden Hawkey 38gp, 1.89 .919 for Providence (NCAA) (1 game, 2-1 L with 25 saves)

Source: EliteProspects, Verified Twitter Account, 03/23/2019 – 12:00 am MST

  • OriginalPouzar

    Bouchard was, by far, the best player on the ice in Game 1 – just an unreal game – in addition to his 2G and 2A he defended well, showed solid speed on one backcheck to catch up with the play an negate a 2 on 1, of course, great passing, excellent as the PP QB and some sick hands and moves in the offensive zone on one shift. Great performance.

    Bouch was on the ice for the 3rd goal against – Windsor got a quick strike 2 on 1 down low and he had to come from the far side and got caught kind of in between the two players – was a tough play.

    3 more assists in Game 2 but i was not able to watch.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Of note – Guelph is on SN on both Thursday and Friday – a great opportunity for Oilers fans to see Samorukov.

    I think Samorukov has more potential that Bouchard to be a true #1 or top pairing d-man. Don’t get me wrong, Bouchard is almost guaranteed to become a top 4 guy and Samorukov may never actually make it but Samorukov has the broader skill set – an aggressive defender who is one of the best “hitters” in the OHL – a plus skater who can transition the puck by skate or pass with a great shot and a high offensive IQ.

    These are two sensational prospects!

  • OriginalPouzar

    With Providence now done, I’m looking forward to a Hayden Hawkey signing – just a fantastic season – somewhat reminiscent of Shane Starrett’s last amateur year (who’s development has been similar to Dave Rittich).

    I see no reason why the Oilers wouldn’t want to ink him but Hayden may see a bit of a block. If his people are paying attention, they will realize that the NHL club needs an established back-up, meaning Starrett is almost assuredly back in the AHL.

    Do we worry that Hawkey sees the, potential AHL goalie of the year, as a block for him?

    • Strottie

      In such a case, do you think running Skinner/Wells as a 1A/1B in the ECHL for another year works, thus letting Starrett/Hawkey handle the AHL business? Neither of the CHL grads dominated this season, and I don’t think the expectation should be to have Starrett play 50+ games next season in the AHL. Toronto made an effort to better utilize their ECHL team this year: I agree that it’s something more teams should be doing, and I think Edmonton’s in a spot where they almost have to

      • OriginalPouzar

        I don’t think its ideal to have both Skinner and Wells splitting time but it likely where we are and, frankly, goalies often take so long to develop it probably not the end of the world.

        I mean, this year, both of them sat for long stretches as Starrett’s back-up – I believe that is the reason that they were flip-flopped between AHL/ECHL for each other numerous times.

        If we had a legit and established starter in the NHL, there is a chance that Starrett could compete for the back-up job but, given Koskinen is, well, less than established, I think a more veteran option is required.

    • FISTO Siltanen

      Depends on who Hawkey feels was his biggest supporter when the deal happened in the first place? If he felt this was a move Chiarelli initiated because he was the one who liked HH the most then yeah, this could be an issue. Who’s going to have his back as a prospect here?

      If someone else in the organization stumped for HH and he is aware of that then maybe he’d still see the opportunity.

      Keep in mind as well, if the Oilers are interested and HH waits for NCAA free agent period to come (mid-August) then the landscape might change considerable elsewhere and he might, as Principe would say, “shut…himself out”.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Gotta give kudos to Tyler Benson who is now top 10 in AHL scoring and 2nd in rookie scoring (and some of the rookies around him are not 20 year olds).

      • OriginalPouzar

        I have no doubt that Bouchard will look excellent in camp and will produce in the exhibition games and dazzle with a few stretch passes per game.

        At the same time, we know that camp and exhibition game performance means absolutely nothing with respect to prospect readiness for the NHL. We’ve seen that year after year after year.

        Bouchard is an extremely important prospect and they can’t risk slowing or stunting his development. With the likes of Lagesson, Jones, Persson and Bear playing pro hockey for the last few year and all looking close to proving NHL readiness, there is zero need to

  • OriginalPouzar

    London and Guelph are both powerhouses so no surprise they are each up 2-0 in their respective series. I think the format sets up so they will meet in the second round (baring a collapse) – that will be a fantastic series to watch.

    Also, that means that at least one of them will be eliminated and be available to the Condors which I’m also super excited for (although the current defensive group will be tough to crack).

  • OriginalPouzar

    I have no doubt that Bouchard will look excellent in camp and will produce in the exhibition games and dazzle with a few stretch passes per game.

    At the same time, we know that camp and exhibition game performance means absolutely nothing with respect to prospect readiness for the NHL. We’ve seen that year after year after year.

    Bouchard is an extremely important prospect and they can’t risk slowing or stunting his development. With the likes of Lagesson, Jones, Persson and Bear playing pro hockey for the last few year and all looking close to proving NHL readiness, there is zero need to place a rookie d-man straight in to the NHL. They must be risk-adverse and allow him the privilege of starting his pro career in the AHL. The jump from the CHL to the NHL is massive, in particular for d-men – this is what the AHL is for.

    Not to mention that Nicholson has been express that giving Bouchard (and others) NHL games has been a mistake and they need to put these prospects in to the AHL and leave them there for longer – I am 100% on board with this.

    • Obcfan

      Thanks for all the insight OP.

      If they won’t make you a paid writer here you should start your own blog. The comments section is annoying to scroll through

  • Spoils

    ELAs create a big opportunity to save on cap space. If we can make some trades for useable ELA players and be patient with Bouchard to make sure we can really take advantage of his ELA, we’ll be able to make room for a free agent or two (as long as we don’t give in and sign big albatross NMC type contracts)…

    Great to see Bouch lighting it up. Now let’s make sure we are patient with his development. I tend to think the cluster to focus on right now is the Bouchard peak ELA cluster.

    times well with the potential end of our cap hell as well… if we are diligent about cleaning our cap mess up over the next couple years.