Oilers Prospect Update: That’s a Wrap

With the completion of the Memorial Cup, every one of the Oilers prospects will begin their offseason plans.

For Dmitri Samorukov, his Mem Cup ended in the semi-finals after losing to Rouyn-Noranda. A quiet tournament for the young D man after an incredible OHL playoffs run with only one assist. Ostap Safin had an even more quiet tournament with no scoresheet appearances at all. To add to the disappointment for Safin, he was only able to play one shift (at the time of posting) in the final game before leaving as a result of this hit:

For the franchise, on the whole, there are a lot of positives to take from this season. The Condors put together the best season in franchise history and with the shift in team mentality the indication is that the team will remain intact with the addition of younger players.

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I just want to thank everyone who reads and interacts with this article every year and I look forward to another season of prospect tracking.

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Memorial Cup (CHL)

  • C Ostap Safin 4gp, 0-0-0 for Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 4gp, 0-1-1 for Guelph Storm (OHL)


  • C Skyler Brind’Amour 11gp, 2-3-5 for Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
  • L Patrick Siikanen 11gp, 5-3-8 for Blues U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)
  • LR Anton Slepyshev 17gp, 3-2-5 for KSKA Moskva (KHL) (3gp, 0-0-0 this week) WON CHAMPIONSHIP
  • C Ostap Safin 23gp, 0-2-2 for Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) (4gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • C Ryan McLeod 17gp, 5-7-12 for Saginaw Spirit (OHL) (2gp, 0-0-0 this week)
  • L Kirill Maksimov 2gp, 0-0-0 for Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
  • LD Markus Niemelainen 18gp, 0-2-2 for HPK (Liiga)
  • D Robin Norell 19gp, 2-4-6 for Djurgardens IF (SHL)
  • RD Filip Berglund 6gp, 0-0-0 for Skelleftea AIK (SHL)
  • LD Dmitri Samorukov 24gp, 10-18-28 for Guelph Storm (OHL) (1gp, 2-2-4 this week) WON CHAMPIONSHIP
  • RD Evan Bouchard 11gp, 4-16-20 for London Knights (OHL)
  • RD Michael Kesselring 2gp, 0-0-0 for Fargo Force (USHL)
  • G Olivier Rodrigue 3gp, 2.27 .905 for Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
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  • C Joseph Gambardella 10gp, 6-4-10
  • C Tyler Vesel 10gp, 0-1-1
  • R Mitch Callahan 9gp, 1-0-1
  • L Tyler Benson 10gp, 1-6-7
  • L Brad Malone 10gp, 4-8-12
  • R Josh Currie 10gp, 1-3-4
  • C Cooper Marody 4gp, 0-0-0
  • C Cameron Hebig 3gp, 0-0-0
  • L Evan Polei 10gp, 2-1-3
  • R David Gust 10gp, 0-3-3
  • C Luke Esposito 8gp, 1-2-3
  • R Patrick Russell 10gp, 2-5-7
  • C Ryan McLeod 5gp, 0-3-3
  • L Nolan Vesey 3gp, 0-0-0
  • L Braden Christoffer 1gp, 0-0-0
  • R Kailer Yamamoto
  • RD Evan Bouchard 8gp, 3-5-8
  • LD Caleb Jones 10gp, 0-3-3
  • LD Keegan Lowe 10gp, 1-5-6
  • LD Ryan Stanton 10gp, 2-1-3
  • RD Ethan Bear 8gp, 2-2-4
  • LD William Lagesson 10gp, 2-2-4
  • RD Logan Day 9gp, 1-0-1
  • LD Jake Kulevich 1gp, 0-0-0
  • LD Brandon Manning
  • G Shane Starrett 8gp, 2.89 .889
  • G Stuarts Skinner 4gp, 2.39 .918
  • G Dylan Wells 1gp, 3.03 .921



  • C Joseph Gambardella 50gp, 29-19-48
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 4gp, 2-2-4
  • R Kailer Yamamoto 27gp, 10-8-18
  • C Tyler Vesel 61gp, 5-13-18 
  • L Evan Polei 53gp, 9-11-20 
  • L Nolan Vesey 17gp, 0-3-3
  • R Mitch Callahan 60gp, 15-19-34 
  • L Tyler Benson 68gp, 15-51-66 
  • L Brad Malone 43gp, 8-17-25
  • R Josh Currie 53gp, 27-14-41
  • C Cooper Marody 58gp, 19-45-64
  • C Cameron Hebig 64gp, 11-18-29 
  • L Braden Christoffer 47gp, 7-3-10 
  • R David Gust 59gp, 18-15-33 
  • R John McFarland 9gp, 0-0-0 Retired from hockey
  • C Luke Esposito 63gp, 7-17-24 
  • R Patrick Russell 51gp, 18-22-40
  • R Ryan Spooner 7gp, 2-4-6
  • C Colby Cave 15gp, 6-12-18 for Providence Bruins (AHL)
  • RC Sam Gagner 43gp, 12-25-37 for Toronto Marlies (AHL)
  • LD Jared Wilson 1gp, 0-0-0
  • LD Kevin Gravel 5gp, 0-1-1
  • LD Caleb Jones 50gp, 6-23-29
  • LD Keegan Lowe 67gp, 0-20-20 
  • LD Ryan Stanton 65gp, 5-15-20 
  • RD Logan Day 64gp, 7-27-34
  • RD Ethan Bear 52gp, 6-25-31 
  • LD William Lagesson 67gp, 8-19-26 
  • LD Jeremy Beaudry 1gp, 0-0-0
  • RD Ryan Mantha 0gp, 0-0-0
  • LD Jake Kulevich 29gp, 2-6-8 
  • LD Brandon Manning 8gp, 0-0-0
  • RD Evan Bouchard 0gp, 0-0-0
  • G Al Montoya 11gp, 3.09 .879 
  • G Stuart Skinner 6gp, 2.99, .879
  • G Shane Starrett 42gp, 2.33 .918
  • G Dylan Wells 11gp, 2.92 .907
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  • C Colin Larkin 46gp, 2-12-12 
  • R Ryan Van Stralen 57gp, 8-11-19 
  • R John McFarland 10gp, 0-4-4
  • L Nolan Vesey 32gp, 3-7-10
  • LD Jared Wilson 49gp, 1-17-18 
  • LD Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin 56gp, 1-8-9
  • LD Jake Kulevich 2gp, 0-1-1
  • G Stuart Skinner 41gp, 3.16 .903
  • G Dylan Wells 22gp, 3.04 .912
  • G Shane Starrett 1gp, 1.99 .963


  • C Bogdan Yakimov 18gp, 4-8-12 for Severstal Cherepovets and 32gp, 1-3-4 for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Avangard Omsk (KHL)
  • L Patrick Siikanen 41gp, 17-22-39 for Blues U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) 
  • LR Anton Slepyshev 56gp, 15-10-25 for KSKA Moskva (KHL) 
  • LD Markus Niemelainen 50gp, 1-4-5 for HPK (Liiga) 
  • RD Filip Berglund 52gp, 2-9-11 for Skelleftea AIK (SHL) 
  • RD Joel Persson 50gp, 6-25-31 for Vaxjo Lakers HC (SHL) 
  • D Robin Norell 52gp, 1-5-6 for Djurgardens IF (SHL) 


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


  • L Graham McPhee 29gp, 3-6-9 for Boston College (NCAA) 
  • C J.D. Dudek 39gp, 7-5-12 for Boston College (NCAA) 
  • C Aapeli Rasanen 33gp, 5-2-7 for Boston College (NCAA) 
  • C Skyler Brind’Amour 52gp, 13-31-44 for Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) 
  • LD Matthew Cairns 32gp, 2-2-4 for Cornell (NCAA) 
  • RD John Marino 33gp, 3-8-11 for Harvard (NCAA) 
  • RD Michael Kesselring 33gp, 7-15-22 for Fargo Force (USHL) and 33gp, 2-10-12 for Des Moines Buccaneers
  • RD Vincent Desharnais 42gp, 5-8-18 for Providence (NCAA) 
  • RD Philip Kemp 30gp, 3-5-8 for Yale (NCAA) 
  • G Hayden Hawkey 41gp, 1.88 .921 for Providence (NCAA)

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

  • OriginalPouzar

    Samorukov didn’t have quite the overtly outstanding performance in the Memorial Cu that he did in the OHL playoff offensively but my goodness we saw glimpses of how good he can (and will) be defensively.

    He had zero points in the semi-final loss and lots of goals were scored and he was named the games second star.

    Lets remember, he is a very very good defensive d-man. His aggressiveness defending zone entries off the rush it top end – he’ll need to pick his spots more at the next level but he has great instincts and timing.

    His board battles in the defensive zone are also high end – consistently coming away with the puck.

    Great season, lots of development, still miles to go.

    Good luck as a rookie pro in the Bake next year – ice time will be earned and I believe you will earn the minutes.

    • Joy S. Lee

      I didn’t see the semi-final loss, but had me wondering as I checked the box score and saw precisely what you just noted: lots of goals scored and zero points in the loss… and he was named second star. Figured it had to have something to do with the intangibles 😉

    • OriginalPouzar

      From all accounts, yes, he won’t be signing with the Oilers. I don’t know for sure but rumblings are the org isn’t looking to sign him. Not sure exactly why but likely a bit to do with playing time for Wells and Skinner who, are numerous years younger than Hawkey and, realistically, both higher potential prospects.