The Edmonton Oilers had plenty of time to wait after picking up Dylan Holloway with their first-round pick, and after what felt like an eternity, Ken Holland’s staff was finally able to jump back on the zoom call to snap up (LW) Carter Savoie with the 100th overall pick.
With their second choice at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers selected Carter Savoie with the 100th overall pick. Lavoie, a native of St. Albert, Alberta, had himself a fine season playing on the left wing with the Sherwood Park Crusaders, and will now transition to the NCAA for his freshman season with the University of Denver. A long term project to be sure, 18-year-old Savoie will spend at least a couple of years in the NCAA before potentially making the jump to pro-hockey, which gives the Oilers plenty of time to follow along with his development before making a decision on what comes next. Needless to say, it will be interesting to watch how he handles the stiffer college competition and whether or not his offensive flare will follow along with him.
In 54 games played with the Sherwood Park Crusaders, Savoie scored 53 goals and 46 assists for 99 points.
WHO IS CARTER SAVOIE?
Now that we know Savoie is the second choice for the Oilers at this year’s draft, I wanted to dive into the Internet to see what I could find out about what kind of player he is to try and give us all a better idea of what kind of player he is:
Savoie reads defenders like few other players in the draft. He is acutely aware of opposing sticks and actively baits them. Savoie is deceptive; he looks off his targeted play and keeps the same grip on his stick, whether he’s passing, dangling, or shooting. Savoie fires with power, precision, and with some trickery; using screens to his advantage.
Some question his commitment off the puck, his shift-to-shift effort levels and his defensive game. I don’t disagree. Savoie can fade in games in a big way. He plays too high in his own zone.
50 goals in 50 games. That is the kind of production Carter Savoie has been putting up in the AJHL. He has been abusing the Junior A league with his combination of speed and strength. The University of Denver commit has a dangerous shot that he uses off the rush quite often. He does a good job of finding space around the net and beating goalies with regularity. His playmaking isn’t outstanding but he shows the ability to make passes all over the offensive zone. He will likely be a bit of a long-term prospect, likely needing a couple of season in the NCAA before being ready to take the step to the pro ranks. He is widely regarded as a late first or early second-round selection for the upcoming draft in June.
Puck skills and creativity are big hallmarks of Savoie’s game. He averaged nearly a goal per game in the AJHL and can make next-level offensive reads. But if Savoie is going to make it, he has to up his competitiveness level.
JUNIOR CAREER SO FAR
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