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Edmonton Oilers Prospect Countdown #10 – Carter Savoie

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Bruce Curlock
7 months ago
Local Kid Makes Good enters the countdown with Carter Savoie at #10.
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Nationality: Canada
Date of Birth: January 23, 2002
Drafted: 4th Round Pick, 2020 
Height: 5’10″ / 178 cm
Weight: 192lbs / 87 kg
Ranking last year: No. 7
If the last prospect, Luca Munzenberger, was the most difficult to assess, Carter Savoie is a close second. He’s also the one that is likely to get my passport to Edmonton revoked given his ranking this year. However, a modest peek at Savoie’s first professional season does lend some evidence to the rating.
His first year in Bakersfield did not leap off the page with only a modest stat line of 8-3-11 in 44 games. No question injuries were a major part of his season missing time twice during the year with a lower body injury (the first occurring in Penticton) and once with an undisclosed injury. However, even had he played a more full season, his prorated stats line would have left him fourth in rookie scoring behind Noah Philp, Xavier Bourgault and Tyler Tullio. While finishing behind Bourgault would be expected, I doubt many thought Savoie would trail Philp and Tullio. However, he did and, as such, he drops this year to #10 in the countdown.
Now before I get barred from entry to Edmonton, let me just say I like the potential of this player. As I have said throughout this series, I look for one NHL translatable skill in a prospect. For Carter Savoie it is his shot. It is surreal.

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He did manage to surround that with some very nice puck skill displays. He has legitimately excellent hands and is a quick decision-maker in close quarters with the puck. Here is a couple of clips that illustrate these skills. The second one has stupid Lucas Dostal in it. I say that in jest. Sorta. You’ll see.

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However, for the most part, the year was far less of the above and far more of this type of play.

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Here is a shift that highlights the challenges that Savoie needs to overcome. Watch the “loops” in Savoie’s skating. The single biggest area where Savoie could impact his game is start/stop skating. Instead of looping and ending up out of position and with his back to the play, if Savoie focused on start/stop skating, he would be far more attached to the play and therefore more able to impact what happens with the puck.

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If you think it isn’t a big deal, watch how good Savoie is with his stick when he is up on the puck carrier or a loose puck.

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Carter Savoie has the capability to change the possession of the puck if, and only if, he gets more stop/start in his game. When he does, his game is going to be much more effective.
The other aspect I want to mention is the comments on Savoie’s size. Certainly, he’s not tall, but he is built sturdy and he can use that to his benefit in the pros.

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So, yes, Carter Savoie had a tough year. Yes, he dropped in the rankings from last year to this year. However, that doesn’t mean anything in terms of his long-term prognosis. Prospects do not develop in straight lines. Savoie definitely took a swerve this year. However, if his game develops more straight-line attack to it, his prospect will go in one direction: up.

Previously in the countdown

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