2021-22 Top 10 Edmonton Oilers Prospects

Built around the very best gamer on the planet in Connor McDavid and surrounded by a young core of Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse, the strategy in Edmonton is to win now.

After a frustrating playoff defeat in round one at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets, GM Ken Holland shook things up on the lineup in the off-season. With a minimum of 8 outbound gamers and just 4 inbound routine gamers, the door is open for potential customers to make the dive to the huge club.

The Oilers have actually not traded first-round choices and have actually selected in the leading 10 3 times in the previous 6 years considering that preparing McDavid initially in general in 2016. With that, they have some quality potential customers and good depth in the possibility swimming pool albeit no genuine future guaranteed effect gamers.

The Oilers lineup is packed with young gamers and current graduates such as Evan Bouchard and Kailer Yamamoto will guarantee this group remains competitive with a strong supporting cast behind McDavid and Draisaitl.

2021-22 Top 10 Edmonton Oilers Prospects
  1. Dylan Holloway, C/LW – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6-1/203
Drafted: 2020 round one, 14th general by Edmonton Oilers

The huge Calgary native delighted in a breakout season as a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin with a 35-point efficiency in 23 video games. Holloway likewise split the Team Canada WJC lineup winning the Silver Medal and publishing an objective and a help because competition also.

His play sufficed for the Oilers to sign him to his ELC and start his professional profession, however that strategy was momentarily thwarted as he needed a follow-up wrist surgical treatment in the offseason and is presently sidelined. Once healthy Holloway will make his professional launching in the AHL as GM Ken Holland is popular for not hurrying potential customers into the NHL up until they are prepared and even overripened.

In Holloway the Oilers are expecting a huge, bodied gamer that can play a power winger design of video game. His skating is not a liability, he plays a strong physical and aggressive video game. Holloway can be very reliable in driving belongings as he is impactful in puck retrievals and in the corners on the cycle. His ability level uses top-six upside as a supporting gamer and defensively he is dogged in puck pursuit and healing. He is a flexible gamer that can likewise play in the center however jobs as a top-six winger.

  1. Philip Broberg, D – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6-3/198
Drafted: 2019 round one, 8th general by Edmonton Oilers

The huge Swedish protector has incredible capacity, however likewise some issues. At 6-3, he skates like the wind. Broberg likes to sign up with the rush and his velocity typically sees him leading hurries and going by his forward colleagues. With his size and movement, he ought to be an impactful NHL defenseman. His offending production at the junior level has actually been remarkable however has actually been sluggish to establish at the professional level.

Last year his offense just partially increased and his play and ice time in 12 championship game suffered. Despite last season’s frustration, he has actually made the relocate to North America and in his very first 13 AHL video games, he has 10 points (all helps). He was rewarded with a recall where he made his NHL launching on November 21st tape-recording his very first NHL point in a 5-2 win over Chicago.

Broberg has some work to do in the protective side of his video game and might utilize more advancement time at the professional level and on smaller sized North American ice. He is an operate in procedure, however the benefit and prospective stay high.

  1. Xavier Bourgault, C – Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-0/172
Drafted: 2021 round one, 22nd general by Edmonton Oilers

Bourgault is an offending eager beaver playing on a stacked line in the Q with Olivier Nadeau (BUF) and Mavrik Bourque (DAL). The trio are a force with Bourgault having 16 objectives and 31 points through the very first 17 video games! His gawdy offending numbers truly leap out at you, and as experienced as he is offensively, he is still a task.

His small 172-pound frame makes him susceptible to larger and more powerful gamers. He requires to include bulk to his frame and be more difficult to knock off the puck and protect. Defensively he is irregular as numerous extremely experienced 18-year-old gamers tend to be. Bourgault checks out plays well, discovers open or soft ice to support play, and offers his linemates choices. While he is getting and producing a lot of scoring opportunities on a packed group in Shawinigan, he will have less time and area at the professional level and will require to be more powerful to see his production equate. Holland is a great skill critic and client so the benefit here is extremely appealing.

  1. Ryan McLeod, C – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)

Age: 22
Ht/Wt: 6-2/207
Drafted: 2018 round 2, 40th general by Edmonton Oilers 

McLeod is on a really appealing trajectory towards ending up being an appropriate NHL gamer. After a great OHL profession having fun with his older bro Michael McLeod (New Jersey Devils) with the Mississauga Steelheads, he made the dive to the professional level in the 2019-20 season publishing 23 points in 56 video games as a novice. Last year after returning from a loan to the Swiss league, he had a breakout of 14 objectives and 28 points in 28 video games with the Condors. His play made him his very first NHL recall playing in 10 regular-season video games and another 4 championship game.

Like his bro, Ryan’s video game is based upon his skating, especially his speed and velocity. His passing capability is NHL level, and his puck handling is likewise a strength. What is most impactful about his video game is his capability to release all these abilities at the exact same time. He can process plays, make passes, and deal with the puck all at leading speed, and he is a burner.

His upside might not equate to a leading 6, however he ought to have a flooring of a quick third-line gamer that can supply offending assistance and work killing charges also. He is a flexible gamer trending in the ideal instructions.

  1. Carter Savoie, LW – University of Denver (NCAA)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 5-9/192
Drafted: 2020 round 4, 100th general by Edmonton Oilers

Carter Savoie is the Oilers huge boom or bust possibility. Some scouts enjoy him, some not a lot. He might never ever burglarize the NHL; he might be a star.

The excellent. He had a beast draft year in the AJHL with 53 objectives and 99 points in simply 54 video games. His D+1 season in NCAA was a success making the NCHC All-Rookie Team and leading his group in scoring with 13 objectives in 24 video games. Savoie has actually been on fire to begin the 2021-22 season with 11 objectives and 19 points in 12 video games. His objective per video game rate needs observe to be sure, so what’s not to like?

The defects in his video game are mainly his size, absence of speed and skating, in addition to an indifference to the protective side of the video game. Many rankings are more conservative having Savoie in the 9-10 variety, however I feel more bullish on him as the defects in his video game are not intrinsic besides his size. Skating and protective play can be coached and established. The absence of size might have been a larger obstacle in the past, however there is a lot of space on every NHL group for a gamer that ratings at an objective a video game rate and is 5-9 in today’s NHL.

  1. Raphael Lavoie, RW – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-4/196
Drafted: 2019 round 2, 38th general By Edmonton Oilers

Lavoie is a huge, quick skating power winger with a heavy shot. He had a strong QMJHL profession taking Halifax to the finals and hosting the Memorial Cup in his draft year, then winning the Gold with Canada at the WJC in his last year. His professional profession started on loan in Sweden with Vasby in Allsvenskan prior to going back to make his AHL launching with 5 objectives and 10 points in 19 video games with the Condors in the routine season. Lavoie then played in 6 more championship game scoring 4 points. The huge winger is having a sluggish start in the AHL with only 3 helps through the very first 13 video games.

His mix of size, skating, and shooting capability make him an appealing possibility. What Lavoie will require to be an impactful professional gamer is to discover consistency in his video game. He has actually been slammed for his absence of seriousness and periodic indifference. If he can put all of it together, he might be an impactful top-six winger with an elite center to have fun with, or he might indulge the minors getting gone beyond by other potential customers.

  1. Ilya Konovalov, G – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 6-0/194
Drafted: 2019 round 3, 85th general 

After a breakout draft year in the KHL with Lokomotiv publishing a 25-15-1 record with 1.89 GAA and .930 SV%, his efficiency has actually boiled down to earth a little. The Edmonton crease has actually been a point of contention for a number of years and numerous hoped they might have a response in Konovalov and his choice to come to North America for the 2021-22 season used hope. His start has actually been a duration of change with a rather pedestrian record of 2-2-2 and a 3.11 GAA and .867 SV% to begin. An early injury to Oilers starter Mike Smith produced a chance and Stuart Skinner was remembered to backup for the Oilers offering Konovalov the chance for more video games in addition to Olivier Rodrigue in the AHL. It will be a contest to view to see which goalie wins the company’s self-confidence in the end.

  1. Dmitri Samorukov, D – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)

Age: 22
Ht/Wt: 6-2/198
Drafted: 2017 round 3, 84th general by Edmonton Oilers 

Samorukov was among the Oilers increasing potential customers however has actually flatlined considering that turning pro. The huge Russian was a force for the Guelph Storm in the OHL, where he had back-to-back 10 objective seasons and included 10 objectives and 28 points in 24 championship game to lead the Storm to an OHL title. He was likewise a force for Russia at the 2019 WJC making a Bronze Medal with 4 points in 7 video games.

Samorukov has a preferable mix of size, skating, protective dependability, and howitzer of a point shot all job to the NHL. Since turning professional his novice season in the AHL was excellent however his offending production struck a speed bump with simply 10 points in 47 video games. He went back to Russia in 2015 throughout the pandemic and while his offense dried up a lot more with 8 points in 48 video games however his protective video game drew rave evaluations and he published a plus -24. Injuries have actually struck Samorukov tough and back in the AHL through 9 video games he has one objective.

His offending production at the professional level might never ever emerge, however he still has a line on an NHL function as a strong two-way defenseman that would make a perfect partner for a more offending gamer like Broberg.

  1. Tyler Tullio, C/RW – Oshawa Generals (OHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 5-11/181
Drafted: 2020 round 5, 126th general by Edmonton Oilers 

“Tools” was restricted to simply 19 video games in 2015, and without any OHL season, he played in Slovakia on a not great group. He handled to produce 13 points. Good production in a males’s league however his video game was slammed for his lazy and inadequate protective play. He went back to North America and is off to a hot start with the Generals with 25 points in 16 video games up until now.

He is an exceptional playmaker and passer with great vision. His protective video game in the OHL has actually enhanced and he contends hard on both sides of the puck. Tullio has a motor and works on the forecheck and his skating is excellent with an appear his primary step which assists support his forecheck and offense. Assuming the protective criticism from his video game in Slovakia was a blip, the Oilers might have discovered themselves a sleeper in the 5th round as Tullio is showing to be a possibility to view moving forward.

  1. Tyler Benson, LW – Bakersfield Condors

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 6-0/190
Drafted: 2016 round 2, 32nd general by Edmonton Oilers

The when extremely ranked possibility is still just 23-years-old. A series of injuries and an absence of NHL time has actually taken into concern his benefit. Despite that, he has actually shown to be a constant manufacturer at the AHL level with 141 points in 156 profession video games.

No longer waiver exempt, he has actually stuck with the Oilers this year however has actually seen extremely restricted action balancing 6:49 minutes in 7 video games and no points. This routine healthy scratch or bench warmer function will not assist him establish and his future with Edmonton is not looking appealing. The finest situation for him may be to be declared off waivers and offered a fresh chance in a brand-new company.

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