Constructed round one of the best participant on the planet in Connor McDavid and surrounded by a younger core of Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse, the plan in Edmonton is to win now.
After a disappointing playoff defeat in spherical one by the hands of the Winnipeg Jets, GM Ken Holland shook issues up on the roster within the low season. With at the very least eight outgoing gamers and solely 4 incoming common gamers, the door is open for prospects to make the soar to the large membership.
The Oilers haven’t traded first-round picks and have picked within the prime ten 3 times prior to now six years since drafting McDavid first total in 2016. With that, they’ve some high quality prospects and respectable depth within the prospect pool albeit no actual future surefire influence gamers.
The Oilers roster is loaded with younger gamers and up to date graduates reminiscent of Evan Bouchard and Kailer Yamamoto will guarantee this group stays aggressive with a robust supporting forged behind McDavid and Draisaitl.
2021-22 High 10 Edmonton Oilers Prospects
- Dylan Holloway, C/LW – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Drafted: 2020 spherical one, 14th total by Edmonton Oilers
The large Calgary native loved a breakout season as a sophomore on the College of Wisconsin with a 35-point efficiency in 23 video games. Holloway additionally cracked the Crew Canada WJC roster successful the Silver Medal and posting a purpose and an help in that event as nicely.
His play was sufficient for the Oilers to signal him to his ELC and start his professional profession, however that plan was quickly derailed as he required a follow-up wrist surgical procedure within the offseason and is at the moment sidelined. As soon as wholesome Holloway will make his professional debut within the AHL as GM Ken Holland is well-known for not speeding prospects into the NHL till they’re prepared and even overripened.
In Holloway the Oilers are hoping for an enormous, bodied participant that may play an influence winger type of sport. His skating just isn’t a legal responsibility, he performs a robust bodily and aggressive sport. Holloway may be extraordinarily efficient in driving possession as he’s impactful in puck retrievals and within the corners on the cycle. His talent degree affords top-six upside as a supporting participant and defensively he’s dogged in puck pursuit and restoration. He’s a flexible participant that may additionally play within the center however tasks as a top-six winger.
- Philip Broberg, D – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Drafted: 2019 spherical one, eighth total by Edmonton Oilers
The large Swedish defender has large potential, but in addition some issues. At 6-3, he skates just like the wind. Broberg likes to hitch the frenzy and his acceleration usually sees him main rushes and passing by his ahead teammates. Together with his measurement and mobility, he ought to be an impactful NHL defenseman. His offensive manufacturing on the junior degree has been spectacular however has been sluggish to develop on the professional degree.
Final yr his offense solely marginally elevated and his play and ice time in 12 playoff video games suffered. Regardless of final season’s disappointment, he has made the transfer to North America and in his first 13 AHL video games, he has 10 factors (all assists). He was rewarded with a recall the place he made his NHL debut on November 21st recording his first NHL level in a 5-2 win over Chicago.
Broberg has some work to do within the defensive aspect of his sport and will use extra improvement time on the professional degree and on smaller North American ice. He’s a piece in course of, however the upside and potential stay excessive.
- Xavier Bourgault, C – Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Drafted: 2021 spherical one, 22nd total by Edmonton Oilers
Bourgault is an offensive dynamo taking part in on a stacked line within the Q with Olivier Nadeau (BUF) and Mavrik Bourque (DAL). The trio are a pressure with Bourgault having 16 objectives and 31 factors via the primary 17 video games! His gawdy offensive numbers actually soar out at you, and as expert as he’s offensively, he’s nonetheless a challenge.
His slight 172-pound body makes him susceptible to larger and stronger gamers. He wants so as to add bulk to his body and be tougher to knock off the puck and defend. Defensively he’s inconsistent as many extremely expert 18-year-old gamers are typically. Bourgault reads performs nicely, finds open or tender ice to help play, and provides his linemates choices. Whereas he’s getting and creating loads of scoring possibilities on a loaded group in Shawinigan, he can have much less time and area on the professional degree and can must be stronger to see his manufacturing translate. Holland is an effective expertise evaluator and affected person so the upside right here could be very promising.
- Ryan McLeod, C – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Drafted: 2018 spherical two, 40th total by Edmonton Oilers
McLeod is on a really promising trajectory in the direction of turning into a related NHL participant. After an excellent OHL profession taking part in together with his older brother Michael McLeod (New Jersey Devils) with the Mississauga Steelheads, he made the soar to the professional degree within the 2019-20 season posting 23 factors in 56 video games as a rookie. Final yr after getting back from a mortgage to the Swiss league, he had a breakout of 14 objectives and 28 factors in 28 video games with the Condors. His play earned him his first NHL recall taking part in in ten regular-season video games and one other 4 playoff video games.
Like his brother, Ryan’s sport is predicated on his skating, notably his velocity and acceleration. His passing capability is NHL degree, and his puck dealing with can be a power. What’s most impactful about his sport is his capability to deploy all these abilities on the similar time. He can course of performs, make passes, and deal with the puck all at prime velocity, and he’s a burner.
His upside could not translate to a prime six, however he ought to have a ground of a speedy third-line participant that may present offensive help and be efficient killing penalties as nicely. He’s a flexible participant trending in the best path.
- Carter Savoie, LW – College of Denver (NCAA)
Drafted: 2020 spherical 4, 100th total by Edmonton Oilers
Carter Savoie is the Oilers huge increase or bust prospect. Some scouts love him, some not a lot. He could by no means break into the NHL; he could possibly be a star.
The great. He had a monster draft yr within the AJHL with 53 objectives and 99 factors in simply 54 video games. His D+1 season in NCAA was successful making the NCHC All-Rookie Crew and main his group in scoring with 13 objectives in 24 video games. Savoie has been on hearth to begin the 2021-22 season with 11 objectives and 19 factors in 12 video games. His purpose per sport tempo calls for discover to make sure, so what’s to not like?
The failings in his sport are primarily his measurement, lack of velocity and skating, in addition to an indifference to the defensive aspect of the sport. Many rankings are extra conservative having Savoie within the 9-10 vary, however I really feel extra bullish on him as the issues in his sport are usually not inherent aside from his measurement. Skating and defensive play may be coached and developed. The dearth of measurement could have been an even bigger hurdle prior to now, however there may be loads of room on each NHL group for a participant that scores at a purpose a sport tempo and is 5-9 in right this moment’s NHL.
- Raphael Lavoie, RW – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Drafted: 2019 spherical two, 38th total By Edmonton Oilers
Lavoie is an enormous, quick skating energy winger with a heavy shot. He had a robust QMJHL profession taking Halifax to the finals and internet hosting the Memorial Cup in his draft yr, then successful the Gold with Canada on the WJC in his last yr. His professional profession started on mortgage in Sweden with Vasby in Allsvenskan earlier than returning to make his AHL debut with 5 objectives and 10 factors in 19 video games with the Condors within the common season. Lavoie then performed in six extra playoff video games scoring 4 factors. The large winger is having a sluggish begin within the AHL with solely three assists via the primary 13 video games.
His mixture of measurement, skating, and capturing capability make him a promising prospect. What Lavoie will must be an impactful professional participant is to seek out consistency in his sport. He has been criticized for his lack of urgency and occasional indifference. If he can put all of it collectively, he could possibly be an impactful top-six winger with an elite middle to play with, or he might wallow within the minors getting surpassed by different prospects.
- Ilya Konovalov, G – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Drafted: 2019 spherical three, 85th total
After a breakout draft yr within the KHL with Lokomotiv posting a 25-15-1 document with 1.89 GAA and .930 SV%, his efficiency has come right down to earth somewhat. The Edmonton crease has been a degree of competition for a number of years and plenty of hoped they could have a solution in Konovalov and his determination to return to North America for the 2021-22 season provided hope. His begin has been a interval of adjustment with a moderately pedestrian document of 2-2-2 and a 3.11 GAA and .867 SV% to begin. An early harm to Oilers starter Mike Smith created a possibility and Stuart Skinner was recalled to backup for the Oilers giving Konovalov the chance for extra video games together with Olivier Rodrigue within the AHL. Will probably be a contest to observe to see which goalie wins the group’s confidence in the long run.
- Dmitri Samorukov, D – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Drafted: 2017 spherical three, 84th total by Edmonton Oilers
Samorukov was one of many Oilers rising prospects however has flatlined since turning professional. The large Russian was a pressure for the Guelph Storm within the OHL, the place he had back-to-back 10 purpose seasons and added ten objectives and 28 factors in 24 playoff video games to steer the Storm to an OHL title. He was additionally a pressure for Russia on the 2019 WJC incomes a Bronze Medal with 4 factors in seven video games.
Samorukov has a fascinating mixture of measurement, skating, defensive reliability, and howitzer of a degree shot all challenge to the NHL. Since turning professional his rookie season within the AHL was good however his offensive manufacturing hit a velocity bump with simply ten factors in 47 video games. He returned to Russia final yr throughout the pandemic and whereas his offense dried up much more with eight factors in 48 video games however his defensive sport drew rave evaluations and he posted a plus -24. Accidents have hit Samorukov laborious and again within the AHL via 9 video games he has one purpose.
His offensive manufacturing on the professional degree could by no means materialize, however he nonetheless has a line on an NHL function as a strong two-way defenseman that will make a great companion for a extra offensive participant like Broberg.
- Tyler Tullio, C/RW – Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Drafted: 2020 spherical 5, 126th total by Edmonton Oilers
“Instruments” was restricted to only 19 video games final yr, and with no OHL season, he performed in Slovakia on a not excellent group. He managed to provide 13 factors. Good manufacturing in a males’s league however his sport was criticized for his lazy and ineffective defensive play. He returned to North America and is off to a scorching begin with the Generals with 25 factors in 16 video games to this point.
He is a superb playmaker and passer with excellent imaginative and prescient. His defensive sport within the OHL has improved and he competes laborious on either side of the puck. Tullio has a motor and is efficient on the forecheck and his skating is nice with a pop in his first step which helps help his forecheck and offense. Assuming the defensive criticism from his sport in Slovakia was a blip, the Oilers could have discovered themselves a sleeper within the fifth spherical as Tullio is proving to be a prospect to observe going ahead.
- Tyler Benson, LW – Bakersfield Condors
Drafted: 2016 spherical two, 32nd total by Edmonton Oilers
The as soon as extremely ranked prospect remains to be solely 23-years-old. A collection of accidents and an absence of NHL time has put into query his upside. Regardless of that, he has confirmed to be a constant producer on the AHL degree with 141 factors in 156 profession video games.
Not waiver exempt, he has stayed with the Oilers this yr however has seen very restricted motion averaging 6:49 minutes in seven video games and no factors. This common wholesome scratch or bench hotter function won’t assist him develop and his future with Edmonton just isn’t trying promising. The very best situation for him is likely to be to be claimed off waivers and given a contemporary alternative in a brand new group.