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 no less than eight outgoing gamers and solely 4 incoming common gamers, the door is open for prospects to make the bounce to the massive membership.
The Oilers haven’t traded first-round picks and have picked within the high ten 3 times previously 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 equivalent to Evan Bouchard and Kailer Yamamoto will guarantee this staff stays aggressive with a powerful supporting forged behind McDavid and Draisaitl.
2021-22 Prime 10 Edmonton Oilers Prospects
- Dylan Holloway, C/LW – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Drafted: 2020 spherical one, 14th total by Edmonton Oilers
The massive 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 Staff Canada WJC roster profitable the Silver Medal and posting a aim and an help in that match as nicely.
His play was sufficient for the Oilers to signal him to his ELC and start his professional profession, however that plan was briefly derailed as he required a follow-up wrist surgical procedure within the offseason and is presently sidelined. As soon as wholesome Holloway will make his professional debut within the AHL as GM Ken Holland is well-known for not dashing 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 model of recreation. His skating is just not a legal responsibility, he performs a powerful bodily and aggressive recreation. Holloway could be extraordinarily efficient in driving possession as he’s impactful in puck retrievals and within the corners on the cycle. His talent stage presents 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 massive Swedish defender has large potential, but in addition some issues. At 6-3, he skates just like the wind. Broberg likes to affix the frenzy and his acceleration usually sees him main rushes and passing by his ahead teammates. Along with his dimension and mobility, he ought to be an impactful NHL defenseman. His offensive manufacturing on the junior stage has been spectacular however has been sluggish to develop on the professional stage.
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 recreation and will use extra improvement time on the professional stage 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 drive with Bourgault having 16 objectives and 31 factors by means of the primary 17 video games! His gawdy offensive numbers actually bounce out at you, and as expert as he’s offensively, he’s nonetheless a mission.
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 more durable 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 mushy ice to help play, and offers his linemates choices. Whereas he’s getting and creating loads of scoring probabilities on a loaded staff in Shawinigan, he may have much less time and house on the professional stage and can must be stronger to see his manufacturing translate. Holland is an effective expertise evaluator and affected person so the upside right here may 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 direction of changing into a related NHL participant. After a very good OHL profession taking part in together with his older brother Michael McLeod (New Jersey Devils) with the Mississauga Steelheads, he made the bounce to the professional stage within the 2019-20 season posting 23 factors in 56 video games as a rookie. Final yr after coming 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 recreation is predicated on his skating, notably his velocity and acceleration. His passing capability is NHL stage, and his puck dealing with can be a power. What’s most impactful about his recreation 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 high velocity, and he’s a burner.
His upside might not translate to a high 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 large increase or bust prospect. Some scouts love him, some not a lot. He might 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 Staff and main his staff in scoring with 13 objectives in 24 video games. Savoie has been on fireplace to start out the 2021-22 season with 11 objectives and 19 factors in 12 video games. His aim per recreation tempo calls for discover to make sure, so what’s to not like?
The issues in his recreation are primarily his dimension, 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 recreation will not be inherent aside from his dimension. Skating and defensive play could be coached and developed. The dearth of dimension might have been a much bigger hurdle previously, however there’s loads of room on each NHL staff for a participant that scores at a aim a recreation tempo and is 5-9 in in the present day’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 powerful QMJHL profession taking Halifax to the finals and internet hosting the Memorial Cup in his draft yr, then profitable the Gold with Canada on the WJC in his closing 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 massive winger is having a sluggish begin within the AHL with solely three assists by means of the primary 13 video games.
His mixture of dimension, skating, and taking pictures capability make him a promising prospect. What Lavoie will must be an impactful professional participant is to search out consistency in his recreation. 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 may 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 file with 1.89 GAA and .930 SV%, his efficiency has come right down to earth somewhat. The Edmonton crease has been some extent 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 supplied hope. His begin has been a interval of adjustment with a fairly pedestrian file of 2-2-2 and a 3.11 GAA and .867 SV% to start out. 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. It is going to 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 massive Russian was a drive for the Guelph Storm within the OHL, the place he had back-to-back 10 aim seasons and added ten objectives and 28 factors in 24 playoff video games to guide the Storm to an OHL title. He was additionally a drive for Russia on the 2019 WJC incomes a Bronze Medal with 4 factors in seven video games.
Samorukov has a fascinating mixture of dimension, skating, defensive reliability, and howitzer of some extent shot all mission 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 through the pandemic and whereas his offense dried up much more with eight factors in 48 video games however his defensive recreation drew rave critiques and he posted a plus -24. Accidents have hit Samorukov arduous and again within the AHL by means of 9 video games he has one aim.
His offensive manufacturing on the professional stage might by no means materialize, however he nonetheless has a line on an NHL position as a strong two-way defenseman that may make a perfect 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 staff. He managed to supply 13 factors. Good manufacturing in a males’s league however his recreation was criticized for his lazy and ineffective defensive play. He returned to North America and is off to a sizzling 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 recreation within the OHL has improved and he competes arduous on each 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 recreation in Slovakia was a blip, the Oilers might 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 sequence of accidents and a scarcity of NHL time has put into query his upside. Regardless of that, he has confirmed to be a constant producer on the AHL stage 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 position is not going to assist him develop and his future with Edmonton is just not wanting promising. The very best state of affairs for him is perhaps to be claimed off waivers and given a contemporary alternative in a brand new group.