Prospect Info: The Nascent 2020 Draft Thread

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The Oilers First Draft Pick in 2020 Will Be From Which League?

Poll closed Nov 20, 2019.
  1. WHL

    11.3%
  2. OHL

    43.4%
  3. QMJHL

    10.4%
  4. USDP

    2.8%
  5. SHL/SuperElit

    15.1%
  6. Liiga

    2.8%
  7. KHL/MHL

    1.9%
  8. USHL

    1.9%
  9. AJHL/BCHL

    1.9%
  10. Other

    8.5%
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  1. Soli Supervision Required

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    Never too early to talk draft, right? ;)

    This is not a thread to complain about the Oilers standings in the 2019-2020 season. This is a thread to discuss the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from an Oilers-centric view point. We got a good group of draft nerds and it makes us all smarter when we geek out together.

    A quick and dirty glance at the prospect pool:

    CENTER: C. Marody, R. McLeod, A. Rasanen, G. McPhee, T. Mazura

    LEFT WING: T. Benson, J. Gambradella, O. Safin, M. Blumel

    RIGHT WING: K. Yamamoto, R. Lavoie, K. Maksimov, P. Russell, C. Hebig,

    LEFT DEFENSE: P. Broberg, D. Samorukov, C. Jones, W. Lagesson

    RIGHT DEFENSE: E. Bouchard, E. Bear, J. Persson, F. Berglund, J. Marino, P. Kemp, M. Kesselring

    GOALTENDER: S. Starrett, S. Skinner, D. Wells, O. Rodrigue, I. Konovalov

    • Netminders - For a team without stability in net, I understand the bullets, but if we use a 3rd rounder on another goalie in back-to-back-to-back drafts, I will be less understanding.
    • Top-6 Offensive Forwards - An organizational drought. Need to improve our stock of forwards that can project as Top-6 Forwards at the next level.
    • The Blueline - The Leftorium was reopened. We could use more projected solid Top-4 RHD stock and it'd always be nice to add a stud top pairing potential calibre defenseman of any handedness to finally fawn over in the prospect pool.
    • Stop Throwing Away Later Round Bullets Rant - You look back at the past 5 years or so of drafts and there's something to be said about sticking to the CHL. We've wasted plenty of bullets on walkabouts in Russia & Europe or players going to college with little promise. Hell, even our college prospects that track well don't want to sign with us (Nash, Desharnais, Hawkey, whispers of Marino). Our most successful picks in rounds 4-7? CHL picks tracking well like Maksimov, Wells, Bear, Jones, Davidson, etc. Sorry Lagesson, I love you.

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    Quick recon of the projected highlights of the 2020 class, we’re looking at a draft with plenty of offensive forward talent. The OHL rebounds in a big way and Sweden looks to have a Tre Kronor of stud wingers. Contenders will emerge from those leagues, but the current projected #1 resides in the QMJHL. If you care about that sort of thing, this is likely the year that a Canadian will be the 1st OV pick, first since McDavid in 2015.


    Future Considerations is on top of things and has an early 2020 Rankings:



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    I know absolutely nothing, but I shall share what I know:

    LW Alexis Lafreniere (QMJHL) - The projected #1 pick. Left wing, likely not a center at the next level.
    LC Quinton Byfield (OHL) - Big complete package center. I think he’ll end up being a challenger for 1OV
    RW Lucas Raymond (SHL) - Electrifying dynamic winger can create and finish. Hockey IQ through the roof. Gamebreaker.
    RW Alexander Holtz (SHL) - Same boat as Lucas, dynamic winger a threat to score every game, was the cream of the Swedish crop until he was usurped this season.
    RW Noel Gunler (SHL) - Gunler’s a pure sniper, a few months older than Holtz and a lil more polish to his game.
    LC Anton Lundell (Liiga) - Being compared to Barkov, whispers of being NHL ready come his draft.
    LC Cole Perfetti (OHL) Otten: Marner-esque in the way he controls the pace in the offensive end
    LC Tim Stutzle (DEL) The German product is garnering massive talk. TBD where he’s playing next season, eligible for import draft?
    RD Jamie Drysdale (OHL) 6’0 RHD. Otten: Drysdale has everything you look for in a future number one defender at the next level; tremendous mobility, puck skill, poise, vision, and positioning. Right up there with the likes of Drew Doughty and Ryan Ellis as some of the best 16 year old defenders I've seen in the OHL.
    RD Justin Barron (QMJHL) Speaking of defenseman, 6’2 RHD is a fluid effortless skater, puck carrier, hockey IQ, strong on the boards.
    LC Marco Rossi (OHL) - Austrian import is undersized, but ripped up the OHL, skilled, creative, dangerous, excellent ES producer
    RC Joel Perrault (OHL) - 30 goals as a 16 year old. Quick strike, fearless game.
    LC Jean Luc Foudy (OHL) - Brother of Liam, also a speed demon, excellent primary assist playmaker.
    LW Antonio Stranges (OHL) - Hands are electric, wizard with the puck, impressive edge work, got a bit lost in the London shuffle. Fun to watch.
    LC Connor Zary (WHL) - Was a driving force and Jason Williams clutch down the stretch for the Blazers willing them into the playoffs. Capped off with a strong U18 showing.
    RD Braden Schneider (WHL) - 6’2 mobile 2-way defenseman, crisp outlets, good defensive positioning on rush
    LD Kaiden Guhle (WHL) - 6’3 LHD Sherwood Park native. Brendan’s brother. Great mobility, poise, hockey IQ.
    LC Dylan Holloway (AJHL) - Has been getting press recently with his rights traded to the Savoie & Krebs show in Winnipeg. The trade to the Ice has not made him reconsider his commitment as of now. The Calgarian plays for the Okotoks Oilers.
    LC Hendrix Lapierre (QMJHL) - slick playmaker won QMJHL offensive rookie of the year.
    RW Dawson Mercer (QMJHL) - Nygard got lifetime mozzarella sticks, can you imagine the side deal Mercer would get in Edmonton? 30G scorer in the Q last year.
    G Yaroslav Askarov (MHL) -The next touted premiere goaltender. More highly regarded than Spencer Knight?
    LD Jake Sanderson (USDP) - Geoff Sanderson’s kid. Mobile PMD has the strong work ethic of a kid of an NHLer.
    RW Kasper Simontaival (Liiga) - Creative & dynamic offense.
    RW Daniil Gushchin (MHL) - Top Russian winger shoots left. More than doubled Afanasyev’s point total at the same age with the Lumberjacks (no context of TOI or GP!)
    LW Jan Mysak (Czech) - Young for the draft class and already playing against men in the highest Czech league.
    LW Jake Neighbours (WHL) - The Edmonton Oil King rub.

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    Something I said last year at this time. A week ago I may have wrote something about being okay with looking at an Oil King with our 2nd rounder in 2020 (Jake Neighbours), but after seeing McLeod and Lavoie fall to us in successive draft years, must dream bigger. Let's put my powers of premonition to good use. Any of Sweden's stud wingers would be an unfortunate dream of a nightmare season, so I'll look on the bright side and keep an eye on Joel Perrault and Jean Luc Foudy. After a down year in 2019, 2020 may boast some top pairing calibre RHD available in the 1st, and I'd love to add Jamie Drysdale or Justin Barron to the prospect pool.

    Who are you interested in for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft?

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    Finally, we had about 7 Draft Threads last cycle, so that means we need ~4 names for stages of life to join "Premature" and "Adolescence". Discuss!
     
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    Ok hear me out...doesn't matter which league...as long as it's...a defencemen.

    Edit: My vote is for Jamie Drysdale
     
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    Zion Nybeck is one of my favorites for this draft. He has everything you want in a prospect except size, he's like a more complete version of Cole Caufield, but maybe not quite as good of a goalscorer, but still has an insane release and like Caufield can score from anywhere, even what would seem to be impossible angles. Great hands, creativity, compete and playmaking too. So assuming the Oilers are not drafting in the top10 next year he'd be one of my favorite targets for the pick.


     
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    Didn't make my OP because he didn't fit the "Tre" Kronor narrative and because he shot left, I left him out. :D
     
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    Shoutout to possible 1st rounder Michael Benning.
     
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    These threads should be Benning-free.
     
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    What are the knocks on Byfield? At first glance, a 6'5" center with an all-around game sounds like a dream.
     
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    I love Lafreniere's shot. If he gets drafted to a team with a legit playmaking centreman. He could win the Rocket Richard trophy down the road.

     
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    The thing about him that would make me hesitant to draft him at #1 is that he does have trouble creating on his own sometimes and his skating isn't plus-plus, and it's very much a skating league now.
     
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    Who ever Oilers draft i hope it's not a Finn.
    Finnish players and Oilers doesn't work anymore so no more Finns to Oilers ( not even Lundell ).

    Case Puljujarvi lost all my faith to this organisations abilities to handle young Finnish players.
    My vote goes to QMJHL and i hope Oilers take Alexis Lafreniere or other Canadian player
     
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    Byfield is my number 1 guy. 6'4 centres that can skate and make plays at an elite level is too rare of a skillset to pass up imo. Lafreniere to me is more of a Huberdeau type. Superstar and a very elite complementary player but not necessarily a driver or a franchise changing player.
     
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    I don't know that he has knocks. The worst thing Brock Otten said about him was about playmaking and using his teammates, which were put to rest in his mind.

    @Zaddy, whatcha know about Helge Grans?
     
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    I guess the question is what makes him worse than Lafreniere? Because generally speaking the 6'5" center will always get drafted first if all else is mostly equal.
     
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    More proflic scoring so far. Lafreniere is putting up 100+ points in 60 some games in the QMJHL where Byfield is PPG in his 60 some games. Perhaps we'll get to see them on the same stage in at the WJC.
     
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    We're picking at 31st.
     
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    If we're ass again (very likely) then I want Lucas Raymond. Boy that kids electric.
     
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    Not a lot personally. From BLOG: Swedish Junior circuit loaded with 2020 talent:
     
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    Same here. I really do hope the Oilers aren't ass, but if they are then Raymond is my go-to guy. Incredible player. Watched him since he was 14.
     
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    Just hoping the Oilers make the playoffs and are still enable to draft their #2C. Preferably right handed
     
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    Which player did we trade to a contender? :sarcasm:
     
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    While I hope we are competitive I just cant see us cracking the playoffs due to the contract situation we just wont get enough help at forward or G to really push the needle.

    Is there any guys in the 10-16 range (pending no lottery win) that would be potential dynamic forwards?

    From what I am reading this draft seems disgustingly deep so it seems if we are a bubble team we may get a guy who would be a top 10 talent in another year.
     
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    Then you will be interested in reading up on this guy...

    Dylan Peterson at eliteprospects.com
     
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    It'll be interesting to see how Dylan Holloway does at Wisconsin with Turcotte and Caufield.
     
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    I think I read somewhere he's going to play for the Winnipeg Ice of the WHL next year, alongside Peyton Krebs.
     
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    I think they traded for his rights, but he still plans on going the NCAA route.
     
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