Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Size and depth on the blueline
  • Wingers with a wide range of skills
Weaknesses
  • Lack of size, depth down the middle
  • No bonafide power play QB on the blueline
  • Lack of elite goaltending prospect

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Ellis Pro 7.5 D
2. Laurent Brossoit Pro 7.0 C
3. Eetu Laurikainen Pro 6.5 C
4. Zach Nagelvoort NCAA 6.5 D
5. Miroslav Svoboda Europe 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Patrick Russell Pro 7.0 D
2. Tyler Pitlick Pro 6.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jujhar Khaira Pro 7.0 C
2. Daniil Zharkov 7.0 F
3. Anton Slepyshev Pro 6.5 C
4. Jere Sallinen Pro 6.5 D
5. Mitchell Moroz Pro 6.0 C
6. Evan Campbell NCAA 6.0 D
7. Kale Kessy Pro 5.5 D
8. Aidan Muir NCAA 5.5 D
9. Braden Christoffer Pro 5.5 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Drake Caggiula Pro 7.5 D
2. Bogdan Yakimov Pro 6.5 C
3. Kyle Platzer Pro 6.5 C
4. Greg Chase Pro 6.5 C
5. Tyler Vesel NCAA 6.5 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Griffin Reinhart Pro 8.0 C
2. Ethan Bear CHL 7.0 C
3. David Musil Pro 7.0 D
4. Dillon Simpson Pro 6.5 C
5. Joey LaLeggia Pro 6.5 C
6. Jordan Oesterle Pro 6.5 C
7. William Lagesson NCAA 6.5 C
8. Ziyat Paygin Europe 6.5 C
9. Caleb Jones CHL 6.5 C
10. Adam Clendening Pro 6.0 B
11. John Marino Junior 6.0 C
12. Ben Betker Pro 5.5 D

Georges Laraque

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With all the shuffling that GM Glen Sather has put the rookies through, you’d think it was because of their lack of effort or skill or both. Well, neither is true as Slats tries to mix up the lines and spark the team out of their mediocre performance. The rookies, in fact, are arguably the best ones out there half the time, as the likes of superstars Jason Arnott and Andrei Kovalenko have been caught in funks of goalless streaks extending past 20 games each. The Bulldogs are the ones that have taken advantage of the situation to make a name for themselves as Oilers. One of those rookies is hulking winger Georges Laraque. Despite only playing in 2 games, Laraque showed true grit, desire and character, playing his usual hard nosed game with a broken right foot.
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Second Shot

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After a disappointing training camp, 20-year-old Craig Millar was sent back down to the AHL to work on his consistency and NHL game. But after the Oilers less than mediocre start, he was called back up for a six-game road trip, as management attempted to fire up the team by mixing up the roster. Smart move by ole Slats. The former Sabres draft pick has finally gotten his chance to shine after years of hard work and bumps in the road.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native first caught the eyes of scouts as a 16-year-old playing in the WHL for the Swift Current Broncos. Millar was drafted 225th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1994, causing a future in the NHL to look doubtful. However, Millar was not discouraged and his strong character came into play as he became determined to go on to the next level. Craig put together an All-Star season in ‘95/96 when he was second in scoring for Swift Current at 72-31-46-77-151, remarkable considering that he’s a defenseman. He then moved one step closer to the big time when he was called up to Rochester of the AHL for the ‘96/97 season.
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Oilers Rookie and Prospect Report

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With the future of the Oilers staying in Edmonton in doubt, the once bright future is looking pretty gloomy. Oiler fans are faced with the thought that the talent pool of fresh, young prospects that they watched mature might come into their own in front of hockey ignorant Houstonians. But they do have at least three more years to watch their beloved Oilers and the incoming Bulldog grads during those years should give fans something to look forward to.

The Oilers continued to sport a roster with more young guns than any other team in the NHL, this year suiting up a 4 pack of rookies: Boyd Devereaux, Steve Kelly, Joe Hulbig and Dennis Bonvie. While some might question Sather’s rationale, not to mention sanity when you consider that the team also has quite a few sophomores, they’re earning their jobs after excellent training camps and look to be here to stay.
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A Look at the Oilers Camp

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The Oilers have some good up and coming prospects, so let me get on with it, and show you how each is doing in camp, and there chances of sticking with the Oilers this year:

Steve Kelly

Kelly looks like he’s earned a spot for sure. He’s been displaying the same great combination of speed, skill, and grittiness that got him into some playoff action last season with the big club.

Mike Watt

It looks as though Mike Watt may start the season in Hamilton. He could stick, but will probably be one of the last players to be sent down to the AHL. He could be a call-up this season, however.

Boyd Devereaux

Boyd has been improving each day of camp and looks like he may win a spot. Devereaux really bulked up since being drafted 6th overall in the ’96 draft. He is now listed at 6’2″, 200 lbs. Look for him to be battling with Kelly between the 3rd and 4th line center positions.

Matteiu Descoteaux

Descoteax has been suprising a lot of people so far. He has really filled out (6’3, 220 lbs) and is steady both offensively and defensively. Although almost every defenseman can benefit from a season in the AHL first, Descoteaux could make the team right out of junior.

Sean Brown

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Dan Lacouture

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Keith Tkachuk. Tony Amonte. Scott Lachance. Wouldn’t the Edmonton Oilers love to have the next Boston University stand-out turned NHL star in Daniel LaCouture? Realistically, however, the Oil should be thinking more along the lines of Shawn McEachern, Mike Sullivan and Scott Young, also former Terriers but not as high-profiled as those previously mentioned. Either way, 20 year old LaCouture will have ample opportunities to prove he was worth giving up Polish speedster Mariusz Czerkawski to the Islanders.

The Natick, Massachusetts native started his hockey career with the Detroit Junior Whalers, where he was first noticed by scouts. LaCouture joined Team East for the 1995 US Olympic Festival where he gave a stellar performance, impressing the hockey scene with his two goals and dominant presence. Dan saw his stock rise up to the paramount year, 1996, in which he was drafted 29th overall by the New York Islanders at the Entry Draft and then joined the powerhouse BU hockey team as a freshman. The Isles didn’t see the left wing fitting into their system, already laden with young talent, and dealt him to the Oilers for the unhappy Czerkawski. GM Glen Sather obviously saw some value in Dan when he immediately signed him to a multi-year contract.
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