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Top Five Prospects for the Edmonton Oilers

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With continuous criticism over the last decade of Edmonton Oilers’ draft picks, the team has been notorious for mishandling their top-end talents and providing them with a strong supporting cast. As of late, the club has a noticeably bright future, in both the NCAA and the AHL. While having four first overall picks in the last 12 years, the team has only been able to hold onto just two of them; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Connor McDavid

With a stronger core in Bakersfield, hope is provided to fans that a brighter future is coming 

regarding prospects. The article will break down the top five current prospects of the Edmonton Oilers.

Rankings

5. Carter Savoie, F

(Selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft)

With a championship in the NCAA after defeating Minnesota State, Carter Savoie moves on from the reigning champion Denver and signs an amateur tryout contract with the Bakersfield Condors. Savoie played 39 regular-season games in Denver and recorded 23 goals and 22 assists. The forward has a finishing touch on his shot as he was a noticeable goal scorer at the NCAA level. It is hoped that his knack for scoring translates to the AHL level, in hopes for a future call-up to the big leagues. Because of his success in the NCAA, and his yet-to-be-seen skills at a professional level, Carter Savoie is ranked number five. 

4. Dmitri Samorukov, D

(Selected in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft)

The big Russian defenseman, Samorukov, has participated in a single game in the NHL, while Dave Tippett was the bench boss for the Oilers. After a poor shift, Tippett benched Samorukov against the St. Louis Blues when two goals were allowed when Samorukov was out. Moving on from that game, the defenseman has been very consistent in Bakersfield as he recorded three assists, and a +/- of six in his last 10 games. He is a shut-down defenseman, something that the Oilers have struggled to have consistently, and would provide solid depth in a third-pairing role. With an understanding of the professional level, Samorukov is ranked number four out of current Oilers’ prospects. 

3. Dylan Holloway, F

(Selected in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft)

Like Savoie, Dylan Holloway was fantastic in the NCAA while playing for the Wisconsin Badgers. Currently playing in Bakersfield, the 20-year-old has eight points in his last 10 games; seven of them being assists. Holloway brings a physical presence to the table and was a highly encouraging prospect by the fanbase when he was selected in 2020. Holloway is a phenomenal skater who is extremely explosive and powerful and is often categorized as similar to Taylor Hall, a former Edmonton Oiler. Holloway is also said to have great vision and extraordinary passing, which would easily impact the Oilers’ lineup, and bolster their offence. Holloway is a player to be excited about in the future, which is why he is ranked number three. 

2. Philip Broberg, D

(Selected in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft)

Some call him Oscar Klefbom 2.0; others say he’s like Victor Hedman. The Swedish defenseman selected eighth overall in 2019 has played a handful of NHL games but regularly plays in Bakersfield. As a defenseman, Broberg excels as a skater, as he is explosive, agile, and has great edgework. In his last 10 games, he has three points for Bakersfield. Broberg is a defenseman from which you would expect a solid complete style of play. Looking into the future, Broberg is a solid blue-liner that has a lot of potential. 

1. Stuart Skinner, G

(Selected in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft)

Arguably the best current prospect for the Oilers group is goaltender Stuart Skinner. The 23-year-old has a .913 save percentage in the NHL while playing a total of 14 games. The goaltender’s potential was shown when there was an absence of Mike Smith from the lineup, and he served as the temporary replacement. It is likely Smith and Mikko Koskinen don’t remain the tandem for the club forever, so getting Skinner’s involvement at his younger age is crucial to the success in the future. The agile and flexible goaltender is the future of the team’s goaltending situation and has proved himself, which is why he ranks first on this list.

A top-five list is used to get an opinionated ranking of subjects for viewers to either agree or disagree with. A difficult prospect pool to rank for the Oilers resulted in the five mentioned, being the likely candidates for the team’s future successes.

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