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FUTURE WATCH | Oilers prospect picture

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers

As the season winds down, the priority has been placed on locking down pieces that will contribute to the future of the team.

Due to a slew of injuries and trades this season, the Oilers have needed the help of some prospects and used the opportunity to evaluate their system. For some, the audition in the NHL has paid off.

Oilers management has committed to a few players over the last few weeks based on potential and performance, offering two and three-year contracts.

Anton Lander has been a great asset to the Oilers over the past five months.

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Prior to this campaign, Lander had played 94 NHL games with the Oilers, recording just eight points from 2011-2014.  This year, the centre blossomed and as the season winds down and even through the Oilers 1-4 April record, he’s managed seven points in the last ten games.

For his efforts, Lander signed a two-year contract with Edmonton on April 2, after posting career high 20 points in 36 games this season.

Although Lander is the only Baron to ink a deal over the past few weeks, he’s not the only player who has agreed to terms with the Oilers. Three more prospects from various leagues will have time to find their place in the lineup as well.

Sticking around for at least another three years is Ben Betker. He signed an entry level contract on March 26, after a successful year with the Everett Silvertips in the WHL.

The big defenceman (Betker is 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds), had 31 points, 25 assists and was +19: all career highs.

The 2013 sixth-round draft pick had a strong second half of the season with 15 points in January alone, better than any other Oilers prospect. He was a part of a very successful Silvertips campaign.

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His team won the U.S. Division title and finished seven points behind Leon Draisaitl and the Kelowna Rockets for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Everett has since advanced to the second round of the WHL playoffs after beating the Spokane Chiefs in six games.

Just a few days after the Betker signing, on March 31, the Oilers locked up their 2012 fifth-round pick, Joey LaLeggia, after he wrapped up his college career with another strong showing at the University of Denver. 

Not only was LaLeggia a Hobey Baker finalist he was named the NCHC Player of the Year, Defenceman of the Year and Offensive Defencman of the Year.  He was also the NCHC Defensive Scoring Champion, by a 13-point margin.

Additionally, the 2014-15 season was the first year the WCHA Rookie of the Year topped his 2011-12 production with 40 points in 37 games.

LaLeggia, who was given a two-year entry level deal, was one of seven picks for the Oilers in 2012; they also picked up Nail Yakupov, Jujhar Khaira and Mitch Moroz that same year.

Kyle Platzer is also on board for the foreseeable future. He signed a three-year entry level contract on April 5, following his fourth and best OHL season. 

After putting on a significant amount of weight in the off-season, the centre more than doubled his production from last season. From 66 games, 22 goals and 14 assists to 34 goals, 47 assists this year for 81 points through 68 matches. The pivot has made huge strides after leaving the powerhouse London Knights.

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He’ll immediately join the Barons, now that his OHL team the Owen Sound Attack has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Rounding out the recent signings is Jackson Houck. Although there was no long term deal reached, the winger is on an amateur tryout with the Barons. The fourth-round selection was with the Vancouver Giants this season and led his team in scoring with 51 points.

Other players that the team needs to make a decision on in the coming weeks include Richard Bachman. The goalie is 3-2-1 this season with the Oilers and is a UFA at the end of the year.

Restricted free agents on the payroll include Curtis Hamilton, Keith Aulie, Kellen Lain, Frans Tuohimaa, Brad Hunt, Martin Marincin, Tyler Pitlick, Matt Fraser, Brandon Davidson, Tyler Bunz, and David Musil, who will all be looking to lock up a spot on the roster next season.

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Stats Updated as of Wednesday, April 8, 2015  | * - Player on AHL contract with Oklahoma City Barons

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
KEITH AULIE D 25 8 0 1 1 -6 0
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 23 52 4 6 10 +9 41
TRAVIS EWANYK F 22 67 3 4 7 -24 116
MATT FORD* F 30 64 17 30 47 -7 34
MARTIN GERNAT d 21 54 1 8 9 +1 32
LUKE GAZDIC F 25 5 2 0 2 -1 7
CURTIS HAMILTON
F 23 60 12 17 29 0 38
RYAN HAMILTON
F 29 38 17 16 33 +15 9
JACKSON HOUCK
F 20 4 0 1 1 +1 0
BRAD HUNT D 26 57 17 31 48 -6 16
CONNOR JONES*
F 24 36 4 4 8 -6 31
KELLEN JONES*
F 24 44 5 9 14 -4 10
KALE KESSY
F 21 17 3 3 6 -7 61
JUJHAR KHAIRA
F 20 51 4 6 10 -7 62
OSCAR KLEFBOM   d 21 9 1 7 8 +10 4
ANTON LANDER
F 23 29 9 22 31 +8 20
KELLAN LAIN F 25 2 0 0 0 0 4
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 26 1 4 5 -6 59
MARTIN MARINCIN
D 23 27 0 7 7 -4 20
ANDREW MILLER F 26 58 25 31 56 +12 14
MITCH MOROZ F 20 61 5 3 8 -13 153
DAVID MUSIL D 21 62 1 9 10 -2 33
JORDAN OESTERLE  D 22 61 7 16 23 -5 8
IIRO PAKARINEN F 23 39 17 11 28 +17 20
STEVE PINIZZOTTO
F 30 22 1 10 11 +4 76
TYLER PITLICK
F 23 14 3 6 9 +2 8
DILLON SIMPSON
d 21 66 2 14 16 +1 14
C.J. STRETCH*
F 25 18 2 6 8 -6 14
JASON WILLIAMS*
F 34 68 21 28 49 -14 26
BOGDAN YAKIMOV
F 20 57 12 16 28 +7 18
JOSH WINQUIST*
F 21 41 8 10 18 +7 15
Bakersfield (ECHL)
Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
GRAEME CRAIG* D 21 58 5 5 10 -14 58
CONNOR JONES* F 24 27 10 16 26 +3 29
KELLEN JONES* F 24 27 7 18 25 +3 12
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 26 3 11 14 -7 21
JOSH WINQUIST* F 21 18 5 18 23 -6 11
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 20 64 6 25 31 +19 63 EVERETT (WHL)
4 0 0 0 0 8 PLAYOFFS
GREG CHASE  C 20 15 2 13 15 +2 20 CALGARY (WHL)
46 18 26 44 +4 39 victoria (whl)
5 5 2 7 +5 2 PLAYOFFS
LEON DRAISAITL
f 19 32 19 34 53 +14 25 KELOWNA (WHL)
4 2 2 4 +4 0 PLAYOFFS
JACKSON HOUCK
f 19 65 22 29 51 -9 84 VANCOUVER (WHL)
DARNELL NURSE D 20 36 10 23 33 +18 58 SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
4 1 0 1 +8 12 PLAYOFFS
KYLE PLATZER F 19 68 34 47 81 +13 46 OWEN SOUND (OHL)
5 1 4 5 0 4 PLAYOFFS
MARCO ROY
F 20 59 26 24 50 +6 43 QUEBEC (qmjHL)
7 1 1 2 +5 2 playoffs
NCAA, Junior A & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 21 34 12 15 27 +7 29 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
LIAM COUGHLIN
F 20 54 20 40 60 0 31 VERNON (BCHL)
11 3 7 10 2 PLAYOFFS
WILLIAM LAGESSON
d 18 48 1 13 14 +16 77 DUBUQUE (USHL)
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 22 37 15 25 40 +14 56 DENVER (NCAA)
JOHN MCCARRON   f 22 31 4 8 12 -8 28 CORNELL (NCAA)
AIDAN MUIR   F 19 36 6 9 15 +8 4 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL F 20 38 8 14 22 +9 2 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK
f 23 53 18 13 31 -3 24 VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN
f 25 56 6 19 25 -22 34 YUGRA (KHL)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV
f 20 58 15 10 25 0 12 UFA (KHL)

5 0 2 2 0 PLAYOFFS
ANTTI TYRVAINEN
F 25 46 10 10 20 -2 89 TAMPERE (FINLAND)
DANIIL ZHARKOV
F 20 9 0 0 0 -1 4 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (KHL)
39 4 5 9 -11 22 HK SAROV (VHL)
1 0 0 0 0 0 Nizhny Novgorod (MHL)
3 1 0 1 +1 4 PLAYOFFS
2015 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
DARNELL NURSE
D 19 7 0 1 1 +8 6 CANADA
WILLIAM LAGESSON
D 18 7 0 1 1 +1 8 SWEDEN
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T SO GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   27 22 14 4 3   3 2.30 .921 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
KEVEN BOUCHARD  18 36 15 13 5   1 3.85 .872 VAL D'OR (QMJHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 21 49 22 21 4   2 2.65 .916 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
TYLER BUNZ   22 17 6 10 1   2 2.97 .890 wichita (ECHL)
ZACHARY NAGELVOORT
20 22 11 9 0   1 2.63 .906 MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TY RIMMER*
22 25 8 11 3   1 3.20 .889 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   23 33 11 15 4   0 3.28 .876 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
3 2 0 1   0 4.22 .904 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)

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