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Who will the Oilers take at 22?

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
As the Edmonton Oilers get ready to step up to the podium tonight and make their first selection - 22nd overall - fans will be wondering what type of player the team can expect that deep into the draft.

While it's certainly an inexact science, we here at will do our best to let Oilers fans in on who could potentially be slipping on that "08" jersey hours from now.

2008 prospects projected by various other outlets to go 22nd overall:

Zach Boychuk, C - Lethbridge (WHL)

Centre. Shoots Left. 5'10", 175 lbs. Born: Calgary, Alberta, October 4, 1989.
Hometown: Airdrie, Alberta 

Ranked 22nd by McKeen's
TSN: 14 // CSS: 8 N.A. // ISS: 12 // RLR: 13 // McK: 22 // THN: 12

NHL Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire:
Strengths: "Zach is a skilled, see the ice type forward. He quarterbacks the power-play and might be the best two-step quickness guy in all of junior hockey. In two steps he is at top speed and he can hit the brakes and delay the play with the best of them as well. Zach is an all-around offensive player who sees the ice well and just a treat to watch."

Outlook: "The question is whether or not his average size is enough to get him through the rough periods and the checking. There are other players in the NHL who have beaten that rap, Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner are two great examples this year, there is no reason why he shouldn't be a top offensive guy in the NHL."

Lethbridge Head Coach Mike Dyck:
"Zach is a pure athlete, everything that we do whether it's on or off the ice seems to come very easily to him. He's got unbelievable athletic ability and because of that he's a great skater, he handles the puck at a high speed, he really does everything at high speed and that's what separates him from the average player ... not too many guys can do what he does on a consistent basis."

In His Words:

"I think it's a lot of fun to kind of relax, play my game.  I think speed is usually what I can do best.  I try to beat guys wide or beat guys one–on–one.  And I like to score."


Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2005-06 Lethbridge WHL 64 18 33 51 30
2006-07 Lethbridge WHL 69 31 60 91 52
2007-08 Lethbridge WHL 61 33 39 72 80

John Carlson, D - Indiana (USHL)

Defence. Shoots Right. 6'2", 212 lbs. Born: Natick, Massachusetts, USA, January 10, 1990.
Hometown: Colonia, New Jersey

Ranked 22nd by TSN
TSN: 20 // CSS: 17 N.A. // ISS: 21 // RLR: 37 // McK: 16 // THN: 30

John Carlson
NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee:
"John Carlson is a big burly defensemen, he is a real good skater and a strong skater. He runs the power-play from the top of the umbrella and he has a very heavy shot.  He's a very self-assured kid and rightfully so – he's a boy, yet in a man's body and very physically strong ... I knew when I first saw him that he was a first-round pick. He was a guy I had seen before as an under-ager. He had all the tools – size, skill, physical presence and charisma."

Indiana Ice head coach Charlie Skjodt:

"When I look at John Carlson, I just see pro written all over him. He's big, strong, can absolutely rip it. He's good on his feet and agile for a big kid. He's poised at all times and just has the mind for the game. He never gets rattled ... as a coach, you know what you are going to get every time John goes out on the ice."

In His Words:

"I think I'm more of an offensive defenseman than the regular defenseman is.  I like to jump into the rush and get my shot off on the point and the power play.  I love playing special teams."


Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Indiana USHL 59 12 31 43 72

Jordan Eberle, C - Regina (WHL)

Centre. Shoots Right. 5'10", 174 lbs. Born: Regina, Saskatchewan, May 15, 1990.
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Ranked 22nd by Red Line Report, The Hockey News and TSN's mock draft
TSN: 29 // CSS: 33 N.A. // ISS: 30 // RLR: 22 // McK: 33 // THN 22

Jordan Eberle
NHL Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire:
"Jordan is a slippery scorer with great hands. He has NHL hands and the skating to get him into good shooting position. Jordan is an up-and-down the wing 'tease' in the sense that sometimes he'll look like he's just going up and down the wing and you have him slotted as a checker and then he'll cut in off the wing and use that shot to put his team up by a goal."

Regina Pats assistant coach Terry Perkins:

"He's our No. 1 sniper. He's a very gifted puck handler and has great finish around the net.  I think he's got a lot better playing both ways. He was fortunate last year to have played with older guys and this season he's become one of the older guys. He plays in all situations because he's learning to play better defensively and he's still getting the points."

In His Words:

"Well, being a smaller guy in the league, it's important that I'm very fast.  I think that's actually one of my weaknesses.  I'm quick on to the jump, but at full speed I'm not as fast as some guys. My strengths are definitely goal scoring – I love to put the puck in the net and my ability to read the game. My weakness is also my size and I don't play physical like some guys, but I don't think that's really my game."


Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Regina WHL 66 28 27 55 20
2007-08 Regina WHL 70 42 33 75 20

Erik Karlsson, D - Frolunda (Swe)

Defence. Shoots Right. 5'11", 165 lbs. Born: Landsbro, Sweden, May 31, 1990.

Ranked 22nd by International Scouting Service
TSN: 20 // CSS: 4 Eur // ISS: 22 // RLR: 41 // McK: 10 // THN: 71

Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb :
"Erik is excellent on the power-play; he makes smart passes and has great vision. He plays the game with confidence, has a natural hockey sense and is a consistent offensive threat. He compensates for his lack of strength and size with his mobility, passing and vision and is at his best as an offensive d-man. Overall, he needs more weight and strength in order to be more effective in front of his own net."


Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Frolunda Jr. Swe-Jr. 38 13 24 37 68
2007-08 Frolunda Swe 7 1 0 1 0

Greg Nemisz, C - Windsor (OHL)

Centre. Shoots Right. 6'3", 197 lbs. Born: Oshawa, Ontario, June 5, 1990.
Hometown: Courtice, Ontario 

Ranked 22nd by Central Scouting Service
TSN: 27 // CSS: 22 N.A. // ISS: 28 // RLR: 45 // McK: 32 // THN: 21

Greg Nemisz
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards:
"Greg is a big player that goes to the net, he's not overly physical but he doesn't get knocked around either. He is good on the power-play, in the sense that he sets himself at the front of the net, he's hard to move and he bangs in a lot of rebounds from there. He has a good shot, especially his one-timers. At his best, he is a power-forward type of a guy, a team guy, a two-way guy who plays on the top two lines in Windsor as well as the power-play and penalty kill."

Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner:

"Greg was an early round pick by the Spitfires who has blossomed into a big-time OHL player.  He has excellent skills, is strong around the net, and possesses great hands and NHL power forward size."

In His Words:

"I think I'm a skilled power forward type player.  I like to go to the traffic areas and score goals and set up plays."


Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Windsor OHL 62 11 23 34 23
2007-08 Windsor OHL 68 34 33 67 52
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