Following the BEARD Hockey Entry Draft, here is a look at a dozen players of interest on the depth chart in the Edmonton Oilers organization.
Key Graduates: Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Dante Fabbro
1. Jacob Larsson, D 23, 6’2”, 190lbs NHL: 1/27 Beard: 69OV
NHL 113GP 2G 14A 16PTS
Injuries have slowed down Jacob’s development, but it looks like he’ll be a full-time player going forward. Likely projecting to be a middle pairing D-man.
2. Nicolas Roy, C 23, 6’4”, 200lbs NHL: 4/96 Beard: 69OV
NHL 35GP 5G 5A 10PTS
A big, gritty player that can play with an edge. Nicolas has displayed plenty of defensive awareness to go with some underrated scoring touch. Looks like he may have graduated to the bottom-six in Vegas after a year of bouncing between the AHL and the big club. Has shown enough versatility to handle stints on the second line if needed.
3. Oliver Kylington, D 23, 6’, 183lbs NHL: 2/60 Beard: 67OV
NHL 87GP 5G 10A 15PTS
Oliver has always been touted as a swift skating D-man which should be a perfect fit in today’s league. He defensive game still needs some improvement if he hopes to stick on Calgary’s 3rd pair this coming season.
4. Alex Formenton, LW 21, 6’3”, 190lbs NHL: 2/47 Beard: 66OV
NHL 10GP 5G 0A 1PTS
From Corey Pronman: “Formenton's tremendous speed allowed for an easy transition to the pro game. His skating makes him dangerous every time he’s on the ice with the ability to turn around defenders. He combines great speed with an equally great work ethic, leading him to buzz around the rink. Formenton has skill and playmaking ability. I wouldn’t say it’s great, but his skill pops every now and then and I see him being able to play on a pro power play and top six."
5. Alex Barre-Boulet, C 23, 5’9”, 172lbs NHL: FA Beard: 65OV
AHL 134GP 61G 63A 124PTS
After going undrafted in the NHL, this small, skilled player has dominated the AHL for 2 years now.
6. Nicolas Caamano, RW 22, 6’3”, 200lbs NHL: 5/146 Beard: 63OV
NHL 12GP 1G 1A 2PTS
A versatile 2-way winger that can slot on either side of center.
1. Juuso Valimaki, D 22, 6’2”, 212lbs NHL: 1/16 Beard: 1/22
NHL 24GP 1G 2A 3PTS
Happy to have acquired Juuso in this year’s BEARD Entry Draft. Unsure whether or not he be created this year or next. He’ll is projected to be on Calgary’s third pair this upcoming NHL season. Why do I have all of the Flames young D-men?
2. Josh Brook, D 21, 6’1”, 192lbs NHL: 2/56 Beard: 2/43
AHL 67GP 4G 10A 14PTS
Looks like a responsible all-around defender so far in his short pro career. Likely projecting to a bottom-four D-man.
3. Scott Perunovich, D 22, 5’9”, 164lbs NHL: 2/45
Perunovich won the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey. A straight up offensive defenseman. Will he be able to handle the physical grind in BEARD Hockey?
4. Joel Hofer, G 20, 6’5”, 172lbs NHL: 4/107
Solid showings in the WHL and World Juniors recently. The gold medal winner has promising talent but we’ll see what happens as a pro.
5. Nikita Alexandrov, C 20, 5’11”, 185lbs NHL: 2/62
Touted as a well-rounded prospect with an attention to detail. May need to improve his skating to be a threat at the pro level.
6. Hugh McGing, C 22, 5’8”, 167lbs NHL: 5/138
An undersized forward that wrapped up a successful university hockey career. Will his high skill and IQ carry him to the pros?