Saturday, June 23, 2007

Oilers go European

In an effort to make Andrew Cogliano feel less insecure about his height, the Oilers have drafted winger Linus Omark, a 5'8" runt of a player with plenty of offensive fizz, selected 97th overall.

From CSS: A skilled forward with excellent speed… has quick feet and can beat defenders one-on-one… handles the puck well in traffic and passes the puck well forehand and backhand… sees the ice well and is effective on the power-play… battles hard along the boards… competed for Team Sweden at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

A less pedestrian assessment from

Meanwhile, pint-sized Linus Omark (listed generously at 5-foot-9 but seemingly closer to about 5-foot-7) put on a dazzling display of stickhandling and creativity at the WJC. There were several games where the right winger looked more dangerous than team captain Nicklas Bäckström and fearlessly skated into the high traffic areas. The drawback with Omark, obviously, is his size. Even in Elitserien, he sometimes gets manhandled but never gives up on the play. While his Elitserien stats seem pedestrian (eight goals, 17 points in 50 games), he accomplished these numbers in limited ice time. He had one goal in four playoff tilts, as LHF got swept in the first round of the Swedish playoffs.

And here's something that should make Jes Golbez happy — for the 127th pick, the Oilers have picked up Slovakian Milan Kytnar. Clearly, the Oilers are targeting players that had breakout WJC performances, either because they're good players to begin with or, more disturbingly, Oilers' staff are so lazy they did all of their scouting watching the WJC on TV. (Bonus: Kytnar wants to play Junior in North America, and apparently speaks English).

Central Scouting Report: A hard working two-way center… has good hands and a quick stick on face-offs… has good on-ice awareness and a good shot... able to play very physical… needs to improve his first step quickness… captained Team Slovakia at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships and was second in scoring with seven points (2-5-7)… also played 53 games with Piestany in the Slovakia Under-18 league, totaling 91 points (37-54-91) in 2006-07.


Shawn said...

Apparently that Kytnar kid was +78 in his league.

Good lord that league must suck.

Both seem like good late round reaches.

Mr DeBakey said...

As Asiaoil put it on Lowetide, Omark has 0 chance of making it in the NHL.

Kytnar, on the other hand, looks interesting.

He wants to play junior in Canada eh? Do not our beloved Oilers now own a junior hockey team? Would not a young fellow of Kytnar's apparent skill not help this fledgling team? Hmmmm.

Darien said...

Reach for the stars, oil. Reach for them stars.

uni said...

Maybe Kytnar was just the 733T?

Dare to dream Shawn, dare to dream.

Stan the Caddy said...

Oilers' staff are so lazy they did all of their scouting watching the WJC on TV.

Hey, cool. That's how I do all my scouting too! But I think if I was a scout I'd want to take advantage of the free trip.

Randy in the med hizzo said...

The Oil Kings have the first pick and 61st pick in the Canadian Hockey league Import draft (wednesday?). I'd think they'd use them for a better than fourth round NHL draft pick.