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Monday, August 22, 2011

Development Players Part V

Almost reaching the end of the development players here. Only one more posting after this one, which will include 1 last defenceman and 4 Goalies. So without delaying  here is Part V.

My opinions are based off of three things...

1) NHL Organization's reports
2) Outside scouting reports
3) Personal observations.

Development Players #21-25:

Oscar Klefbom 
6' 3"
20 Jul 1993


2010-11 Farjestads BK Karlstad SEL Games 23 G 1 A 1 PTS 2

Goal video:

revingevs TAKE:
Oscar was acquired in the deal that sent Dustin Penner to the LA Kings, via a draft pick. He has many in Oil Country very excited. His draft year in the Swedish Elite League wasn’t statistically outstanding, but  he was playing a depth role on a good team. Oscars performance in international tournaments and the reports from the scouting community speak of his tremendous potential. Oscar served as captain of Sweden’s silver medal winning U18 team , where he provided offense and leadership from the back end. It is highly likely he will play a major role for Sweden's World Junior this season.

The scouts are excited about his potential , at 6’3 and 200 lbs, he is a good skater, with a physical edge and aggressive offensive instinct. Oscar will need to continue working on his defensive game , but his upside is that of an complete defenseman all teams covet. Oscar wont be coming here soon. He will be in Sweden for next year even possibly 2 years. As a defenceman, that is not always a bad thing. With many other prospects developing in OKC right now playing in Sweden for this year
and next may be just what the Dr ordered for the Edmonton Oilers. Let's hope he improves his all around game this year and progress continues to be made.

Martin Marincin 
6' 5"
18 Feb 1992


2006-2007 HC Kosice U18-Svk-U18        Games 16 G 0  A 3       PTS 3 
2007-2008 HC Kosice U18-Svk-U18        Games 59 G 3  A 29     PTS 32 
2008-2009 HC Kosice U18-Svk-U18        Games 5  G 4  A 4        PTS 8
                  HC Kosice Jr.-Slovak-Jr.     Games 46 G 11 A 15        PTS 26 
                  Slovakia-WJ18-A              Games 6  G 0  A 1              PTS 1
2009-2010 HK Orange 20 Puchov-Slovakia Games 35 G 2  A 4   PTS 6 
                  Slovakia-WJ18-A              Games 6  G 2  A 1              PTS 3
 Prince George Cougars WHL    Games 67 G 14 A 42 PTS 56

Fight video:

Goal Video:

revingevs TAKE:
Martin dominated the WHL (in the first 2/3 of season) in his rookie season with the Prince George Cougars.  Marincin admited himself to having hit a wall and struggled with the rigors of the length, physicality and travel associated with a full WHL schedule. He is creative and intelligent offensively and has tremendous size, though there were concerns last season about his positioning and coverage in the defensive zone. As long as he can continue to develop like he did last year, tweak his defensive play, and become stronger and disciplined when it comes to enduring a full season, it will be considered a successful year.

It was a great 2011 development camp for this big man. Put on afew more pounds since last year and does not look as lanky and awkward as last year. Martin seems  more seasoned in his positioning and movements and choices with puck movement. Great one time passes out of his end. Skates excellent, quick learner.

David Musil  6' 3"
9 Apr 1993


2009-10 Vancouver Giants WHL Games 71 G 7 A 25 PTS 32
Vancouver Giants WHL Games 62 G 6 A 19 PTS 25

Fight video:

Pre-2011 draft report video:

revingevs TAKE:
Shows all signs of having a father who knows hockey. Not a great shot from the point but very good passer and composed in his position. Puts himself were he needs to be. Good speed when he gets moving.  Plays bigger then his size as well, and thats not bad considering how big he is. At one point last year it was thought he was a possible top 10 pick in the 2011 draft. David Musil saw his rankings drop over the course of the season, due in large part to a lack of progress offensively. His game is that of a physical, and defensively responsible, defender who at 6’3 and nearly 200 lbs, has the body to do just that at the NHL level. has all the tools to be an impact top four defenseman who can play a shutdown role at even strength and possibly anchor a penalty kill.

Jeff Petry 
6' 3"


2005-06 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL     Games 48 G 1  A 14  PTS 15
2006-07 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL     Games 55 G 18 A 27 PTS 45 
2007-08 Michigan State University CCHA Games 42 G 3  A 21  PTS 24        
2008-09 Michigan State University CCHA Games 38 G 2  A 12  PTS 14        
2009-10 Michigan State University CCHA Games 38 G 4  A 25  PTS 29        
              Springfield Falcons AHL               Games 8  G 0  A 3     PTS 3 
2010-11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL         Games 41 G 7  A 17  PTS 24
               Edmonton Oilers NHL                  Games 35 G 1  A 4    PTS 5

Save video:

Goal video:

Hit video:

revingevs TAKE:Jeff Petry split time between the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons and the Oilers,  showing well in his 35 NHL games and looking good in his 41 matches with the Barons. Petry doesn’t have number one defenseman upside, but his ability to contribute at even strength, on special teams, and combined with his size and  excellent mobility tells us he has all the tools to be a very good top four defenseman in the NHL. The depth on the club will make it tough to crack the line-up but based on last year's camp Petry will make a good argument as to why he should stick for the season.

His coaches liked him early last year out of camp and and Petry showed no signs of slowing down. he had a few games that were questioned after a good start, was sent to OKC and never looked back, upon returning to finish the season with Edmonton. Plays a game much like Ryan Whitney with a little less hockey awareness when under pressure.

Dillon Simpson 6' 1"
10 Feb 1993


2009-10 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL Games 58 G 12 A 29 PTS 41
2010-11 U. of North Dakota WCHA  Games 30 G 2  A 8  PTS 10

Goal video:

revingevs TAKE:
Dillion played regularly in one of the toughest divisions in college hockey as a 17-year-old. Simpson is a tough player to get a read on, Simpson doesn’t have ideal size for an NHL defenseman, and it remains to be seen if he has the pure offensive ability to project as a offensive threat down the road. He received an invite to Team Canada’s WJC summer evaluation camp, (where he fared well in the time he was there for the week) which is a very positive indicator, and he will likely have at least two more years to hone his game in the NCAA.
There is certainly potential and upside.  Very strong defender and excellent puck mover. (Oilers staff see him as a power play specialist in the future for their organization) Plays well in own end positionally. Does not stand out often but shows reliable smart playmaking. Great agility on his skates.

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