The Edmonton Oilers organization signs a promising prospect, but can he continue to produce as a professional?


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This from the Edmonton Oilers: “Oilers prospect Carter Savoie has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Condors! The 2020 fourth-round pick and St. Albert product is coming off an NCAA ice hockey championship with University of Denver Hockey.

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1. Carter Savoie is the Edmonton Oilers’ draft pick with a ball that has a ball. After two mind-blowing seasons with the University of Denver, Savoie is surely one of the fastest risers in the 2020 draft. much on his ball shooting and ball passing.

2. There were few more offensively gifted players in the 2020 draft class than Savoie. As the 2020 Elite Prospect Draft prospect guide said of him: “Savoie reads defenders like few other players in the draft. He is acutely aware of opposing sticks and actively baits them. Savoy is deceptive; he watches his target play and keeps the same grip on his stick whether he is passing, swinging or shooting. Savoie shoots with power, precision and with a certain cunning; use screens to your advantage.

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3. None of this is to say that Savoie is an infallible NHL player. He’s not that tall and not super fast. There are questions about his restlessness. Perhaps that’s why he fell in the fourth round of the 2020 draft where the Edmonton Oilers selected him 100th overall.

4. Scott Wheeler of Athletic, who has long admired Savoie’s talent, offered the best explanation as to why an offensive player as talented as Savoie fell so low in the draft: “The big concerns that the Most had (and still have to varying degrees) with Savoie’s game before the 2020 draft were about his work rate off the puck. In attack, he showed a tendency to flee the area early and drift in and out of shifts when not receiving touches. On defense, there was a lot of effort, a lot of expectation, and just not enough effort to get involved (he’ll finish his checks when they’re there, but his level of effort wasn’t always there when they were there). ‘t).

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5. Wheeler watched Savoie as a junior player at Sherwood Park, but I didn’t, so I can’t speak to his play for the Crusaders, nor have I seen him play that past in Denver. But I watched a number of Savoie games for Denver in his rookie season. If someone had told me that Savoie was Oil’s first choice in 2020, I wouldn’t have been disappointed. The kid was so good. His eyes were still up, still. When he got the puck he knew exactly what to do with it and he had the skill and coordination to make the right play. He carried the puck far enough in front of him, presumably to keep half an eye on it while looking around the ice and weighing his options. He also liked to shoot and he did it from all angles. My keen-eyed Cult colleague, Bruce McCurdy, also watched Savoie in Denver and came to the following conclusions: “Interesting player. He doesn’t jump out at you for his raw talent: slightly undersized, average skater, OK but nothing special on the defensive side of the game, but get a puck on his stick and watch out. Very deceptive player with a bag full of tricks, including a knack for nonchalantly drifting into a better position, maybe changing the shot angle in the process, and WHAM.

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6. In his rookie season, Savoie was tied for 11th in conference scoring with 0.86 points per game. My expectation for him was that if he continued to develop he could expect to score one point per game, if not 1.2 points per game. He came close to that with 1.15 points per game last season, a total just at the peak of peak offensive development for him.

7. In the Cult of Hockey rankings of Oilers prospects last summer, Savoie ranked 10th overall, behind prospects Dylan Holloway, Ryan McLeod, Xavier Bourgault, Raphael Lavoie and Tyler Benson. Savoie has likely passed Benson and Lavoie at this point and would rank around fifth overall for all .8 prospects. He will have a big challenge to face within a solid AHL team. The Bakersfield team is filled with solid veterans, such as Tim Schaller, Luke Esposito, Benson, Brad Malone, Cooper Marody, Adam Cracknell, Colton Sceviour and Seth Griffith. He also has some good prospects with James Hamblin, Lavoie and Holloway, although Holloway and Lavoie both missed the last game, with Lavoie out on the longer term. Holloway has been out since April 6 with a lower body injury. Carter isn’t just any third-line or fourth-line energy player. He’s a Top 6 attacking winger, a sniper. Can the Condors find him a place in such a role, and can he get away with it in such a position at this next level of hockey? This is the challenge for him and the team.

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