OILERS 2009 NHL ENTRY DRAFT CENTRE

Monday, 29.06.2009 / 1:13 PM / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
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OILERS 2009 NHL ENTRY DRAFT CENTRE




OILERS PICK PAAJARVI-SVENSSON 10th OVERALL
Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announced that the Oilers select left winger Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson 10th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. ...more 


DAY 2: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT EDMONTON'S DAY TWO DRAFT CHOICES
The Edmonton Oilers drafted six players on day two of the NHL Entry Draft: Anton Lander, Troy Hesketh, Cameron Abney, Kyle Bigos, Toni Rajala and Olivier Roy. Follow the link for video, audio, stats and more. ...more
Day 2: Tambellini summarizes the draft
The Oilers general manager discussed the team's draft picks on Saturday.
Interviews with Oilers draft picks Anton Lander, Toni Rajala & Olivier Roy
Reaction from the draft picks during day two.


Paajarvi-Svensson talks about joining the Oil
Edmonton's first-round pick addresses the media for the first time.

Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson Photo Gallery
Edmonton's first-round pick addresses the media for the first time.


Audio from the floor
Tambellini after round one
Paajarvi-Svensson
Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor on the pick
Photo Gallery:
NHL Entry Draft Day 2
Edmonton's first-round pick addresses the media for the first time.

2009 Draft News & Features


2009 - What the Oilers Did
  • 1st Round - 10th overall - Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson LW Timra (SEL) 700K
  • 2nd round, 40th overall - Anton Lander, C, Timra (Swe) 700K
  • 3rd round, 71st overall - Troy Hesketh, D, Minnetonka (USHS)
  • 3rd round, 82nd overall - Cameron Abney, RW, Everett (WHL)
  • 4th round, 99th overall - Kyle Bigos, D, Vernon (BCHL)
  • 4th round, 101st overall - Toni Rajala, RW, Ilves Jr (Fin) 700K
  • 5th round, 133rd overall - Olivier Roy, G, Cape Breton (QMJHL) 700K

Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson

10. MAGNUS PAAJARVI-SVENSSON
(Timra, Sweden)

Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: April 12, 1991 in Norrkoping, Sweden
Height: 6’1”  Weight: 198 lbs

International Scouting Service: 3
Central Scouting:
2 - Europe
The Hockey News:
7

Instant Reaction From Today's Draft: ( Video Audio) More Multimedia: ( Video Audio) Article: The Facts:
  • In 2008-09, Paajarvi-Svensson finished with 17 points (7-10-17) in 50 games, competing as a 17-year-old in the Swedish Elite League for Timra. He made his debut in the Swedish Elite League (September 24, 2007) at age sixteen years, five months, and twelve days, becoming the fourth youngest player in Elite League history.
  • Won back-to-back silver medals with Team Sweden at the World Junior Championships, finishing tied for second on the team with seven points (2-5-7) in six games in 2009. In 2008, he became the youngest Swede to play in the World Junior Championship and the youngest since Sidney Crosby debuted at the 2004 World Juniors. Other 16-year-olds to play in the tournament include: Jason Spezza, Janne Niinimaa, Eric Lindros, Robert Reichel and Wayne Gretzky.
  • He is teammates with older brother, Bjorn, on Timra and his father, Gunnar, also played in the Swedish Elite League and is now a player agent. Magnus credits his dad and brother for having had the most influence on his career and the reason he became a hockey player.
  • In 2005, appearing in the Sweden’s national tournament TV-Pucken, for the first time, he scored eight goals (8-3-11) in eight games for his home district of Skåne. He participated in the tournament in each of the next two years recording 11 points (7-4-11) in 2006 and 12 points (5-7-12) in 2007.
  • He patterns his game after Maxim Afinogenov, Alex Kovalev and Pavel Bure – “I take small things from a lot of offensive players and trying to use it to my advantage”.The most memorable international hockey moment he has watched was when Marian Gaborik scored two goals in Slovakia’s 5-3 win over Russia at the 2006 Olympics.
Favourites:
  • NHL Team: Buffalo Sabres
  • NHL Player: Buffalo’s Maxim Afinogenov
  • Movie: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • TV Show: Smallville
  • Video Game: Trackmania
  • Actor: Will Smith and Jim Carey
  • Song: Sensation Black
  • Website: Facebook.com
  • Place to Visit: Malmo Sweden
Kevin Prendergast comments:

  • “Power forward, Goes to the net very well, great skater. Didn't perform as well as I think he'd like to have at the World Juniors and at the Under 18 I think he struggled a bit too. He's a player who we think is going to be a very very good NHLer down the road. "

Anton Lander

40. ANTON LANDER
(Timra, Sweden)

Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Born: April 24, 1991 in Norrkoping, Sweden
Height: 6’0”  Weight: 194 lbs

Central Scouting: 19 - Europe

The Facts:
  • Lander played in the Swedish Elite League, for Timra, as a teenager this season registering 10 points (4-6-10) in 47 games. He played alongside fellow Swedish draft prospect and Oilers draft choice Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.
  • Captain of Team Sweden at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships, Lander was selected as one of Sweden’s top three players of the tournament after registering nine points (2-7-9) in six games.
  • Winning the 2007 Ivan Hlinka tournament, beating Finland in sudden death, is his most memorable hockey moment.
  • Watching Nicklas Lidstrom take a hard shot and Henrik Zetterberg block a shot in the dying seconds of Sweden’s 2006 gold medal victory is his most memorable international moment watched.

Multimedia:
Favourites:
  • NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
  • NHL Player: Henrik Zetterberg
  • Shootout move: “Zetterberg’s backhand shot”
  • Movie: Gladiator
  • Video Game: NHL or FIFA
  • TV Show: Scrubs
  • Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Website: aftonbladet.se
  • Pre-game meal: Pasta

Troy Hesketh

71. TROY HESKETH
(Minnetonka, USHS)

Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Born: April 24, 1991 in Norrkoping, Sweden
Height: 6’2”  Weight: 180 lbs

Central Scouting: N/A

The Facts:
  • Troy Hesketh was a sophomore defenseman at Minnetonka (Minn.) High School when his blue-line partner Jake Gardiner committed to the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team.
  • Plans to finish his playing high school where he is expected to captain the club next season. Will join Wisconsin in 2011-12 after playing with Fargo (USHL) next year.
  • Five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in 21 games this past season for Minnetonka with a +15 rating.

Multimedia:
Cameron Abney

82. CAMERON ABNEY
(Everett, WHL)

Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Born: May 23, 1991 in Aldergrove, British Columbia
Height: 6'4”  Weight: 195 lbs

Central Scouting: N/A

The Facts:
  • Finished with one goal and three assists for four points along with 103 penalty minutes while playing in 48 games as a Silvertip rookie in 2008-09. The 18 year old winger stands in at 6'4 and weighs 195 pounds. Though undrafted by the Silvertips, Abney appeared in four games as a 16 year old in 2007-08 before his ascendance to the team full-time for the 2008-09 season.
  • Acknowledged as one of the league's most promising fighters and sporting excellent reach, Abney endeared himself to Silvertips fans in his rookie season through the steadfast defense of his teammates. .

Multimedia: Favourites:
  • NHL Team: Vancouver Canucks
  • Hobbies: Baseball, basketball
  • NHL Player: Alex Burrows
  • Music: Rap
  • TV Show: Family Guy

Kyle Bigos

99. KYLE BIGOS
(Vernon, BCHL)

Position: Defence
Shoots: Right
Born: May 12, 1990 in Upland, California
Height: 6’5”  Weight: 230 lbs

Central Scouting: 169 - North America

The Facts:
  • Bigos enjoyed a stellar campaing in his second BCHL season, and ultimately raised his game when it mattered most. The Upland, California native was named the MVP and Top Defensive Player at the 2009 RBC Cup after dominating performances through the event's preliminary round. In the National Championship game against the Humboldt Broncos, Bigos scored a superb power-play goal to help lead the Vipers to a 2-0 win. He finished the tournament with two goals and seven assists in six games.The 20-year old is slated to begin his freshman season at Merrimack College this fall.

Oilers head scout Stu MacGregor:
  • "His game has done nothing but get better. He's going to Merrimack next year on a scholarship. His development curve is starting to move forward. Great shot, skates well for a big buy. A guy who we see huge potential with down the road."
Multimedia: Favourites:
  • NHL Team: Anaheim Ducks
  • Hobby: Guitar
  • Website: Facebook

Toni Rajala

101. TONI RAJALA
(Ilves Jr., Finland)

Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: March 29, 1991 in Parkano, Finland
Height: 5’10”  Weight: 163 lbs

Central Scouting: 11 - Europe

The Facts:
  • His most memorable hockey moment was participating in the 2008 Under-18 World Championships. He was named the Top Forward for the tournament after leading all players in scoring with 19 points (10-9-19) and a plus-10 rating in six games.
  • He was six years old when he first started playing hockey. He credits his parents on the success of his career thus far for having driven him to games and practices, an hour each way, for seven years.
  • When asked which style he patterns his game after, Rajala says that he tries not to copy anyone in particular, but he likes the way Henrik Zetterberg plays.

Oilers head scout Stu MacGregor:
  • "He's a player that led the Under-18 World Championships in scoring. Tied the record for the most points in the tournament... He's not overly big but is extremely smart. He's always on the puck creating plays, going to the net."
Multimedia: Favourites:
  • NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
  • NHL Player: Henrik Zetterberg
  • Movie: Slap Shot 2
  • TV Show: CSI
  • Video Game: NHL
  • Actress: Jessica Alba
  • Music Group: Nickelback
  • Website: Facebook.com
  • Pump-up Song: Rock or heavy music
  • Pre-game meal: Spaghetti Bolognese

Olivier Roy

133. OLIVIER ROY
(Cape Breton, QMJHL)

Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Born: July 12, 1991 in Amqui, Quebec
Height: 6’0”  Weight: 165 lbs

Central Scouting: 2 - North America Goaltenders

The Facts:
  • As the top ranked Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goalie prospect in 2008-09, Roy posted a 3.04 goals-against average and a .906 save-percentage in 54 games. His 35-13-0 record helped lead the Screaming Eagles to a second place finish in the Atlantic Division. He also led the league in shootout save-percentage, stopping all 14 shots he faced.
  • He was selected to participate in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game and was Team Quebec’s Player of the Game in the 2008 Canada/Russia Challenge on Nov. 17.
  • In his first season with Cape Breton in 2007-08, he won 27 games (27-15-0), setting a QMJHL record for wins by a 16-year-old rookie, surpassing the previous record of 23. He also recorded four shutouts to set the record for most shutouts in a season by a rookie goaltender.
  • In his first month as a rookie, Roy went 167 minutes and 51 seconds without allowing a goal, placing him fourth on the QMJHL all-time shutout streak list. For his outstanding season he was named the 2007-08 Rookie of the Year as well as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
  • His childhood hockey idol was Martin Brodeur and he credits his parents for having had the most influence on his career.
  • He played on his first hockey team in his home town of Causapscal, Quebec and began playing the game in his basement with his dad.

Multimedia: Favourites:
  • NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
  • NHL Player: Martin Brodeur
  • Shootout move: “Pavel Datsyuk’s move.”
  • Video game: NHL ‘09
  • Movie: Shooter
  • TV Show: One Tree Hill
  • Actor: Brad Pitt
  • Group: The Fray
  • Website: YouTube
  • Book: Harry Potter
  • Home cooked meal: Steak
  • Sport (other than hockey): Tennis
  • Activity away from the rink: Friends, movies, restaurants
  • Place to visit: Hockey Hall of Fame

2008 - What The Oilers Did

2007 - What The Oilers Did


2009 - Who's Available

TOP 30 NORTH AMERICAN SKATERS

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Pos 2008-09 Club League Video
1 1 Tavares, John C London OHL Profile
2 2 Duchene, Matt C Brampton OHL  Profile
3 3 Kane, Evander C Vancouver WHL Profile
4 5 Schenn, Brayden C Brandon WHL Profile
5 4 Schroeder, Jordan C U Of Minnesota WCHA Profile
6 8 Moore, John D Chicago USHL Profile
7 12 Glennie, Scott RW Brandon WHL Profile
8 6 Despres, Simon D Saint John QMJHL Profile
9 7 Cowen, Jared D Spokane WHL Profile
10 24 Kassian, Zack RW Peterborough OHL Profile
11 17 Kulikov, Dmitry D Drummondville QMJHL Profile
12 10 Ashton, Carter RW Lethbridge WHL Profile
13 18 Leblanc, Louis C Omaha USHL Profile
14 14 Kreider, Chris C Andover HIGH-MA Profile
15 11 Kadri, Nazem C London OHL Profile
16 15 Ellis, Ryan D Windsor OHL Profile
17 22 Elliott, Stefan D Saskatoon WHL Profile
18 13 Ferraro, Landon C Red Deer WHL Profile
19 9 Holland, Peter C Guelph OHL Profile
20 19 Palmieri, Kyle RW/C USA U-18 USDP Profile
21 20 Caron, Jordan RW Rimouski QMJHL Profile
22 16 Budish, Zach RW Edina High HIGH-MN Profile
23 36 Button, Ryan D Prince Albert WHL Profile
24 25 Leddy, Nick D Eden Prairie HIGH-MN Profile
25 38 De Haan, Calvin D Oshawa OHL Profile
26 26 Paradis, Philippe C Shawinigan QMJHL Profile
27 23 Olsen, Dylan D Camrose AJHL Profile
28 32 Shore, Drew C USA U-18 USDP Profile
29 52 Eakin, Cody C Swift Current WHL Profile
30 29 Brown, Chris C USA U-18 USDP Profile

TOP 30 EUROPEAN SKATERS

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Pos 2008-09 Club League Video
1 1 Hedman, Victor D Modo SWEDEN  Profile
2 2 Paajarvi-Svensson, Magnus LW Timra SWEDEN Profile
3 3 Josefson, Jacob C Djurgarden SWEDEN  
4 8 Ekman Larsson, Oliver D Leksand SWEDEN-2  
5 5 Erixon, Tim D Skelleftea SWEDEN  
6 4 Rundblad, David D Skelleftea SWEDEN  
7 7 Klingberg, Carl LW Frolunda Jr. SWE-JR.  
8 6 Johansson, Marcus C Farjestad SWEDEN  
9 10 Orlov, Dmitri D Novokuznetsk RUSSIA  
10 11 Nattinen, Joonas C Blues Jr. FINLAND-JR.  
11 14 Rajala, Toni RW Ilves Jr. FINLAND-JR.  
12 15 Silfverberg, Jakob LW/RW Brynas Jr. SWE-JR.  
13 16 Panik, Richard RW Trinec CZREP  
14 17 Tatar, Tomas C Zvolen SLOVAKIA  
15 19 Rodin, Anton LW/RW Brynas Jr. SWE-JR.  
16 20 Vatanen, Sami D Jyp Jr. FINLAND-JR.  
17 12 Bertilsson, Simon D Brynas SWEDEN  
18 23 Avtsyn, Alexander RW Dynamo Moscow 2 RUSSIA-3  
19 13 Lander, Anton C Timra SWEDEN  
20 83 Burdasov, Anton LW Chelyabinsk 2 RUSSIA-3  
21 61 Urbom, Alexander D Djurgarden SWEDEN  
22 55 Lindstrom, Mattias LW Skelleftea Jr. SWE-JR.  
23 29 Bjorklund, Henrik RW Farjestad SWEDEN  
24 24 Andronov, Sergei RW Togliatti RUSSIA  
25 47 Chvanov, Sergei C Cherepovets 2 RUSSIA-3  
26 21 Cehlin, Patrik RW Djurgarden Jr. SWE-JR.  
27 22 Karlsson, Martin LW Leksand Jr. SWE-JR.  
28 26 Nakyva, Kristian D Blues Jr. FINLAND-JR.  
29 28 Drozd, Sergei LW/RW Dynamo Minsk RUSSIA  
30 30 Horak, Roman C C. Budejovice Jr. CZREP-JR.  

TOP 30 NORTH AMERICAN GOALTENDERS

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player 2008-09 Club League Video
1 8 Hackett, Matthew Plymouth OHL  Profile
2 4 Roy, Olivier Cape Breton QMJHL  
3 1 Pasquale, Edward Saginaw OHL  
4 3 Lee, Michael Fargo USHL  
5 2 Stajcer, Scott Owen Sound OHL  
6 9 Vazzano, Alex The Gunnery HIGH-CT  
7 10 Zador, Michael Oshawa OHL  
8 11 Maxwell, Brandon USA U-18 USDP  
9 6 Kuemper, Darcy Red Deer WHL  
10 5 Berube, Jean-Francois Montreal QMJHL  
11 12 Lieuwen, Nathan Kootenay WHL  
12 7 Morris, Cab Hotchkiss School HIGH-CT  
13 18 Janus, Jaroslav Erie OHL  
14 13 Di Salvo, Peter Barrie OHL  
15   Cannata, Joe Merrimack H-EAST  
16 19 St-Laurent, Karel Saint John QMJHL  
17   Millan, Kieran Boston University H-EAST  
18 15 Groenheyde, Jon Kamloops WHL  
19   Knapp, Connor Miami U. CCHA  
20 16 Perugini, Chris Ottawa OHL  
21 17 Condon, Michael Belmont Hill HIGH-MA  
22   Wyer, Jeff Reading HIGH-MA  
23   Milner, Parker Waterloo USHL  
24   Morrison, Adam Saskatoon WHL  
25 22 Valiquette, Alain Sudbury OHL  
26   Cadieux, Mathieu Cobourg OJHL  
27 14 Boucher, Jean-Sebastien Val D'or QMJHL  
28 26 Teglia, Jeff Omaha USHL  
29 25 Racine, Steven Taft School HIGH-CT  
30 20 Murray, Adam USA U-18 USDP  

TOP EUROPEAN GOALTENDERS

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player 2008-09 Club League Video
1 1 Lehner, Robin Frolunda Jr. SWE-JR.   Profile
2 2 Koskinen, Mikko Blues FINLAND   Profile
3 4 Holly, Juraj Chomutov Jr. CZREP-JR.  
4 3 Flueler, Lukas Zurich SWISS  
5 7 Nilsson, Anders Lulea Jr. SWE-JR.  
6 5 Mazanec, Marek Plzen Jr. CZREP-JR.  
7 8 Ortio, Joni Tps Jr. FINLAND-JR.  
8 6 Conz, Benjamin Geneve SWISS  
9   Suomalainen, Erno Blues Jr. FINLAND-JR.  
10   Bobkov, Igor Magnitogorsk 2 RUSSIA-3  
11 12 Raanta, Antti Lukko Jr. FINLAND-JR.  
12   Owuya, Mark Djurgarden SWEDEN  
13 11 Bruckmann, Felix Heilbronn GERMAN-3  
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