Edmonton Oilers: Underrated Prospects

Edmonton Oilers Prospect Dylan Holloway. Mandatory Credit: John Mersits/South Bend Tribune via USA TODAY NETWORK
Edmonton Oilers Prospect Dylan Holloway. Mandatory Credit: John Mersits/South Bend Tribune via USA TODAY NETWORK /

The Edmonton Oilers have plenty of prospects that have potential to be NHL level players, some even could turn out to be stars. Guys like Dylan Holloway, Philip Broberg & Xavier Bourgault are all expected to be apart of the Oilers future, and key parts of it at that. A couple other well known prospects include Ilya Konovalov and Carter Savoie. But, in this article I will bring up some names that some people may not have heard before, but are having impressive seasons with their respective teams. These three players could all turn into NHL regulars at some point.

Tyler Tullio

Tullio, 20, was born in Lakeshore, Ontario, and was drafted 126th overall by the Oilers in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Standing at 5’11, 181 pounds, Tullio has an impressive offensive side mixed with an always improving defensive game. The forward, who plays both Center and Right Wing, is in his 3rd season with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.

Through 62 games this season, Tullio has amassed 38 goals and 43 assists as the teams leading point scorer and currently sits at 58 penalty minutes. As the OHL’s 14th best point getter so far, Tullio has turned heads and impressed a good number of fans, scouts, and even teammates.

Being picked as late in the draft as he was, Tullio’s name often gets lost in the depth of the Oilers prospect pool. Many fans who are interested in the CHL and watch their games were quite pleased with where the team snagged Tullio, he has been a standout player this season and only seems to get better on a nightly basis. Tullio has even drawn comparisons to F Mikael Granlund

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Matvey Petrov

Petrov, 19, was born in Gus-Khrustalny, Russia. Standing at 6’2, 179 pounds, he was picked by the Oilers 180th overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Petrov is another OHL superstar that has been making a name for himself as a super late draft pick. The young Russian forward is on pace for 90 points in 63 games with the North Bay Battalion.

Petrov is 11th in OHL scoring with 86 points through 60 games. He is noted by scouts as someone who’s game is “entirely based” around his offensive skill. He’s seen as one of the most pure goal scorers in the Ontario Hockey League, and could become one of the most dangerous offensive players out of Russia the NHL has seen in years, and has even drawn comparisons to Patrik Laine.

Jake Chiasson

Chiasson, 18, from Abbotsford, British Columbia, is a forward playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). The young Canadian was selected 116th overall by the Oilers in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, and has put up 15 points through 17 games with the Kings, while struggling with injuries.

Chiasson is likely a bit longer away from making the jump to pro hockey.

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