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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Björn Svensson



Born June 16, 1986
5 ft 11.5 in
192 lbs


With the Oilers picking up Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and Anton Lander, here's a look at Björn Svensson, another Timrå hockey player with WHL and SEL experience, and he's the older (half?) brother of Magnus.



Those numbers aren't too bad and they compare favourably to one Milan Kytnar (though Svensson is older), who signed an entry-level contract with the Oilers this past summer. With the current problem of Linus Omark going to the KHL to join his best friend and "attached at the hip" teammate Johan Harju, I think it would be benefitial to sign this overrage undrafted European player for two reasons:
  1. Tambellini and Pendergast have talked about having more experienced offensive players on the Falcons roster, and Björn has lots of that. They've talked a bit about getting guys like Jason Krog. If the Björn is anything like Milan Kytnar or even his younger brother Magnus, he will bring a level of compete to the farm team that good development systems need in order to succeed. Plus, he may earn a call up a la Tim Sestito.
  2. When Magnus is done with Timrå IK it may ease his transition to the Falcons, in the situation that he doesn't make the Oilers straight out of training camp in 2010-11.
  3. The Oilers are serious about bringing over great talents and making them comfortable. Signing Björn may show Omark, and others (Hrabal?), that the Oilers really mean business about weening incoming talents and prospects.
You may ask, why does making a bunch of talented prospects comfortable in the system even matter? The Oilers shouldn't build their prospect base around Paajarvi-Svensson and Omark, you say.

However, I don't think it's about that AT ALL. The Detroit Red Wings have actually had worse drafting success overall than most teams. What's their secret?

How do you think the Red Wings convinced guys like Ville Leino, Jiri Hudler, and Jonathan Ericsson to work their way up through the AHL?

PLAYER RETENTION STRATEGIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You see, there are players like the Sedins and then there are Red Wings lifers, such as Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Franzen. Don't forget one Steve Yzerman as well.

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On another note, it seems the Oilers have a knack for picking up players with hyphens. Maybe it's what they notice first?

Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson
Marc-Antoine Pouliot
Marc-Andre Bergeron
Jeff Drouin-DesLauriers
Jean-François Jacques

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I've heard rumours about Rob Schremp getting a second wind with the arrival of Quinn and Renney. Any truth to this, you think?

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4 Comments:

Blogger thickoil said...

You could also say Detroit keeps those players happy by being a consistent powerhouse every season. Something the Oilers haven't done in almost 20 years.

June 29, 2009 at 11:34 AM

 
Blogger raventalon40 said...

It's not really a chicken and egg argument. There's a reason guys like Steve Yzerman stuck it through the basement years when Detroit sucked.

June 30, 2009 at 12:44 AM

 
Blogger thickoil said...

Huh, I'm talking mostly about the European players that for the other 29 teams in the league demand NHL ice time or chill Europe otherwise rather than play for their AHL counterparts.

Yzerman is Canadian, why would he ditch to Europe anyways, we have more pride in the NHL.

June 30, 2009 at 9:22 AM

 
Blogger thickoil said...

I was looking at some numbers, Oilers have 2 Europeans in Springfield(Trukhno+Maslonka) vs. 7 Europeans on Grand Rapids.

Question is why do the Euro's play in Detroits AHL system for cheaper money vs. Europe where they most likely are more popular and get more money.

June 30, 2009 at 9:55 AM

 

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