Will Carter Savoy have an Oilers contract in his back pocket early next week?
It’s definitely a possibility with the homegrown producer carrying the University of Denver to the NCAA Final against Minnesota State on Saturday with the OT winner on Thursday to rebound from the star-studded Michigan of the Frozen Four.
Savoy, 20, in his second season with 23 goals in 38 games this season and 45 points, may be leaving school, but the Oilers are giving him some space now.
They’ll talk with the former Sherwood Park Crusaders winger, who has scored in all three NCAA games for Denver, all in the third period or later, after the hockey season is over.
It’s hard to believe that NHL scouts gave him so little love and he was the 100th pick in 2020 and Hockey Canada completely turned a blind eye to his scoring skill, not even inviting him to the selection camp for their world’s last junior team.
Oilers do not know in which direction Savoy is tilted.
“I spoke to his coach about three weeks ago and the coach spoke to every NHL team and asked the teams to let his players focus on winning the NCAA Championship,” said Oilers general manager Ken Holland. “We respect the Denver program and have not spoken to Carter’s personnel. We will support any decision he makes. We will speak next week.”
In some ways, Savoy looks like a Tyler Toffoli type. It doesn’t impress you with its speed but it opens up and is a shooter that doesn’t need a lot of space.
“He’s obviously a top scorer. He led the Alberta Hockey League with 50 goals,” Holland said. “We took him in the fourth round and he went straight to Denver and he kept a good first year with a better freshman. He received a gift. It’s hard to find people who can sign up. I love him. He has puck skills and a sense of hockey. He definitely did everything in his power to build his college-level resume.
“Can he score at the next level? I don’t know.”
He’s a big shooter in college, though. When asked about the winner’s place in the OT against Michigan, with 13 players drafted in the NHL, he rated he did not prove.
“He jumped straight to the top,” said Savoy.
There is a concern college players have that even if they are drafted, they could become free agents after the third year of school because they had also spent a year in the first tier prior to that, if they didn’t want to sign with the team that picked them.
Like the Oilers and John Marino, but he was American and wanted to play East, so Edmonton swapped his rights with Pittsburgh. It’s often best to sign players before they reach their third year of college, but Savoy is no Marino. Lives in St. Albert.
He lost in the Savoy’s strong theatrical championships presented by his best friend Mike Benning, who assisted in two of Denver’s three goals in a win over Michigan.
Son Brian and brother Matt manage their power and were drafted by Florida in the fourth round.
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Evan Bouchard’s blowout with his 10th goal against Los Angeles resulted in a performance bonus of $212,500. He has already collected the same for 25 points. He got 38, and if he gets to 40, that will get him another bonus.
It’s interesting that Bouchard and New Yorkers’ defender Noah Dobson, who are both offensive defensive tackle in junior and picked two positions apart in the 2018 draft, have nearly identical numbers. Dobson 40 points.
Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said: “It was as if the pucks had eyes when Evan’s shot, he slashed his way through the shot barriers and caused problems for the goalkeepers.”
“I have had the good fortune to see Evan since he joined our organization. I saw him come out of the rookies to play in the playoffs, and then his first year as a professional. I am very proud to work with him.”
THIS ‘N’ THAT
Oilers winger Evander Kane was fined $5,000 for his knee on Kings Shawn Dorzy in Thursday’s game. He earned a penalty in the play… Another domestic game with Savoy in which Minnesota State goalkeeper Dryden Mackay played in the NCAA Final. McKay’s grandparents live alongside former Oil Kings player Daryl Haverlock here. McKay’s father, Ross played a goal for U from Saskatchewan, and he loved Ken Dryden so he named his son after the family of the Great Hounds. McKay just won the Hobey Baker College Player of the Year award… The Netherlands sympathizes with farmer Dmitriy Samorokov, who may have solved this season with a second shoulder problem, but the opposite of last season’s injury while playing for CSKA in Moscow. “I feel bad for him. He missed the last half of the Russian season, then he broke his jaw and was out for six to eight weeks in our training camp, and now he did it again. He is seeing a specialist to see if he needs surgery or not,” he said. Whether or not Oilers agent Ryan Fante, the free-choice goalkeeper, gets any game in his amateur experience at Bakersfield now is debatable with Stewart Skinner and Ilya Konovalov there, but he can certainly play on the farm at 22-23. “Skinner is finished with MLS after this season. It’s a qualifying concession. Holland said the next step is to be in Edmonton.” With the signings of Kovovalov and (Olivier) Rodrigue, we are just trying to get another goalkeeper who has a chance and we will put it in an open competition for wide open. Fanti was the No. 1 high school goalkeeper (Minnesota-Duluth), and had an NHL goalkeeper at six feet three. “