Oilers go Euro on Day 2

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

COLUMBUS -- Linus Omark may be a small guy, but he made a big impression on Kent Nilsson at the World Junior tournament.

Big enough for the Edmonton Oilers to select the forward from Sweden with the 97th pick at the NHL Entry Draft yesterday in Columbus.

"He's a little bit of a late bloomer, but he was probably the best player at the world junior championships for Sweden, as an '87 born," Nilsson said. "He's very skilled, and has good drive."

Omark, a 5-foot-10, 168-pound forward, used his skill to collect eight goals and nine assists in 50 games with Lulea of the Swedish Elite League.

"He reminded us a lot of (Andrew) Cogliano," said Oilers chief scout and director of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast.

"He plays that same way. We've got two more years to wait for him and we think he's a good pick."

The Oilers went across the Atlantic all three times yesterday.

In the fifth round, they chose Milan Kytnar, a 6-foot, 180-pound centre who played in the Slovakian second division and captained his country's Under-18 squad.

"A very solid, two-way player. Good on faceoffs and a good penalty killer. A real good player," Prendergast said. "He was in charge all the time he was on the ice at the Under-18 tournament."

Kytnar, who collected four goals and seven assists with his club team, is expected to come to North America to play junior hockey. The CHL European draft will be held Wednesday.

Prendergast admitted going out on a limb with the team's final pick, William Quist, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound winger from Sweden who's expected to suit up for Linkopings of the Elite League in the coming season.

"He's got size and it looks like he's got some ability. It's a flyer, but it's a good flyer," he said.

"We got three really good players in the first round. Into the later rounds it's chance, but we feel we've got good readings on these guys, have a good feel for them."


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