Edmonton Oilers select towering left winger Shane Lachance at #186 overall

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With their second pick of the sixth round, Edmonton Oilers went for a big winger. Shane Lachance is a 6’4, 190-pound left winger from the Boston Junior Bruins program. His towering frame is all the more impressive given he’s among the youngest of the first-time-eligibles and won’t turn 18 until the end of August.

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If the name Lachance sounds familiar, it should. Shane’s dad Scott was the fourth overall draft pick in 1991, and went on to play 819 NHL games with four teams. So we know there’s hockey pedigree, even as father’s and son’s respective draft numbers suggest a major gap in natural talent.

He’s a project who is slated to join the program in Boston University in 2022-23, where his maternal grandfather, Jack Parker, is a coaching legend. Now retired, Parker led the program for 40 (!) years, amassing 897 wins. Where he will play in 2021-22 is not yet established.

Scouting reports:

  • Big, hulking two-way winger. Works the wall, drives down deep and uses his physicality and reach to battle on the forecheck. Shows off a very heavy shot but not much creativity with the puck. Tries to blow the puck past or through goaltenders. His main area of concern is in the skating department as there are some issues with his mechaniccs and wasted, ineffective movements. Will need to pack on more muscle to his large frame. Effort, effort, effort is what you can expect with Lachance. While the bloodlines run deep it’s hius work ethic that mioght see him get drafted. Long term project headed to BU.
    Draft Pro, Ranking #199
  • “Amazing hands in tight quarters. Very good net-front guy. Hockey sense is good in all areas.”
    — Dave Gregory, Central Scouting
  • “A big strong left winger, playing for the Junior Bruins out of the Boston area. Gets to the net, can really get into those tight areas and make things happen. The question mark for Shane will be, can his skating improve to the point where those other things make a difference.”
    — E.J. Hradek, NHL Network

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